Creative Energy Precon: Decklist & Spoilers

After their debut in 2016, Energy counters disappeared from Magic for a while. However, 2024 was a big return for that mechanic. First, it came back with Fallout Commander decks, and now once again with Modern Horizons 3, as the key feature of the Creative Energy precon.

On May 28th, full decklist, as well as all the new cards were previewed. You’ll be able to find all of them in this article, as well as some additional info about the deck. Let’s start right away by figuring out what this deck is trying to do.

Charge Up!

As you can see from the deck box, this is your typical Energy-based deck. You want to gather energy counters, and then spend them on various powerful payoffs.

Creative Energy Modern Horizons 3 Commander Dekcs

It’s going to be interesting to see what kind of energy generation will be present in the deck. That significantly affects how good the payoffs are. If you can easily get a bunch of energy, then even some higher energy costs become much more manageable.

Some of the best energy cards both produce and give you a way to spend it. The main commander of this deck also does that. You can check its card right here.

Satya, Aetherflux Genius

Satya, Aetherflux Genius Creative Energy Commander Deck MH3
Satya, Aetherflux Genius Borderless Modern Horizons 3 Commander Precons

There’s quite a lot going on here. Five mana for a 3/5 with menace and haste is a fine deal, particularly, since Satya’s ability triggers on attacks. Haste allows you to trigger it on the turn you play Satya, and menace allows for safe attacks.

So, what happens when you attack with Satya? You can create a tapped and attacking token, that’s copy of one of your other nontoken creatures. On top of that, you also get two energy counters. Keep in mind, that’s something that just happens when you attack. You don’t need to pay mana, and you don’t need to deal combat damage or anything like that.

Now this is a very strong effect, provided you have some useful creature on the board. (Preferably with the enter or leave-the-battlefield effect.) You will have to sacrifice that creature at the beginning of your next step. That’s unless you pay an amount of mana to its mana value. (That’s also copied from the original creature.) So, if you have enough energy, you actually get to keep that creature around for longer.

All things considered, Satya can be really powerful, and it opens up a brand new way to build an energy deck. That’s certainly welcome, as it doesn’t make all energy decks feel the same.

Cayth, Famed Mechanist

Cayth, Famed Mechanist MH3 Commander Precons
Cayth, Famed Mechanist Borderless Creative Energy Commander Precon

The secondary commander, Cayth can still play with the energy theme, as proliferate also work with energy counter. However, it’s probably going to be more fun to built around Cayth itself.

This way, you could go for some sort of a Jeskai tokens theme. One cool idea is to use copy effects, such as that on Satya, and then populate those token copies. You can probably do some weird and cool stuff by combining populate with copy tokens.

Creative Energy Decklist

Here’s the full Creative Energy decklist:

Commander (1)
Satya, Aetherflux Genius

Creatures (16)
Aethergeode Miner
Aetherstorm Roc
Angel of Invention
Skyclave Apparition
Aethersquall Ancient
Aethertide Whale
Combustible Gearhulk
Grenzo, Havoc Raiser
Goldspan Dragon
Lightning Runner
Professional Face-Breaker
Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer
Whirler Virtuoso
Burnished Hart
Myr Battlesphere
Solemn Simulacrum

Instants (3)
Akroma’s Will
Glimmer of Genius
Swords to Plowshares

Sorceries (4)
Austere Command
Confistication Coup
Tezzeret’s Gambit

Enchantments (2)
Legion Loyalty
Era of Innovation

Artifacts (14)
Bident of Thassa
Midnight Clock
Aethersphere Harvester
Aetherworks Marvel
Arcane Signet
Coalition Relic
Coveted Jewel
Decoction Module
Gonti’s Aether Heart
Sol Ring
Talisman of Conviction
Talisman of Creativity
Talisman of Progress
Wayfarer’s Bauble
Lands (38)
Adarkar Wastes
Azorius Chancery
Aether Hub
Battlefield Forge
Castle Vantress
Command Tower
Demolition Field
Frostboil Snarl
Furycalm Snarl
Izzet Boilerworks
Mystic Monastery
Port Town
Prairie Stream
Mystic Gate
Shivan Reef
Temple of Enlightenment
Temple of Epiphany
Temple of Triumph
10 Plains

New Cards* (15)
Cayth, Famed Mechanist
Razorfield Ripper
Hourglass of the Lost
Localized Destruction
Razorfield Ripper
Salvation Colossus
Silverquill Lecturer
Aurora Shifter
Blaster Hulk
Overclocked Electromancer
Aether Refinery
Filigree Racer
Sphinx of the Revelation
Conversion Apparatus
Stone Idol Generator

Cards from MH3 Main Set* (8)
Jolted Awake
Bespoke Battlewagon
Roil Cartographer
Unstable Amulet
Amped Raptor
Solar Transformer
Izzet Generatorium
Scurry of Gremlins

*Since the new cards aren’t added on Gather yet, their hover images aren’t showing. Instead, you can find them in the next section.

Creative Energy Spoilers

Here are the other new cards from this deck, apart from the two commanders:

Stone Idol Generator Creative Energy Spoilers

Furthermore, there are two cards that we know will appear both in the main set, as well as here. There’s one artifact and one enchantment:

Izzet Generatorium Creative Energy Precon Decklist
Scurry of Gremlins Creative Energy Precon Decklist

Creative Energy Upgrade Ideas

Of course, it’s way too early to create a full Creative Energy guide, no matter how energetic one might feel. (Given that we don’t know the full decklist yet.) However, I still want to highlight three cards, that I think would work great in this shell, but Wizards might not want to reprint here for various reasons.

This way, if you plan to buy this deck, you can already order some cards for in. You’ll be able to immediately upgrade your precon, as you receive it, plus you’ll avoid any potential spikes. I focused on cards that would first and foremost provide you with fun, on-theme play patterns.

Behemoth of Vault 0

Behemoth of Vault 0

Behemoth is a nice creature to copy with Satya. You attack and create a 6/6 trampling attacker. Plus, with its and Satya’s ability you gained a total of six energy counters. Now that’s enough to keep Behemoth around, if you so choose.

However, you can just let it die, and save those energy counters for later. Oh, and when it dies, it actually becomes a sort of a removal spell. Sure, you’ll need to spend some energy, but it might very well be worth it.

Now this is not an insanely powerful play, but just a good one, that works quite well with the general theme. Furthermore, there’s practically a 0% chance that Wizards reprint Behemoth of Valut 0 here, as it’s a part of the Fallout universe.


Electrosiphon Creative Energy Precon Upgrade Ideas

Next up, here’s another card from the Fallout set. (If you want to know more about that energy deck check our Science! precon guide.) Now three mana counterspells aren’t really exciting, but this one has the potential to generate you a ton of energy.

It’s going to depend on what your playgroup is playing. If they’re casting expensive spells, this card can be extremely good. Oh, sorry I countered your Ghalta, Primal Hunger, I just wanted 12 energy counters.

Now on the other hand, if everyone is just casting cheap spells, it won’t be particularly great.

Dockside Extortionist

Dockside Extortionist

Okay, I do feel a bit bad about recommending such an obvious staple, but it really plays so absurdly well with Satya. Imagine playing Extortionist on turn 3, and making four Treasures. Your meta will depend on how easy it is to do that, but it’s typically not too hard in a multiplayer game.

So, with those Treasures, you cast Satya, attack, and copy Dockside. You get Treasures once more, and you don’t even care if you keep it around, so you can save your energy counters. Such a turn three would’ve ended with your commander in play, 4 Treasure tokens, and the original Dockside still in play. Pretty strong, right?

Of course, other creatures with good enter-the-battlefield effects, also work well. Thus, you might want to look into cards like Imperial Recruiter and Spellseeker too.


And with that we end our Creative Energy precon overview. There’s just one last thing before we wrap up. Did you know that this deck also comes with a special version, the so-called Collector’s Edition?

Creative Energy MH3 Collector Edition Commander Decks

As you can see, it comes with a really dope box, but obviously that’s not all. The special ingredient is the new foiling process, called Ripple foil. It imitates the ripples in a pool of water, and it will be applied to all 100 cards in the deck.

Additionally, the main and secondary commander also rock a an amazing alternate art. You already saw those next to their regular versions above, where we talked about those two cards.

So, if you like this kind of thing, you’ll need to pay a bit more for this version. But probably, the cards will also be worth more on the secondary market, so there’s that.

Unsure if this is the deck you want to go with? Check our article about Modern Horizons 3 Commander precons, where you’ll find more information about each of them.

Until next time, have fun and may you win many games in creative ways with your new deck.

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