A few weeks back I asked the infamous Jack LaCroix what cards were barriers to entry for EDH/Commander. This in turn sparked quite a long discussion on Twitter about what is and isn't a format staple. Was it a rare card but only worth $10? I wanted cards that were not the ABU Duals or Fetch Lands, but were priced out of range of some folks. There are already zillions of renders of the money lands available around every corner it seems.
After sifting through what remained, I narrowed the list to 8, and present those to you below. I'm positive I've missed something obvious, and that's fine by me. If I left it out and you feel that it was overwhelmingly supposed to be in, drop me a note on Twitter and I can do another of these for the future. Keep in mind that I will only do staples, and not just a list of your favorite generals.
Speaking of Twitter, you can find me @TheProxyGuy.
The Chinese translates to "Open the door!", but can be intended as "Lower your gate!"
If I never have to do this one again, it'll be too soon. Lot's of layer mask work here.
Hazezon won't see any Cube play, but a lot of the cards had cross-over implications.
Therefor the title as such.
Mind sculpting in the rain, just mind sculpting in the rain!
Mana Crypt - http://artlords.com/u/columbussage/images/cave_crypt
Dark Confidant - http://artlords.com/u/ruan_jia/images/primeval_dark_demogorgon
Jace, The Mind Sculptor - http://www.jasonchanart.com/gallery/2009/work/MTG_Jace_MasterofSecrets.jpg
Lion's Eye Diamond - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/vintage-masters-unique-art-2014-06-18
Capture of Jingzhou - http://artlords.com/u/ruan_jia/images/door_of_the_forbidden
Volrath's Stronghold - http://artlords.com/u/steve99/images/genesis
Damnation - http://i.imgur.com/W4awdZz.jpg?1