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Crystal Shard is a kinda weird one at first glance, as you don't have a lot of ETB things to abuse, but I definitely think it's worth a slot in Raff. The main thing it will bounce is Raff himself in response to a board wipe or targeted removal. Normally, having a card to do this on your commander isn't really worth it, but with Raff, it's different thanks to the flash. You're typically keeping up mana for as long as possible. So when a board wipe hits (which from my experience is usually every 2-3 turns, this is EDH after all), you've got 5+ mana available, you can bounce Raff, then replay him EoT, saving on the commander tax. I started running it on a whim as I had one and wanted to see how well this line of thought would work. After a couple of games, I put Erratic Portal in too and started aggressively tutoring them. Keeping Raff around is so important to being able to play the deck properly, and these two artifacts ensure that Raff remains affordable - I've had games where I've cast him half-a-dozen times without ever paying tax. And there's the side effect of forcing your opponents to keep a mana up if they want to do creature based stuff - which also ties very well into Raff's flash grating ability. I've often dropped these after a player has tapped out suiting up their commander and swung at me. If you find he's not dying often, then maybe change it, but I love these cards, and my playgroup have come to hate them.
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Small aside: how many artifacts would you need to have in order to make Academy Ruins worthwhile?
Quote from OCPunisher »Well, a lot of my mana rocks can be cashed in for extra cards, and I have almost zero recursion in this deck, so it’s a lot like Crystal Shard in that it’s probably going to be there for some value and not much else. That’s probably also a good reason to run Hanna, Ship’s Navigator.
Quote from Singe »Empress Galina since she can steal Legendary permanents. Steal Commanders, Planeswalkers, or anything else Legendary.
Oath of Teferi you can flash this in to blink another permanent you control when needed and get double activation off your Planeswalkers.