Simply: If a Commander dies, can its owner choose NOT to put him/her in the Command Zone, and instead exile with the Mimic Vat and then just activate it for a cost of 3, putting out a hasty 1 turn Commander token every turn?
If so, what happens to the imprinted Commander in the event the Mimic Vat gets destroyed?
Would it just go back to the Command Zone, and how much would it then cost to recast? I'm assuming just 2 extra, regardless of how many times the Vat was activated previously.
Even if all is legal...would that be considered too janky, even for Commander? LOL