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Commander's Arsenal
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Set Information
Set symbol
Design Mark Gottlieb
Development Mark Gottlieb
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date November 2, 2012
Set size 18 foil cards,
10 oversized foil cards
Expansion code CM1[1]
Commander series
Commander Commander's Arsenal Commander 2013
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Return to Ravnica Commander's Arsenal Duel Decks: Mirrodin Pure vs. New Phyrexia

Commander's Arsenal is a product in the Commander series that was released by Wizards of the Coast in November 2012.[2] It was announced at the Magic panel at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 14, 2012.


Mark Rosewater stated that a new line of products was conceived for the Commander format because of the success of Commander. He predicted that there would be a Commander product every year, and that those future products were likely to be complete decks. However due to the unexpected demand and related timing issues, Commander's Arsenal ended up being a less streamlined collection. "The best way to describe it is a treasure trove of Commander goodies", explained Rosewater.[3]

Because of the out-of-order nature of the release, it was made a premium product with relatively limited print run. The massive (up to four time MSRP) price hikes applied by many stores as a result disappointed many players who had hoped for greater accessibility of the included cards.


Commander's Arsenal includes:[4]

Included cards[]

The oversized commanders all have (or seem to have) their original art, though a few are newly released in modern frames. They are (* indicates cards new to the modern frame):[5][6]

Notable cards are Sliver Queen and Karn, which are on the Reserved List. These reprints are possible because they are oversized cards and thus unable to be used as official game cards, which makes the reserved list policy explicitly inapplicable to them.

The regular-sized cards are all premium foil. Most of them have never been released in that form, and those who have (Duplicant, Decree of Pain, Mirari's Wake, Rhystic Study, Mind's Eye and Command Tower) are here with new or promo art (* indicates cards new to the modern frame):


  1. set symbol URL on Gatherer
  2. Wizards of the Coast (October 17, 2012). "Commander's Arsenal". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. David Leavitt. (25 October 2012.) 'Commander's Arsenal' is a 'treasure trove of Commander goodies'
  4. Monty Ashley (August 10, 2012). "Commander's Arsenal". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Trick Jarrett (October 23, 2012). "Commander's Arsenal Initial Barrage". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Mark Gottlieb (October 25, 2012). "In Command of Commander's Arsenal". Wizards of the Coast.

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