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Commander 2013
Set Information
Set symbol
Design Mark L. Gottlieb (lead)
Dan Emmons
Ethan Fleischer
Scott Larabee
Steve Warner
Development Billy Moreno (lead)
Ethan Fleischer
Ron Foster
Mark Globus
Dave Guskin
with contributions from
Matt Tabak
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date November 1, 2013
Themes and mechanics Shard-colored commanders,
Command zone interaction, Curses
Keywords/​ability words Tempting offer
Set size Five three-color 100-card decks
Expansion code C13[1]
Commander series
Commander's Arsenal Commander 2013 Commander 2014
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Theros Commander 2013 Born of the Gods

Commander 2013 Edition is a product in the Commander series that was released by Wizards of the Coast in November 2013.[2] It was announced at the Magic panel at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 20, 2013.

Set details[]

The Commander 2013 product consists of five tri-color 'shard' decks, each 100 cards strong, that are ready-to-play commander decks right out of the box, with the option of choosing one of the three legendary tri-colored creatures each deck includes as the commander.[3][4][5]

There are 15 new cards in each deck; 51 new cards in total.[6] These are legal in Eternal formats (Vintage and Legacy) but they are not legal in Standard, Block Constructed, or Modern.[7]

Commander 2013 introduced cards that interact with the Command Zone (Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, Oloro, Ageless Ascetic and Opal Palace and the ability word Tempting offer which only appeared on sorceries.[8]

Each deck also came with oversized foil versions of each of its three commanders.

Magic Story[]

Main article: Magic Story
Title Author Release Date Setting (plane) Featuring
The Perfect Gift Nik Davidson 2013-10-16 Fiora Sydri


Commander 2013 has nine cycles:

Cycle name {G}{W}{U} {W}{U}{B} {U}{B}{R} {B}{R}{G} {R}{G}{W}
Commanders Derevi, Empyrial Tactician Oloro, Ageless Ascetic Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge Prossh, Skyraider of Kher Marath, Will of the Wild[9]
Each deck has a shard-colored legendary creature that is the designated commander for the deck they appear in. Some may have an ETB ability that gets stronger every time the commander is cast again, or an ability that otherwise directly interacts with the command zone.
Alternative commanders Roon of the Hidden Realm Sydri, Galvanic Genius Nekusar, the Mindrazer Shattergang Brothers Gahiji, Honored One
Each deck has a shard-colored legendary creature that can be used as an alternative commander.
Reprinted commanders Rubinia Soulsinger Sharuum the Hegemon Thraximundar Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper Mayael the Anima
Each deck has a shard-colored legendary creature that is a reprint. This creature can also be used as an alternative commander.
Panoramas Bant Panorama Esper Panorama Grixis Panorama Jund Panorama Naya Panorama
Each deck has a panorama from Shards of Alara of the shard associated with that color combinatination.
Shardlands Seaside Citadel Arcane Sanctum Crumbling Necropolis Savage Lands Jungle Shrine
Each deck has the shardland from Shards of Alara of the shard associated with that color combination.
Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Cycling lands Secluded Steppe Lonely Sandbar Barren Moor Forgotten Cave Tranquil Thicket
All five cycling lands from Onslaught are represented in the decks.
Curses Curse of the Forsaken Curse of Inertia Curse of Shallow Graves Curse of Chaos Curse of Predation
Each deck has access to the three of the five curses.
Tempting offers Tempt with Glory Tempt with Reflections Tempt with Immortality Tempt with Vengeance Tempt with Discovery
Each deck has a card with tempting offer.
Cycle name {W}{U} {U}{B} {B}{R} {R}{G} {G}{W} {W}{B} {U}{R} {B}{G} {R}{W} {G}{U}
Guildgates Azorius Guildgate Dimir Guildgate Rakdos Guildgate Gruul Guildgate Selesnya Guildgate Orzhov Guildgate Izzet Guildgate Golgari Guildgate Boros Guildgate Simic Guildgate
All ten guildgates from the Return to Ravnica block are represented in the decks.

Theme decks[]

Commander 2013 consists of five decks:[3]

deck name
Color Identity Commander
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Evasive Maneuvers W U G Derevi, Empyrial Tactician
Eternal Bargain W U B Oloro, Ageless Ascetic
Mind Seize U B R Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge
Power Hungry B R G Prossh, Skyraider of Kher
Nature of the Beast W R G Marath, Will of the Wild

The new cards are evenly distributed amongst the five decks.[10]

Notable cards[]

External links[]


  1. Product information
  2. Trick Jarrett (July 22, 2013). "Announcing Magic: The Gathering Commander 2013". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. a b Trick Jarrett (October 09, 2013). "Commander (2013 Edition) Packaging". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater (October 28, 2013). "Your Wish Is My Commander". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Magic Creative Team (October 30, 2013). "The Ten Commanders". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Trick Jarrett (October 24, 2013). "51 New Cards". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Wizards of the Coast (October 22, 2013). "Commander 2013 Edition Release Notes". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Sam Stoddard (November 01, 2013). "Developing Commander". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Trick Jarrett (October 08, 2013). "Introducing Marath!". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Wizards of the Coast (October 18, 2013). "All Five Commander Decklists". Wizards of the Coast.