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Commander 2014
Set Information
Set symbol
Design Ethan Fleischer (lead)
Dan Emmons
Aaron Forsythe
James Hata
Charles Rapkin
Development Ian Duke (lead)
Mark Globus
Peter Lee
Dan Emmons
Max McCall
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date November 7, 2014
Plane Multiversal
Themes and mechanics Monocolored planeswalker commanders
Keywords/​ability words Lieutenant
Set size Five monocolored 100-card decks
Expansion code C14[1]
Commander series
Commander 2013 Commander 2014 Commander 2015
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Khans of Tarkir Commander 2014 Duel Decks Anthology

Commander 2014, officially styled as Commander (2014 Edition), is a product in the Commander series that was released by Wizards of the Coast on November 7, 2014. It was announced at the Magic panel at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 26, 2014.[2]

Set details[ | ]

Commander 2014 features five monocolored 100-card decks (337 different cards).[3] There are 61 new cards legal in Vintage and Legacy. Each of the five decks has 15 new cards.[4][5] The set introduced five new planeswalkers that can be used as a commander, and featured legendary creatures from Magic's past which didn't have a card before (Gisa, Geralf, Feldon, Jazal and Titania [6]). It also introduced the lieutenant ability word and double-sided tokens. The five planeswalkers were created bottom-up (abilities first), while the five historical legendaries were created top-down (character first).[7] Several older cards featured new art.[8][9]

Three Planeswalkers hail from the past. Teferi is depicted before he gave up his planeswalker's spark to seal a time rift,[10][11] Freyalise before she died while sealing another time rift, and Ob Nixilis before he became a demon.[12]

The basic lands are reprints related to each planeswalker's history. Guided by Nature and Peer through Time have reprints from Time Spiral because Freyalise and Teferi are from Dominaria. Forged in Stone and Sworn to Darkness have reprints from Zendikar as it is Nahiri's home plane and Ob Nixilis' current location. As there were no basic lands in Conspiracy to represent Fiora, the basic lands in Built from Scratch are reprints from core sets.

Each packaging also came with an oversized foil version of each deck's main planeswalker commander.

Magic Story[ | ]

Main article: Magic Story
Title Author Release Date Setting (plane) Featuring
The Lithomancer Kelly Digges 2014-10-29 Unknown destroyed plane, Zendikar Nahiri, Sorin Markov, Ugin, Eldrazi
The First World Is the Hardest Nik Davidson 2014-11-05 Unknown plane Ob Nixilis

Cycles[ | ]

Commander 2014 has ten cycles, six of which are reprints:

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Planeswalker commanders Nahiri, the Lithomancer Teferi, Temporal Archmage Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath Daretti, Scrap Savant Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury
Five mythic rare monocolored planeswalkers that can be used as a commander.
Historic figure legendaries Jazal Goldmane Stitcher Geralf Ghoulcaller Gisa Feldon of the Third Path Titania, Protector of Argoth
Five mythic rare legendary creatures from Magic's past who didn't have a card before.
Lieutenants Angelic Field Marshal Stormsurge Kraken Demon of Wailing Agonies Tyrant's Familiar Thunderfoot Baloth
Five rare monocolored creatures that gain a powerful ability and get +2/+2 as long as you control your commander.
Offerings Benevolent Offering Intellectual Offering Infernal Offering Volcanic Offering Sylvan Offering
Five rare spells with two abilities which are shared with one opponent each.
On-theme legendaries Kemba, Kha Regent Lorthos, the Tidemaker Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief Bosh, Iron Golem Ezuri, Renegade Leader
Five legendary creatures that fit the decks' themes, each of which is a reprint.
Medallions Pearl Medallion Sapphire Medallion Jet Medallion Ruby Medallion Emerald Medallion
Five rare artifacts that cost {2} and reduces cost of colored spells by {1}. Reprinted from Tempest, and featuring art from Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 [13]
Diamonds Marble Diamond Sky Diamond Charcoal Diamond Fire Diamond Moss Diamond
Five uncommon artifacts that cost {2}, enter the battlefield tapped, and tap for one color of mana. Reprinted from Mirage[14]
Karoo lands Karoo Coral Atoll Everglades Dormant Volcano Jungle Basin
Five uncommon lands that are sacrificed when they enter the battlefield unless you return an untapped basic land of a given type to your hand. They tap for M{C}. Reprinted from Visions
Cycle lands 1 Secluded Steppe Lonely Sandbar Barren Moor Forgotten Cave Tranquil Thicket
Five common lands that enter the battlefield tapped and may be tapped for M. Can be cycled for M. Reprinted from Onslaught
Cycle lands 2 Drifting Meadow Remote Isle Polluted Mire Smoldering Crater Slippery Karst
Five common lands that enter the battlefield tapped and may be tapped for M. Can be cycled for {2}. Reprinted from Urza's Saga

Theme decks[ | ]

Commander 2014 consists of five mono-colored decks:[15][16]

deck name
Color Identity Commander
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Forged in Stone W Nahiri, the Lithomancer
Peer Through Time U Teferi, Temporal Archmage
Sworn to Darkness B Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath
Built from Scratch R Daretti, Scrap Savant
Guided by Nature G Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury

Notable cards[ | ]

  • Commander's Sphere immediately became one of the most heavily played mana rocks in the Commander format.
  • Myriad Landscape sees significant casual play as a land that can produce significant ramp and mana fixing.
  • Dualcaster Mage sees significant play mostly because of its ability to combo with spells such as Twinflame to result in infinite hasty bodies.
  • Song of the Dryads is a popular removal spell as it can permanently remove a commander without the option of returning it to the command zone.
  • Containment Priest would end up as a powerful sideboard card in Legacy and Vintage, as well as Modern after being reprinted in a later Standard-legal set.
  • Assault Suit is the first printed card to prevent a specific creature from being sacrificed.
  • In addition to being part of the same cycle, the siblings Ghoulcaller Gisa and Stitcher Geralf have mechanical references to one another; Geralf produces a single zombie with high power and toughness, and Gisa can sacrifice a large zombie to create many smaller ones.

Tokens and emblems[ | ]

Commander 2014 has 36 different tokens and/or emblems.[17][18]

  1. {W} 4/4 Angel with Flying for Decree of Justice and Moonsilver Spear
  2. {W} 2/2 Cat for Kemba, Kha Regent and White Sun's Zenith
  3. {W} 0/1 Goat for Trading Post
  4. {W} 1/1 Kor Soldier for Nahiri, the Lithomancer and Nomads' Assembly
  5. {W} 1/1 Pegasus with Flying for Sacred Mesa
  6. {W} 1/1 Soldier for Decree of Justice, Deploy to the Front, Martial Coup, and Mobilization
  7. {W} 1/1 Spirit with Flying for Afterlife, Benevolent Offering, Hallowed Spiritkeeper, Midnight Haunting, Requiem Angel, and Spectral Procession
  8. {U} 3/3 Fish for Reef Worm
  9. {U} 9/9 Kraken for Reef Worm
  10. {U} 6/6 Whale for Reef Worm
  11. {U} */* Zombie for Stitcher Geralf
  12. {B} */* Demon with Flying for Promise of Power
  13. {B} 5/5 Demon with Flying for Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath
  14. {B} 0/0 Germ for Bonehoard and Lashwrithe
  15. {B} */* Horror for Flesh Carver and Spoils of Blood
  16. {B} 2/2 Zombie for Ghoulcaller Gisa, Grave Titan, Liliana's Reaver, and Overseer of the Damned
  17. {R} 1/1 Goblin for Beetleback Chief
  18. {G} 3/3 Ape for Pongify
  19. {G} 3/3 Beast for Fresh Meat
  20. {G} 4/4 Beast for Rampaging Baloths
  21. {G} 5/3 Elemental for Titania, Protector of Argoth
  22. {G} 3/3 Elephant for Terastodon
  23. {G} 1/1 Elf Druid with "{T}: Add {G}" for Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury
  24. {G} 1/1 Elf Warrior for Hunting Triad, Imperious Perfect, Lys Alana Huntmaster, and Sylvan Offering
  25. {G} */* Treefolk for Sylvan Offering
  26. {G} 2/2 Wolf for Wolfbriar Elemental, Wolfcaller’s Howl, and Wren's Run Packmaster
  27. {C} 3/4 Gargoyle artifact creature with Flying for Gargoyle Castle
  28. {C} 1/1 Myr artifact creature for Myr Battlesphere and Myr Sire
  29. {C} 1/1 Pentavite artifact creature with Flying for Pentavus
  30. {C} Equipment artifact named Stoneforged Blade with "Indestructible. Equipped creature gets +5/+5 and has Double strike. Equip 0." for Nahiri, the Lithomancer
  31. {C} 5/5 Legendary Goblin Golem artifact creature named Tuktuk the Returned for Tuktuk the Explorer
  32. {C} 3/3 Wurm artifact creature with Deathtouch for Wurmcoil Engine
  33. {C} 3/3 Wurm artifact creature with Lifelink for Wurmcoil Engine
  34. Emblem for Teferi, Temporal Archmage
  35. Emblem for Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath
  36. Emblem for Daretti, Scrap Savant

The different tokens and/or emblems were packaged such that each deck had 10 double-sided tokens/emblems generated by spells or abilities within that deck as described above.

External links[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. Product info
  2. Mark Rosewater (July 26, 2014). "All The Goods From The Panel, Part 2". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  3. Magic Arcana (October 30, 2014). "Commander (2014 Edition) Packaging". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Wizards of the Coast (July 28, 2014). "Announcing Magic: The Gathering—Commander (2014)". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (October 27, 2014). "Commander in Chief". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Ethan Fleischer and Ian Duke (October 24, 2014). "A Love Letter to Vorthos". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mark Rosewater (October 31, 2014). "What where the other choices (characters) for the various new legend spots?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  8. Blake Rasmussen (November 5, 2014). "New Art in Commander (2014 Edition)". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Blake Rasmussen (November 12, 2014). "New Art in Commander, Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Doug Beyer (July 26, 2014). "With Teferi coming back, will there be any explanation as to how or why he is still a planeswalker?". A Voice for Vorthos. Tumblr.
  11. Wizards of the Coast Twitter (@wizards_magic) (July 26, 2014). "Teferi, Temporal Archmage"
  12. Doug Beyer (October 28, 2014). "Is the Commander Ob Nixilis card before he went to Zenidkar, or after the hedron was removed on Duel of the Planeswalkers?". A Voice for Vorthos. Tumblr.
  13. Monty Ashley (August 13, 2012). "The Duels Medallions". Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Blake Rasmussen (October 29, 2014). "A Wizard's Best Friend". Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Magic Arcana (October 30, 2014). "Commander (2014 Edition) Packaging". Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Blake Rasmussen (October 31, 2014). "Commander (2014 Edition) Decklists". Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Blake Rasmussen (October 28, 2014). "Commander (2014 Edition) Tokens". Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Blake Rasmussen (November 4, 2014). "Commander (2014 Edition) Tokens, Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.