|Symbol description||A shield with a sword|
Ethan Fleischer (lead) |
Ben Hayes (lead) |
|Art direction||Jeremy Jarvis|
|Release date||November 11, 2016|
|Themes and mechanics||4-color commanders|
|Keywords/ability words||Partner, Undaunted|
|Set size||Five four-colored 100-card decks|
|Magic: The Gathering Chronology|
Commander 2016 features five four-colored 100-card decks. There are 56 new cards legal in Vintage and Legacy. Each of the five preconstructed decks comes with 4 foil commander cards, 1 oversized foil commander card, 10 double-faced tokens, a deck storage box, a strategy insert, a rules reference card and 15 new cards.
Each preconstructed deck was designed with an identity for each four-color group:
- "Artifice" ("artifacts matter")
- "Chaos" (random effects)
- "Aggression" (aggro)
- "Altruism" (group hug)
- "Growth" (+1/+1 counters)
The main new commander in the deck matches the four colors and the primary theme, while the alternate new commanders are bi-colored.
The set features three versions of each basic land with all new art — one of each basic from Rebecca Guay, Mark Poole, and Kev Walker. Rare dual lands from several original cycles were added to fix the mana base.
Beacon of Unrest, Chain of Vapor, Reins of Power, Wave of Reckoning and Windfall received all new art. Gruul Signet and Rakdos Signet were printed in paper for the first time with their MTGO art. Forbidden Orchard and Hanna, Ship's Navigator were printed with art that was previously only available from premium products.
- Commander 2016 introduces partner, a keyword mechanic that occurs on 15 bicolored legendary creatures. A player may for the first time have two commanders if each of them has the partner keyword. Each of these creatures suggests a particular style of Commander deck to build, and the two partners together provide a 4-color color identity for the deck.
- Undaunted is a new keyword mechanic appearing on a cycle of rare noncreature spells. Spells with undaunted cost less to cast for each opponent in the game: therefore, they grow more expensive to cast as the game continues and players are eliminated.
- Basic landcycling is a returning mechanic that appears on spells in all five preconstructed decks. It was included specifically so that players would have easier access to the colors of mana they needed at a given time.
- Converge appears for the first time on a new card outside of Battle for Zendikar (Crystalline Crawler).
Commander 2016 has six cycles of new cards, one of which is a double cycle:
|4-color Commanders||Breya, Etherium Shaper||Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder||Saskia the Unyielding||Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis||Atraxa, Praetors' Voice|
|Five mythic rare four-colored legendary creatures, each representing the theme of one deck.|
|Shardlands||Seaside Citadel||Arcane Sanctum||Crumbling Necropolis||Savage Lands||Jungle Shrine|
|Each of these uncommon triple lands comes into play tapped and can be tapped for one of three colors of mana. These are strictly better than the old taplands. Reprinted from Shards of Alara|
|Rare enemy color partners||Tymna the Weaver||Kraum, Ludevic's Opus||Reyhan, Last of the Abzan||Akiri, Line-Slinger||Thrasios, Triton Hero|
|Five rare bicolored legendary creatures with the partner keyword, each of whom comes from the same plane as the other partner in their color combination.|
|Allied color landcyclers||Migratory Route||Ancient Excavation||Grave Upheaval||Treacherous Terrain||Sylvan Reclamation|
|Five uncommon bicolored spells with “Basic landcycling ”.|
|Undaunted spells||Sublime Exhalation||Coastal Breach||Curtains' Call||Divergent Transformations||Seeds of Renewal|
|Five rare monocolored spells with the undaunted keyword.|
|Uncommon monocolored cards||Orzhov Advokist||Grip of Phyresis||Parting Thoughts||Frenzied Fugue||Evolutionary Escalation|
|Each deck includes two of these five uncommon cards.|
|Bounce lands||Azorius Chancery||Dimir Aqueduct||Rakdos Carnarium||Gruul Turf||Selesnya Sanctuary||Orzhov Basilica||Izzet Boilerworks||Golgari Rot Farm||Boros Garrison||Simic Growth Chamber|
|When each of these common nonbasic dual lands enters the battlefield tapped, its controller returns a land he or she controls to its owner's hand. Each of these lands can tap to produce two mana, one of each of the its associate guild's colors. Reprinted from the Ravnica Block|
|Mythic partners||Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker||Silas Renn, Seeker Adept||Vial Smasher the Fierce||Tana, the Bloodsower||Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa||Ravos, Soultender||Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist||Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper||Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder||Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix|
|Ten mythic rare bicolored legendary creatures with the partner keyword.|
|Sorcery magi||Magus of the Balance (Commander 2018)
|Magus of the Mind (Commander 2017)
|Magus of the Will (Commander 2016)
|Magus of the Wheel (Commander 2015)
(Wheel of Fortune)
|Magus of the Order (Commander Legends) |
|Rare Wizards with the converted mana cost and abilities of iconic sorceries from Magic's past.|
Commander 2016 consists of five four-colored decks:
|Entropic Uprising||U||B||R||G||Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder|
|Open Hostility||W||B||R||G||Saskia the Unyielding|
|Stalwart Unity||W||U||R||G||Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis|
|Breed Lethality||W||U||B||G||Atraxa, Praetors' Voice|
|Invent Superiority||W||U||B||R||Breya, Etherium Shaper|
- 1/1 Spirit creature for Forbidden Orchard
- 1/1 Bird creature with flying for Migratory Route
- 4/4 Elemental creature with flying for Hoofprints of the Stag
- 0/1 Goat creature for Trading Post
- 1/1 Soldier creature for Akroan Horse and Entrapment Maneuver
- 1/1 Spirit creature with flying for Custodi Soulbinders
- 2/2 Bird creature with flying for Swan Song
- 1/1 Squid creature with islandwalk for Chasm Skulker
- 1/1 Thopter artifact creature with flying for Breya, Etherium Shaper and Thopter Foundry
- 0/0 Germ creature for Bonehoard and Grip of Phyresis
- 2/2 Zombie creature for Army of the Damned and Waste Not
- 1/1 Goblin creature with "Creatures you control attack each combat if able." for Goblin Spymaster
- 3/3 Ogre creature for Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs
- 3/3 Beast creature for Beast Within
- 1/1 Elf Warrior creature for Nath of the Gilt-Leaf
- 1/1 Saproling creature for Artifact Mutation, Aura Mutation, Ghave, Guru of Spores, Korozda Guildmage, Mycoloth, Necrogenesis, Selesnya Guildmage, Tana, the Bloodsower and Thelonite Hermit (art 1 of 2)
- 1/1 Saproling creature (art 2 of 2)
- 1/1 Worm creature for Worm Harvest
- X/X Horror artifact creature for Phyrexian Rebirth
- 1/1 Myr artifact creature for Myr Battlesphere
- Emblem for Daretti, Scrap Savant
- Product information
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