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The Commander series is a line of preconstructed products conceived for the Commander format.

Description[ | ]

From 2013 on, a Commander product was released every year, each containing four or five 100-card decks.[1] This product is generally targeted at non-tournament play. While the audience is obviously Commander players, they are also interesting for other formats like free-for-all multiplayer or Cube Draft.[2] Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths and Zendikar Rising introduced Commander decks that are released as a regular part of a set's product line.[3][4]

New cards[ | ]

On average, Commander sets feature 50-60 all-new cards. The new commons are available in all decks, uncommons are available in all decks of the card's color, rares are available in one deck only, and mythic rares are the new commanders themselves.

Packaging[ | ]

VOW commander deck minimal packaging

Minimal packaging for online sales

For a long time, Commander series products were packaged in plastic with an oversized commander to mark the main commander of each deck (the "face card"). Starting with Commander 2021, plastic was reduced in the packaging and a foil-etched display commander replaced the oversized card.[5] At the same time an additional "minimal packaging version" of the deck was introduced for sales online. While it doesn't feature the design of the typical retail packaging, instead it uses a corrugated cardboard box to contain the product, it delivers almost everything the same way using even less material and space. The only difference between the minimal packaging and retail versions is that the insert tray holding the deck box does not offer punch-out counters and a divider—you'll still receive everything else (the deck and deck box, plus life wheel, display commander, and double-sided tokens).

Starting with Outlaws of Thunder Junction in 2024, the display commanders were exchanged for regular foil cards.[6]

Releases[ | ]

Online release[ | ]

Yearly releases[ | ]

Anthologies[ | ]

Master Series[ | ]

Set Commander decks[ | ]

Starting with Commander 2020, the Commander releases are all thematically connected to other sets. This allowed R&D to supplement themes from the main set with new cards to help it work better in Commander decks. It also ties into the excitement for the set, including drafting off of all the marketing for it, it provides the opportunity to flesh out creative elements of the current plane, and it differentiates the decks from one another. Always being a blend of everything previously made them feel too similar.[7] After 2021, the Commander [year] template was abandoned, because all sets featured Commander decks.[8]

Date Release Alternate name Code Decks Connected to
2020-04 Commander 2020 Ikoria Commander C20 5 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
2020-09 Zendikar Rising Commander Decks ZNC 2 Zendikar Rising
2020-11 Commander Legends Commander Decks CMR 2 Commander Legends
2021-02 Kaldheim Commander Decks KHC 2 Kaldheim
2021-04 Commander 2021 Strixhaven Commander C21 5 Strixhaven: School of Mages
2021-07 Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Commander Decks Forgotten Realms Commander AFC 4 Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
2021-09 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Decks MIC 2 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
2021-11 Innistrad: Crimson Vow Commander Decks VOC 2 Innistrad: Crimson Vow
2022-02 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Commander Decks NEC 2 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
2022-04 Streets of New Capenna Commander Decks New Capenna Commander NCC 5 Streets of New Capenna
2022-06 Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate Commander Decks CLB 4 Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate
2022-09 Dominaria United Commander Decks DMC 2 Dominaria United
2022-11 The Brothers' War Commander Decks BRC 2 The Brothers' War
2023-02 Phyrexia: All Will Be One Commander Decks ONC 2 Phyrexia: All Will Be One
2023-04 March of the Machine Commander Decks MOC 5 March of the Machine
2023-06 The Lord of the Rings Commander Decks LTC 4 The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth
2023-09 Wilds of Eldraine Commander Decks WOC 2 Wilds of Eldraine
2023-11 The Lost Caverns of Ixalan Commander Decks LCC 4 The Lost Caverns of Ixalan
2024-02 Murders at Karlov Manor Commander Decks MKC 4 Murders at Karlov Manor
2024-04 Outlaws of Thunder Junction Commander Decks OTC 4 Outlaws of Thunder Junction

Starter[ | ]

Date Release Alternate name Expansion Code Decks Notes
2022-12 Starter Commander Decks SCD 5 Designed for beginning players

Commander Draft[ | ]

Date Release Alternate name Expansion Code Notes
2020-11 Commander Legends CMR
2022-06 Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate CLB Dungeons & Dragons crossover
2023-08 Commander Masters CMM Part of the Masters series

Secret Lair[ | ]

Date Release Alternate name Decks Connected to
2021-11 Heads I Win, Tails You Lose 1 Secret Lair Drop Series: Secretversary 2021
2023-05 From Cute to Brute 1 N/A
2023-08 Angels: They're Just Like Us but Cooler and with Wings 1 N/A
2024-01 Raining Cats & Dogs 1 N/A

Universes Beyond[ | ]

Date Release Alternate name Decks Connected to
2022-10 Warhammer 40,000 Commander Decks 4 N/A
2023-06 The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth Commander Decks Lord of the Rings Commander 4 The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth
2023-10 Doctor Who Commander Decks Doctor Who 4 N/A
2024-03 Fallout/Commander decks Fallout 4 N/A

Commander promos[ | ]

References[ | ]