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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[]

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).

Releases[]

Online release[]

Yearly releases[]

Anthologies[]

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.[6] After 2021, the Commander [year] template was abandoned, because all sets featured Commander decks.[7]

Date Release Alternate name Decks Connected to
2020-04 Commander 2020 Ikoria Commander 5 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
2020-09 Zendikar Rising Commander Decks 2 Zendikar Rising
2020-11 Commander Legends Commander Decks 2 Commander Legends
2021-02 Kaldheim Commander Decks 2 Kaldheim
2021-04 Commander 2021 Strixhaven Commander 5 Strixhaven: School of Mages
2021-07 Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Commander Decks Forgotten Realms Commander 4 Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
2021-09 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Decks 2 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
2021-11 Innistrad: Crimson Vow Commander Decks 2 Innistrad: Crimson Vow
2022-02 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Commander Decks 2 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
2022-04 Streets of New Capenna Commander Decks New Capenna Commander 5 Streets of New Capenna
2022-06 Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate Commander Decks 4 Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate
2022-09 Dominaria United Commander Decks 2 Dominaria United
2022-11 The Brothers' War Commander Decks ? The Brothers' War

Commander Draft[]

Secret Lair[]

Date Release Alternate name Decks Connected to
2021-11 Heads I Win, Tails You Lose 1 Secret Lair Drop Series: Secretversary 2021

Universes Beyond[]

Date Release Alternate name Decks Connected to
2022-10 Warhammer 40,000 Commander Decks 4 N.A.
2023 The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth Commander Decks ? The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth

Commander promos[]

References[]

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