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


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.


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).


Online release[]

Yearly releases[]


Set Commander decks[]

The following releases are all thematically connected to other sets.

Release Alternate name Decks Connected to Release
Commander 2020 Ikoria Commander 5 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths April 2020
Zendikar Rising Commander Decks 2 Zendikar Rising September 2020
Commander Legends Commander Decks 2 Commander Legends November 2020
Kaldheim Commander Decks 2 Kaldheim February 2021
Commander 2021 Strixhaven Commander 5 Strixhaven: School of Mages April 2021
Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Commander Decks 4 Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms July 2021
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Decks 2 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt September 2021
Innistrad: Crimson Vow Commander Decks


Innistrad: Crimson Vow November 2021

Commander Draft[]

Universes Beyond[]

Commander promos[]

  • A special Sol Ring Commander promo (foil and non-foil) with new art by Mark Tedin was made available at Grand Prix Las Vegas, just before the release of Commander 2019.[6][7] It was throughout the year available through Commander events at MagicFests, and at select conventions.