Description[edit | edit source]
From 2013 on, a Commander product was released every year, each containing four or five 100-card decks. 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. Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths and Zendikar Rising introduced Commander decks that are released as a regular part of a set's product line.
New cards[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
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. 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[edit | edit source]
Online release[edit | edit source]
Yearly releases[edit | edit source]
- Commander — Five wedge colored decks (June 2011).
- Commander's Arsenal — 18 foil cards and other goodies (November 2012).
- Commander 2013 — Five shard colored decks, introducing commanders scaling with mana spent. (November 2013).
- Commander 2014 — Five monocolored decks, introducing planeswalker commanders. (November 2014).
- Commander 2015 — Five enemy colored decks, introducing experience counters. (November 2015).
- Commander 2016 — Five 4-color decks (November 2016).
- Commander 2017 — Four tribal decks whose commanders had an eminence ability (August 2017).
- Commander 2018 — Three 3-color decks and one 2-color deck (August 2018).
- Commander 2019 — Three 3-color decks and one 2-color deck (August 2019).
Anthologies[edit | edit source]
- Commander Anthology — Four previous Commander decks together in one package (June 2017).
- Commander Anthology Volume II — Four previous Commander decks together in one package (June 2018).
Set Commander decks[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
Universes Beyond[edit | edit source]
Commander promos[edit | edit source]
- 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. It will be available in the future through Commander events at MagicFests throughout the year, and at select conventions in 2020.
References[edit | edit source]
- David Leavitt. (25 October 2012.) 'Commander's Arsenal' is a 'treasure trove of Commander goodies' Examiner.com
- Gavin Verhey (January 18, 2018). "Know Your Audience". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Gavin Verhey (October 30, 2019). "Big Things Are Coming for Commander in 2020". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- The Future of Commander Preconstructed Decks! (Video). Good Morning Magic. YouTube (May 14, 2021).
- Adam Styborski (April 8, 2021). "Check Out The New Packaging for Commander (2021 Edition) and Beyond". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Gavin Verhey (July 1, 2019). "Did y'all see this sweet new Sol Ring promo". Twitter.
- Gavin Verhey (July 30, 2019). "The Sol of Commander". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.