5 New Commanders from Core 2021

Benjamin Wheeler Commander

This upcoming Friday, July 3rd, marks the release of Core 2021 (which you can still preorder now!). And the twentieth core set packs a suite of legendary creatures that tick all my boxes when I’m perusing the previews for my next commander: Cheap to cast Thematic  (Mostly) mono-colored The Wheeler philosophy of Commander is centered on taking advantage of the …

Cycling in Commander and Brawl

Mara Katz Brawl, Commander

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is packed with exciting new mechanics, but the mechanic that’s made the biggest splash is a returning one: cycling. Cycling lets you discard cards you can’t use in order to draw different ones. Ikoria has introduced not only cards with unusually cheap cycling costs, but also some interesting payoffs for cycling that can have consequences above …

Companion in Commander and Brawl

Mara Katz Brawl, Commander

Editor’s note: On June 1, 2020, Wizards of the Coast announced a change to the companion mechanic. Companions may no longer be cast from the sideboard; instead, players must pay 3 mana of any color to put a companion from their sideboard into their hand. The Commander Rules Committee has clarified that “[c]ompanion will operate in Commander similarly to other …

Staying Connected with the Commander Community

Hallie Santo Commander

Ikoria’s “Commander Weekend” has been a huge treat for fans of the format. Commander players can’t wait to get their hands on Commander 2020 cards so they can retool their decks and build new ones. But as social distancing measures continue throughout the world, these players will have to wait another month to try these new cards, let alone gather …

The CAG’s Favorite Theros Beyond Death Commander Cards

Michelle Rapp Commander

With the arrival of Theros Beyond Death, Commander players are adding new enchantments, Gods, and creatures to their own decks. Given all of the possibilities, who better to ask for deck-building advice than the expert members of the Commander Advisory Group! I reached out to Olivia Gobert-Hicks, Shivam Bhatt, and Josh Lee Kwai to not only obtain their opinions about …

2020 Commander Products

Robby Rothe Commander, Products

You might have heard that 2020 is going to be “The Year of Commander.” Whoever said that isn’t wrong. If you’re a fan of the format, next year is going to make you pay attention, as there will be a large amount of Commander product coming our way. If you missed last week’s announcement, we’re here to share what’s in …

Preparing for CommandFest

DeQuan Watson Commander

CommandFest is a brand new event from Wizards of the Coast, and the first events are coming up this weekend in Seattle and Chicago. Unlike MagicFest and Grand Prix events, these events will not be anchored by a competitive tournament – instead, the focus will be entirely on casual play. If you’re heading to a CommandFest this weekend, here’s what …

Top 10 Throne of Eldraine Commander Cards

Robby Rothe Commander

Throne of Eldraine has given us several new toys to play with in Commander – and not all of them are legendary creatures. A few of the cards fit seamlessly into established decks, while others may help you develop a new strategy. Here are the top 10 cards from Throne of Eldraine (not countering the Brawl decks) that you’ll want …

Upgrading Commander 2019: Primal Genesis

Robby Rothe Commander

One of the best aspects of any new Commander product release is taking the new Commanders and building a new deck for them. Naya received three new Commanders, but I want to focus on the one on the front of the box: Ghired, Conclave Exile. Let’s examine how he works and talk about some cards that you can use to …

Top 10 Commander 2019 Cards

Card Kingdom Commander

Wait no longer, Commander fans: Commander 2019 is here! The new set includes four preconstructed Commander decks, each built around a classic Magic game mechanic. These decks include reprints of Commander staples, from Sol Ring to Solemn Simulacrum, along with a cast of new characters ready to command your next deck. If you’re still on the fence about which new …