Evaluating Commander Legends Design

Bradley Rose Design

Nine years ago, Commander (2011) broke new ground by introducing new cards in a Magic deck product. With the release of Commander Legends, we’re seeing a similarly large milestone. Designing Commander Legends is a unique puzzle to solve. It inherits Commander’s problem of naturally-slow games, and the drafting portion of Limited is tough to combine with Commander’s color identity restrictions. …

MTG Keywords Explained: Encore

Card Kingdom Strategy

Last week, we covered a mechanic from the upcoming set Commander Legends, and today, we’re back for an encore. No, seriously — we’re here to tell you about the newest mechanic in Commander Legends, encore. Encore is already getting a standing ovation from Commander fans for its simplicity and utility. But if you want to make sure you understand this …

Commander Legends: 4 Budget Deck Techs

Mara Katz Commander

Commander Legends is full of exciting new legendary creatures that will inspire a wide variety of brewing possibilities. Whether you’re building a tribal deck with Miara, Thorn of the Glade or Malcolm, Keen-Eyed Navigator, a keyword-matters decks with Akroma, Vision of Ixidor or Radiant, Serra Archangel, or a commander-matters deck with Keleth, Sunmane Familiar and Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar, there are …

Commander Legends Upgrade Guide: Reap the Tides

Scott Cullen Commander

The Year of Commander is reaching its peak, and with it come the latest preconstructed decks for Commander Legends. The beauty of these preconstructed decks is their potential; they are great to pick up and play, but they’ve also got a lot of room for upgrading and personalization. Today, I’ll be focusing on the Reap the Tides preconstructed deck, a …

Commander Legends Upgrade Guide: Arm for Battle

Kristen Gregory Commander

Commander Legends brings with it two new preconstructed decks: Reap the Tides, a Simic sea-themed deck, and Arm for Battle, a Boros aura/equipment voltron deck. If you know me at all, you’ll know I jumped at the chance to review the latter, and so without further ado, let’s dive on into this Boros Bonanza.  Arm for Battle: New Commander Cards …

Budget Blitz: Best Budget Commander Legends Cards

Kristen Gregory Commander

Commander Legends releases on Friday, November 20th, and there are bargains to be had… if you know where to look. Kristen takes us through the cream of the budget crop, including her picks for the best budget Commanders from the set.  My long-running Budget Blitz column sees another entry with Commander Legends. Every quarter, I review the latest Standard set …

5 Fun Partner Combinations in Commander Legends

Scott Cullen Commander

Partner is back, and it’s more widespread than ever. Forty-one new partners are entering Commander, giving us more than 1300 new combinations of pairings. This is as incredible as it can be overwhelming, so I’ve done some of the hard work for you by finding some of the most fun combinations. I’ve picked out and detailed five of my favorite …

Commander Legends: Tevesh Szat’s Potential Partnerships

Mara Katz Commander

Commander Legends has arrived, and it’s brought back partner – a mechanic from Commander 2016 that lets you mix and match commanders. Not only are legendary creatures with partner an important part of the strategy for drafting Commander Legends, but they also present exciting opportunities to switch up your Commander deck-building strategies. In this article, we’ll look at how one …

Talking Commander Legends with Gavin Verhey

Kristen Gregory Commander

Kristen sits down with Gavin Verhey, Senior Magic Designer at Wizards of the Coast, to talk designing Commander Legends, the secrets to surviving lockdown with your sanity in check, and a little card called Jeweled Lotus. Hey Gavin, hope you’re well! How’s working from home going? Do you have any ingenious ways to spice up your routine? Hi Kristen! Always …