Aesi and Tatyova’s decks will end up nearly identical, and their overall popularity may do the same. This precon, however, is not such a deck. Silent Arbiter ($3), Nissa, … According to the lead designer for the set, Gavin Verhey, these were designed to a) help replace the planeswalker decks of yore, and b) provide a more accessible means of getting newer players to get into the Commander format. Let me know down below which Commander deck was your favorite. Heck, you can make your own pseudo-Psychic Possession in Boros by having Bludgeon Brawl, Puresteel Paladin, and Smothering Tithe out! Additionally, Sigarda’s Aid is a welcome card to any Equipment or Aura strategy, coming in at a low cost in colors that tend to need it, shirking additional costs, and allowing for instant-speed levels of play. In addition to that, there was a cycle of instants or sorceries that were ally colored that came with basic land cycling for 2 colorless mana. These spells had the commander’s name in them and were specifically related to the keyword mechanic for the appropriate deck. This deck fills its graveyard with creatures that have a lot of keywords, then casts the commander to make a formidable threat. Each deck had two creatures that were part of a cycle. Known before this set as “The Lithomancer”, Commander 2014 was the first time that Nahiri got a card. In contrast, the enchantment deck (if not the artifact deck) was probably the most closely tied to its stated permanent type. Then, those same commanders can utilize those experience counters in a unique way. There were a few Ixalan legends that could be your commanders, but it wasn’t until this Commander deck came out that people could really run their vampire tribal decks. Rather, it tried to manipulate the top card in your deck so you could always draw the right card. Unfortunately, it was not equipped with very many pay offs for playing beasts. First, instead of the typical 5 decks with equally dispersed colors, there were only four decks, and the colors were not equally balanced. There are a handful of cards from the main Ikoria set in the reprint slots, but the number is fairly small. Freyalise wants to fill the battlefield with as many elves as she can then use the tons of mana they can generate to cast a big overrun spell. Like the other decks released in this product, the Heavenly Inferno deck had a couple of great ideas that were spread a little too thin. As a result, this Commander deck is all about Landfall. Daxos, a character who at the time was trapped in the underworld of Theros, lets you make spirits based on the number of experience counters you have, but you get experience counters by playing enchantments. He saved up his allowance to buy an Akroma Angel of Wrath on eBay, only to find out it was a fraudulent post, forever dashing his hopes of ever getting a big creature to stick. Akiri lends much-needed protection with her second ability, but Wyleth also helps to mitigate some of the downsides of Voltron — notably, putting all of your eggs in one basket, only to have your basket go tumbling and eggs go all Humpty-Dumpty after a Tragic Slip — so long as you get to attack. Zendikar is a plane famous for caring about lands entering the battlefield. It tries to win with a small army of creatures that cannot be blocked. You basically add more Madness cards and an infinite combo and ‘voila’ you have yourself a cEDH deck. Let’s start with the elephant Serpent in the room: the commander and face card, Aesi, Tyrant of Gyre Strait. Not only did it introduce the first ever four-color commanders, it also was the first time we ever saw the Partner mechanic. However, it also left plenty of room to upgrade into something more if you wanted to. If you only read about a single year of Commander decks, this is definitely that year. © Wizards of the Coast LLC. This deck, however, focused mostly on +1/+1 counters. Whenever you cast such a creature you get an experience counter. A similar ability had been seen on a commander in a previous year. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. Each of the face commanders for this set had an ability called Eminence. Merciless Rage wants to discard a ton of cards and get value from them. This deck is pretty straightforward. Technically, Kalemne cares about any creature with converted mana cost 5 or greater. Aesi is Tatyova, Benthic Druid pumped to the max. The deck is designed around Ikoria’s new Mutate mechanic. Each deck came with 3 partner commanders. Every year, one of the most exciting products that Wizards releases are the Commander pre-constructed decks or Commander precons. 2016’s Commander precons changed the format in a way that no other year had until that point or would in coming years so far. They make Kobold tokens equal to the amount of mana spent to cast it. In this year Wizards decided to tie all of the Commander decks to the standard set that they were released with. It is full of utility cards that can be cycled away if you don’t need them right away. I’ll go into each one more in depth. Commander (2020 Edition) releases on May 15, 2020. Let’s suit up and dive in to take a closer look! Maren was the most popular commander to come from Commander 2015 by a long shot. This deck is supposed to be a chaos deck. They just got more options than they already had. My guess is the deck wants you to: 1) suit up Wyleth, Soul of Steel with Auras and/or Equipment, 2) attack and draw cards, 3) use the grip of cards you acquired to interact with threats at instant speed, 4) rinse, repeat. Looking at this list, one notices something right off the bat: there are 14 Equipment, but 22 instants (40 lands also seems a tad high). Of course, Sneak Attack Upgrade Guide is also available for more information. Commander decks had had tribal subthemes in the past, but this year they were going all out with it. While Boros does continue to lean into its combat roots, I think WotC has done interesting work in expanding the color combination’s potential for staying power and card advantage.