The Commander Hall Of Fame, As Decided By Me.

Abbi Marie | 18th July 2018

Magic: The Gathering has a popular multiplayer format called “Commander”. Decks are built up of 100 cards, and except basic lands, you may only have one copy of any card in your deck. There is also a much smaller ban list for Commander, so for all intent and purposes, anything goes. Of course the main ruling being that players select a legendary creature to serve as their ‘Commander’ a card always available to them throughout the game. So whenever anything happens to your Commander that would remove it from the battlefield (dies, exiled, shuffled into library, returned to hand etc.) you can choose to instead return your Commander to the ‘Command Zone’. For every time your Commander is returned to the Command zone it’s gonna cost you 2 more colourless mana to cast. The colour(s) of your commander also dictate what colour cards you may play in your deck.

and honestly they are the most enjoyable decks to brew.

So what are the greatest Commanders of all time? I know I have favourites, and ones I would love to build, but when I was researching I was thinking, who do you think is the strongest Commander? So I thought I’d create a little rank of my top 10 Commanders, that can be 100% strong AF, but also not your super common ones. For anyone looking for fun ideas, that could also work competitively. Obviously this is all opinion (And some hard-core research), so take it with a pinch of salt it’s nothing official: this is NOT sponsored by Wizards. (Unless of course they’re reading this then hire me I’m free.)

10.

Oona, Queen Of The Fae

Around $4.99
Average deck price rating: £

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SLAYYYYYY QUEEN.

Albeit not raved about or even much heard about for being a strong commander, she’s a bloody fun one, and if done correctly can hold her own very well.

Pros
  • Tribal commander
  • Expensive Commanders can make you less of a target early on
  • Gives her own win condition
  • Faeries have flying which is always ridiculous no matter what format (Modern Faerie player here I LOVE it)
  • Two of the best colours in MTG (lol)
Cons
  • Only targets one opponent at a time
  • 6 mana is pricey for a commander
  • Get stuck against a 5C commander and what colour do you pick??? ahhhhh

Some choice cards

Dire Undercurrents

 

 

 

 

Scion of Oona

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phenax, God of Deception

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faerie Swarm

Bitterblossom

Distant Melody

9.

Ishkanah, Grafwidow

Less than $1.50
Average deck price rating: ££

Ishkanah, Grafwidow

Why Spiders?? Why couldn’t it be produce the butterflies??

As much as spiders actually do terrify me, this was my first ever commander and I can barely fault it, it’s fun, well paced, can be competitive, and just cool tbh. It may not be one of the strongest, but I stand by the fact that Tribal is the BEST way to commander.

Pros
  • TRIBAL
  • Generates her own win condition
  • Keeps a very steady board state (People don’t like targeting someone who has infinite blockers)
  • Majority Reach creatures, decks with flying won’t bother attacking you if there’s someone else who can’t block
  • Can rebuild your board state up rather quickly if you suffer a creature board wipe.
  • Spiders toughness are always awkward to get round. (as they are always marginally higher than their power.
Cons
  • Her ability can only target one opponent at a time
  • 7 Mana is pricey for a ability (although certain ramp can make this irrelevant)
  • 5 Mana is pricey for a commander
  • You want your delirium before the first time you cast her ideally, so you have to try reach this demand.
  • Balancing between dumping into your graveyard and bringing things back

Some choice cards

Doubling Season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parallel Lives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nyx Weaver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arachnogenesis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assault Formation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dictate of Erebos

 

 

Panharmonicon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conjurer's Closet

 

 

Growing Rites of Itlimoc

Itlimoc, Cradle of the Sun

8.

Marrow-Gnawer

Around $22.99
Average deck price rating: ££

Marrow-Gnawer

Let us pray for a return to the Kamigawa plane.

This has always been a really cool commander, but with Dominaria’s recent Rat Colony release, It has almost tripled in price. (Your girl grabbed one at GP Birmingham for my jank Kamigawa rat modern deck for £7 a week before the price rocket, be jelly) But it is still definitely worth it, mono colour is always an interesting commander route to go down, and what better colour to choose than black.

Pros
  • T-R-I-B-A-L
  • Mono colour makes for easy land base
  • Fear is BROKEN
  • Black gives you 10000000 ways to get your creatures back from graveyards (great for a creature based deck like this one)
  • Quick board state and re-build in case of board wipes
Cons
  • Mono colour can limit you quite a bit. It can also make you an easy target for cards like Iona.
  • 5 mana is pricey for Commander

Some choice cards

Pack Rat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rat Colony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swarmyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ogre Slumlord

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coat of Arms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ichor Rats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attrition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contamination

7.

Azami, Lady Of Scrolls

Less than $1
Average deck price rating: £££

Azami, Lady of Scrolls

Another ode to our beloved Kamigawa

First of all plus points for amazing art. Azami is a fantastic commander and very fun to play, and TRIBAL of course! (I’ll add some non-tribal commanders I promise). Mono colour can sometimes be an advantage or disadvantage, but as mono commanders go she is probably one of the best. I mean people will hate you, but magic wouldn’t be fun if not, right?

Pros
  • Yes, Tribal again. Here here!
  • Easy land base
  • Slightly cheaper on the mana scale at only 4
  • Can get out of hand very quickly (As all the best decks do)
  • Blue is an extremely strong colour, especially for controlling the game, which when you’ve got more than one opponent is even more vital.
  • She’s pretty
Cons
  • The limits with playing a mono colour
  • This may sound like a weird con, but I have seen it first hand too many times to count. You will get targeted just because you’re playing blue. She’s not outrageous, she doesn’t wipe the board, or make everything indestructible, but trust me, people will want to kill you off before the person playing the Avacyn Angel commander deck.
  • A risky deck to play, depending on your win con, for example, Laboratory Maniac, you’ve gotta make sure you know your way around your deck, and be ready for people to try and kill him as you draw your last card.

 

Some choice cards

Reliquary Tower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naban, Dean of Iteration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laboratory Maniac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omniscience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voidmage Prodigy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patron Wizard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brainstorm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paradox Engine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fatespinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jace Beleren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhystic Study

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jace's Archivist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

Grand Arbiter Augustin IV

Around $11.99
Average deck price rating: ££££

Grand Arbiter Augustin IV

I mean.. In what situation would you not want a commander that is literally sat on a throne.

Now this guy may sound a little less than exciting on paper, but he actually gives you endless options for possible decks. Also just the ability ‘Spells your opponents cast cost 1 more to cast’ Makes this guy worth while. And OMG it’s not Tribal  ????

 

Pros
  • 4 Mana is a good amount for a commander, not too high
  • Strong colour combination
  • Making spells 1 mana cheaper can make a much bigger difference than you probably think
  • Making your opponents spells more mana can really hinder their gameplay early on
Cons
  • He is easily removable, and trust me, people will want to remove him
  • Doesn’t seem massively exciting to play
  • Decent decks with Mr Augustin are quite expensive

 

Some choice cards

Spelltithe Enforcer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Abolisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thalia, Heretic Cathar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archangel of Tithes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windborn Muse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baral, Chief of Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isperia, Supreme Judge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frost Titan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

Mayael The Anima

Less than $1
Average deck price rating: ££

Mayael the Anima

I promise she’s not here just for her looks… But isn’t she beautiful????

Thought I’d throw a bit of Red into the mix, it’s only fair. But for any Red fans Mayael is certainly not a bad way to do it. Tutoring your top 5 cards every turn for a wee beasty to go straight onto the battlefield? I mean, sounds like the dream really..

 

Pros
  • Cheap, Cheap! At 3 Mana she’s a dream of a commander
  • Would be extremely fun to play
  • Easy Deck Building
  • Can be done well at any price range
Cons
  • Activated ability is expensive
  • Easy target due to low stats
  • Can be slow with tapping / activating once a turn

 

Some choice cards

Seedborn Muse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angel of Serenity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quicksilver Amulet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avacyn, Angel of Hope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Xenagos, God of Revels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvish Piper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sigarda, Host of Herons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Etali, Primal Storm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dragonlord Dromoka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Godsire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iroas, God of Victory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warstorm Surge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Sen Triplets

Around $29.99
Average deck price rating: ££

Sen Triplets

I mean, your friends won’t hate you forever..

Aaaaaaand we’re back to the best colours, ESPER, and all in one commander too ahhhhh. Really strong colours, and a really fun commander to play, who cares what you put in your deck??? You’ll be stealing other peoples.

 

 

Pros
  • Strong colour combination
  • Relatively easy deck build
  • Artifact creature, makes for extra possibilities
  • Makes your opponents salty
  • Can be done at any price range and still be good
Cons
  • Stats aren’t high, easily removable
  • She’s mean to be playing against, makes you a target from the get go
  • Only targets one player each of your upkeeps, so can be less effective in larger groups
  • 4 mana can be pricey for a easily removable commander, can start getting expensive quickly

 

Some choice cards

Phyrexian Metamorph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mind's Dilation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethersworn Canonist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gonti, Lord of Luxury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fractured Identity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mycosynth Lattice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Sieve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darksteel Forge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indomitable Archangel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telepathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evil Twin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master Transmuter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

Starke Of Rath

Less than $1
Average deck price rating: ££

Starke of Rath

Just hear me out

SO, you may be thinking, ummmm, but the amount of fun this deck can offer is actually surprising, and for anyone who does play casual tabletop commander, it can also be very fun to play against, and your friends won’t hate you!!

 

 

Pros
  • Low mana costing
  • Mono colour makes land base easy
  • The whole deck doesn’t have to revolve around him being in play
  • Can be casual or competitive
  • Decks can be built budget
Cons
  • Mono colour can be limiting and make you a target to things
  • Power and toughness is low, he’s easily removed
  • Obviously a risk of people using his own ability against you

Some choice cards

Boompile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humble Defector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Evocation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thieves' Auction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confusion in the Ranks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Possibility Storm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krark's Thumb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risky Move

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chance Encounter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrambleverse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tide of War

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planar Chaos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

Zedruu, The Great Hearted

Less than $1
Average deck price rating: ££

Zedruu the Greathearted

I mean she does look fabulous.. At least, I think It’s a she?

Bit of a different spin on no. 3, but a similar idea, however this one expands on colour so will give you a few more options, maybe a little less ‘jank fun’ this could be made more serious and competitive.

 

 

Pros
  • 3 Colour commander means wider range of choice
  • 4 mana is not too high for cost
  • Her activated ability is affordable, going to, 2, 3 times a turn late game
  • Life and Card draw can put you ahead of the game really fast.
  • Fun to play, and interesting for opponents
  • 4 toughness is slightly harder to remove, avoids Bolt etc.
Cons
  • People won’t want you drawing so much, so she’ll be a constant target
  • Deck needs to be finely tuned to make her work well

 

Some choice cards

Illusions of Grandeur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akroan Horse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bazaar Trader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paradox Haze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alhammarret's Archive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steel Golem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Felidar Sovereign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aggressive Mining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Form of the Dragon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transcendence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.

Zur, The Enchanter

Around $3
Average deck price ranking: £££

Zur the Enchanter

Shock horror! My favourite guys!!

In all seriousness though, he can be an extremely strong commander, and when I was researching for this post he came up a HELL of a lot! It’s easy, smooth and a bugger of a board state for your opponents, just awkward really.

 

 

Pros
  • Strong colour combo
  • Strong toughness, harder to remove
  • Flying, much less chance of people being able to block and kill him
  • It’s an attach trigger NOT a damage trigger
  • 4 Mana not too high for commander cost
  • Free tutor like ????
Cons
  • Ummm none?
  • I joke
  • Runs less smoothly with him not in play
  • People won’t like you having him down
  • Obviously you’re limited to 3 CMC and less (Although your curve can still be good)

 

Some choice cards

Oblivion Ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghostly Prison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phyrexian Arena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diplomatic Immunity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solemnity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phyrexian Unlife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Propaganda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greater Auramancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Replenish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Auramancers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erebos, God of the Dead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thassa, God of the Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that’s it! Whether you’re looking for something different, competitive, or fun, there’s defiantly a commander for you to try here.

Happy brewing!

 

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