• Boards
  • Print
Author Image

The letter T!he Commander format acts as a perfect example of the interaction of Magic fans and Wizards of the Coast. Originally created by fans (and still maintained by an external group), Commander was adopted by Wizards as a fully supported format both in paper Magic and on Magic Online. Commander is a popular, high-powered, casual multiplayer format where huge creatures battle against powerful spells from throughout Magic's history.

Deck Construction Rules

The basic points of deck construction for Commander are:

  • 100-card deck (absolute)
  • 1-copy limit (except basic lands)
  • No sideboard
  • 1 legendary creature in the command zone

A Commander deck is like no other. Instead of "at least sixty cards" (the norm for Constructed formats) you build a deck of exactly one hundred cards (no more, no less). Instead of being able to have "up to four copies" of any card (except basic lands) you may only have exactly one copy of each. One of those hundred cards must be a legendary creature (your commander), which defines your deck's color identity—i.e., the colors you can include in your deck (this isn't limited to just casting cost, but includes anywhere mana colors appear on a card).

Building a Commander deck on Magic Online is a slightly different experience as you build the deck by putting your deck's commander in the sideboard and the other 99 cards go in your main deck.

Finding Commander on Magic Online Wide Beta

  1. Choose Game Type
  2. Choose tournament style or skill level
  3. Choose your deck (Magic Online will auto-select the correct format)
  4. Choose any additional options (such as "Multiplayer")
  5. Click Next Game in Open Play or choose your tournament from the results and join

Details and B&R List

Your commander resides in the command zone (where things like Planeswalker emblems also live), and may be cast at any time you have the mana. Whenever your commander would die or be exiled, you can send it to the command zone instead, but each time your commander returns to that zone its casting cost increases by 2 Mana.

Commander follows both the Vintage banned list and its own banned list.

The following cards are legal for use in decks, but can't be used as commanders:

The following cards are banned in Commander:

Recent Top Decks

We asked around Wizards of the Coast HQ for decks our friends have online they particularly enjoy. Here are some of our favorites. Enjoy!

WotC_Charles's Kresh the Savage Beatings
Commander – Kresh the Bloodbraided

Main Deck

99 cards

Blood Crypt
Bojuka Bog
Command Tower
Diamond Valley
Dragonskull Summit
Fire-Lit Thicket
Golgari Rot Farm
Graven Cairns
Grim Backwoods
Gruul Turf
Kessig Wolf Run
Lavaclaw Reaches
Maze of Ith
Overgrown Tomb
Rakdos Carnarium
Reflecting Pool
Savage Lands
Stomping Ground
Temple of the False God
Twilight Mire
Verdant Catacombs
Wooded Foothills

38 lands

Avatar of Woe
Big Game Hunter
Butcher of Malakir
Charnelhoard Wurm
Dimir House Guard
Dragon Broodmother
Eternal Witness
Fleshbag Marauder
Hellhole Flailer
Indrik Stomphowler
Kaervek the Merciless
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Phyrexian Dreadnought
Silklash Spider
Solemn Simulacrum
Spike Weaver
Taurean Mauler
Urabrask the Hidden
Wood Elves
Woodfall Primus
Wurmcoil Engine
Yavimaya Elder

26 creatures

Animate Dead
Beacon of Unrest
Birthing Pod
Blasphemous Act
Buried Alive
Chain Reaction
Death's Presence
Demonic Tutor
Fires of Yavimaya
Gratuitous Violence
Greater Good
Living Death
Loxodon Warhammer
Mimic Vat
Nature's Lore
Phyrexian Arena
Rage Reflection
Rakdos Charm
Savage Beating
Sol Ring
Survival of the Fittest
Sword of Light and Shadow
Syphon Flesh
Wrecking Ball

35 other spells

Kresh the Bloodbraided

smlarabee's Rakdos and his Vampires
Commander – Rakdos, Lord of Riots

Main Deck

100 cards

Barren Moor
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Bojuka Bog
Cabal Coffers
Command Tower
Crypt of Agadeem
Dragonskull Summit
Evolving Wilds
Forgotten Cave
Graven Cairns
Marsh Flats
Maze of Ith
Phyrexian Tower
Polluted Delta
Rakdos Carnarium
Reliquary Tower
Scalding Tarn
11  Swamp
Temple of the False God
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Verdant Catacombs

38 lands

Ascendant Evincar
Blood Artist
Bloodgift Demon
Bloodline Keeper
Butcher of Malakir
Captivating Vampire
Chancellor of the Dross
Disciple of Bolas
Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief
Falkenrath Aristocrat
Falkenrath Noble
Fleshbag Marauder
Grave Titan
Harvester of Souls
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Maga, Traitor to Mortals
Malakir Bloodwitch
Massacre Wurm
Mephidross Vampire
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Necropolis Regent
Netherborn Phalanx
Nirkana Revenant
Olivia Voldaren
Rakdos, Lord of Riots
Solemn Simulacrum
Stromkirk Captain
Urabrask the Hidden
Vampire Hexmage
Vampire Nighthawk
Vampire Nocturnus
Viscera Seer
Withered Wretch
Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed

37 creatures

Ambition's Cost
Beacon of Unrest
Black Market
Blood Tribute
Bloodchief Ascension
Decree of Pain
Demonic Tutor
Expedition Map
Grave Pact
Grim Discovery
Living Death
Mimic Vat
Nevinyrral's Disk
Phyrexian Arena
Rakdos Charm
Sensei's Divining Top
Sol Ring
Syphon Mind
Wound Reflection

23 other spells

Liliana of the Dark Realms
Sorin Markov

2 planeswalkers

Rakdos, Lord of Riots

Monty_A's Kaalia
Commander – Kaalia of the Vast

Main Deck

100 cards

Barren Moor
Blackcleave Cliffs
Blasted Landscape
Blood Crypt
Boros Garrison
City of Brass
Dragonskull Summit
Drifting Meadow
Gemstone Mine
Godless Shrine
10  Plains
Rakdos Guildgate
Sacred Foundry
Smoldering Crater
Urborg Volcano

39 lands

Admonition Angel
Akroma, Angel of Fury
Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Angel of Despair
Angel of Glory's Rise
Angel of Retribution
Angel of Salvation
Angelic Arbiter
Avacyn, Angel of Hope
Balefire Dragon
Bladewing the Risen
Brimstone Dragon
Chancellor of the Annex
Dragon Tyrant
Dread Cacodemon
Eternal Dragon
Fire Dragon
Firemane Angel
Furyborn Hellkite
Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
Harvester of Souls
Havoc Demon
Imperial Hellkite
Iona, Shield of Emeria
Kaalia of the Vast
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Lady Orca
Luminous Angel
Moonveil Dragon
Ob Nixilis, the Fallen
Oros, the Avenger
Pestilence Demon
Razia, Boros Archangel
Reya Dawnbringer
Rune-Scarred Demon
Ryusei, the Falling Star
Scourge of Kher Ridges
Shivan Hellkite
Silver Seraph
Spirit of the Night
Steel Hellkite
Stronghold Overseer
Sunblast Angel
Tariel, Reckoner of Souls
Two-Headed Dragon
Utvara Hellkite
Vampiric Dragon
Yosei, the Morning Star
Zodiac Dragon

49 creatures

Cloak and Dagger
Demonic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Grim Tutor
Lightning Greaves
Sol Ring
Swords to Plowshares
Vampiric Tutor
Wheel of Fortune
Whispersilk Cloak
Wrath of God

12 other spells

Kaalia of the Vast

John_St Eternal Dragon
Commander - Scion of the Ur-Dragon

Main Deck

99 cards

Akoum Refuge
Bojuka Bog
Boros Garrison
Cabal Coffers
Elfhame Palace
Exotic Orchard
Fire-Lit Thicket
Gemstone Caverns
Gilt-Leaf Palace
Graven Cairns
Graypelt Refuge
Gruul Turf
Izzet Boilerworks
Jwar Isle Refuge
Kazandu Refuge
Molten Slagheap
Mosswort Bridge
Rakdos Carnarium
Rupture Spire
Savage Lands
Sejiri Refuge
Shadowblood Ridge
Shivan Oasis
Simic Growth Chamber
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Vivid Grove

34 lands

Akroma, Angel of Fury
Arcades Sabboth
Ashling, the Extinguisher
Balefire Dragon
Bladewing the Risen
Darigaaz, the Igniter
Elvish Piper
Flameblast Dragon
Hellkite Overlord
Intet, the Dreamer
Jenara, Asura of War
Knacksaw Clique
Knollspine Dragon
Maelstrom Archangel
Mordant Dragon
Mul Daya Channelers
Myojin of Cleansing Fire
Myojin of Infinite Rage
Myojin of Night's Reach
Myojin of Seeing Winds
Nicol Bolas
Numot, the Devastator
Reki, the History of Kamigawa
Reya Dawnbringer
Rith, the Awakener
Skyward Eye Prophets
Teneb, the Harvester
Treva, the Renewer
Utvara Hellkite
Vorosh, the Hunter

31 creatures

Beacon of Unrest
Breath of Life
Brilliant Ultimatum
Celestial Dawn
Chromatic Lantern
Cruel Ultimatum
Darksteel Ingot
Demonic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Eon Hub
False Dawn
Feldon's Cane
Hero's Demise
Icy Manipulator
Legacy Weapon
Lurking Predators
Maelstrom Nexus
Mystical Tutor
Naked Singularity
Nettlevine Blight
Praetor's Counsel
Primal Command
Primeval Light
Prismatic Omen
Sensei's Divining Top
Sol Ring
That Which Was Taken
Time Warp
Viridian Longbow

32 other spells

Garruk Wildspeaker
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

2 planeswalkers

Scion of the Ur-Dragon

  • Planeswalker Points
  • Facebook Twitter
  • Gatherer: The Magic Card Database
  • Forums: Connect with the Magic Community
  • Magic Locator