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5 Competitive Multicolor Commanders in Magic: The Gathering

Jeremy casts spells in between his careers as a chemical analyst and campus manager.

Commander Format in Magic

In Magic: The Gathering, Commander format (also called EDH) attracts many players with its unique and varied premise. When playing it, players pick one legendary creature (some Planeswalkers work as well) to serve as their Commander, a card available throughout your match.

Check out the differences between Standard and Commander format here:


Copies of card per deck

Up to 4 of any card (besides basic lands)

Only one of every card (besides basic lands)

Starting Life



Colors in deck

Any that you wish

Only your Commander's colors

I enjoy Commander because its one-per-deck condition diversifies matches, ensuring there's always something new with each draw. With the monstrous number of Commander decks players see, choosing one can be a bit overwhelming for newcomers. But don't fret, today we'll review five varied and powerful decks to help you find one that matches your playstyle!

Atraxa, Praetors' Voice

Atraxa, Praetors' Voice

1. Atraxa, Praetors' Voice

Colors: Blue, Green, Black, White

Strategy: Angel Horror Atraxa grants access to every color but Red, allowing you to harness a plethora of spells. Atraxa itself only costs 4 mana and enters with Flying, Deathtouch, Lifelink, and Vigilance, making it a force to be reckoned with.

Additionally, it wields Proliferate, allowing you to add another counter of any existing kind at the end of your turns.Typically, players focus this effect one one of three routes:

  • Proliferate +1/+1 counters on Creatures, creating super-powered monsters
  • Proliferate loyalty counters on Planeswalkers, letting you access their ultimate effects incredibly early
  • Proliferate Infect/Poison counters on opposing creatures/players

Ambitious players can strive for multiple modes to increase the hurt. The Infect path is particularly nasty; when a Creature with Infect damages an opponent, instead of losing life, that player earns that many Poison Counters; they lose when they amass 10. Just smack one on them, and it's only a matter of time before Atraxa finishes them off.

Recommended Cards: Blighted Agent, Oath of Ajani, Doubling Season

2. Vial Smasher the Fierce/ Kraum, Ludevic's Opus

Colors: Red, Black, Blue

Strategy: One Commander not enough for ya? Try out the woefully-underrated Partner Commanders, the best of which is Vial Smasher.

Vial costs a mere 3 mana and deals damage to opponents whenever you cast your first spell each turn. This works on opponent's turns too, so pile on the Instants to crank out some serious hurt. I prefer pairing Vial with Kraum, Ludevic's Opus. Kraum gives access to some nice Blue spells (Mana Drain, anyone?) and Planeswalkers. Plus, he has Haste, Flying, and an effect that punishes foes for playing multiple cards in a turn.

Combine Vial's damage-dealing and Kraum's brute force with loads of Instants and Sorcerys (anything for extra turns is nice, like Temporal Manipulation) to watch your opponent's life rapidly dwindle.

Recommended Cards: Goblin Electromancer, Temporal Mastery, Lighthouse Chronologist

Captain Sisay mtg

Captain Sisay mtg

3. Captain Sisay

Colors: Green, White

Strategy: Having trouble picking a favorite Green or White Commander, matey? Build yerself a Sisay deck; her ability lets her tap to add one legendary card from your deck to hand. This awesome power lets you landlubbers access whatever you need and have the mana to play each turn.

And not just Creatures, Sisay can add any Legendary card to hand. Here's some fine ways to shut down opponents with your epic forces:

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  • Gaddock Teeg prevents non-Creature spells with Converted Mana Cost 4 or higher from being played
  • Linvala, Keeper of Silence prevents opposing Creatures from activating their abilities
  • Iona, Shield of Emeria lets you choose a color; opponents can't cast spells of that color

Sisay can even search for Legendary Lands to make sure yee mana pool never runs dry (try Gaea's Cradle). For some good old-fashioned mana-building, deck-searching, and opponent-locking, Sisay is yer Cap'n.

Recommended Cards: {Nissa, Vastwood Seer} {Karametra, God of Harvests}, {Avacyn, Angel of Hope}

Kaalia of the Vast mtg

Kaalia of the Vast mtg

4. Kaalia of the Vast

Colors: Red, Black, White

Strategy: Want to play your favorite Angels, Demons, and Dragons (oh my!) without paying for them? Just get Kaalia to attack, and she'll let you place one from you hand onto the field attacking with her, no matter how high its cost is!

You have several mighty gargantuans to choose from with this effect; here are some of the best:

  • Hellkite Tyrant steals all your opponent's artifacts when it damages them
  • Avacyn, Angel of Hope gives your permanents Indestructible
  • Master of Cruelties reduces an opponent's life to 1 when he hits them; combine this with Kaalia's damage for a one-turn kill!

Definitely include some cards to protect Kaalia and give her Haste, you want her safe and attacking as soon as possible.

Recommended Cards: Lightning Greaves, Mother of Runes, Coldsteel Heart

Sliver Overlord mtg

Sliver Overlord mtg

5. Sliver Overlord

Colors: Red, Blue, Green, Black, White

Strategy: Want to wield your favorite spells from any color? Looking to amass an army of Creatures that grant each other unique abilities? Enter the Slivers (Sliver King is another good choice for Commander), insect-like warriors whose effects empower all Slivers you control.

Sliver creatures can:

  • Grant Slivers Shroud to sheild against being targeted
  • Allow Slivers to tap for mana
  • Make all Slivers indestructible
  • Regenerate Slivers

And much more! Give the Slivers a shot for an ever-strengthening legion of Creatures. Have some answers ready for Creature-removals; if you lose one Sliver, all your Slivers suffer.

Recommended Cards: Bloom Tender, Sword of Light and Shadow, Manaweft Sliver

Future of EDH Format

Despite having its share of problems (an updated ban list is greatly needed), EDH format allows players to utilize combos they would never dream of in other modes. With its ever-increasing popularity, the future surely hold a slew of new leaders to champion our decks.

But for now, as we eagerly await Wizards of the Coast's next expansion of awesome commanders, vote for your favorite general and I'll see you at our next MTG review!

© 2017 Jeremy Gill

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