Commander 2016

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Commander 2016
Set symbol
Symbol description
A shield with a sword
Design team
Ethan Fleischer (lead)
Ken Nagle
Alli Medwin
Sam Burley
Robert Schuster
Development team
Ben Hayes (lead)
Glenn Jones
Yoni Skolnik
Ken Nagle
Dan Helland
Art Director
Jeremy Jarvis
Release date
November 11, 2016
Themes and mechanics
4-color legends, Commanders
Keywords and/or ability words
Partner, Undaunted
Set size
Five four-colored 100-card decks
Expansion code
C16[1]
Commander series sets
Commander 2015 Commander 2016 Commander Anthology
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Treasure Chests Commander 2016 You Make the Cube

Commander 2016, officially styled as Commander (2016 Edition), is a product in the Commander series that was released by Wizards of the Coast on November 11, 2016.[2]

Set details[edit | edit source]

Commander 2016 features five four-colored 100-card decks. There are 56 new cards legal in Vintage and Legacy. Each of the five preconstructed decks comes with 4 foil Commander cards, 1 oversized foil commander card, 10 double-faced tokens, a deck storage box, a strategy insert, a rules reference card and 15 new cards.

Each preconstructed deck was designed with an identity for each four-color group:

The main new commander in the deck matches the four colors and the primary theme, while the alternate new commanders are bi-colored.

The set features three versions of each basic land with all new art — one of each basic from Rebecca Guay, Mark Poole, and Kev Walker.[5] Rare dual lands from several original cycles were added to fix the mana base.[6]

Beacon of Unrest, Chain of Vapor, Reins of Power, Wave of Reckoning and Windfall received all new art. Gruul Signet and Rakdos Signet were printed in paper for the first time with their MTGO art. Forbidden Orchard and Hanna, Ship's Navigator were printed with art that was previously only available from premium products.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

  • Commander 2016 introduces partner, a keyword mechanic that occurs on 15 bicolored legendary creatures. A player may for the first time have two commanders if each of them has the partner keyword. Each of these creatures suggests a particular style of Commander deck to build, and the two partners together provide a 4-color color identity for the deck.[7][8]
  • Undaunted is a new keyword mechanic appearing on a cycle of rare noncreature spells. Spells with undaunted cost {1} less to cast for each opponent in the game: therefore, they grow more expensive to cast as the game continues and players are eliminated.[7]
  • Basic landcycling is a returning mechanic that appears on spells in all five preconstructed decks. It was included specifically so that players would have easier access to the colors of mana they needed at a given time.[7]

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Commander 2016 has six cycles of new cards, one of which is a double cycle:

In addition, the full cycles of Ravnica bounce lands, Khans life-gain taplands, and triple taplands were reprinted for color fixing.

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

Commander 2016 consists of five four-colored decks:[9]

Theme deck name Color identity Commander
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Entropic Uprising U B R G Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder
Open Hostility W B R G Saskia the Unyielding
Stalwart Unity W U R G Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis
Breed Lethality W U B G Atraxa, Praetors' Voice
Invent Superiority W U B R Breya, Etherium Shaper

Tokens[edit | edit source]

Commander 2016 has 21 different tokens and/or emblems.[10] There are 10 double-faced tokens in each deck.[11]

  1. {C} 1/1 Spirit creature for Forbidden Orchard
  2. {W} 1/1 Bird creature with flying for Migratory Route
  3. {W} 4/4 Elemental creature with flying for Hoofprints of the Stag
  4. {W} 0/1 Goat creature for Trading Post
  5. {W} 1/1 Soldier creature for Akroan Horse and Entrapment Maneuver
  6. {W} 1/1 Spirit creature with flying for Custodi Soulbinders
  7. {U} 2/2 Bird creature with flying for Swan Song
  8. {U} 1/1 Squid creature with islandwalk for Chasm Skulker
  9. {U} 1/1 Thopter artifact creature with flying for Breya, Etherium Shaper and Thopter Foundry
  10. {B} 0/0 Germ creature for Bonehoard and Grip of Phyresis
  11. {B} 2/2 Zombie creature for Army of the Damned and Waste Not
  12. {R} 1/1 Goblin creature with "Creatures you control attack each combat if able." for Goblin Spymaster
  13. {R} 3/3 Ogre creature for Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs
  14. {G} 3/3 Beast creature for Beast Within
  15. {G} 1/1 Elf Warrior creature for Nath of the Gilt-Leaf
  16. {G} 1/1 Saproling creature for Artifact Mutation, Aura Mutation, Ghave, Guru of Spores, Korozda Guildmage, Mycoloth, Necrogenesis, Selesnya Guildmage, Tana, the Bloodsower and Thelonite Hermit (art 1 of 2)
  17. {G} 1/1 Saproling creature (art 2 of 2)
  18. {B/G} 1/1 Worm creature for Worm Harvest
  19. {C} X/X Horror artifact creature for Phyrexian Rebirth
  20. {C} 1/1 Myr artifact creature for Myr Battlesphere
  21. Emblem for Daretti, Scrap Savant

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Product Information
  2. Wizards of the Coast. (May 5, 2016.) “Announcement Day”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Ethan Fleischer. (October 24, 2016.) “Designing Commander (2016 Edition)”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Glenn Jones. (October 25, 2016.) “Development Attacks Attacking”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Blake Rasmussen. (October 25, 2016.) “The Basic Lands of Commander (2016 Edition)”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Ben Hayes. (October 28, 2016.) "Dual Lands in Commander 2016", Wizards Developer, Tumblr.
  7. a b c Matt Tabak. (October 24, 2016.) “Commander 2016 Mechanics”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Mark Rosewater. (October 24, 2016.) “Howdy Partner”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Blake Rasmussen. (October 24, 2016.) “Commander (2016 Edition) Packaging”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Wizards of the Coast. (October 28, 2016.) “The October 31, 2016 Update”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Wizards Play Network product information