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Commander 2017
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description A four-parted shield
Design Gavin Verhey (lead)
Ben Hayes
Jules Robins
Mark Gottlieb
Bryan Hawley
Development Bryan Hawley (lead)
Glenn Jones
Jules Robins
Mark Globus
Release date August 25, 2017
Themes and
mechanics
Tribal commanders
Keywords and/
or ability words
Eminence, Goad, Phasing, Rebound
Set size Four 100-card decks
Expansion code C17[1]
Commander series
Commander Anthology Commander 2017 Commander Anthology Volume II
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Hour of Devastation Commander 2017 Ixalan

Commander 2017, officially styled as Commander (2017 Edition), is a product in the Commander series that was released by Wizards of the Coast on August 25, 2017.[2][3]

Set details[edit | edit source]

Starting with Commander 2017, Commander sets are reduced from five to four preconstructed theme decks (without reducing the number of new cards) and will be built around themes instead of focusing on color combinations.[4] The reduction of number of decks comes forth from the idea that the best Commander play experience for a new Commander player is a four-player game.[4]

Commander 2017 features four 100-card decks, with 309 different cards in total. There are 56 new cards legal in Vintage and Legacy. Each of the four decks is tribal themed, based on the “most popular, and interesting, tribes.”[2] Cards from Commander 2017 will be featured and distributed in connection with a future offering on Magic Online.

Each preconstructed deck was designed with an identity for each tribe:[5]

Each comes with an oversized foil card that corresponds to the main commander of that deck. This card is for fun only and isn't required for Commander gameplay.[3]

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Commander 2017 introduces eminence, an ability word that occurs on legendary creatures.[3] Eminence indicates the creature has an ability that triggers both while the creature is on the battlefield or in the command zone; but in exchange requiring a deckbuilding restriction (in this case, building tribally).[4]

Returning non-evergreen mechanics on new cards include goad on Disrupt Decorum (last seen in Conspiracy: Take the Crown); rebound on Taigam, Ojutai Master (last seen in Dragons of Tarkir); and phasing on Teferi's Protection (last seen in Unhinged and Visions), which is notable for being the first new black-bordered card with phasing to be printed in over 13 years.[7] Kindred Boon uses the first Divinity counters since Planechase.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Commander 2017 has three cycles of new cards, one of which only consists of four cards. It also continues one as-of-yet incomplete mega cycle:

Cycle name Dragons
{W}{U}{B}{R}{G}
Cats
{G}{W}
Vampires
{R}{W}{B}
Wizards
{U}{B}{R}
Tribal commanders The Ur-Dragon Arahbo, Roar of the World Edgar Markov Inalla, Archmage Ritualist
Four mythic rare legendary creatures with the eminence keyword, each representing the tribe of one deck.
Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
On attack" curses Curse of Vitality Curse of Verbosity Curse of Disturbance Curse of Opulence Curse of Bounty
Five uncommon monocolored curses, each of which trigger when the curse-bearer is attacked, and give both the controller of the curse and the attacking player a beneficial effect. Each card in the cycle also depicts the same character.[3][7][8]
Kindred spells Kindred Boon Kindred Discovery Kindred Dominance Kindred Charge Kindred Summons
Five rare noncreature spells that "are extremely powerful in dedicated tribal decks"[4]

Mega cycle[edit | edit source]

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Sorcery magi Magus of the Balance (Commander 2018)
(Balance)
Magus of the Mind (Commander 2017)
(Mind's Desire)
Magus of the Will (Commander 2016)
(Yawgmoth's Will)
Magus of the Wheel (Commander 2015)
(Wheel of Fortune)
TBD[9]
Rare Wizards with the converted mana cost and abilities of iconic sorceries from Magic's past, one printed in each Commander set since Commander 2015.

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

Commander 2017 consists of four multi-colored decks:[2][10]

Theme
deck name
Color Identity Commander
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Draconic Domination W U B R G The Ur-Dragon
Feline Ferocity W G Arahbo, Roar of the World
Vampiric Bloodlust W B R Edgar Markov
Arcane Wizardry U B R Inalla, Archmage Ritualist

Tokens[edit | edit source]

Commander 2017 has 11 different tokens.[11] There are 10 double-faced tokens in each deck.

  1. {W} 2/2 Cat creature for Kemba, Kha Regent and White Sun's Zenith
  2. {B} 1/1 Bat creature with flying for Skeletal Vampire
  3. {B} 1/1 Rat creature with deathtouch for Hungry Lynx
  4. {B} 1/1 Vampire creature for Edgar Markov
  5. {B} 2/2 Zombie creature for Curse of Disturbance
  6. {R} 4/4 Dragon creature with flying for Broodmate Dragon
  7. {R} 6/6 Dragon creature with flying for Utvara Hellkite
  8. {G} 2/2 Cat Warrior creature with forestwalk for Jedit Ojanen of Efrava
  9. {M} 3/3 Cat Dragon creature with flying for Wasitora, Nekoru Queen (the card does not have a {CI_BRG} indicator)
  10. {C} 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn creature with "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}" for Pawn of Ulamog
  11. {C} Artifact named Gold with "Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color" for Curse of Opulence

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Product Information
  2. a b c Wizards of the Coast (April 18, 2017). "Announcing Commander (2017 Edition)". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. a b c d Wizards of the Coast (August 11, 2017). "Magic: The Gathering — Commander (2017 Edition) Release Notes". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. a b c d e f Gavin Verhey (August 8, 2017). "Dragons, Dragons, and . . . Cat Dragons". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Gavin Verhey (August 23, 2017). "Commander (2017 Edition) Design Handoff". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Mark Rosewater (August 7, 2017). "Cats". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. a b c Bryan Hawley (August 9, 2017). "Vampirism 101". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Chris Gleeson (August 22, 2017). "Cursed Commander (2017 Edition) Art Descriptions". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Gavin Verhey (August 7, 2019). "To steel everybody appropriately: the 5th Magus is absent from MTGC19.". Twitter.
  10. Blake Rasmussen (August 11, 2017). "Commander (2017 Edition) Decklists". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Wizards of the Coast (August 11, 2017). "The Tokens of Commander (2017 Edition)". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.