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Commander 2017

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Commander 2017
Set symbol
Symbol description
A four-parted shield
Design team
Gavin Verhey (lead)
Ben Hayes
Jules Robins
Mark Gottlieb
Bryan Hawley
Development team
Bryan Hawley (lead)
Glenn Jones
Jules Robins
Mark Globus
Art Director
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, 309 cards
Expansion code
C17[1]
Commander series sets
Commander Anthology Commander 2017 N/A
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:

Mega cycle[edit | edit source]

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. {B}{R}{G} 3/3 Cat Dragon creature with flying for Wasitora, Nekoru Queen
  10. {C} 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn creature with “Sacrifice this creature: Add {C} to your mana pool” for Pawn of Ulamog
  11. {C} artifact named Gold with “Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool” 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 17, 2017 .) “Tales from Designing Commander (2017 Edition)”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  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.