Commander 2019

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Commander 2019
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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description A shield parted per bend
Design Ethan Fleischer (lead)[1][2]
Glenn Jones
Jeremy Logue
Noah Millrod
Development Glenn Jones (lead)[3]
Bryan Hawley
Scott Larabee
Max McCall
David McDarby
Chris Mooney
Ken Nagle
Mike Turian
Gerritt Turner
Andrew Veen
Art direction Taylor Ingvarsson
Bree Heiss
Release date August 23, 2019
Keywords/​ability words Populate, flashback, morph, madness.
Set size Four 100-card decks
Expansion code C19[4]
Commander series
Commander 2018 Commander 2019 Commander 2020
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Core Set 2020 Commander 2019 Throne of Eldraine

Commander 2019, officially styled as Commander (2019 Edition), is a product in the Commander series released by Wizards of the Coast on August 23, 2019.[5][6]

Set details[edit | edit source]

Commander 2019 consists of four preconstructed theme decks, and features twelve premium foil commanders. The four 100-card decks contain 302 different cards in total. There are 59 new cards legal in Vintage and Legacy.[7] The set is available in English, Japanese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian. Each deck comes with a deck box, 10 double-faced token cards, a strategy insert and a rules reference guide. Each deck also comes with an oversized premium card that corresponds to the face commander of that deck. The basic lands of the set use the panorama art by Alayna Danner that was first used for the Core Set 2019 Standard Showdown.[8]

There is no pattern of colors between the decks.[9] The themes are:

Marketing[edit | edit source]

A special Sol Ring Commander promo (foil and non-foil) with new art by Mark Tedin was released at Grand Prix Las Vegas, prior to the release of Commander 2019.[11][12] It will be available through Commander events at MagicFests throughout the year, and at select conventions in 2020.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

The European Distributor Blackfire accidently posted the information that each deck had a returning keyword ability as its main theme.[13] The four featured abilities are populate, flashback, morph (including manifest and megamorph[10]), and madness. This was later confirmed in the Magic panel at Gen Con 2019.[9]

Other returning non-evergreen mechanics on new cards:

Card types[edit | edit source]

Commander 2019 introduces the Sculpture creature subtype unique for tokens created by Doomed Artisan.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Commander 2019 has six cycles, one of which consists entirely of reprints.

Cycle name {B}{G}{U}
Faceless Menace
{U}{R}{W}
Mystic Intellect
{R}{G}{W}
Primal Genesis
{B}{R}
Merciless Rage
Mechanic commanders Kadena, Slinking Sorcerer Sevinne, the Chronoclasm Ghired, Conclave Exile Anje Falkenrath
Four mythic rare legendary creatures, each of which interact with a different keyword ability.
Alternate commanders Rayami, First of the Fallen Elsha of the Infinite Atla Palani, Nest Tender Chainer, Nightmare Adept
Volrath, the Shapestealer Pramikon, Sky Rampart Marisi, Breaker of the Coil Greven, Predator Captain
Eight mythic rare alternative commanders that can replace the main commanders.
"Sub-commanders" Grismold, the Dreadsower ({B/G}) Gerrard, Weatherlight Hero ({R/W}) Tahngarth, First Mate ({R/G}) K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth ({B/P})
Four rare legendary creatures, each of which is missing one of the colors of the deck in which they are printed, and thus can't be substituted in as commander right out of the box.
Signature spells Kadena's Silencer Sevinne's Reclamation Ghired's Belligerence Anje's Ravager
Four rare spells referencing the face commanders, each of which has the keyword mechanic which that commander uses.
Planeswalkers Vraska the Unseen Ral Zarek Garruk, Primal Hunter Ob Nixilis Reignited
Four mythic rare reprinted planeswalkers, one per deck.
Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G} {C}
Uncommon utility spells Cliffside Rescuer Leadership Vacuum Mire in Misery Hate Mirage Voice of Many Bloodthirsty Blade
Six uncommon monocolored spells printed specifically for the Commander format. Each is included in two of the four decks.

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Commander 2019 consists of four decks featuring twelve premium foil commanders. Each deck contains 100 cards plus an oversized foil commander card.

Theme
deck name
Color Identity Commander
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Faceless Menace U B G Kadena, Slinking Sorcerer
Mystic Intellect W U R Sevinne, the Chronoclasm
Primal Genesis W R G Ghired, Conclave Exile
Merciless Rage B R Anje Falkenrath

Tokens, overlay cards and emblem[edit | edit source]

Commander 2019 features 26 tokens, two overlay cards and one emblem:[14]

  1. {W} 3/4 Bird with flying for Wingmate Roc.
  2. {W} 3/3 Bird with flying for Roc Egg.
  3. {W} 1/1 Human for Increasing Devotion.
  4. {W} 1/1 Pegasus with flying for Storm Herd.
  5. {W} 1/1 Spirit with flying for Thalia's Geistcaller.
  6. {W} 3/4 Embalmed Angel of Sanctions.
  7. {W} 4/3 Embalmed Heart-Piercer Manticore.
  8. {U} 2/2 Drake token with flying for Talrand, Sky Summoner.
  9. {B} 1/1 Assassin with “Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game,” for Vraska the Unseen
  10. {B} 2/2 Zombie for Bone Miser, From Under the Floorboards, Overseer of the Damned and Zombie Infestation.
  11. {B} 2/2 Zombie
  12. {R} 5/5 Dragon with flying for Dragonmaster Outcast.
  13. {G} 4/4 Beast for Rampaging Baloths.
  14. {G} 3/3 Beast for Beast Within, Fresh Meat, Garruk, Primal Hunter, Soul of Zendikar and Thragtusk.
  15. {G} 3/3 Centaur for Vitu-Ghazi Guildmage.
  16. {G} 0/1 Egg with defender for Atla Palani, Nest Tender.
  17. {G} 1/1 Plant for Grismold, the Dreadsower.
  18. {G} 4/4 Rhino with trample for Ghired, Conclave Exile.
  19. {G} 1/1 Saproling for Thelonite Hermit.
  20. {G} 1/1 Snake for Hooded Hydra.
  21. {G} 6/6 Wurm for Garruk, Primal Hunter.
  22. {C} 3/4 Gargoyle with flying for Gargoyle Castle.
  23. {C} X/X Horror for Phyrexian Rebirth.
  24. {C} */* Sculpture with “This creature’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of Sculptures you control,” for Doomed Artisan.
  25. {C} Treasure for Dockside Extortionist.
  26. {C} 10/10 Eldrazi for Desolation Twin and Idol of Oblivion.
  27. {C} 2/2 overlay card for morph.
  28. {C} 2/2 overlay card for manifest.
  29. Emblem for Ob Nixilis, Reignited.

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

Basic land panorama[edit | edit source]

The basic lands of Commander 2019 form a panorama in that order: Plains, Forest, Mountain, Island, and Swamp.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast. "Commander 2019 Credits". Magicthegathering.com.
  2. Mark Rosewater (August 09, 2019). "Who was on Vision Design with Ethan?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  3. Glenn Jones (August 9, 2019). "Commander (2019 Edition) Design Philosophy". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Printed on the cards
  5. Blake Rasmussen (February 21, 2019). "Announcing Core Set 2020 and Commander (2019 Edition)". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Wizards of the Coast (August 5, 2019). "The Decks of Commander (2019 Edition)". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Wizards of the Coast (August 9, 2019). "Commander (2019 Edition) Release Notes". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Donny Caltrider (August 6, 2019). "Commander 2019 Previews: Far From Basic". Hipsters of the Coast.
  9. a b David McCoy (August 1, 2019). "All 4 Commanders from Commander 2019 Revealed at Gencon". Hipsters of the Coast.
  10. a b Mark Rosewater (August 5, 2019). "Need I Say Morph". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Gavin Verhey (July 1, 2019). "Did y'all see this sweet new Sol Ring promo". Twitter.
  12. Gavin Verhey (July 30, 2019). "The Sol of Commander". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Lord Bunilla (July 17, 2019). "Themes for C19". Reddit.
  14. Chris Gleeson (August 8, 2019). "The Tokens of Commander (2019 Edition)". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Wizards of the Coast (August 8, 2019). "This character might look a little familiar... because you all helped make him!". Twitter.
  16. Mark Rosewater (August 08, 2019). "This is the black enchantment removal you've been hinting at right?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  17. Mark Rosewater (August 08, 2019). "I'm not getting the flavor of Mire in Misery.". Blogatog. Tumblr.