Last updated on December 15, 2022

Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix - Illustration by Bastien L. Deharme

Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix | Illustration by Bastien L. Deharme

I’ve been playing Commander for a long time now. I started playing back in 2009 when it was still known as Elder Dragon Highlander and was mostly played by Judges between rounds at events. Since then I’ve played a lot of decks and seen a lot of neat ideas come and go.

I want to talk to you today about some of the fun decks I’ve seen and played, and why I think you’d have a fun time playing them. So let’s just get into it!

What Makes a Commander Deck “Fun”?

Start Your Engines MTG card art by Darek Zabrocki

Start Your Engines | Illustration by Darek Zabrocki

Before I actually get to the decks, let’s define “fun.”

Fun is interpreted in different ways by different players. I find it fun to crunch my brain and find the fastest way to assemble my deck’s combo. My roommate wants to pull off crazy combinations that don’t make any sense but are powerful once they resolve. He once managed to put Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite into play and then copy it with Sakashima the Impostor and I still haven’t forgiven him for it.

If you’ve heard of the player types profile that Wizards has used over the last decade or so, these decks are mainly for Timmy/Tammy and Johnny/Jenny players. Yes, some of these decks will be fun and a little powerful, but we won’t be anywhere near Spike levels of power or thought process.

With that out of the way, let’s get to the decks!

Ramos’ Lucky Charms

Ramos, Dragon Engine MTG card art by Joseph Meehan

Ramos, Dragon Engine | Illustration by Joseph Meehan

First up is a cute little spellslinger deck with Ramos, Dragon Engine at the helm. ’Ramos is able to churn out pretty often since you’re playing a huge number of gold spells. All of the charms and commands are also flexible cards, so you always have options.

Giada, Font of Hope Angels

Giada, Font of Hope - Illustration by Eric Deschamps

Giada, Font of Hope | Illustration by Eric Deschamps

I’ve really fallen in love with playing my Giada, Font of Hope angels Commander deck. I’m a big fan of angels as a tribe in general, and Giada presents the strongest angel commander so far. The best part is that your commander is cheap and incredibly effective, which helps get around the first few turns of most games where you’re saying “Land, go” over and over. This list really packs a punch and has tons of room for customization.

Muldrotha Value Town

Muldrotha, the Gravetide - Illustration by Jason Rainville

Muldrotha, the Gravetide | Illustration by Jason Rainville

Commander (1)

Muldrotha, The Gravetide

Planeswalker (3)

Ashiok, Dream Render
Jace, Wielder of Mysteries
Tamiyo, Collector of Tales

Creature (23)

Aesi, Tyrant of Gyre Strait
Avenger of Zendikar
Baleful Strix
Druid of Purification
Dryad of the Ilysian Grove
Emry, Lurker of the Loch
Eternal Witness
Gravebreaker Lamia
Hermit Druid
Nezahal, Primal Tide
Phantasmal Image
Ramunap Excavator
Ravenous Chupacabra
Reclamation Sage
Sidisi, Brood Tyrant
Spore Frog
Thassa’s Oracle
The Gitrog Monster
Tidal Barracuda
Underrealm Lich
Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath
World Shaper

Instant (1)


Sorcery (11)

Buried Alive
Culling Ritual
Demonic Tutor
Kodama’s Reach
Life from the Loam
Three Visits
Villainous Wealth

Enchantment (11)

Animate Dead
Carpet of Flowers
Journey to Eternity
Kaya’s Ghostform
Mystic Remora
Pattern of Rebirth
Pernicious Deed
Sylvan Library
Titans’ Nest
Urza’s Saga
Zendikar Resurgent

Artifact (16)

Aether Spellbomb
Altar of Dementia
Arcane Signet
Ashnod’s Altar
Basalt Monolith
Chromatic Lantern
Chromatic Orrery
Commander’s Sphere
Dimir Signet
Lightning Greaves
Lion’s Eye Diamond
Mana Crypt
Mesmeric Orb
Mox Opal
Phyrexian Altar
Sol Ring

Land (27)

Bojuka Bog
Breeding Pool
Command Beacon
Command Tower
Dakmor Salvage
Darkwater Catacombs
Exotic Orchard
Fabled Passage
Field of the Dead
Glacial Chasm
Llanowar Wastes
Misty Rainforest
Overgrown Tomb
Polluted Delta
Rejuvenating Springs
Snow-Covered Forest
Strip Mine
Sunken Hollow
Tainted Isle
Temple of the False God
Undergrowth Stadium
Verdant Catacombs
Watery Grave
Yavimaya Coast

Muldrotha, the Gravetide‘s unique ability essentially lets your graveyard become a second hand. This means you can repeat powerful ETB abilities and make counterspells feel bad when they’re played on your spells. The downside is that graveyard disruption is pretty common in Commander, so there’s a good chance you can get blown out.

Prosper’s Piling Treasure

Prosper, Tome-Bound - Illustration by Yongjae Choi

Prosper, Tome-Bound | Illustration by Yongjae Choi

I’ve been enjoying my Prosper, Tome-Bound deck since Forgotten Realms was released, and boy is it fun. You’d be surprised how quickly you can amass Treasures in this deck! And adding in some cheeky wincons like Reckless Fireweaver, Nadier’s Nightblade, and Revel in Riches can really push games in your favor.

Alesha’s Tiny Army

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death | Illustration by Anastasia Ovchinnikova

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death | Illustration by Anastasia Ovchinnikova

I’ve always found Alesha, Who Smiles at Death to be such a unique commander. It’s a cool reanimation strategy that only works with smaller creatures, but that isn’t a bad thing. Many of these small creatures have great ETBs that make it into a sort of reanimator toolbox strategy. Very different than just reanimating fatties.

Ashling’s Only Exploding

Ashling the Pilgrim - Illustration by Wayne Reynolds

Ashling the Pilgrim | Illustration by Wayne Reynolds

No, really. That’s it.

You don’t have to play this exact list, but the premise is the same: cast Ashling the Pilgrim, blow it up, repeat. It’s cheap, funny, and will make you giggle for ages.

Radha’s Extra Combat Factory

Grand Warlord Radha - Illustration by Anna Steinbauer

Grand Warlord Radha | Illustration by Anna Steinbauer

Grand Warlord Radha‘s older form works great as a mana-generating aggressive deck, which suits well to extra combat steps. This means you can easily trigger infinite combat steps with enough creatures and Aggravated Assault. Or you can just take insane combat value. If not Gruul, then die!

Alibou’s “Beep Beep I’m a Jeep”

Alibou, Ancient Witness - Illustration by Matt Stewart

Alibou, Ancient Witness | Illustration by Matt Stewart

Commander (1)

Alibou, Ancient Witness

Planeswalker (1)

Karn, the Great Creator

Creature (18)

Alloy Myr
Bronze Guardian
Goblin Engineer
Goblin Welder
Gold Myr
Indomitable Archangel
Iron Myr
Lodestone Myr
Losheel, Clockwork Scholar
Myr Battlesphere
Myr Retriever
Palladium Myr
Pilgrim’s Eye
Scrap Trawler
Shimmer Myr
Solemn Simulacrum
Sun Titan
Thopter Engineer

Instant (5)

Boros Charm
Feedback Bolt
Path to Exile
Swords to Plowshares

Sorcery (3)

Excavation Technique
Faithless Looting
Thrilling Discovery

Artifact (40)

Aethersphere Harvester
Ancient Den
Arcane Signet
Ballista Charger
Bomat Bazaar Barge
Boros Signet
Commander’s Sphere
Cultivator’s Caravan
Cursed Mirror
Daredevil Dragster
Darksteel Citadel
Demolition Stomper
Enchanted Carriage
Fleetwheel Cruiser
Gilded Assault Cart
Gilded Lotus
Great Furnace
Irontread Crusher
Mind Stone
Mycosynth Lattice
Myr Matrix
Myr Turbine
Ovalchase Dragster
Parhelion II
Peacewalker Colossus
Raiders’ Karve
Rustvale Bridge
Scroll Rack
Sculpting Steel
Semblance Anvil
Shrine of Loyal Legions
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
Sleek Schooner
Smuggler’s Copter
Sol Ring
Talisman of Conviction
Thundering Chariot
Untethered Express

Land (28)

Alpine Meadow
Arid Mesa
Battlefield Forge
Bloodstained Mire
Cave of the Frost Dragon
City of Brass
Clifftop Retreat
Command Tower
Den of the Bugbear
Flooded Strand
Furycalm Snarl
Mana Confluence
Marsh Flats
Mishra’s Factory
Needleverge Pathway
Prismatic Vista
Rugged Prairie
Sacred Foundry
Scalding Tarn
Spectator Seating
Sunbaked Canyon
Temple of Triumph
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills

One of the coolest Boros () legendaries we’ve gotten in a while, Alibou, Ancient Witness lets you stay aggressive in a different light. Its laser beams equal the number of tapped artifacts, which means mana rocks and artifact creatures both count. Adding in its innate haste for vehicles and you’ve got a nasty brew going.

Oloro, Ageless Ascetic Lifegain

Oloro, Ageless Ascetic - Illustration by Eric Deschamps

Oloro, Ageless Ascetic | Illustration by Eric Deschamps

Commander (1)

Oloro, Ageless Ascetic

Planeswalker (1)

Narset, Parter of Veils

Creature (20)

Archivist of Oghma
Aven Mindcensor
Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
Blood Artist
Crested Sunmare
Dark Confidant
Dauthi Voidwalker
Drannith Magistrate
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Esper Sentinel
Grand Abolisher
Grand Arbiter Augustin IV
Kambal, Consul of Allocation
Kunoros, Hound of Athreos
Ledger Shredder
Linvala, Keeper of Silence
Opposition Agent
Serra Ascendant
Venser, Shaper Savant
Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose

Instant (15)

Ad Nauseam
Beacon of Immortality
Cyclonic Rift
Dovin’s Veto
Enlightened Tutor
Force of Negation
Force of Will
Mana Drain
Mystical Tutor
Reality Shift
Swords to Plowshares
Teferi’s Protection
Vampiric Tutor

Sorcery (8)

Demonic Tutor
Grim Tutor
Toxic Deluge

Enchantment (13)

Authority of the Consuls
Black Market Connections
Blind Obedience
Bloodchief Ascension
Celestial Mantle
Darksteel Mutation
Exquisite Blood
Rhystic Study
Sanguine Bond
Smothering Tithe
The Meathook Massacre
Wound Reflection

Artifact (9)

Aetherflux Reservoir
Alhammarret’s Archive
Arcane Signet
Bolas’s Citadel
Chrome Mox
Mana Crypt
Sol Ring
Uba Mask
Well of Lost Dreams

Land (33)

Ancient Tomb
Arid Mesa
Bloodstained Mire
Bojuka Bog
Cabal Coffers
City of Brass
Command Tower
Exotic Orchard
Fabled Passage
Flooded Strand
Gemstone Caverns
Godless Shrine
Hall of Heliod’s Generosity
Hallowed Fountain
Island x2
Marsh Flats
Misty Rainforest
Plains x3
Polluted Delta
Prismatic Vista
Reliquary Tower
Scalding Tarn
Strip Mine
Swamp x2
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Urza’s Saga
Verdant Catacombs
Watery Grave
Windswept Heath

Oloro, Ageless Ascetic is one of the oldest, yet most powerful, commanders in the book. I can’t think of a more classic Esper commander, and this one is still one of the most played! It offers a classic control archetype that revolves around consistent lifegain triggers to eventually overwhelm your opponents and pad your stats a little.

Esika’s 5-Color Legendary Tribal

Esika, God of the Tree - Illustration by Johannes Voss

Esika, God of the Tree | Illustration by Johannes Voss

Commander (1)

Esika, God of the Tree

Planeswalker (1)

Kaya, the Inexorable

Creature (46)

Animar, Soul of Elements
Arvad the Cursed
Azusa, Lost but Seeking
Breena, the Demagogue
Captain Sisay
Chulane, Teller of Tales
Derevi, Empyrial Tactician
Edric, Spymaster of Trest
Fblthp, the Lost
Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
Jegantha, the Wellspring
Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain
Jolrael, Mwonvuli Recluse
Kambal, Consul of Allocation
Katilda, Dawnhart Prime
Kethis, the Hidden Hand
Kodama of the East Tree
Kolvori, God of Kinship
Koma, Cosmos Serpent
Leinore, Autumn Sovereign
Liesa, Forgotten Archangel
Linvala, Shield of Sea Gate
Lonis, Cryptozoologist
Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist
Najeela, the Blade-Blossom
Nezahal, Primal Tide
Niambi, Esteemed Speaker
Nylea, Keen-Eyed
Orcus, Prince of Undeath
Radha, Heart of Keld
Raff Capashen, Ship’s Mage
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer
Reki, the History of Kamigawa
Saffi Eriksdotter
Sakashima of a Thousand Faces
Samut, Voice of Dissent
Saryth, the Viper’s Fang
Selvala, Heart of the Wilds
Shalai, Voice of Plenty
Sisay, Weatherlight Captain
Teshar, Ancestor’s Apostle
Toski, Bearer of Secrets
Tymna the Weaver
Valki, God of Lies
Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire
Vial Smasher the Fierce

Sorcery (7)

Kamahl’s Druidic Vow
Primevals’ Glorious Rebirth
Three Visits
Time of Need
Urza’s Ruinous Blast

Enchantment (4)

Bard Class
Guardian Project
Rhystic Study
Rhythm of the Wild

Artifact (7)

Arcane Signet
Chromatic Lantern
Heroes’ Podium
Lightning Greaves
Mox Amber
Sol Ring
The Great Henge

Land (31)

Blood Crypt
Breeding Pool
Command Tower
Exotic Orchard
Flooded Strand
Godless Shrine
Hallowed Fountain
Indatha Triome
Ketria Triome
Mana Confluence
Marsh Flats
Misty Rainforest
Overgrown Tomb
Polluted Delta
Raugrin Triome
Sacred Foundry
Savai Triome
Steam Vents
Stomping Ground
Temple Garden
The World Tree
Verdant Catacombs
Watery Grave
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills
Zagoth Triome

In a similar vein to Alesha, Esika, God of the Tree gives you a unique toolbox centered around powerful legendary creatures, though it’s a little more random. You’ll find a lot of fun here if you’re a fan of huge, impactful creatures. Not to mention that this list is so flexible thanks to the sheer number of legendary creatures out there.

Hapatra’s Snake Factory

Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons - Illustration by Tyler Jacobson

Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons | Illustration by Tyler Jacobson

Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons gives you a theme that you almost never see supported: -1/-1 counters. So many cards that you don’t normally get to see are centered around them, and some discard strategies. This deck goes hard if you play in a creature-heavy meta.

Mizzix’s X-Spell Tribal

Mizzix of the Izmagnus - Illustration by Cliff Childs

Mizzix of the Izmagnus | Illustration by Cliff Childs

Experience counters were a pretty terrible mechanic, and Mizzix of the Izmagnus was the worst offender. But it’s still super fun. Getting to blast huge X-spells for free and slinging powerful spells just feels like true Magic to me. It’s also a flexible deck with several ways to win.

Shu Yun’s Cantrip

Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest - Illustration by David Gaillet

Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest | Illustration by David Gaillet

Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest offers a unique angle on combat-centric decks, picking non-creature spells over equipment. And since you’re running a ton of cantrips, you can cast a bunch of cards at once and build up for a one-shot with enough mana.

There’s also some neat interaction with prowess cards! And I like the interaction between Shu Yun and Willbreaker, because you just get to steal creatures for free.

Ayli’s Cleric Tribal

Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim - Illustration by Cynthia Sheppard

Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim | Illustration by Cynthia Sheppard

Clerics are a pretty underrated tribe for Commander, but they got a ton of great tools with our recent trip to Zendikar. Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim helms the church as you delve into a sort of lifegain/aristocrats strategy in a new and refreshing way. There are also a ton of new clerics in Crimson Vow and Midnight Hunt to add to the deck.

Arcades’ Big Butts

Arcades, the Strategist - Illustration by Even Amundsen

Arcades, the Strategist | Illustration by Even Amundsen

One of only two commanders that allows the innate ability to use toughness in combat, Arcades, the Strategist offers a super unique combat-focused deck. It’s also in great colors to support the theme and has some really interesting creatures and interactions. I like it more than Doran, the Siege Tower because it has better synergy and doesn’t need to rely on treefolk.

Kykar’s Spell Emporium

Kykar, Wind's Fury - Illustration by G-host Lee

Kykar, Wind’s Fury | Illustration by G-host Lee

Another spellslinger deck, but in a slightly different flavor. Because Kykar, Wind’s Fury makes tokens, you can opt to play a token strategy to stay aggressive and have blockers. But more importantly, your tokens can be converted into mana. Casting spell doublers with the red mana from your tokens lets you have explosive turns and big plays out of nowhere.

Shabraz & Brallin Cycling

Brallin, Skyshark Rider - Illustration by Paul Scott Canavan

Brallin, Skyshark Rider | Illustration by Paul Scott Canavan

The sharky boys are super dynamic and can fit into a lot of different themes. I think cycling fits them well because of each partner‘s unique ability offers different ways to win.

Brallin, Skyshark Rider lets you deal incremental damage while Shabraz, the Skyshark gives you lifegain and can fly over blockers for commander damage. You can also get cheeky and add Curiosity effects and go for a combo-kill with Brallin.

Thrasios & Kydele “Draw Everything”

Thrasios, Triton Hero | Illustration by Josu Hernaiz

Thrasios, Triton Hero | Illustration by Josu Hernaiz

Why draw one card a turn when you can draw ten? This deck excels at drawing a ton of cards. In turn it generates a ton of colorless mana to draw more cards. You can pair this with mill enchantments or just deck opponents with Blue Sun’s Zenith.

Kaza Wizard Tribal

Kaza, Roil Chaser - Illustration by Ekaterina Burmak

Kaza, Roil Chaser | Illustration by Ekaterina Burmak

I really like this hybrid style between wizard tribal and spellslinger decks. Kaza, Roil Chaser gives you a discount on your spells and promotes a healthy board state. Paired with some of the more aggressive wizards out there, you can make a pretty mean deck that fights on two fronts.

Anax and Cymede Heroic Tokens

Anax and Cymede - Illustration by Willian Murai

Anax and Cymede | Illustration by Willian Murai

While you’d think that this would make a great heroic deck, it doesn’t work super well in my experience. But Boros is great for making tokens! And you can easily overwhelm a table with a huge army of tokens plus some heroic triggers and other anthem effects. The provided trample from your commander is also a key part to passing damage through.

Baru, Krosan Combo

Baru, Fist of Krosa - Illustration by Lucio Parrillo

Baru, Fist of Krosa | Illustration by Lucio Parrillo

Grandeur totally works in commander. Okay, hear me out.

You need Dual Nature and Paleoloth paired with a haste enabler and a way to return Baru, Fist of Krosa to your hand with Temur Sabertooth. You play Baru and return it to your hand with the trigger from Nature on the stack. Then the token enters the battlefield. You activate grandeur and make a Wurm token, triggering Paleoloth to put Baru back in your hand.

Rinse and repeat until you’re out of mana, and then swing.

Chainer Reanimator

Chainer, Nightmare Adept - Illustration by Steve Prescott

Chainer, Nightmare Adept | Illustration by Steve Prescott

Reanimator is fun, and I enjoy Chainer, Nightmare Adept‘s Rakdos () variant as my reanimator of choice. Rakdos gives you a ton of great options for targets and rummage effects, as well as utility. Plus your commander isn’t just a discard outlet but also a haste enabler for your reanimation targets, meaning you’re always a threat when you untap.

Hallar, Kicker Tribal

Hallar, the Firefletcher - Illustration by Bram Sels

Hallar, the Firefletcher | Illustration by Bram Sels

I toyed around with Hallar, the Firefletcher with the release of Dominaria and was blown away by how good it was. You really don’t expect it to be a lot, but the damage can add up fast. I was regularly hitting 10 or so damage per kicked spell and often took out entire tables with a few turns. Add in damage doublers and you’re in for a really fun time!

Vadrok’s Speedy Dash

Vadrok, Apex of Thunder - Illustration by Zack Stella

Vadrok, Apex of Thunder | Illustration by Zack Stella

Commander (1)

Vadrok, Apex of Thunder

Planeswalker (2)

Narset, Parter of Veils
Teferi, Time Raveler

Creature (15)

Birgi, God of Storytelling
Dockside Extortionist
Flamekin Herald
God-Eternal Oketra
Grinning Ignus
Kykar, Wind’s Fury
Mardu Scout
Purphoros, God of the Forge
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer
Rootha, Mercurial Artist
Screamreach Brawler
Vega, the Watcher
Viashino Sandscout
Zurgo Bellstriker

Instant (12)

Chaos Warp
Dovin’s Veto
Enlightened Tutor
Generous Gift
Izzet Charm
Mystical Tutor
Swords to Plowshares
Teferi’s Protection
Thrill of Possibility
Winds of Rebuke

Sorcery (21)

Ancestral Vision
Breath of Darigaaz
Cathartic Reunion
Chart a Course
Citywide Bust
Council’s Judgment
Dismantling Wave
Faithless Looting
Inevitable Betrayal
Jeska’s Will
Remember the Fallen
Sea Gate Restoration
See the Truth
Sevinne’s Reclamation
Slaughter the Strong
Solve the Equation
Thrilling Discovery
Tormenting Voice
Wheel of Fate

Enchantment (3)

Blessed Sanctuary
Impact Tremors
Shark Typhoon

Artifact (13)

Arcane Signet
Cloud Key
Coalition Relic
Commander’s Sphere
Crystal Shard
Fellwar Stone
Hazoret’s Monument
Mind Stone
Sol Ring
Talisman of Conviction
Talisman of Creativity
Talisman of Progress
Wayfarer’s Bauble

Land (33)

Arid Mesa
Cephalid Coliseum
Command Tower
Fabled Passage
Fiery Islet
Flooded Strand
Geier Reach Sanitarium
Hall of Heliod’s Generosity
Hallowed Fountain
Island x2
Mountain x5
Mystic Sanctuary
Plains x4
Prismatic Vista
Raugrin Triome
Reliquary Tower
Sacred Foundry
Sanctum of Eternity
Scalding Tarn
Sea of Clouds
Spectator Seating
Steam Vents
Sulfur Falls
Sunbaked Canyon
Training Center

This deck capitalizes on Vadrok, Apex of Thunder‘s mutate ability paired with creatures that return to your hand at the end of the turn. Using cheap dash creatures and Vadrok’s cheap mutate cost lets you cast spells from your graveyard for free. And the cards you cast don’t get exiled so you can repeat some powerful effects every turn.

Seton’s Druid Tribal

Seton, Krosan Protector - Illustration by Greg Staples

Seton, Krosan Protector | Illustration by Greg Staples

Druid tribal isn’t a tribe you expect to see at a table, but it’s surprisingly fast. You can play more mana dorks to reliably get Seton, Krosan Protector on turn 2 and then all your creatures become Llanowar Elves. Seton’s ability doesn’t require them to have haste either, so you can easily dump out your hand by turn 4.

It’s explosive, but fragile to board wipes.

Norin the Wary

Norin the Wary - Illustration by Heather Hudson

Norin the Wary | Illustration by Heather Hudson

I’m actually not allowed to build this deck. My friends have forbidden it.

It can get so out of hand so fast and it doesn’t matter what your opponents do. Norin the Wary is practically unkillable and the rest of the deck functions as a bizarre chaos-blink deck that quickly overwhelms opponents.

It’s an absolute gigglefest.

Sidisi Zombie Tribal

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant - Illustration by Karl Kopinski

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant | Illustration by Karl Kopinski

Commander (1)

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant

Planeswalker (1)

Liliana, Death’s Majesty

Creature (42)

Acidic Slime
Balthor the Defiled
Brokkos, Apex of Forever
Death Baron
Deathrite Shaman
Diregraf Captain
Diregraf Colossus
Eternal Skylord
Eternal Witness
Fallen Shinobi
Fleshbag Marauder
Frilled Mystic
Geth, Lord of the Vault
Gisa and Geralf
Gleaming Overseer
Grave Titan
Gravespawn Sovereign
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Grimgrin, Corpse-Born
Gyruda, Doom of Depths
Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
Lich Lord of Unx
Liliana’s Standard Bearer
Lord of the Undead
Lotleth Troll
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Murderous Rider // Swift End
Mystic Snake
Narfi, Betrayer King
Noxious Ghoul
Polukranos, Unchained
Ramunap Excavator
Reclamation Sage
Shambling Shell
Sidisi, Undead Vizier
Stinkweed Imp
The Scarab God
Undead Warchief
Underrealm Lich
Vengeful Dead
Withered Wretch
Zombie Master

Instant (5)

Dig Through Time
Forbidden Alchemy
Mausoleum Secrets
Murderous Cut

Sorcery (12)

Casualties of War
Kodama’s Reach
Life from the Loam
Living Death
Nature’s Lore
Patriarch’s Bidding
Splendid Reclamation
Treasure Cruise
Twilight’s Call
Zombie Apocalypse

Enchantment (1)

Phyrexian Reclamation

Artifact (1)

Lightning Greaves

Land (37)

Bojuka Bog
Breeding Pool
Command Tower
Crypt of Agadeem
Darkbore Pathway
Drowned Catacomb
Exotic Orchard
Fetid Pools
Flooded Strand
Forest x2
Hinterland Harbor
Island x2
Llanowar Wastes
Opulent Palace
Overgrown Tomb
Polluted Delta
Port of Karfell
Snow-Covered Forest
Snow-Covered Island
Snow-Covered Swamp
Strip Mine
Sunken Hollow
Svogthos, the Restless Tomb
Swamp x2
Tainted Isle
Tainted Wood
Temple of Malady
Temple of Mystery
Unholy Grotto
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Watery Grave
Woodland Cemetery
Zagoth Triome

Why take the traditional zombie tribal deck when you can have a little fun with it? Adding green gives you some powerful flexibility options, and Sidisi, Brood Tyrant makes more zombies for free.

Adding in a self-mill subtheme also turns your graveyard into a second hand. It’s also just a unique spin on the usual zombie deck.

Putting the Decks Away

Shabraz, the Skyshark - Illustration by Paul Scott Canavan

Shabraz, the Skyshark | Illustration by Paul Scott Canavan

Commander gives players a way to express themselves through deckbuilding that other formats don’t really come close to. It’s one of the reasons why I love the format, and I hope you do too. If you truly want to experience some of the creativity within Commander, you should definitely try out some of these decks. My favorites include Alibou, Ancient Witness, Hallar, the Firefletcher, and Prosper, Tome-bound.

Do you have a pet deck you want to share? Let me know in the comments or tell us over on Discord. I’ve gotta gear up for tomorrow’s Commander night at my LGS.

Sleeve your babies, and sleeve your cards. I’m out!

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    Seb April 16, 2022 11:29 am

    Hello Sir. I am loving your Prosper, Tome-Bound deck and I was wondering if there was a list somewhere online that you keep up to date with additions from new sets. I’d love to see which updates you make. Seb

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      Dan Troha April 16, 2022 1:00 pm

      We’ve got a full Prosper deck guide coming soon, so be sure to follow Draftsim on social media so you know when we publish it.

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    Michael May 13, 2022 3:06 am

    Tried the Thrasios & Kydele deck on this site. I strongly advise against it. I found it to be way too slow and mana intense. The combos didn’t pop off. It just didn’t click for me.

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      Dan Troha May 13, 2022 8:31 am

      Thanks for letting us know! Any changes that you would make to the deck to make it better?

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        Brock September 9, 2022 1:57 pm

        Unfortunately for these commanders still leading the competitive commander scene its hard to build them budget and not have people let down when it doesn’t will turn two like the comp deck

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