Last updated on December 1, 2023
Sylvan Library (Commander Collection: Green) | Illustration by Bryan Sola
Wizards released tons of supplementary products in 2020. The “year of Commander” saw a ton of Commander-specific products, most notably Commander Legends, Mystery Booster, and the first Commander Collection product.
Commander Collection: Green brought a handful of powerful reprints with new art and flavor texts. Let’s dive right into what makes it so special!
Sol Ring (Commander Collection: Green) | Illustration by Joseph Meehan
Commander Collection: Green is a boxed set of eight reprinted green cards showcasing what green cards do best: big mana and big creatures. Similar to the Signature Spellbook series, each card features new art and flavor text referencing some legendary green characters from MTG’s history.
The set had two editions; a standard version and a completely foil “premium” version that’s only available at WPN Premium stores. Both editions make excellent centerpieces for any green mage’s collection.
Commander Collection: Green was the first Commander Collection released, originally available on December 4, 2020. It was planned for release on September 4 but the year of Commander coinciding with a global pandemic forced some delays in releases.
Commander Collection products are for the player who has unabashedly sworn allegiance to a single color. The cards included are essential cards in any mono-green Commander deck and slot well into any deck that includes green.
Die-hard green players probably already own a copy or two of Bane of Progress, and every Commander player needs Command Tower and Sol Ring. Commander Collection: Green looks to sell you these EDH staple cards as a premium set.
The Commander Collections don’t have a limited purchase window like Secret Lairs. You can buy them from plenty of WPN stores and online retailers, and your ability to buy them pretty much just relies on that retailer’s stock.
Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury
Commander Collection: Green features a reprint of the first green planeswalker commander, Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury. This was Freyalise’s first new art since its release in the Commander 2014 precons. Llanowar’s Fury is the poster child for mono-green Elf decks and its unique loyalty ability to pump out a Llanowar Elves-equivalent each turn makes it an excellent mono-green commander.
Worldwake’s Omnath, Locus of Mana was my original nemesis in the old days of EDH in my play group. As if green needed any more access to big mana, Omnath’s ability to store unspent mana in your pool and buff itself with it was a very powerful one-two punch in the pre-precons days. Omnath’s flavor text was updated to shed some more light on its origins, that it emerged from the Roil, Zendikar’s swirling, Eldrazi-devouring mana-storm.
Bane of Progress was one of my favorite green cards released with Commander 2013. It has a huge splashy effect that worked well in multiplayer matches and was an excellent interaction card in the meta that existed between those five precons.
Commander Collection: Green saw Bane of Progress release with new and terrifying artwork and a foil printing for the first time. Its new flavor text alludes to Urza and Mishra’s battle at Argoth, a large island populated by elves and druids during the Brother’s War.
Seedborn Muse is arguably the best creature in the cycle of Muses. Its uses in green decks are almost infinite; use it with Yisan, the Wanderer bard to tutor up twice as many creatures or with Omnath, Locus of Mana to dump extra mana into your pool each upkeep. The list is truly endless. If it weren’t for Sol Ring and Command Tower I’d say Seedborn Muse was the most useful card in Commander Collection: Green.
The most valuable card in Commander Collection: Green is Sylvan Library. Hailing from Legends, this green enchantment is an essential card in any green deck that can afford it. Reprinted for the second time with new art, Sylvan Library is a classic card that’s remained powerful since its release. How it fits into the theme of “big mana, big creatures” is debatable. I guess it’s aggressive card draw in green, but generating advantage like that never really felt “green.”
I personally love the flavor choices on this card. Yisan’s ability searches up creatures from your deck so it makes sense it should feature on the definitive green tutor.
Look, I don’t like it any more than you do, but we all need a Sol Ring, even the green decks. Luckily each Commander Collection product includes one of these eternally-useful mana rocks, and each has new art specific to its color. And new flavor text makes this Ring stand out. This specific reprint hails from the depths of a forest.
Commander Collection: Green didn’t have a set MSRP. Card Kingdom sold the set of non-foils for $40 and the set of foils for $80 when they were released. Both go for about $119 and $199 respectively nowadays. The lowest price to buy the complete set of non-foil Commander Collection: Green singles is around $116, and buying every foil CCG card would run you about $255.
The number one question to ask yourself when considering whether to buy Commander Collection: Green is, “Will I use these cards?” If the answer is yes, then move on to the second most important question: “Will I use all of these cards?” If the answer is no, then just buy the singles that you’ll play and save yourself a bunch of money on expensive cardboard.
If you’re looking for the best investment, buying a sealed set of Commander Collection: Green foils is a fair bet. The individual price for the singles has only decreased over time while a sealed box has gone up. I’m not a financial expert but that seems like a fair investment if you don’t plan to open the box.
Tons of online retailers have sealed copies of Commander Collection: Green still available for purchase. There’s always good old Amazon, where you can get the non-foil Collection for about $130. Sets of the non-foils go for as low as $80 on eBay if you’re willing to bid for it, and TCGPlayer has listings for unopened sets for as low as $107.
- Contains 8 reprinted non-foil cards with Green theme
- Comes with Slyvan Library, Sol Ring, and more great cards
Commander Collection: Green was followed up by Commander Collection: Black which was released on January 28, 2022.
Omnath, Locus of Mana (Commander Collection: Green) | Illustration by Chase Stone
Commander Collection: Green was just one of many supplemental products we’d see released for the Commander format in the years following it. Hopefully we’ll continue to see the Commander Collection cycle of products. I’d hate to see it abandoned like the Signature Spellbook series. The Commander Collections add much-needed reprints of high-power cards to the Commander format, improving access to the game overall.
Which color do you think will feature in the next Commander Collection? Will we see Commander Collections for color pairs, or even shards and wedges? I’m personally hoping for a Commander Collection: Red with a Dockside Extortionist! Let me know in the comments or over on Draftsim’s Twitter.
Thanks for reading, and happy casting!
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