Last updated on September 14, 2022

Witherbloom Command - Illustration by Dmitry Burmak

Witherbloom Command | Illustration by Dmitry Burmak

Commander, also unofficially known as Elder Dragon Highlander or EDH for short, has been around as a fan-made format almost since the beginning of MTG itself. However, this year will be the 10th anniversary since Wizards of the Coast officially started selling retail products specifically targeted towards the Commander play style.

In 2011 the first set of Commander preconstructed decks hit the shelves. It consisted of five 3-colored decks with one main commander and another two optional commanders. Each deck had 100 cards including its commander, following the singleton rule of the format.

But 10 years is a long time, and since then WotC has released an amazing total of 48 Commander precons, plus an entire set dedicated to Commander staples and new cards for the format. So, with this huge history of products, there’s one simple question that would plague anyone: which of these precons is worth buying?

This is the question that, hopefully, I’ll manage to answer today, taking into consideration the needs of different types of players.

Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Deck – Undead Unleashed (Blue-Black)
Magic The Gathering Kaldheim Commander Deck – Phantom Premonition | 100 Card Ready-to-Play Deck | Blue-White
Magic: The Gathering Commander 2019 Mystic Intellect Deck | 100-Card Ready-to-Play Deck | 3 Foil Commanders | Factory Sealed
Magic the Gathering Commander 2016 Deck – Breed Lethality (GWUB)
Magic The Gathering MTG Zendikar Rising Both 2020 New ZNC Commander Decks!
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Deck – Undead Unleashed (Blue-Black)
Magic The Gathering Kaldheim Commander Deck – Phantom Premonition | 100 Card Ready-to-Play Deck | Blue-White
Magic: The Gathering Commander 2019 Mystic Intellect Deck | 100-Card Ready-to-Play Deck | 3 Foil Commanders | Factory Sealed
Magic the Gathering Commander 2016 Deck - Breed Lethality (GWUB)
Magic The Gathering MTG Zendikar Rising Both 2020 New ZNC Commander Decks!
Best for New Players
Best Budget
Best Value
Best Competitive
Best Bundle
$48.95
$18.18
$82.74
$488.88
$37.99
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Deck – Undead Unleashed (Blue-Black)
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Deck – Undead Unleashed (Blue-Black)
Best for New Players
$48.95
Magic The Gathering Kaldheim Commander Deck – Phantom Premonition | 100 Card Ready-to-Play Deck | Blue-White
Magic The Gathering Kaldheim Commander Deck – Phantom Premonition | 100 Card Ready-to-Play Deck | Blue-White
Best Budget
$18.18
Magic: The Gathering Commander 2019 Mystic Intellect Deck | 100-Card Ready-to-Play Deck | 3 Foil Commanders | Factory Sealed
Magic: The Gathering Commander 2019 Mystic Intellect Deck | 100-Card Ready-to-Play Deck | 3 Foil Commanders | Factory Sealed
Best Value
$82.74
Magic the Gathering Commander 2016 Deck – Breed Lethality (GWUB)
Magic the Gathering Commander 2016 Deck - Breed Lethality (GWUB)
Best Competitive
$488.88
Magic The Gathering MTG Zendikar Rising Both 2020 New ZNC Commander Decks!
Magic The Gathering MTG Zendikar Rising Both 2020 New ZNC Commander Decks!
Best Bundle
$37.99

Best Precons for New Commander Players

Overwhelmed Apprentice - Illustration by Jason Rainville

Overwhelmed Apprentice | Illustration by Jason Rainville

In my opinion, this is where the vast majority of EDH products shine the brightest. Most if not all of these decks are great to just pull out of the box, sit with some friends or at your local game store, and start playing.

Some of these decks can be a bit more complicated to get the hang of, though. Commander is a format that can feel very different when it comes to strategies and understanding how to play when compared to the other formats. That being said, here are some decks that anyone with basic understanding of how to play MTG can get into without too many complications.

Undead Unleashed

Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver

Undead Unleashed is a Dimir zombie tribal deck from Wizards of the Coast that released alongside Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, and quickly became one of the most popular precon Commander decks ever. The deck’s commander, Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver, is a zombie warrior that gives you a 2/2 decayed zombie whenever one of your non-decayed zombies dies. This helps maximize the value you get from sacrificing creatures, which is something zombie strategies are great at.

The deck’s overall strategy is simple, too. There isn’t much depth beyond playing your zombie creatures and then overwhelming your opponents with either sheer number of creatures or powerful game-ending spells like Dark Salvation.

There aren’t any big-ticket cards that you can resell to make your money back, but the deck’s value sits around the $60 mark, which is 50% more than MSRP.

Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Deck – Undead Unleashed (Blue-Black)
  • 100-card ready-to-play Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander deck
  • Deck includes 2 traditional foils + 98 nonfoil cards
  • 1 foil-etched Display Commander
  • 10 double-sided tokens + life tracker and deck box
  • Introduces 15 MTG cards not found in the main set

Spirit Squadron

Millicent, Restless Revenant

Spirit Squadron is an Azorius commander deck that hit the shelves with the release of Innistrad: Crimson Vow, and can be picked up for just below MSRP. In addition to maintaining its affordable price point, the deck has a pretty basic playstyle that new players can pick up on quickly.

Its commander, Millicent, Restless Revenant is a legendary spirit that costs less for each spirit you control. Additionally, whenever it or a nontoken spirit you control does damage to a player, you get to create a 1/1 flying spirit! Combat strategies are the simplest for new players to follow along with, and they’ll feel like they’re getting away with something when their board is flooded with tokens. That’s exactly what we want when trying to get our friends addicted to Magic, too!

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Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Crimson Vow Commander Deck – Spirit Squadron (White-Blue)
  • 100-card ready-to-play Innistrad: Crimson Vow Commander deck
  • Deck includes 2 traditional foils plus 98 nonfoil cards
  • 1 foil-etched Display Commander
  • 10 double-sided tokens plus life tracker and deck box
  • Introduces 15 MTG cards not found in the main set

Best Budget Precon Decks

Commander precons have a very wide range of prices, going from considerably cheap to very expensive depending on the set and the cards they include. In this case we’ll look at some of the more affordable ones so you can try out new Commander strategies without having to dip too much into your savings.

Land’s Wrath

Obuun, Mul Daya Ancestor

With Zendikar Rising came two new Commander precons with a low cost and surprisingly fun to play decks. The one we’re interested with in this case is helmed by Obuun, Mul Daya Ancestor.

Through online retailers, you can find this deck for under 20 bucks, almost half of the price of some other Commander precons. And what’s even better, the quality of the deck as a right-out-of-the-box playable deck isn’t any lower in the slightest. This landfall-centric deck may not be the strongest out of the 63 precons, but it’s a completely viable and fun to play deck for a really low price.

Some of this deck’s highlight cards are:

Magic: The Gathering Zendikar Rising Commander Deck – Land’s Wrath | 100 Card Ready-to-Play Deck | 1 Foil Commander | Red-Green-White
  • BATTLE YOUR FRIENDS. Commander is a different way to play Magic: The Gathering. It’s all about legendary creatures, big plays, and battling your friends in epic multiplayer games.
  • 100-CARD READY-TO-PLAY DECK. Designed as an introduction to Commander, this deck is ready-to-play right out of the box, without sacrificing the richness and depth that made Magic iconic.
  • THREE CARDS PRINTED FOR THE FIRST TIME. This Commander deck debuts three cards, plus it’s loaded with reprints to kickstart your Commander experience.
  • EXPLORE ZENDIKAR. On Zendikar, danger is the norm: wild terrain, cunning predators, and “the Roil”—violent ripples of change—all make life precarious and full of adventure.
  • CONTENTS: 1 ready-to-play deck of 99 Magic: The Gathering cards, 1 foil commander card with alternate art, 10 tokens, 1 reference card, 1 deck box (can hold 100 sleeved cards), 1 life tracker

Phantom Premonition

Ranar the Ever-Watchful

Kaldheim arrived following in tow with the pleasant surprise that were the low-cost Zendikar Commander decks, bringing two new decks of its own. In this particular case, Phantom Premonition is an Azorius deck with a focus on the new foretell mechanic for about $17. This even gives you a small temporal advantage over some of the other precons since you’re gonna be sitting down to play with a completely new mechanic that will allow you to catch your opponents by surprise.

The deck also includes eight new designed-for-Commander cards meant to synergize with this deck in particular, which is about five more than the previous Zendikar and Commander Legends precons without an increase in the price. What’s more, it brings some amazing reprints like Mulldrifter and Brago, King Eternal with it.

Some of this deck’s highlight cards are:

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Magic The Gathering Kaldheim Commander Deck – Phantom Premonition | 100 Card Ready-to-Play Deck | Blue-White
  • 100-card ready-to-play KHM Commander deck
  • 1 foil Commander card
  • 8 Viking-inspired Magic cards make their debut
  • 10 double-sided tokens + life tracker and deck box
  • Create a horde of spirits to do your bidding!

Reap the Tides

Aesi, Tyrant of Gyre Strait

Even though both Commander Legends decks stand come in somewhere under $20, this Simic ramp and lands-matter deck manages to stand taller than its Boros counterpart. If we’re being honest, neither of them are among the best when it comes to Commander precons, but Reap the Tides is a deck that’s incredibly fun to play. Aesi, Tyrant of Gyre Strait sets the land-centric tone of the deck really well, and from there it’s all a race to play an assortment of big and mean monsters to crush your opponents.

Even with some really fun cards in the deck like Avenger of Zendikar or Stormtide Leviathan, this deck needs a few interventions. Its greatest and very ironic weakness is its mana base, which has a bit too many lands that enter the battlefield tapped.

Some of this deck’s highlight cards are:

Magic: The Gathering Commander Legends Commander Deck – Reap the Tides | 100 Card Ready-to-Play Deck | 1 Foil Commander | Blue-Green
  • BATTLE YOUR FRIENDS. Commander is a different way to play Magic: The Gathering. It’s all about legendary creatures, big plays, and battling your friends in epic multiplayer games.
  • 100-CARD READY-TO-PLAY DECK. Designed as an introduction to Commander, this MTG deck is ready-to-play right out of the box, without sacrificing the richness and depth that made Magic iconic.
  • GATHER THE STORM. Summon the strength of Aesi, call forth a torrent of extra cards and lands, and sweep your opponents away.
  • THREE CARDS PRINTED FOR THE FIRST TIME. This Commander deck debuts three cards, plus it’s loaded with reprints to kickstart your Commander experience.
  • CONTENTS: 1 ready-to-play deck of 99 Magic: The Gathering cards, 1 legendary foil commander card, 10 tokens, 1 deck box (can hold 100 sleeved cards), 1 life tracker

What if I Have a Bigger Budget? Best Pricier Precons

Sometimes budget can be a problem, but other times you simply have no issues spending as much as you want on a fun or powerful deck. Let’s see some decks that may be a little more expensive.

Arcane Maelstrom

One of the decks that strays furthest from the Ikoria set mechanics is also one of its most interesting ones. Led by Kalamax, the Stormsire, this instants-matter deck plays to cast the most instants to overwhelm your opponent.

This set of precons also brought a total of 17 new cards for Commander with each deck, and at the cost of about $40, the value of a lot of its singles is something to keep in mind when you consider cards like Deflecting Swat. All in all, the power level of this deck is pretty high, and when added up to the amazing number of new Commander cards and the great singles, it makes the deck’s price worth it.

Some of this deck’s highlight cards are:

Magic: The Gathering Arcane Maelstrom Ikoria Commander Deck | 100 Card Deck | 4 Foil Legendary Creatures
  • Choose from three fierce Commanders from Ikoria Lair of Behemoths (IKO) to lead your deck to victory—four legendary creatures including two that share a magical bond and can command your deck together
  • Commander is a Magic The Gathering (MTG) multiplayer format where alliances are formed friends are betrayed and grudges are repaid with a vengeance
  • Turn the tide of any battle with the Arcane Maelstrom deck—copy spells with Kalamax the Stormsire draw cards when you do damage with Xyris the Writhing Storm or exile your opponents’ resources and cast them yourself with Haldan Avid Arcanist and Pako Arcane Retriever
  • Arcane Maelstrom is one of five Commander Decks from Ikoria Lair of Behemoths (IKO) Each includes exclusive cards tailored to that deck—pick your favorite mechanics and dive in to battle!
  • Battle your way through the plane of Ikoria with monster-themed mechanics that grow your creatures build your bond and crush your opponents

Entropic Uprising

Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder

Older decks can be a little harder to find nowadays and that causes their price to shoot up, but some of them are still worth it even with the highly inflated prices. This particular 4-colored deck is an ode to some of the weirdest things you can do in MTG, which is to build a chaos deck. Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder gives cascade to all the spells you play each turn after he’s dealt combat damage to your opponent, which at some point will inevitably end up in a storm of random spells to enter the battlefield all in one turn and cause a huge mess.

Another added value to this deck is the two partner commanders that come with it, Vial Smasher the Fierce and Thrasios, Triton Hero. The former is a great commander in and of itself for chaos decks, while Thrasios has managed to become an EDH staple over time.

Some of this deck’s highlight cards are:

Stalwart Unity

Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis

As an amazing polar opposite to the previous deck and coming from the same set, Stalwart Unity is another delve into original and interesting strategies. In this case, the chosen strategy is group hug, which gives both you and your opponent advantages and grants you a stronger place at the table. This deck is ideal for multiplayer games because of its mechanics, and it’s a great way to break matches away from the too-usual power displays that Commander tends to turn into.

With all this said, having a clear and strong win condition can be hard with this deck. Your commander(s), Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis, are great for political play but they’re not strong enough to be a real threat when it comes to damage. You’ll have to make sure that your battlefield has some of the stronger creatures like Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs in play and ready to strike when the time comes to end your last opponent.

Some of this deck’s highlight cards are:

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Wizards of the Coast MTG Commander 2016 Stalwart Unity Deck
  • Magic the Gathering 2016 Commander STALWART UNITY Deck

Best Precon Decks for Value

We’ve talked about EDH precons that are fun or easy to play and their value, but there’s another thing to consider when you buy one of these precons: how much are the cards in it actually worth?

When you pull apart one of these 100-card decks and start adding up the price of every single card, you’ll probably end up with double or maybe even triple of the deck’s retail price. That sounds like a great offer, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not that easy, because what’s important to consider here is that a lot of what makes it add up to such a high number is all the bulk cards the deck has. That said, there are still some really valuable cards in several precon decks, so let’s go ahead and find some good investments.

Mystic Intellect

Sevinne, the Chronoclasm

This deck was already one of the best decks from the Commander 2019 precons by itself, but it brings a really pleasant surprise in terms of value with it. While this deck’s cost averages around $50, you can find what is now a Commander staple in its list: Dockside Extortionist. This card alone is worth about $80. That alone pays for the average cost of this deck from third-party sellers. Enjoy the other 99 cards for free!

As an added bonus, this deck’s strategy revolves around the flashback mechanic, so even if you sell off these two cards you can simply replace them for something cheaper and still have a completely playable deck in your hands.

Some of this deck’s highlight cards are:

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Magic: The Gathering Commander 2019 Mystic Intellect Deck | 100-Card Ready-to-Play Deck | 3 Foil Commanders | Factory Sealed
  • CARVE YOUR PATH TO VICTORY. Choose from 3 fierce legendary creatures to lead your deck or help build new ones—all printed here for the first time.
  • POWER plus SYNERGY. Commander 2019: Mystic Intellect is built on intricate synergies that reward you for casting spells from your graveyard.
  • JOIN THE FRAY. Commander is a Magic: The Gathering (MTG) multiplayer format where alliances are formed, friends are betrayed, and grudges are repaid with a vengeance.
  • COLLECT ALL FOUR. Merciless Rage is one of four decks in the Commander 2019 series.
  • PLAY THE GAME THAT STARTED IT ALL. The original strategy card game, Magic: The Gathering (MTG) has inspired more than 20 million fans over 25 years.

Timeless Wisdom

This cycling-centric deck was among the best to come out of the Ikoria / Commander 2020 set. It brought an interesting way to use the cycling mechanic with it, and great synergy with its other commanders like the partners Brallin, Skyshark Rider and Shabraz, the Skyshark.

Beyond that, this deck has the single most valuable card in this whole precon set in the form of Fierce Guardianship. So if you grab this deck for its roughly $70 price tag, you’re also grabbing a spell worth just as much.

That leaves you with 99 complete cards and only one spot to fill! Just say hello to Counterspell and you’re all set.

Some of this deck’s highlight cards are:

Magic: The Gathering Timeless Wisdom Ikoria Commander Deck | 100 Card Deck | 4 Foil Legendary Creatures
  • READY TO PLAY This pack contains a complete 100 card Commander deck including 1 oversized foil card, 4 foil legendary creature cards from Ikoria Lair of Behemoths a deck strategy guide 10 double sided token cards and a deck box
  • GAVI NEST WARDEN This eccentric Human lives in the wilds nurturing and protecting her adopted litter of Cat Dinosaurs She excels at finding resources to support her family Use the power of cycling to sift through your deck and set up the perfect turn creating lots of helpful Cat Dinosaur tokens as you go
  • PARTNER BRALLIN & SHABRAZ: This cloud-swimming daredevil duo rewards you for drawing and discarding cards—which just so happens to be what cycling is all about!
  • CHOOSE YOUR DECK Play with one of the 5 decks available Ruthless Regiment Arcane Maelstrom Enhanced Evolution Symbiotic Swarm and Timeless Wisdom Decks
  • FREE-FOR-ALL FORMAT Commander is an exciting unique multiplayer experience where alliances are formed friends are betrayed and grudges are repaid with a vengeance!

Wade Into Battle

Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas

Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas‘ is packed with large creatures to stomp over your opponents, but that didn’t keep it from becoming the least popular of the 2015 precons. Time and card prices have proven to be fair to this deck, because now it packs the most value out of the whole set. That has also driven the deck’s price up and now it costs just under $100, but it has got cards like Urza’s Incubator worth around $30 and Blade of Selves which floats around the $20 mark.

This is clearly not the best precon deck around in terms of power level, but it has a lot of value if you tear it apart for its singles, either to sell them or to grab a few cards you might need for other decks.

Some of this deck’s highlight cards are:

Best Precon Decks for Competitive EDH

The hard truth here is that regular EDH and competitive EDH (or cEDH) are two completely different worlds. Regular EDH tends to be more wonky and fun-oriented with decks that play weird strategies or are simply an excuse to use cards in your collection that you thought had no use at all. cEDH on the other hand is a lot less forgiving and focuses on infinite combos and dealing with opponents as quickly and effectively as possible.

If you were to enter a competitive Commander tournament with a precon deck, your chances of winning would be extremely low. That being said, there are still a variety of decks that can hold their ground pretty well against competitive decks. Some might even become competitive themselves with some upgrades and tweaks.

Adaptive Enchantment

Estrid, the Masked

There’s one clear factor that makes this deck strong and competitive, and that’s the fact that it’s cohesive and focused. A lot of the EDH precons tend to be all over the place, with various cards playing into different strategies which makes them lose some synergies. In this case we have a Commander 2018 deck that runs around enchantments and enchanting creatures, with possible commanders Estrid, the Masked, Kestia, the Cultivator, and Tuvasa the Sunlit all very clearly working with that goal in mind.

The deck comes with an interesting assortment of enchantments like Bear Umbra, Finest Hour, Sigil of the Empty Throne, and many others. What’s even better is that it doesn’t lose track of having strong win conditions. Creatures like Hydra Omnivore and Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle mean you’re sure to have some late-game punch to finish your opponent and win the match.

Some of this deck’s highlight cards are:

Plunder the Graves

Meren of Clan Nel Toth

At this point, I think it’s safe to say that graveyard recursion is one of Commander’s staple strategies. to fill its own graveyard and then rise it all up and crush your opponent with an undead army.

The decklist includes some universal must-haves for graveyard decks like Kessig Cagebreakers and Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord. It’s helmed by the amazing Meren of Clan Nel Toth who will make sure your creatures never stay dead.

Like every other precon, this one could use some upgrades. The original build still has enough power to hold itself against some very strong decks, though. Having a myriad of ways to bring back your creatures to the battlefield over and over again is always an advantage.

Some of this deck’s highlight cards are:

Breed Lethality

Atraxa, Praetors' Voice

Where to even start with Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice? This is probably one of the most threatening commanders in any of the precons. As a creature it’s incredibly strong for only four mana, which would already make it an incredible part of the 99 in any deck that plays its four colors. Add her simple but incredibly effective skill, proliferating every turn, and you’re set.

Atraxa’s precon in particular uses this strategy to play with +1/+1 counters and that already makes it a huge threat when combined with some of the cards in the deck like Reyhan, Last of the Abzan and Cathars’ Crusade. If an army of ever-growing creatures that can stand against some really strong decks is your thing, Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice is really fun to upgrade. Its ability makes it an amazing commander for planeswalker decks, too.

So not only are you getting an already functional and strong deck, you’re also getting an ideal Commander for even stronger decks.

Some of this deck’s highlight cards are:

The More the Merrier: The Best Bundled Decks

Maybe you want to expand your MTG Commander collection, you have a friend who’s really into Commander and you need to buy them a gift, or you want to grab a single product that’ll allow you to play a full game of EDH with your friends. Well, that’s what these bundles are for.

You can grab one of them for yourself and keep all the decks or share the cost with some friends and get into a match right away.

Commander Anthology

This first attempt at a proper Commander bundle by Wizards of the Coast had its missteps, but it was a great start all in all. The box contains four life-counter spinners and four of the precon Commander decks with new special boxes.

In this bundle you’ll find the decks:

Commander Anthology: Volume 2

With the first Commander Anthology being pretty well liked by players, a Volume 2 was eventually released. It was definitely another step in the right direction.

This bundle also includes four decks from four different years, and both the power levels and the single-card values of these decks make the pack completely worth it.

This anthology includes:

  • Devour for Power, from the Commander 2011 set. One of the most sought-after decks from the original Commander precon set, The Mimeoplasm’s deck is an all-time fan favorite of the format.
  • Built From Scratch, from the Commander 2014 set. Daretti, Scrap Savant by himself makes this deck worth it, being an amazing card for artifact decks both as a commander and as part of the 99.
  • Wade Into Battle, from the Commander 2015 set. I’ve mentioned Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas’ deck as good value with cards that can go as high as $44.99, so it’s a great addition to the bundle.
  • Breed Lethality, from the Commander 2016 set. Again, as with Plunder the Graves in the previous bundle, this is another deck I included for the more competitive options. The presence of Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice itself in the bundle is already a huge point in favor of it.
Magic The Gathering MTG Commander Anthology 2018 Volume II Set: 4 Decks
  • Commander Anthology Volume II collects four sought-after and long-out-of-print Commander series decks in one deluxe package!
  • Each anthology set contains four 100-card decks, including 13 foil commanders!!
  • The four decks coming back are “Devour for Power” (helmed by The Mimeoplasm), “Built from Scratch” (the Daretti, Scrap Savant deck), “Wade into Battle” (with Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas leading the charge), and “Breed Lethality” (with everyone’s favorite proliferator, Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice).
  • Includes Atraxa!! This set is hot!
  • Release Date: June 08, 2018

The Zendikar Rising Commander Decks

This bundle is possibly one of the most pleasant surprises to come out of the last few Commander products. The two Zendikar Rising Commander decks are usually sold in a bundle, which costs less than any individual Commander 2020 deck.

Both of the decks are really good and have interesting strategies, one being a rogue tribal with Anowon, the Ruin Thief at its head, and the other being the landfall-centric Land’s Wrath which I included for the budget decks section.

So if you want to have two game-ready decks and still stay on a budget, this bundle is the best way to go about that.

Magic The Gathering MTG Zendikar Rising Both 2020 New ZNC Commander Decks!
  • Join Jace, Nariri, Nissa and more in Zendikar; a dangerous world of lethal risks where brave adventurers in the Edlrazi aftermath delve into ancient ruins in search of priceless rewards!
  • Return to Zendikar where the plane is Rising with danger and treasure.
  • Each Commander deck has 100 cards (including 3 all-new cards), 10 double-side tokens, 1 insert, 1 life tracker, 1 deck box. This listing includes both decks.

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Wrap Up

Tale’s End - Illustration by Randy Vargas

Tale’s End | Illustration by Randy Vargas

When all is said and done, I think there are a lot of things to consider when going for a Commander precon. Whatever you choose will be decided by what you’re looking for, and I might even encourage you to build your own deck around your favorite Commander from scratch.

My personal favorite of all these decks is still . It mixes a pretty high power level with good value cards and a straightforward strategy that’s easy to carry out. I’m also a big sucker (I’m not sorry for the terrible pun) for vampire tribal decks, so that also influenced my choice.

What are you guys’ favorite Commander precons? Feel free to comment your favorite non-precon commanders, too! Hopefully someday we’ll have Commander added to Arena, so be sure to familiarize yourself with Arena Tutor for when that day comes!

That’s all from me for today, so see you next time!

Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Deck – Undead Unleashed (Blue-Black)
Magic The Gathering Kaldheim Commander Deck – Phantom Premonition | 100 Card Ready-to-Play Deck | Blue-White
Magic: The Gathering Commander 2019 Mystic Intellect Deck | 100-Card Ready-to-Play Deck | 3 Foil Commanders | Factory Sealed
Magic the Gathering Commander 2016 Deck – Breed Lethality (GWUB)
Magic The Gathering MTG Zendikar Rising Both 2020 New ZNC Commander Decks!
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Deck – Undead Unleashed (Blue-Black)
Magic The Gathering Kaldheim Commander Deck – Phantom Premonition | 100 Card Ready-to-Play Deck | Blue-White
Magic: The Gathering Commander 2019 Mystic Intellect Deck | 100-Card Ready-to-Play Deck | 3 Foil Commanders | Factory Sealed
Magic the Gathering Commander 2016 Deck - Breed Lethality (GWUB)
Magic The Gathering MTG Zendikar Rising Both 2020 New ZNC Commander Decks!
Best for New Players
Best Budget
Best Value
Best Competitive
Best Bundle
$48.95
$18.18
$82.74
$488.88
$37.99
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Deck – Undead Unleashed (Blue-Black)
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Deck – Undead Unleashed (Blue-Black)
Best for New Players
$48.95
Magic The Gathering Kaldheim Commander Deck – Phantom Premonition | 100 Card Ready-to-Play Deck | Blue-White
Magic The Gathering Kaldheim Commander Deck – Phantom Premonition | 100 Card Ready-to-Play Deck | Blue-White
Best Budget
$18.18
Magic: The Gathering Commander 2019 Mystic Intellect Deck | 100-Card Ready-to-Play Deck | 3 Foil Commanders | Factory Sealed
Magic: The Gathering Commander 2019 Mystic Intellect Deck | 100-Card Ready-to-Play Deck | 3 Foil Commanders | Factory Sealed
Best Value
$82.74
Magic the Gathering Commander 2016 Deck – Breed Lethality (GWUB)
Magic the Gathering Commander 2016 Deck - Breed Lethality (GWUB)
Best Competitive
$488.88
Magic The Gathering MTG Zendikar Rising Both 2020 New ZNC Commander Decks!
Magic The Gathering MTG Zendikar Rising Both 2020 New ZNC Commander Decks!
Best Bundle
$37.99

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    Steve November 29, 2021 1:56 pm

    Hi, I see that this was updated on 11/23/21, but I don’t see listed any of the Precons released after Kaldheim (Comannder 2021/Strixhaven, Adventures in Forgotten Realms, Innistrad:Midnight Hunt, and Innistrad:Crimson Vow).

    Were those considered but just didn’t make the cut for this list, or are those still to-be-evaluated/added? Thanks so much!

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      Dan Troha November 29, 2021 2:33 pm

      We review these articles periodically to make sure they’re still relevant. I believe the last couple precons haven’t been considered, but the others have. We’ll update the publish date when we do a full re-review.

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