The first Commander Anthology was released in May 2017 and brought with it popular Commander decks from four different Commander products. The second Anthology follows suit and brings back some more recent Commanders that defied expectations. Commander Anthology 2 was released on June 8, 2018 and includes the Devour for Power deck (featuring Mimeoplasm), the Built from Scratch Commander deck (featuring Daretti, Scrap Savant), the Wade into Battle Commander deck (featuring Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas), and finally, the Breed Lethality Commander deck (featuring the popular Atraxa, Praetors' Voice). The full Anthology has a manufacturer standard retail price (MSRP) of $ 164,99 (est. 142,14 €) but is well worth it for four fully functional 100-card Commander decks, 15 tokens per deck, and four 100-point spinning life counters. However, the real stars of the show are the decks, so let's see how they stack up to the previous Anthology.
Atraxa, Praetors' Voice was an easy choice for any Commander Anthology. This Legendary Creature is easily the most sought-after headlining Commander of the four-color decks, an idea with a lot of hype behind it to begin with. Atraxa is in, arguably, the best four-color combination in Commander (given that you exclude the oft-maligned red). She is a capable beater and build-around commander with any "counters matter" theme. Planeswalker decks are, of course, one of the more popular choices for her, but she has endless possibilities and is a great addition to any Commander Anthology product.
On the other hand, we have arguably the weakest commander from the enemy-colored set of commanders – Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas. In this Anthology though, she makes a lot of sense. None of the other commanders really fit into a dedicated "creatures matter" or tribal theme. Kalemne offers both in her Boros Shell, while being an "elusive" double-striking commander, which will frequently make quick work of 21 commander damage.
The Mimeoplasm is the representative from the original Commander set and is a classic choice, being one of the key "graveyard matters" cards from the Wedge Commander set, along with Karador, Ghost Chieftain. The Mimeoplasm is in the best three colors in Commander, with little to no argument – black, green, and blue. The Sultai commander brings with it a lot of exciting graveyard tricks, including "graveyard matters" staples like Buried Alive, Living Death, and Rise from the Grave. Mimeoplasm is definitely a must-have for anyone looking to build a deck capable of powerful graveyard manipulation.
The last representative is the second we've seen in these Anthologies from the Planeswalker Commander set and is easily one of the best mono-red commanders in the game – Daretti, Scrap Savant. Red is definitely considered one of the weaker colors in Commander, but Daretti gets around his color's weakness by focusing on a card type that is decidedly not weak in Commander – Artifacts. Mana rocks, board wipes, card advantage, and much more, artifacts can do anything you need in Commander and Daretti will do a great job making sure your artifacts are put to good use.
Commander Anthology 2 seems well constructed with viable strategies for any player, while also providing necessary reprints of some of the more expensive Commander cards – Atraxa, I'm looking at you. Be sure to pick yours up soon!