For the first time ever, 2020's Commander edition coincides with that of a Standard-legal set. The two products don't just share a release date — 15 May 2020 across Europe and America — they are thematically related as well. The five ready-to-play Commander decks are set on the same world. Although reprinted cards can be from anywhere across Magic: The Gathering's multiverse, they all fit both Ikoria's style of play, as well as its color scheme. Each deck also contains 17 brand-new cards, more than ever before!
Jirina Kudro commands a red-white-black Human tribal deck. Human tribal is a subtheme of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths. After all, with monsters running around everywhere, people have to do something to try and stop them. Teamwork is important here, and there are so many Humans in Magic's history. But there's never been a good commander to lead the tribe, until now. Notable reprints include Thalia's Lieutenant and Nahiri, the Harbinger.
Gavi, Nest Warden sits at the helm of a blue-red-white deck focused heavily on cycling. Similarly to Humans, there hasn't ever been a cycling commander. Now Gavi allows you to cycle up to one card per turn for free. The deck features reprints such as Eternal Dragon, Decree of Justice, Akroma's Vengeance, Drake Haven, and Fluctuator.
The green-white-black deck led by Kathril, Aspect Warper is all about Ikoria's new keyword counters and cards that care about counters. Among others, it contains reprints of Reveillark, Soulflayer, Archon of Valor's Reach, Mimic Vat, Gavony Township, and Akroma, Angel of Wrath.
A big theme in the main set, Otrimi, the Ever-Playful brings mutate to Commander in black, green, blue. With several mutate cards, some targeted specifically at the format, Otrimi will indeed have a lot of play to it. This commander can mutate onto the battlefield for as little as 4 mana and turn a non-Humand creature into a 6/6 trampler. Then, when it strikes, it returns a creature card with mutate from graveyard to hand. Notable reprints include Villainous Wealth and Nissa, Steward of Elements.
Finally, the green-blue-red deck is interested in instants. Its designated commander, Kalamax, the Stormsire, can copy one per turn — and grow in the process. Reprints include Prophetic Bolt, Crop Rotation, Mosswort Bridge, and Jace, Architect of Thought.
Everyone once again gets a Sol Ring, an Arcane Signet, and a Command Tower. There are Swiftfoot Boots or Lightning Greaves where they make sense, some additional Signets where necessary, and even one Skullclamp in the red-white-black deck.
Do you dare to venture into a world of monsters and mutants? Of cycling and counters? Are you ready to take command?