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MTG: Pain Domain – Top 5 Five-Color Commanders

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Jan 20 2024
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It all comes down to this. These Pain-bow Commanders are ready to unleash everything under the sun.

Welcome Planeswalkers and Praetors to our ongoing series about the best casual experience in Magic: Commander. For the uninitiated, Commander is a semi-casual format for Magic: the Gathering. You use a deck of 100 cards led by a legendary creature, aka, your Commander.

Aside from basic lands, you are only allowed one copy of each card in the deck. Moreover, you can only include cards in your Commander’s “color identity” or artifacts. Each color and color combo has a unique playstyle and a wealth of mighty generals to lead your deck to victory. EDHRec.com is an excellent source for Commander info and can give you ideas to build your next Commander deck or tune an existing one.

As wonderful as all the color combos have been up to this point, sometimes you just have to throw choice out the window and take a bit of everything. Five-Color, or “Domain” as it is more commonly known thanks to the keyword of the same name, is a risky but fun way to build your deck. If you’re willing to risk not having the color you need, you can keep your opponent guessing with every turn.

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The Ur-Dragon

The OG Dragon Commander and still the best out there, the Ur-Dragon is a terrifying monster to face down. Not only does he make every Dragon cost less AND give you a card advantage, but he lets you cheat permanents onto the battlefield whenever you attack. Since you’re in all five colors, that could be any Dragon under the sun. Several Dragons have ETB effects, and you’ll be getting them for free. There’s a reason Ur-Dragon is KoS.

Kenrith, the Returned King

One of the most well-known Domain Commander, Kenrith has a lot of potential. He can do a lot of things if you have the mana, and if nothing else, he can support whatever playstyle you want. He primarily exists as a politics deck since all of his abilities can target any player and their stuff. Like any good ruler, if you play Kenrith, you have to play smart.

Go-Shintai of Life’s Origin

This is honestly one of my favorite Domain Commanders, and it’s one I want to build in the future. Basically, you play all the old Kamigawan Shrine enchantments, and then you just make…more. This is a lovely about-face on the usual Enchantress-style decks, and I love it. It can get out of control in no time, so if you see it across the table, watch out.

Esika, God of the Tree/The Prismatic Bridge

This is my personal Domain Commander, and it’s so wonderfully multifaceted that it’s hard to make a recommendation. The ability to just chuck creatures and planeswalkers off the top of the library lends itself well to a high-cost creature or Superfriends deck. My personal Esika deck is Dragons, but you can seriously go any way you want with her. Just realize your Bridge will always be a priority target.

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Jodah, the Unifier

Legendary decks aren’t all that rare, but Jodah is pretty close to the best. Not only do your legendary creatures make each other stronger, but Jodah gives them a semi-cascade effect. With all the exile power in Baldur’s Gate and Ixalan, that can get out of control in no time. Cast a few big legendaries and go nuts.

What do you think of these commanders?

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Author: Clint Lienau
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