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MTG: Weekly EDH – Top Five – A King Falls

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Jan 19 2024
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There’s a new king in the EDH jungle this week. Gishath has been sent to the museum, and a Necromancer from Mordor has risen to replace him.

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, where you use a deck of 100 cards led by a legendary creature, 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 a great source for Commander info and can give you ideas to build your next Commander deck or tune an existing one. They also provide a definitive ranking of which Commanders are ranking the highest each week. These are the top five Commanders for this week, based on decks built and logged playtime.

Pantlaza, Sun-Favored

None can unseat the Pants Laser. With a new Naya deck coming in from Ravnica and a host of strong cards to pull from, the Raptor King will keep his crown for a while yet. That said, there are a few heavy hitters coming in soon that might gun for that spot.

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The Ur-Dragon

Rising up in ranks, the Ur-Dragon maintains aerial superiority. While it can’t quite unseat Pantlaza, it’s still one of the top cEDH Commanders in the meta these days. Once he starts rolling, few, if any, can keep up.

Atraxa, Praetor’s Voice

Atraxa continues to rise, and it’s unsurprising. The keyword suite and proliferate wombo combo make for a nasty leader in the Command Zone. Unfortunately, she also means that you’ll be targeted pretty quickly by your opponents.

Tymna the Weaver

Tymna dropped back a few spots, but that’s only because she’s at the mercy of her partners. She’s still the best combo Commander, but she isn’t much without a partner. I’m curious how she’ll do with the upcoming Orzhov revamp.

Sauron, the Dark Lord

Back after a few weeks away, Sauron is here to remind us just how deadly he is. Amass, Ring shenanigans, and one of the nastiest ward abilities we’ve seen to date all prove why he’s the Lord of Mordor.

What are your thoughts on this week’s commanders?

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Author: Clint Lienau
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