Commander 2013 Product Info

Posted in Feature on October 3, 2013

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic: The Gathering Commander (2013 Edition) will consist of five different 100-card singleton decks, each with a suggested retail price of $29.99. To continue the tradition of oversized cards associated with our multiplayer releases, each deck will also include three premium oversized legendary commander cards that can be used in lieu of the normal versions of the cards (which are also in the deck).

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A Commander game is best enjoyed as a Free-for-All game among 3–6 players, although two-player games are also common. The game is a freewheeling back-and-forth battle in which alliances are formed, friends are betrayed, and grudges are repaid with a vengeance. Entire battlefields of creatures are wiped out with regularity, and anyone who gains an advantage also gains some new enemies. In the end, only one player will be left standing, and only one commander's name will be etched into the annals of eternity . . . until the next game begins, of course! Get ready to battle. It's going to be an historic day. A Commander game uses all the normal rules for a Magic™ game, with the following additions.

Peace stretches across the languid land . . .

but not for long. The mists of time recede from the open field, only to reveal figures forged on the anvil of destiny. They are mighty. They are storied. They are legendary. And they are about to battle for supremacy. Commander is a casual multiplayer format in which each player's deck is led by the legendary creature of his or her choice—fittingly, that's the deck's commander. The rest of the deck is a specially crafted arsenal of creatures, artifacts, and other spells, designed to reflect the personality of that commander and take advantage of his or her strengths. Your commander itself starts the game face up outside your deck, in a special area called the command zone. Not only does your commander get to witness all the action from this lofty perch (and, of course, intimidate your opponents right from the get-go), you can cast your commander from there! That makes it an ever-present threat to show up on the battlefield and personally take charge. If your commander would die, you can whisk it right back to the command zone instead, where it's ready to be cast again.

Release Date: November 1, 2013
Magic Online Release Date: December 20, 2013
Three-Letter Abbreviation: C13
Twitter Hashtag: #MTGC13
MSRP: $29.99 (per deck)
Languages: English, Japanese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish
Initial Concept and Game Design: Mark L. Gottlieb (Lead), Dan Emmons, Ethan Fleischer, Scott Larabee, and Steve Warner
Final Game Design & Development: Billy Moreno (lead), Ethan Fleischer, Ron Foster, Mark Globus, and Dave Guskin, with contributions from Matt Tabak

Setup - Each deck is led by a legendary creature designated as that deck's commander. At the start of the game, each player puts his or her commander in the command zone (that is, face up next to his or her 99-card library). Each player's life total is set to 40. The first time a player takes a mulligan in any multiplayer game (a game with three or more players), he or she draws a new hand of seven cards rather than six cards. Subsequent mulligans decrease the hand by one card as normal. If mana would be added to a player's mana pool and that mana isn't a color in that commander's color identity, that amount of colorless mana is added to the player's mana pool.

Using Your Commander - Each of the three oversized cards included in this Magic: The Gathering—Commander game pack can serve as a deck's commander, but it's best to use the commander that's listed first in the deck list on the other side of this sheet. At the start of the game, remove the traditional version of your commander from your deck and set it aside, then put the oversized version into the command zone. When your commander is visible to everyone, use the oversized card. If your commander gets put into your hand or shuffled into your library, use the traditional card. If a player's commander is in the command zone, that player can cast it by paying its mana cost and any additional costs. Casting a commander this way costs an additional o2 for each time it's been cast from the command zone previously. If a player's commander would be put into a graveyard or be exiled, that player can put it into the command zone instead. Each time your commander deals combat damage to a player, make a note of it. If a player is dealt 21 or more combat damage by a single commander, that player loses the game.

Building a Commander Deck - If you decide to personalize your deck or build a new one, first choose your commander. (It's okay if you don't have an oversized version of that card.) - Each Commander deck must have exactly 100 cards, including its commander. The commander must be a legendary creature. -Other than basic lands, each card in the deck must have a different English name. -Commander uses color identity to determine which cards can be included in a deck. A card's color identity is determined by its color(s) and by the mana symbols in its mana cost and rules text. A card can't be included in the deck if any color in its color identity isn't in the commander's color identity. Learn more at:

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