The Year Of Commander… So Far!

Bennie Smith reviews the first five months of the Year of Commander! What made the grade, and what did he mark as “Incomplete” instead?

Cartographer’s Hawk, illustrated by Donato Giancola

2019 felt like a watershed year where Wizards of the Coast (WotC) appeared to really embrace the idea that Commander really is the most popular format in Magic. They acknowledged the format was a very popular gateway for new people to play Magic and started to make decisions reflecting the new way of thinking.  We got three hastily planned CommandFests that were a smashing success, and it was announced that 2020 would be the Year of Commander, with lots of exciting product announcements.  For a long-time fan of the format, I was thrilled to hear all this!

Back in the beginning of March before we got an idea what Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths and Commander 2020 had in store, I put together my wishlist:


While I don't have the honor of being on the Rules Committee or the Commander Advisory Group, I have been writing about Commander for thirteen years and have explored all the nooks and crannies of what makes the format as cultivated by Sheldon Menery and the RC so incredibly fun and satisfying.  I've watched . . .

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