Wizards of the Coast, during Gen Con 2019, announced its new product Commander 2019. The set will feature four 100-card, pre-constructed theme decks and will be available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. They feature popular Magic mechanics that have made their appearances in previous sets. The four featured mechanics will be: Morph, Flashback, Populate and Menace.
Commander 2019: The Decks
The first deck (Faceless Menace) carries the Sultai colors and has Morph as its theme. This mechanic first appeared in the Onslaught block (2002-2003). The primary commander is Kadena, Slinking Sorcerer with Rayami, First of the Fallen and Volrath, the Shapestealer as secondary commanders. Aside from Morph, the deck also includes Manifest and Megamorph variants.
Mystic Intellect carries Jeskai colors and has Flashback as its theme. This mechanic made its first appearance in the Odyssey block (2001-2002). Flashback is a mechanic that gives cards extra value by allowing them to be cast from the graveyard. Its primary commander is Sevine, the Chronoclasm. Its secondary commanders are Elsha of the Infinite and Pramikon, Sky Rampart.
Primal Genesis is a Naya deck with the Populate mechanic as its theme. This mechanic was first introduced in the Return to Ravnica (2012) set where it appeared as a Selesnya mechanic. Populate is a token-focused mechanic which allows players to create copies of tokens in play. Ghired, Conclave Exile is its primary commander.
Merciless Rage carries the Rakdos colors and is the lone two-color deck in the set. It has Madness as its theme and Anje Falkenrath as its primary commander. The madness mechanic first made its debut in the Torment expansion back in 2002. It allows a card (with madness) to be cast as it is being discarded for an alternate, sometimes reduced, cost. An interesting card in the deck is K’rrik, Son of Yawgmoth which reintroduces the use of Phyrexian Mana in the set.
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Reprints and Re-introductions
Aside from new cards, Commander 2019 also has several reprints from older sets. One of the more popular cards reprinted in the set is Seedborn Muse. Other cards like Ixidron, Strionic Resonator, Thran Dynamo, Thespian Stage and Exotic Orchard have also been reprinted. Gen Con reveals also say that one reprinted planeswalker card will be included in every deck. This includes Vraska the Unseen which is going to be in the Faceless Menace.
Another notable reveal during Gen Con 2019 is the updated artwork of Sol Ring. Despite the numerous reprints, this is one that Commander and Magic fans are sure to appreciate. The Commander staple’s stunning new art is illustrated by Mark Tedin and will be available in all MagicFest conventions starting from the Las Vegas event.
In addition to the reprints, Commander 2019 also reintroduces characters from older sets. Characters like Volrath and Gerard, both from the Tempest block, both have their respective cards in the set. The two have a long and interesting history which players old and new will probably enjoy. Though probably not intentional, this move to bring old characters back seems like a pretty way to reintroduce old characters to new players and old players to a new format.
Commander 2019’s release is on August 23, 2019. Decks will be available for $34.99 each or $124.99 for all four.
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