Duel Commander

The official website and your best resource for MTG duel Commander games. Rules, French banlists, news, blog posts and announcements from the committee.

Jul

13

Magic Origins banlist update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

 

Over the last three months, Duel Commander events have been more numerous and more populated. The player activity on all media was also very intensive. Such dynamics are very positive for the format and we hope that it will keep on going.

Apart from Mystical Tutor, we are currently keeping a strong eye on several other cards. In order to bring you the most and clearer information we can, we created a public “watchlist”, that is divided into two categories, in which you’ll find all the cards that we think endanger the format stability. The Red List will be made of cards which ban is to be soon or very probable, and the Orange List will be made of less dangerous cards, still within acceptable bounds.

The command zone rule has been modified. A commander will now be able to be put back to the Command Zone instead of going to its owner’s hand. This recent rules change has been added to multiplayer Commander recently. We chose to also have it apply to Duel Commander. This rule (named “Tuck Rule”) becomes now:

Tuck rule :
The commander can now be put back to the command zone any time it should go the the graveyard, to exile, to the library, or in its owner’s hand.

These changes take effect on July 17th, 2015

Your feedback is welcome, as usual. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE.

The next announcement is expected to be on September 28th, 2015.

 

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Mar

23

Dragons Of Tarkir banlist update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

The format keeps growing, thanks to players’ involvement and thanks to new sets being released, especially the ones that are dedicated to Commander. Choices among new legendary creatures with a strong identity allow players to play a wide range of efficient strategies. We would like to promote such a diversity as much as possible. Having considered the current context, we do think players need a maximum number of possibilities to properly explore the current metagame. Nevertheless, we still have to restrict the overly fast pace of some unbalanced strategies.

These changes take effect on March 23rd, 2015.
More explanations can be found HERE.

Your feedback is welcome, as usual. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE.

The next announcement is expected to be on July 13th, 2015.

 

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Jan

19

Fate Reforged banlist update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

Hello everybody,

No changes.

The metagame is still shifting and hasn’t stabilized. At the moment the format looks healthy so no changes appear necessary.

We’ve added a one-page rules summary to the Resources page for easy distribution on tournaments.

As usual we welcome your feedback. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE. The next announcement is expected to be on March 23rd, 2015.

The Duel Commander rules committee.

Nov

3

Commander 2014 banlist update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

Hello everybody,

No changes.

Commander 2014 looks like an exciting set with some never before seen mechanics. The set looks balanced overall and while there is of course a plethora of multiplayer-oriented cards, nothing immediately stands out as unfair for Duel Commander. So please enjoy the new release and keep innovating!

As usual we welcome your feedback. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE. The next announcement is expected to be on January 19th, 2015.

The Duel Commander rules committee.

Sep

22

Khans of Tarkir banlist update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

Hello everybody,

No changes.

The metagame has evolved quite a bit since we’ve removed the three most unfair commanders this year. Blue is no longer the color most frequently seen in top 8 decks. While it’s not a goal in itself, and we’re certainly not trying to prevent people from playing blue, it’s a welcome change that gives opportunities to new strategies.

A few words about Commander 2014. As it’s been revealed, each of the five decks is going to be led by a planeswalker that can be played as a commander. Contrary to what we’ve read in several places, this does not mean that any planeswalker can be used – only those with the ability “[this] can be your commander”. So it’s not as big a change as some predicted, but it should still introduce some interesting gameplay and we certainly are very excited about that.

As for every special product, we’re going to make a small announcement as it comes out, but just in case something devastating comes out – no bannings outside the new product are to be expected, and we won’t ban any commanders on this first announcement (we can still do so in the annoucements tied with the regular Magic sets).

As usual we welcome your feedback. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE. The next announcement is expected to be on November 3rd, 2014.

The Duel Commander rules committee.

Jul

14

Magic 2015 banlist update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

Hello everybody,

The scrutiny of Commander 2013 continues. With a few more months of observation and several large events confirming a trend we were suspecting, we’ve come to the conclusion it was time to axe yet another unfair commander.

These changes take effect on July 18th, 2014.

More explanations can be found HERE.

As usual we welcome your feedback. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE. The next announcement is expected to be on September 22nd, 2014.

The Duel Commander rules committee.

Jun

9

Conspiracy update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

Hello everybody,

No changes.

Conspiracy is out, several cards are quite interesting to play in Duel Commander, but nothing prompted us to pull any emergency ban.

As a reminder, the cards with type “Conspiracy” are not legal cards in Constructed formats, that includes Duel Commander.

See you all on July 14th, 2014 for the Magic 2015 announcement!

As usual we welcome your feedback. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE.

The Duel Commander rules committee.

Apr

28

Journey into Nyx banlist update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

Hello everybody,

No changes to the banlist.

The last banlist announcement shook up the format significantly, ridding it of two quite dominant commanders. The result has been a renewal of diversity, with less players afraid of losing very early in the game. Many different decks now appear in top8s and new, unexpected strategies pop up regularly. Only Geist of Saint Traft has kept posting consistently good results; however it’s not present in every top 8 and remains quite beatable. Overall, it feels like the metagame is still trying to stabilize. We are thus making no changes to the banlist this time.

A multiplayer draft expansion called Conspiracy is set to come out on June 6th, 2014. While this set is geared at multiplayer draft play, it will contain 65 new cards usable in Eternal formats, among which Duel Commander. Excited about the idea of playing with Dack Fayden? We are too! As such, because there is always the potential for format-imbalancing cards to be printed, we’ll make a small announcement on June 9th, 2014 – just in case we think anything is too good for Duel Commander. We don’t expect any banning, but one never knows.

As usual we welcome your feedback. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE. The next announcement is expected to be on June 9th, 2014.

The Duel Commander rules committee.

Apr

5

A bit of history

By The Duel Commander rules committee

Ever wondered what the banlist looked like a year ago? Two years ago?

This page recaps all changes since the birth of this website in 2011.

Enjoy!

The Duel Commander rules committee.

Jan

27

Born of the Gods banlist update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

Hello everybody,

Wizards has just announced that the banlists for the official formats will be posted only next week, a departure from the usual schedule. Ours is ready already, so we see no point in letting you wait more than what we announced previously. So here we go.

After a few rather quiet months with only small adjustments but several large events, we feel it’s time to address some long-term problems in the format.

These changes take effect on February 7th, 2014.

Wow, what a change!

More explanations can be found HERE.

We’d like to heartily thank our consultants for their awesome input and support:

  • “DON”
  • “LaPince”
  • “Mars”
  • “MarsVolta”

As usual we welcome your feedback. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE. The next announcement is expected to be on April 28th, 2014.

The Duel Commander rules committee.