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Top 5 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoth cards for Commander | Magic: the Gathering

With the newest MTG set coming in, let's break down the best cards for Commander

Magic: The Gathering’s newest set, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, is finally here and is bringing players a world filled with incredible monsters and mythical beasts. With each new set comes a fresh load of cards just waiting to be added to Commander decks. After looking in-depth at the newest cards, I’ll be listing out the Top 5 Ikoria cards that I think are perfect for Commander.

5. The New Tri-Lands

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Taking the fifth-place spot is a tie between the new Tri-Lands. Okay, technically this isn’t a single card but a cycle of cards. Nonetheless, I think they’ll add an amazing amount of value for players and be added to every deck that has 3 or more colors. These new lands are a major improvement to the existing Tri-Lands in Magic. 

Key Takeways

  • Having any one of these Tri-Lands in your opening hand gives you a very flexible start.
  • In case you draw one later in the game or when you don’t need it, Cycling is an amazing addition. Lands that can be replaced into a draw effects will make your deck run smoothly.
  • Finally, having the basic land types printed on the card itself allows it to easily be searched for by cards like Farseek.

4. Drannith Magistrate

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I apologize ahead of time for players that hate Stax decks, but I am really liking Drannith Magistrate. This two mana card is going to fit perfectly into Stax commanders like Grand Arbiter Augustin IV or Derevi, Empyrial Tactician. Even if you don’t want to commit fully to Stax theme, this card can slot into most decks to help you slow down the game.

Key Takeaways

  • It’s an asymmetrical effect, so you won’t be harmed by Drannith Magistrate yourself.
  • Drannith Magistrate punishes decks that cast spells from their graveyard.
  • Drannith Magistrate also stops your opponents from casting their commander! When your opponents are casting their commander, they are casting it from their “Command Zone”. This card will heavily punish decks that rely too much on their commander, such as Voltron decks.

3. Luminous Broodmoth

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Coming into the number 3 spot is Luminous Broodmoth. This card is going to be a monster for many white decks out there. Most white-based decks I have created haven’t been super aggressive, but this card changes everything. This card would fit perfectly in more aggressive commander decks such as Odric, Master Tactician, or Kwende, Pride of Femeref.

Key Takeaways

  • Keeps your board of creatures safe from enemy board wipes and even brings them back as flyers. What value!
  • You don’t have to wait for your opponents to wipe your board. White has the most board wipes out of any color in Commander. Having Luminous Broodmoth in play will keep your creatures safe from your board wipes, and allows you to create more aggressive plays.
  • This card only protects creatures without flying, so it won’t be able to bring itself back once it dies.

2. Zaxara, The Exemplary

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If I could, I would’ve flooded this list with new commanders. However, I thought it be best if I just mentioned the commander that excited me the most: Zaxara, the Exemplary. I’ve wanted a hydra tribal deck for the longest time. Gargos, Vicious Watcher felt a little too restricting, and I remember feeling incredibly disappointed when Gyrus, Waker of Corpses was released.

Zaxara, on the other hand, is everything I ever wanted on a hydra commander.

Key Takeaways

  • Creates an extra hydra for every card you cast with X in its mana cost.
  • The fact that it taps for two mana means that it can infinitely combo with Freed from the Real. This will allow you to create infinitely powerful hydras.
  • Having flexible mana ramp and Deathtouch on your commander gives your strategy a lot of flexibility early on in the game.

1. Fiend Artisan

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Finishing off the Top 5 Ikoria commander list is Fiend Artisan. Fiend Artisan is going to be an all-star in a variety of formats, and this shouldn’t be a surprise for most people. Most cards that have tutor effects end up being some of the best cards in Magic.

Also, being in green and black gives Fiend Artisan the necessary support to abuse its graveyard synergies. This card will fit perfectly into any graveyard-based decks and will offer so much flexibility early on in the game. Some commanders that can easily abuse Fiend artisan are Meren of Clan Nel Toth and Muldrotha, the Gravetide.

Key Takeaways

  • Fiend Artisan doesn’t “cast” creatures into play. Instead, the card puts creatures into play. This means that your opponents cannot counter the creatures you decide to find. Use this to your advantage and surprise your opponents.
  • You can only use the effect at sorcery speed. This means that you can only tutor up creatures on your turn.
  • Fiend Artisan is strong during all phases of the game, and can easily become a 5/5 or 10/10 in no time.

This concludes my Top 5 Ikoria cards for Commander list. There’s a bunch of new crazy cards being introduced in Ikoria, so please feel free to let me know what cards you are most excited for!

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Paul Dudsdeemaytha

Paul Dudsdeemaytha is a Vancouver, BC-based writer and content creator at SQUAD. Paul specializes in creating guides for Magic: The Gathering and Legends of Runeterra. When he's not writing, you can probably find him throwing frisbees nearby.
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