Devon has been playing Magic since 1994. He is an enthusiastic player who mainly enjoys the Legacy, Vintage, and Competitive EDH formats.
Over the past two years, we've seen a lot of new Magic: The Gathering product, and we've seen a ton of new cards for EDH. In particular, we've seen a lot of new, very popular commanders that seem to have risen to the top. In this article, I'm going to outline what the most popular commanders were over the past two years, based on data from several sources. These are listed from least to most popular.
10. Jodah, Archmage Eternal
People love cards that let you cheat on mana costs. Finally casting those game-breaking, over-the-top cards can lead to some really fun moments in EDH. Jodah allows you to be cheaty without taking the fun out of the game. He also comes in five colors, which is always nice.
9. Gishath, Sun's Avatar
Who doesn't love dinosaurs? This card brings me all the way back to first grade when I was obsessed with dinosaurs. The effect on this card is so cool, too, as you essentially get to cascade into a ton more dinosaurs! Although he has a pretty high casting cost, the haste makes him a real threat as your opponents are suddenly forced to deal with all of these dinosaurs.
8. Meren of Clan Nel Toth
Meren is a great all-around commander that can be as powerful as you want to make her. I play mainly CEDH, and she's definitely a presence at the more cutting-edge tables. But she can also just be an absolute value monster if you want to create a mid-range graveyard based deck. Meren is just great all around and has tons of synergy.
7. Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow
I love Yuriko as a card, and she just has so many different strategies that can be used for her. In CEDH, we see a lot of doomsday sort of decks with Yuriko at the head, but you can certainly just go with a straight ninjitsu deck with a ninja tribal for a lot of fun. She also generates a lot of value, and players love value!
6. Kess, Dissident Mage
One of my favorites, Kess can be a really good combo commander or a kind of mid-range control commander. She is ubiquitous in CEDH, especially after the banning of flash. A very good commander pick, overall, if you want to have something that can scale in power to your needs.
5. Lord Windgrace
I've always liked lands strategies. I used to be a scapeshift player in Modern, and I played Hex Depths in Legacy. I even played an Omnath, Locus of Rage EDH for a while, and I had a lot of fun. I also really like having a planeswalker commander because of the sheer value they bring. Lord Windgrace allows you to take the value to the extreme and play all those interesting lands from Magic's history.
4. Golos, Tireless Pilgrim
Golos is another commander that lets you get cheaty on mana costs. What he does can feel meaningful and powerful and impactful on the table whenever he's out. Just keep in mind that his ability does not give cards flash, so be mindful when building your list of fatties.
Golos is also good because he is an infinite colored mana outlet. If you have infinite colored mana you can use your whole deck this turn, leading to some interesting combos, mainly with Thassa's Oracle or a similar effect.
3. Edgar Markov
Edgar Markov is a commander I get a lot of questions about. I play mainly competitive EDH, so I don't see this guy too much. However, it's clear that he is one of the most popular commanders in recent years. Most of the decks seem to be a Vampire tribal deck with some aspects of the aristocrats archetype.
2. Atraxa, Praetors' Voice
Atraxa has been popular for a long time and has many, many different deck archetypes. I have seen infect, tokens, planeswalkers, stax, and many other types of decks from Atraxa players. All around, she's a solid commander with a lot of versatility.
1. Muldrotha, the Gravetide
Muldrotha is probably the number one commander I get questions about. She is the definition of extreme value, and players love value. This color combination (sultai) is, without a doubt, the most powerful color combination in EDH. It's just so satisfying to pull three or four cards from your graveyard and put them into play every turn. She does see some competitive play, as well, but mainly as a fringe commander.
Questions & Answers
Question: What about Arcades the Strategist?
Answer: Arcades is #16 right now.