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The Power 9 for Commander (Best Cards for EDH, Tips & Strategy) July 1, 2011

Posted by James in : all, strategy, tips, constructed , trackback

Commander is a lot like a singleton version of Vintage (type 1), but many additional cards are banned. I will discuss which cards I think are the most broken in Commander. These cards could become banned at any time.

9th Place: Necropotence


All the cards you want for 1 life a piece, and you start with 40 life in Commander. Sounds good. We are lucky this isn’t banned yet considering Yawgmoth’s Bargain is banned — a similar card that costs twice as much to cast.

8th Place: Imperial Seal

imperial seal

Imperial Seal gives you any card you want, but it’s card disadvantage and you will usually have to wait to play the card. Still, it’s very powerful anyway.

7th Place: Vampiric Tutor

vampiric tutor

See above.

6th Place: Demonic Tutor

demonic tutor

Demonic Tutor ruins the whole point of restricting players to play only one of each card. It’s more powerful in Commander than it ever was in vintage (type 1).

5th Place: Mana Crypt

mana crypt

Two mana for free is great, but the possibility of taking damage is a downer. Of course, it’s not the end of the world considering that you start with 20 extra life in Commander.

4th Place: Sol Ring

sol ring

Sol Ring is incredibly powerful. I’m not convinced that it’s less powerful than a Mox. It might cost a mana, but it still gives you more than you pay for and acceleration is very important in Commander.

3rd Place: Yawgmoth’s Will

yawgmoth's will

Yawgmoth’s will is incredibly powerful. It gives you all the card advantage you can ask for and it works great with mana acceleration like Dark Ritual. (You can cast it with Dark Ritual, then get to play Dark Ritual again.)

2nd Place: Wheel of Fortune

wheel of fortune

It’s like Timetwister, but it’s better with Yawgmoth’s Will.

1st Place: Timetwister


It’s like Timetwister because it is Timetwister. It’s the only card from the actual power 9 allowed in Commander.

Update: Forgot Yawgmoth’s Will

Related: The Other Power 9.


1. Dr. Strangefart - July 1, 2011

Pretty interesting take on the subject. When you gonna get around to fun 2 card combos for EDH? God knows I’ve found a few, and I’m always receptive to more of them.

2. James - July 1, 2011

I’m not sure how good 2 card combos are in EDH in general because the decks are large and you can only play one of each card. I prefer cards that are good with several other cards. Earthcraft and tokens is pretty good, and Intruder Alarm is good with a lot of cards as well. (Intruder Alarm and Kiki Jiki, or Intruder Alerm and Sprout Swarm are both great combos.)

3. Dr. Strangefart - July 1, 2011

Fair enough. I still LOVE slapping a Sword of Kaldra on Niv-Mizzet. Also, Teysa, Orzhov Scion combos extremely well with a lot of other cards. She’s the general in my primary EDH deck.

4. Will - January 19, 2012

Necropotence is not banned and Bargin IS banned for so many reasons I could go on and on… but one easy one is Words of Worship also that you get the cards right then rather than at the end of your turn.

5. James - January 20, 2012

Will, that’s a good point.