MARCH 2021 RULES - BANNED/RESTRICTED UPDATE
Hello, dear Duel Commander players around the world! Along with 2021, many new challenges are coming to us all. We must first of all face the current crisis, which doesn’t really help playing Magic The Gathering (on paper at least). But many new cool things are coming our way, and it seems like we can still play online, all waiting for this now long lasting situation to resolve and fade away. Having observed the evolution of the latest additions to Magic The Gathering and how the metagame situation changes, we decided the following:
Further individual explanations:
About metagame “partner”-based decks and Commander Legends impacts.
Being free is a major interaction with all the commander-specific cards that were printed in the recent years. Partner is also usually about less tempo for more card advantage, and this little guy is a huge tempo boost. While a 0-mana 0/1 commander might look innocent enough at first glance, Rograkh, Son of Rohgahh quickly rose to the top of the format. Its ability to produce fast, aggressive starts while enabling many other commanders, cards or strategies currently made it the most played partner by a wide margin, and one of the easiest to pair with another.
Keleth, Sunmane Familiar is another partner that seems underwhelming but plays out better than expected. Allowing regular, aggressive starts for a low resource investment when paired with any partner that costs 3 mana or less. It overshadows most aggressive single commanders and other partner combinations.
Ardenn, Intrepid Archaeologist is used to build super fast, aggressive decks. But it also brings another excessive call for an answer on tempo, when getting equipped with... Pretty much anything. Seeing the amount of overcosted and powerful equipments WotC keeps printing over and over, most partner pairs involving Ardenn, Intrepid Archaeologist and other low-cost commanders have the potential to hit harder and faster than traditional aggressive builds.