Wizards’ EDH Changes: New Decks & New Name

Magic: The Gathering Commander

Today Wizards' announcement confirmed many suspicions around today's EDH announcement. They are announcing five different pre-constructed 'Commander' decks, each composed of a unique color "wedge" being two allied colors and the color which opposes them (ex: {R}{G}{U}, {B}{R}{W}) The announcement also included news that the casual format "Elder Dragon Highlander" is being renamed to "Commander." The news was announced in two articles on Wizards.com, first being a Commander Changes FAQ from Aaron Forsythe, and the second being the Arcana section 'Announcing...' article.

Commander Decks

Magic: The Gathering Commander Expansion SymbolRelease Date: June 17, 2011
MSRP: $29.99
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish
Design: Ken Nagle (Lead), Mark Gottlieb, Scott Larabee, Ryan Miller, Mark Purvis
Development: Mark Globus (Lead), Peter Knudson, Erik Lauer, Ryan Miller, Lee Sharpe
Launch Parties: June 17-19, 2011 (at participating WPN locations)

Commander Format Key Points

Aaron Forsythe's article focused on the changed to the Commander (previously EDH / Elder Dragon Highlander) format. Below are the key points taken from his article.

  • EDH has been dropped as the format name, it was dated and is being changed over to Commander to also more closely highlight the Command Zone.
  • Format's website has moved from dragonhighlander.net to mtgcommander.net (You better check it out, there's a spoiler for the Commander products...)
  • The product is their 2011 Casual summer product following up Archenemy and Planechase.
  • The Commander decks outlined above will contain new (and old) cards for use in the format. Allowing Wizards an outlet for more multiplayer craziness.
  • Each Commander deck will be a three color "wedge" and will feature an exclusive General as well as a foil oversized version (likely Planechase / Archenemy sized...)
  • MTGO Commander will be brought in line with the physical cards version.
  • Magic Commander will be printed in numerous foreign languages (as noted above.)
  • The Council that oversaw EDH will remain in control of the new Commander format.

Update: We had previously incorrectly reported that the 'wedge' was the three neighboring colors. Thanks to @Dr_Jeebus for bringing this mistake to our attention.