Mark Rosewater, head designer for Magic, was asked about the impact this new rule would have on card design, and he revealed that the old replacement effect was actually restricting the abilities designers put on legendary creatures! If it had a weird interaction with a zone change, we probably talked about it. There were people out there who thought it was a good idea, and people out there who thought it was a bad idea, and no groundswell for change. As you may have heard on the CommandFest charity stream, we’re changing how commanders go to the command zone, effective with the quarterly Commander announcement for Core Set 2021. That worked intuitively with basically everything (shhhh, Skullbriar). In the end, we presented eight options to the CAG for discussion, all of which had different plusses and minuses: And then we talked a bunch. We’re glad you’re checking out our website, please feel free to look around as much as you want as we start this awesome journey.

But now, returning your Commander to the Command Zone is not a replacement effect – it’s the result of a state-based action that is checked for once. Come join our Patreon and tell me about them! After a lot of discussion, we proposed to Wizards the following state-based action: If a commander is in a library, graveyard or exile, and doesn’t have a choice counter on it, it’s owner may put it into the command zone. The short version of it is: If a commander has an ability which triggers on it dying or going to exile, it will trigger before heading to the command zone. Pretty unintuitive, right? Dana and Max are back discussing the recent rule change to EDH, Commanders can trigger death triggers. Assorted Meeples, LLC also participates in appropriate affiliate programs with other sites. Turns out a portion of the CAG didn’t understand that commanders dying didn’t trigger death triggers and were quite passionate about the subject. We came up with a lot of possibilities. I was among those excited by this announcement, but upon some reflection, I realized that this adjustment is both smaller and larger than it appears as first glance. We are a group of friends who have made a serious effort to keep gaming a part of our lives. Assorted Meeples, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to For example, the special action (essentially “0: put your Commander into the Command Zone.

He has played his favorite game, Magic: The Gathering, for over 15 years, and can always be convinced to take time for a game (or three!) Note that the Commander still has to go to the graveyard in order for a dies ability to trigger. But I’m not a rules scientist—so if you have any questions, please reach out to the Commander Rules Committee and Advisory Group.

Blink effects like Astral Drift or Turn to Mist that exile a creature, then return it to the battlefield at the end of the turn, allowed you to replace the exile component of that effect by placing your Commander in the Command Zone. | Bonus Episode | The Command Zone | Magic: The Gathering Commander / EDH – EDHREC, The Command Zone – Is Roon OP Now? And that’s how we ended up with the final rules above. Granted, you could pull variations of this trick off before the rule update if you had an opponent getting greedy with cards like Faith’s Reward or Grim Return, but the blame for that being capitalized on could easily be traced to the victim’s own choice. If you did, your Commander would not actually hit the Graveyard or Exile zones, meaning that if your commander had an ability that triggers upon death or exile, it would not trigger. Could this apply in a hidden zone, especially with the existence of Chaos Warp? The long version (including how we got there and the technical details) is below. the impact this new rule would have on card design. Rules Change: “Dies” Triggers Will Work for Commanders. | Bonus Episode | The Command Zone | Magic: The Gathering Commander / EDH,Community Spotlight | MTGnews-O-Rama, Massacre Girl: Mechanically Fun Mono Black Control - Hipsters of the Coast : Hipsters of the Coast, RC Statement on secret lair: the walking dead, Gavin’s Format of the Month – August 2020: Sideboards, State trigger on a commander in a graveyard.