EDH/Commander Banned List

List current as of  October 22, 2013
Bans effective as of October 22, 2013

This Banned List is not of my creation. This is Official Banned List on the Official Commander website. Take any complaints and concerns over there. If you want to play with you own Banned List with your friends, please do. If a Legendary creature is banned, then it is also banned as a Commander.

New Banned Cards (4/22/2013):

Trade Seccrets

New Unbanned Cards (4/22/2013):

Staff of Domination

Legal Sets:

All Vintage legal sets (Including the Commander Product)

Banned List:

Banned General/Commander List:

(These creatures can still be used in decks, just not as the Commander)

 Erayo Kokusho, the Evening Star


17 responses to “EDH/Commander Banned List

  • Bob

    Should Emerakul be on both of these lists or is he only banned in the decks and not banned as a general?

    • MTGColorPie

      The General/Commander banned list means those cards still can be used in decks, but not just as your General. Emrakul and Kokusho are banned from the format, which includes being a General/Commander as well.

  • Bob

    If Coalition Victory is on the list of banned cards, what stops Door to Nothingness from being on the list?

    • MTGColorPie

      Coalition Victory can only be stopped one way: by countering it, which means you have to play Blue. All “instant win” cards are banned for that reason. Since Door to Nothingness enters the battlefield tapped, there are ways to deal with it. It can be bounced, destroyed, stolen, exiled, turned into a creature and killed, redirect the player target. Basically every color has a way to deal with it, which is why it’s legal.

      • Brian

        actually all of the instant wins ARE NOT banned……only coalition victory…..which makes me wonder why…….why CV when it is harder to win by versus Test of Endurance, Epic Struggle, Chance Encounter, Mortal Combat, Helix Pinnacle, and Felidar Sovereign…….the only one i can see that shouldn’t be on here is Battle of Wits just because a Commander/EDH deck can only be 99+1 and BoW needs a 300+ card deck to win

      • MTGColorPie

        The other ones you mentioned aren’t instant wins. All of those require you to win on your upkeep which means that players generally will have a chance to respond to them going off. If you play other cards that allow you to cast them as instants so you cast them at the end of your opponent’s turn, then that’s fine. It’s another hurdle you’ve got to jump.

        But they aren’t instant wins.

    • Jeff

      Not to mention that Door to Nothingness doesn’t really cause you to win… if you can fire it off, it simply causes one of your opponents to instantly lose. In a one-on-one game it’s obviously a win, but in multiplayer you’ll usually have at least one more person to contend with.

      And trust me, as a person who runs Door to Nothingness in two different EDH decks, I can tell you a) people rightly see this as a huge threat, to the point where I have NEVER been able to activate it (most times I don’t even get to untap it before it dies) and b) it makes you a huge target… it’s weird, but people are very hostile towards cards that say “target player loses the game,” not to mention the controller of such a card.

  • Page

    What about Riftsweeper (Future sight) and Crucible of the worlds (Core)? I was perusing some forums and both were listed as banned. Is this the official and most up-to date reference list to go by?

  • thedude

    dear edh people, stop banning cards in a casual format
    sincerely
    ever casual magic player

    • Matt

      You can house-rule cards to not be banned. The above list is just a nice guideline to follow so the game doesn’t become stale. EDH/Commander is a player-driven format, so if you want to play differently, as long as the other people you’re playing with don’t mind, go right ahead.

  • Bender

    Why is Braids banned as a general? There are much more broken generals (e.g. Maralen of the Mornsong)

    • jack

      Because, being able to play a turn 1/2 braids (not hard to do) is no fun for anyone, and guarantees that you’ll win the game, and that noone can deal with it.

  • Justin

    Why is Kokusho, the Evening Star banned? It doesn’t seem that broken?

    • Matt

      Kokusho is banned because EDH is usually played in multiplayer. Specifically EDH tournament finals are 8 player. EDH tournaments (went it was legal) were pretty much a race to see who could play it quickest. One that dies would pretty much read “All opponents lose 5 life. You gain 35.”

      Plus It is very easy to ramp into (Dark/Cabal ritual, Sol Ring), tutor for (Demonic/vampiric Tutor, Entomb), easy to revive in it’s colors (Reanimate, Exhume, Zombify) and very hard to kill without triggering it’s ability. All these reasons combined is why it is banned.

  • Alpha

    i get every card, exept upheaval… is it banned simply because its so booring?

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