Commander 2015 follow-up: winners!

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Commander 2015 was released in November of last year, meaning we’re a few months into a format which now features commanders with experience counters and all the other goodness. I thought I’d take a look back at the cards and see which have held up so far, and which hasn’t. Today I’ll go over the winners.

The winners:
By far, there are two proper break-out commanders from the set. The first is the one that captured my merenofclanneltothheart right from the get-go, Meren of Clan Nel-Toth. She’s been on the top of the stats at EDHrec.com for most of the months since her release – if not all – and it’s easy to see why. Meren is stupid good, to put it frankly. Initially, I was afraid she’d be overshadowed by Karador as the go-to graveyard general, and while Karador is still making numbers on EDHrec, they’re not as good as Meren’s right now. Time will tell if she holds up and stays on top of the list, but I think she will quite soon take over as the most popular Golgari commander.

mizzixoftheizmagnusThe other break-out commander is, in my opinion, Mizzix of the Izmagnus. While she is actually not doing quite as well as say Ezuri, Claw of Progress in the raw data Mizzix differs from Ezuri in the way it plays compared to other commanders of the same colours. Ezuri took something that was already present in Simic, weenie spam, and put another spin on it. While Edric, Spymaster of Trest was already doing that well enough, Ezuri does it differently, which is great. Mizzix’s thing, casting lots of spells, was already a thing in Izzet decks like Melek, Izzet Paragon, but Mizzix does it so much better that it’s ridiculous. Mizzix is a force to be reckoned with, as anyone who has played against her can testify to, a force that seems simply unreachable for the likes of Melek.

Both of these commanders are struggling with the same thing but on different level: linearity. Meren is a graveyard-centric commander, which will be telegraphed a mile away when you reveal her. Mizzix seems to exist in two different builds right now: Storm, or cast lots of X-spells (which always generate experience counters). Both of these can be countered in the same way: kill Mizzix each time she its the board. In my local metagame, Grim_Lavamancer laments my successful #plowMizzix campaign, which has led to an elevated level of aversion towards the goblin genius.

Lastly, I have to mention Karlov of the Ghost Council. He is the only karlovoftheghostcouncil.fullone of the new “secondary” commanders that’s more popular than the box-cover one (poor Daxos). Though powerful, he’s now facing stiff competition from Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim as an Orzhov life gain general, time will tell if he stands up to the competition and actually makes for a more popular (and arguably more powerful) commander than undead Daxos. Karlov’s only flaw, one could argue, is that he is basically looking like the ghost of Eric Cartman.

These three are the proper “winners” in my opinion, i.e. they have had the most impact on the commander scene since last November. What do you think of these three? Do you have a favourite from C15 that I didn’t mention? Leave a comment!

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