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Magic: the Gathering’s newest set, Wilds of Eldraine has released online and in paper. This set is a return to one of Magic’s most loved planes of all time, Eldraine. Its fairy tale aesthetic captured the hearts of many, and it’s chalk full of awesome cards, especially for Commander. While there are plenty of great cards to go into a variety of Commander decks, today we want to talk about the best Wilds of Eldraine Commanders that you can play.
There’s a good number of legendary creatures in Wilds of Eldraine, but we’re going to talk about the five best commanders. The criteria for this list is simple, can you build a deck easily that’s going to be fun and competitive? Some of the creatures are rather niche in what they can do for a deck, but the ones on this list have a lot going for them. If you’re looking for the best Commander decks in general, check out our best MTG Commander decks guide! So let’s dive in with our first card.
5. Best Wilds of Eldraine Commanders – Lord Skitter, Sewer King
The first Commander from Wilds of Eldraine that we’re going to talk about is Lord Skitter, Sewer King. Lord Skitter is a mono black three mana 3/3 that exiles up to one card from an opponent’s graveyard whenever a rat enters play under your control. It also makes a 1/1 rat at the beginning of combat on your turn, allowing you to use this effect right away. Lord Skitter is the perfect lead for a rat tribal deck. This tribe is one of the quiet favorites in the community and this new addition gives the deck a new way to play.
It’s no secret that the graveyard is one of the most powerful resources in Magic, so on its own, Lord Skitter can start to deal with problematic cards in the graveyard. In addition, you have some of the older rat tribal commanders at your disposal, like Karumonix and Marrow-Gnawer to beef up the perpetually generating army of rats Lord Skitter makes. On top of that, there are plenty of other non-rat creatures that have great synergy with rats to give you a wonderfully synergistic deck.
4. Best Wilds of Eldraine Commanders – Troyan, Gusty Explorer
Next up, we have Troyan Gutsy Explorer. Troyan is the blue and green uncommon legend from the set, and he may not seem like much on the surface, but he has some serious potential. While he was probably printed to go alongside The Goose Mother, Troyan’s ability to generate two mana can really accelerate your tempo, especially if you can cast him earlier than turn three. He has has a loot effect as well, which can help you churn through your deck.
The deck that Troyan wants to helm is a traditional blue and green ramp deck. Having a lot of mana dorks to cast your big spells early is a must, and having a Commander that can do just that makes things even better. While his ability can only be used to cast spells that cost five or more, or spells with an X in its casting cost, this shouldn’t be a problem for this deck. Troyan is definitely a great commander for more budget minded players.
3. Best Wilds of Eldraine Commanders – Yenna, Redtooth Regent
Number three on the list is Yenna, Redtooth Regent. Yenna is a green and white commander whose ability will create a copy of an enchantment that you control. On top of that, if the token that’s created is an Aura, then you get some added benefit. Enchantress is a very popular archetype. What’s nice about Yenna is that it’s a bigger body than any of the previous green and white Enchantress commanders. Plus, her ability allows you to take advantage of the older commanders, like Sythis, Harvest’s Hand nicely.
Yenna is definitely more suited to play a more creature-centric style. Green has “enchantress” effects, allowing you to keep your hand full, as well as some powerful ways to pump out a ton of creature tokens among other things. White has some of the more powerful Auras in the game, as well as very powerful protection and removal spells to round everything out. Yenna is another commander that can be built on a budget, but has a lot of power behind it, and scale really well with more investment.
2. Best Wilds of Eldraine Commanders – Hylda of the Icy Crown
Our number two commander is an interesting one. Hylda of the Icy Crown is a blue and white commander that gains value by tapping down your opponent’s creatures. Now normally, most cards that simply tap one of your opponents creatures are reserved for draft filler, as they’re often not impactful enough in a constructed format, but that’s about to change with Hylda.
There are a few ways that you can build Hylda. The first is to play a bit more of a control style deck alongside spells that tap your opponent’s creatures. This would leverage having extra mana available to pay for Hylda’s ability, and spawn ton of tokens to win the game. The other method will still use Hylda’s tokens to win, but rather than control, we’re going to play a blink style deck and include creatures that tap our opponent’s creatures as well. We can follow this up with Opposition to have a free and repeatable way to activate Hylda.
This may all seem a bit janky at first, but Opposition is an insanely strong Magic card in the right deck, and building a deck that can give you a payoff for using Opposition and like effects gives new life to this archetype.
1. Best Wilds of Eldraine Commanders – Eriette of the Charmed Apple
Lastly, our top dog pick for the best commander from Wilds of Eldraine is Eriette of the Charmed Apple. Eriette is another commander that focuses on enchantments, but unlike Yenna, Eriette is a commander that’s made to play a pillow fort style deck. Eriette’s abilities even state that creatures can’t attack you.
Eriette wants to use the control focused enchantments that white has to offer (such as Sphere of Safety and Ghostly Prison) as well some of its enchantment themed creatures (like Archon of Sun’s Grace and Starfield Mystic). But rather than play the creature game that Yenna wants to play, Eriette has access to a lot of different removal and reanimation enchantment options in black. A few options that come to mind are Minion’s Return, and Doomwake Giant
When built correctly, pillow fort is an incredibly strong archetype, and is often very unassuming until it’s too late. Thankfully, Eriette fits right into the archetype.
And that’s our list! There’s plenty of other legendary creatures in Wilds of Eldraine so be sure to check out the rest of the cast to see if there’s others that you’d like to play. If Eriette isn’t your playstyle, the Yenna is definitely a very fun option that is very easy to put together. But if you just want to play the best mtg commanders from Wilds of Eldraine, then you can’t go wrong with any of these. If you’re looking for some staples to fill your new commander decks with then check out our guide for the best MTG cards for Commander. Also check out our guide on how to build a Commander deck if you’re just getting started.