The top 5 new Magic The Gathering cards for Commander in 2022

2022 is finally coming to an end, and this is the time when I can finally sit down and reflect on the new Magic: The Gathering cards released in 2022.

Wizards of the Coast has flooded players with an incredible amount of reprints and new cards this year, and Magic Date Science on Twitter has the stats show for this:

It’s truly staggering, and there really have never been more options for Commander players than there are today.

This end-of-year review will focus on New cards of each of Magic: The Gathering colors (in the classic WURBG sequence) for the Commander format.

Disclaimer: I prefer to play Commander at the highest power level, but the cards mentioned below should also be considered for pods of all levels.

Best Carte Blanche: Oghma Archivist

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

White cards in Magic: The Gathering have received a lot more love over the past few years, and rightly so.

White has always been considered the weakest of the 5 colors and it’s easy to see why: card drawing and mana buildup – all important things to play Magic: The Gatheringhave always been a problem for white people.

However, with the release of Oghma Archivist In Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate (a Dungeons and Dragons crossover set), players playing white now have an additional card draw option.

For generic mana and white mana you can flash Oghma Archivist at instant speed whenever someone searches their library, which means you instantly get a card draw trigger and well, a 2/2 body on the battlefield.

Oghma Archivist can potentially draw you a few cards each game, especially if your opponents are playing fetch lands (even ones like Evolving Wilds or Terramorphic Expanse which seem to be included in all Precon Commander decks),

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Oghma Archivist is probably one of the best card draw options out there right now.

Best credit card: an offer impossible to refuse

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(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Blue has the best counterspells in the game – this has always been blue’s primary identity, and Streets of New Capenna cast an extremely intriguing counterspell this year.

An offer you can’t refuseto one blue mana, counters any noncreature spell. Its only downside is that your opponent gets two treasures in return.

There are a few other excellent counterspells at a blue mana value, namely Storm, fate drill and swan song.

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(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

However, each of these spells is rather conditional. Storm only counters instants or sorceries, swan song just does all of that and the enchantments too (and creates a 2/2 bird that definitely swings at you), while fate drill does not work when your opponents have mana.

An offer you can’t refuse essentially negates (ha!) all of the drawbacks of the cards mentioned above; it simply counters all noncreature spells, including artifact and planeswalker spells, with no other restrictive conditions.

I watched this card in play (against me) and tried it in my decks as well. The two treasures you give your opponent really don’t matter if you’re trying to protect your winning combo or prevent another player from winning the game.

It definitely goes into most of my blue decks, and I highly recommend anyone who hasn’t considered this card not to turn down this offer.

Best Red Card: Professional Face Breaker

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(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Besides giving us what I think is the best blue card for 2022, Streets of New Capenna also produced the best red card.

For two generic mana and one red mana, Professional face breaker is a 2/3 creature with Menace. It also generates a Treasure token for you as long as one of your creatures successfully inflicts combat damage to your opponent.

It’s not the hardest thing to do because Professional face breaker has some evasion (Threat), or you can just have other creatures do the work.

In this current meta where you are guaranteed to see treasure in almost every game, Professional face breaker also provides a card advantage with treasures you don’t intend to use.

You may sacrifice treasure to exile the top card of your library with instant speed (and as many times as you have treasure to sacrifice), and cast any card exiled this way this turn.

This can be extremely useful when you have a lot of treasure but need to find better spells to play, or when you know what the top card of your library is and need to get rid of it because it’s a dead card.

Professional face breaker does a lot of things on its own, and it’s a great engine for decks that contain red.

Best Black Card: Black Market Connections

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(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Printed in Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur Gate, Black market connections is hands down the best black card printed this year for Commander in 2022.

For two generic mana and one black mana, Black market connections is an enchantment that can give you either treasure, card draw, or a 3/2 body at the start of your main pre-combat phase.

This is insane value, because the next best black enchantment card that costs 3 that I can think of is Phyrexian Arenaand he doesn’t even come close.

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Black market connections gives you options other than drawing cards (which Phyrexian Arena can only provide).

Do you need mana? Have a treasure! Do you want a body instead to block something that happens to you later? Having a 3/2 Shapeshifter with changeling (and this can also be extremely useful in tribal decks)!

The only downside is losing life, but losing life has always been a black thing, and if you like to play black (or for that matter, Magic: The Gathering), remember: life is also a resource!

This card is most definitely a new black staple, and that’s evident considering how much the card has increased in price since release.

Best green card: Boseiju, who endures

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Finally, and arguably what I think are the best new features in 2022, is the map Boseiju, who endures of Kamigawa: The Neon Dynasty.

Granted, lands in Magic: The Gathering don’t have color identity, so I may be cheating a bit here.

However, the Canal ability requires at least one green mana to activate, so I consider this a “green” card.

Why Boseiju, who endures then? At worst, it’s a legendary land that produces green mana.

At best, it can remove any nonbasic artifact, enchantment, or land at instant speed for one green mana (as long as your commander or other legendary creature is on the battlefield).

Her channel ability is extremely powerful because it’s an activated ability, not a spell – that means she’s nearly uncontrollable by counter-spells, and can play through stax pieces. as Eidolon of Rhetoric or rule of law.

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

The next best green card that can remove any artifact or enchantment with instant speed and only costs one green mana, is nature’s claim.

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

However, nature’s claim does not hit non-basic lands like Boseiju, who endures done, and it can potentially be countered or hindered by stax parts.

The versatility and the ceiling for Boseiju, who endures is amazing, and definitely my best green card for the year 2022.

With that, it’s time to look ahead to 2023. It looks like March of the Machines will announce major changes to Magic: The Gathering in 2023, and as a Magic fan, I can’t wait to see what that means!

Jay Chan plays a lot of Dota 2 and MTG. He’s terrible in Dota 2 and a scrub in MTG, and maybe spends too much money on both games.

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