This is the Commander Battle Box. It combines the flashy plays and swingy board states of the Commander format with the accesibility and randomness of the Battle Box format. The result turns out to be a very fun multiplayer experience.

Project Basics

There are a few basic guidelines I keep myself to when building a Battle Box. These are by no means necessary for the box to function, but help keep my projects tidy:

  • I use different colored sleeves for my deck, the land sets, tokens and any other distinct parts of the box. This helps finding everything quickly.
  • I design each box to fit into one Fat Pack cardbox. This helps to keep each box portable enough to be able to easily play it outside my house.
  • I try to adhere to any theme I have as closely as possible. If I’m doing a nostalgia box, a Tenth Edition printing of Shivan Dragon would not be acceptable; I would include an older printing instead. If there are no thematic restrictions I try to stick to modern bordered cards because their wording is mostly consistent and avoids confusion for newer players.
  • I like tokens, so I always leave enough room in each box to include at least one of each token I need. If the tokens don’t exist, I’ll usually proxy them by making a color print. Look here if you’re looking to make some good token proxies.
Special Rules

In addition to following the standard Battle Box rules, the following rules apply:

  • If you are unfamiliar with the rules of the Commander format, please visit www.mtgcommander.net to familiarize yourself with them. Except for deckbuilding and the rules below, this Battle Box project follows the standard Commander rules.
  • Before the start of the game, each player is dealt a random Commander from the Commander Pool. This will be their Commander for the game.
  • Your Commander’s color identity does not limit what type of mana your lands can produce.
  • The cost of casting your Commander (casting cost + commander tax) can never be more than 10 mana. If the total is more than 10 mana, the amount of mana needed to cast your Commander becomes 10.
  • Before the start of the game, each player puts five basic lands from their land sets onto the battlefield (one of each). Each player starts the game with these five lands on the battlefield.
Card Choices

I included many Commander staples and have tried to recreate the “big spells” feel that Commander has. The Commander Pool includes a few Commanders that might draw some hate around a regular Commander table (such as Rafiq of the Many) but because they don’t get the benefit of a well tuned deck these Commanders are actually fun to play with in Battle Box. Lastly, the land sets include no tap lands, because the board states can get very complex and keeping the mana bases simple really helps keep the complexity of the game in check. You can find an article explaining my initial card choices in more detail here.

Cardlist (461):

Lands (5 sets of 10)

Forest
Island
Mountain
Plains
Swamp
Bountiful Promenade
Luxury Suite
Morphic Pool
Sea of Clouds
Spire Garden

Commander Pool (36)

Animar, Soul of Elements
Aurelia, the Warleader
Dragonlord Ojutai
Dragonlord Silumgar
Drana, Liberator of Malakir
Edric, Spymaster of Trest
Etali, Primal Storm
Etrata, the Silencer
Fumiko the Lowblood
Grand Warlord Radha
Gyrus, Waker of Corpses
Iroas, God of Victory
Isperia, Supreme Judge
Jalira, Master Polymorphist
Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
Karador, Ghost Chieftain
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Kresh the Bloodbraided
Lazav, Dimir Mastermind
Maelstrom Wanderer
Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius
Olivia Voldaren
Queen Marchesa
Rafiq of the Many
Rashmi, Eternities Crafter
Riku of Two Reflections
Samut, Voice of Dissent
Shattergang Brothers
Skullbriar, the Walking Grave
Taigam, Sidisi’s Hand
Thantis, the Warweaver
Trostani Discordant
Xenagos, God of Revels
Yasova Dragonclaw
Yuriko, the tiger’s shadow

White (67)
Creatures (30)

Adarkar Valkyrie
Archangel of Thune
Archon of Justice
Baneslayer Angel
Battlegrace Angel
Brightling
Cataclysmic Gearhulk
Galepowder Mage
Herald of the Host
Hero of Bladehold
Hidden Dragonslayer
Hixus, Prison Warden
Intrepid Hero
Knight-Captain of Eos
Mangara of Corondor
Mirran Crusader
Mirror Entity
Monastery Mentor
Mother of Runes
Palace Jailer
Protector of the Crown
Restoration Angel
Serra Ascendant
Shalai, Voice of Plenty
Silverblade Paladin
Stalking Leonin
Subjugator Angel
Sublime Archangel
Sunblast Angel
Sunscorch Regent

Enchantments (13)

Angelic Destiny
Angelic Exaltation
Banishing Light
Blind Obedience
Conclave Tribunal
Darksteel Mutation
Dictate of Heliod
Duelist’s Heritage
Ghostly Prison
Grasp of Fate
Luminarch Ascension
Spear of Heliod
Spirit Loop

Instants and Sorceries (22)

Akroma’s Vengeance
Austere Command
Bright Reprisal
Bring Down
Citywide Bust
Cleansing Nova
Collective Effort
Comeuppance
Deploy to the Front
Entrapment Maneuver
Entreat the Angels
Fell the Mighty
Forsake the Worldly
Fortunate Few
Fumigate
Harm’s Way
Kor Chant
Martial Coup
Return to Dust
Storm Herd
Teferi’s Protection
Unbreakable Formation

Planeswalkers (2)

Ajani, Caller of the Pride
Elspeth, Sun’s Champion

Blue (51)
Creatures (21)

Clever Impersonator
Cytoplast Manipulator
Deadeye Navigator
Draining Whelk
Glen Elendra Archmage
Invisible Stalker
Keeper of Keys
Keiga, the Tide Star
Kheru Spellsnatcher
Phantasmal Image
Phyrexian Metamorph
Profaner of the Dead
Reef Worm
Sakashima’s Student
Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest
Soulblade Djinn
Stratus Dancer
Stunt Double
Torrent Elemental
Vizier of Many Faces
Wonder

Enchantments (8)

Control Magic
Curse of Verbosity
Fool’s Demise
Lay Claim
Octopus Umbra
Persuasion
Primordial Mist
Propaganda

Instants and Sorceries (21)

Aethersnatch
Arcane Denial
Blatant Thievery
Cackling Counterpart
Counterspell
Cyclonic Rift
Disdainful Stroke
Essence Capture
Familiar’s Ruse
Fumble
Hinder
Insidious Will
Mystic Confluence
Mystic Retrieval
Polymorphist’s Jest
Quasiduplicate
Reins of Power
Rite of Replication
Spell Crumple
Stolen Identity
Time Warp

Artifacts (1)

Proteus Staff

Black (54)
Creatures (24)

Archfiend of Depravity
Blood Artist
Custodi Lich
Doom Whisperer
Fleshbag Marauder
Ghoulcaller Gisa
Grave Titan
Grim Haruspex
Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Massacre Wurm
Midnight Reaper
Necropolis Regent
Ogre Slumlord
Plaguecrafter
Puppeteer Clique
Royal Assassin
Sower of Discord
Spawn of Mayhem
Thief of Blood
Vampire Nighthawk
Vein Drinker
Whisper, Blood Liturgist
Will-o’-the-Wisp

Enchantments (7)

Attrition
Bloodchief Ascension
Grave Betrayal
Grave Pact
Ill-Gotten Inheritance
Marchesa’s Decree
The Eldest Reborn

Instants and Sorceries (23)

Army of the Damned
Bladebrand
Dead Revels
Decree of Pain
Dread Return
Ever After
Hero’s Downfall
Innocent Blood
Languish
Living Death
Necromantic Summons
Reanimate
Ruthless Disposal
Snuff Out
Stunning Reversal
Sudden Spoiling
Syphon Flesh
Thrilling Encore
Toxic Deluge
Treacherous Urge
Unburial Rites
Vraska’s Contempt
Yawgmoth’s Vile Offering

Red (36)
Creatures (19)

Balefire Dragon
Bloodsworn Steward
Charging Cinderhorn
Dragonmaster Outcast
Falkenrath Marauders
Heart-Piercer Manticore
Hoard-Smelter Dragon
Malignus
Ogre Battledriver
Purphoros, God of the Forge
Scourge of the Throne
Shaman of the Great Hunt
Sin Prodder
Skyline Despot
Thundermaw Hellkite
Tyrant’s Familiar
Wolf of Devil’s Breach
Wrecking Ogre
Zealous Conscripts

Enchantments (5)

Aggravated Assault
Berserkers’ Onslaught
In the Web of War
Mirror March
Warstorm Surge

Instants and Sorceries (12)

Blasphemous Act
Chandra’s Ignition
Disrupt Decorum
Earthquake
Fatal Frenzy
Fling
Light Up the Stage
Mass Mutiny
Savage Beating
Starstorm
Vandalblast
Word of Seizing

Green (49)
Creatures (29)

Bane of Progress
Champion of Lambholt
Craterhoof Behemoth
Decimator of the Provinces
Den Protector
End-Raze Forerunners
Eternal Witness
Forgotten Ancient
Hydra Omnivore
Indrik Stomphowler
Kalonian Hydra
Majestic Myriarch
Managorger Hydra
Masked Admirers
Mycoloth
Pathbreaker Ibex
Primordial Hydra
Regal Behemoth
Seedborn Muse
Silklash Spider
Soul of the Harvest
Stonehoof Chieftain
Tendershoot Dryad
Thelonite Hermit
Thragtusk
Thunderfoot Baloth
Ulvenwald Tracker
Vigor
Whiptongue Hydra

Enchantments (7)

Asceticism
Curse of Bounty
Evolutionary Leap
Greater Good
Rancor
Wilderness Reclamation
Zendikar Resurgent

Instants and Sorceries (12)

Arachnogenesis
Beast Within
Dubious Challenge
Genesis Wave
Heroic Intervention
Krosan Grip
Overwhelming Stampede
Regrowth
Relic Crush
See the Unwritten
Selvala’s Stampede
Vines of Vastwood

Planeswalkers (1)

Garruk, Primal Hunter

Multicolor (85)
Creatures (37)

Adriana, Captain of the Guard
Angel of Despair
Anya, Merciless Angel
Baleful Strix
Blood Tyrant
Brion Stoutarm
Broodmate Dragon
Chromanticore
Cold-Eyed Selkie
Dack’s Duplicate
Deathbringer Thoctar
Dominus of Fealty
Ethersworn Adjudicator
Ghor-Clan Rampager
Giltspire Avenger
Hostage Taker
Khenra Charioteer
Kulrath Knight
Maelstrom Archangel
Maelstrom Wanderer
Master Biomancer
Prime Speaker Zegana
Progenitor Mimic
Qasali Pridemage
Retaliator Griffin
Rubinia Soulsinger
Savageborn Hydra
Seraph of the Scales
Spellbound Dragon
Trygon Predator
Underrealm Lich
Voice of Resurgence
Vona, Butcher of Magan
Vulturous Zombie
Wall of Denial
Wasitora, Nekoru Queen
Zegana, Utopian Speaker

Enchantments (11)

Assemble the Legion
Aura Shards
Debtors’ Knell
Fires of Yavimaya
Glare of Subdual
Journey to Eternity
Lawmage’s Binding
Maelstrom Nexus
Pernicious Deed
Profane Procession
Rhythm of the Wild

Instants and Sorceries (29)

Anguished Unmaking
Aura Mutation
Bedevil
Boros Charm
Crackling Doom
Deflecting Palm
Dreadbore
Dromoka’s Command
Expansion – Explosion
Fight to the Death
Fracturing Gust
Heaven – Earth
Hull Breach
Justice Strike
Lingering Souls
Mirrorweave
Momentary Blink
Mortify
Putrefy
Response – Resurgence
Ride Down
Selesnya Charm
Slave of Bolas
Snakeform
Terminate
Utter End
Vindicate
Windgrace’s Judgment
Zealous Persecution

Planeswalkers (8)

Domri Rade
Domri, Chaos Bringer
Kiora, Master of the Depths
Sarkhan Vol
Venser, the Sojourner
Vraska the Unseen
Vraska, Golgari Queen
Vraska, Relic Seeker

Colorless (33)
Artifact Creatures (2)

Etched Monstrosity
Hangarback Walker

Artifacts (27)

Basilisk Collar
Batterskull
Blade of Selves
Coveted Jewel
Culling Dais
Darksteel Plate
Deathrender
Farsight Mask
Helm of the Host
Legacy Weapon
Lightning Greaves
Loxodon Warhammer
Mimic Vat
Mindslaver
Mirage Mirror
Nim Deathmantle
Obelisk of Alara
Paradox Engine
Quietus Spike
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
Smuggler’s Copter
Swiftfoot Boots
Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Vengeance
Thousand-Year Elixir
Vedalken Orrery
Whispersilk Cloak

Lands (4)

Alchemist’s Refuge
Flamekin Village
Kessig Wolf Run
Minamo, School at Water’s Edge