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 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 three random Commanders from the Commander Pool. From these three, they choose one which 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 12 mana. If the total is more than 12 mana, the amount of mana needed to cast your Commander becomes 12.
  • Each land set contains a Sol Ring. If this gets exiled, destroyed or put into the library, it may instead be returned to the land set.
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 but because they don’t get the benefit of a well tuned deck these Commanders are actually fun to play with in Battle Box.

Cardlist (501):

Lands (5 sets of 11)

Snow-Covered Forest
Snow-Covered Island
Snow-Covered Mountain
Snow-Covered Plains
Snow-Covered Swamp
Deserted Beach
Haunted Ridge
Overgrown Farmland
Rockfall Vale
Shipwreck Marsh
Sol Ring

Commander Pool (36)

Animar, Soul of Elements
Atla Palani, Nest Tender
Aurelia, the Warleader
Breena, the Demagogue
Brion Stoutarm
Drana, Liberator of Malakir
Edric, Spymaster of Trest
Ghave, Guru of Spores
Gyome, Master Chef
Gyrus, Waker of Corpses
Halana and Alena, Partners
Imoti, Celebrant of Bounty
Isperia, Supreme Judge
Jalira, Master Polymorphist
Karazikar, the Eye Tyrant
Kenrith, the Returned King
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Lazav, Dimir Mastermind
Leinore, Autumn Sovereign
Liesa, Shroud of Dusk
Marchesa, the Black Rose
Narset, Enlightened Master
Neyith of the Dire Hunt
Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius
Olivia Voldaren
Queen Marchesa
Rafiq of the Many
Skullbriar, the Walking Grave
The Mimeoplasm
Torens, Fist of Angels
Wulfgar of Icewind Dale
Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign
Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder
Yorion, Sky Nomad
Yuriko, the Tiger’s Shadow
Zara, Renegade Recruiter

White (48)
Creatures (19)

Adarkar Valkyrie
Archangel of Thune
Archon of Coronation
Archon of Justice
Battlegrace Angel
Glorious Protector
Hixus, Prison Warden
Intrepid Hero
Knight-Captain of Eos
Luminous Broodmoth
Mirror Entity
Monastery Mentor
Mother of Runes
Restoration Angel
Shalai, Voice of Plenty
Silverblade Paladin
Sublime Archangel
Sunblast Angel
Sunscorch Regent

Enchantments (13)

Angelic Destiny
Angelic Exaltation
Authority of the Consuls
Cathars’ Crusade
Court of Grace
Darksteel Mutation
Dictate of Heliod
Duelist’s Heritage
Elspeth Conquers Death
Grasp of Fate
Luminarch Ascension
Spirit Loop
Timely Ward

Instants and Sorceries (11)

Akroma’s Will
Austere Command
Collective Effort
Comeuppance
Cosmic Intervention
Council’s Judgment
Doomskar
Martial Coup
Promise of Loyalty
Starnheim Unleashed
Swords to Plowshares

Planeswalkers (2)

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

Artifacts (3)

Maul of the Skyclaves
Seraphic Greatsword
Spear of Heliod

Blue (48)
Creatures (24)

Archmage Emeritus
Body of Knowledge
Clever Impersonator
Cytoplast Manipulator
Deadeye Navigator
Draining Whelk
Eon Frolicker
Ethersworn Adjudicator
Glen Elendra Archmage
Invisible Stalker
Keeper of Keys
Keiga, the Tide Star
Kheru Spellsnatcher
Mulldrifter
Phyrexian Metamorph
Profaner of the Dead
Rimefeather Owl
Sakashima’s Student
Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest
Soulblade Djinn
Stratus Dancer
Stunt Double
Tidal Barracuda
Torrent Elemental

Enchantments (4)

Control Magic
Imprisoned in the Moon
Lay Claim
Shark Typhoon

Instants and Sorceries (20)

Arcane Denial
Blatant Thievery
Cackling Counterpart
Counterspell
Disdainful Stroke
Essence Capture
Inscription of Insight
Insidious Will
Mana Drain
Mystic Confluence
Mystic Retrieval
Mythos of Illuna
Narset’s Reversal
Pact of Negation
Polymorphist’s Jest
Quasiduplicate
Rite of Replication
Time Warp
Wrong Turn

Artifacts (1)

Bident of Thassa

Black (48)
Creatures (25)

Archfiend of Depravity
Author of Shadows
Custodi Lich
Disciple of Bolas
Doom Whisperer
Drana, the Last Bloodchief
Draugr Necromancer
Eradicator Valkyrie
Ghoulcaller Gisa
Grave Titan
Grim Haruspex
Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Massacre Wurm
Midnight Reaper
Necropolis Regent
Ogre Slumlord
Puppeteer Clique
Rakshasa Debaser
Royal Assassin
Spawn of Mayhem
Thief of Blood
Vampire Nighthawk
Vein Drinker
Westgate Regent

Enchantments (5)

Attrition
Bloodchief Ascension
Grave Betrayal
Marchesa’s Decree
The Eldest Reborn

Instants and Sorceries (18)

Army of the Damned
Command the Dreadhorde
Damn
Dread Return
Feast of Succession
Flay Essence
Hellish Rebuke
Hero’s Downfall
Reanimate
Rise of the Dread Marn
Sudden Spoiling
Syphon Flesh
Thrilling Encore
Toxic Deluge
Unburial Rites
Victimize
Vraska’s Contempt
Yawgmoth’s Vile Offering

Red (48)
Creatures (30)

Arni Brokenbrow
Backdraft Hellkite
Balefire Dragon
Bloodsworn Steward
Brash Taunter
Charging Cinderhorn
Coastline Marauders
Dragonkin Berserker
Dragonmaster Outcast
Feldon of the Third Path
Fireflux Squad
Flamekin Herald
Frenzied Saddlebrute
Frontier Warmonger
Hellkite Courser
Hoard-Smelter Dragon
Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin
Laelia, the Blade Reforged
Ogre Battledriver
Port Razer
Purphoros, God of the Forge
Rimescale Dragon
Scourge of the Throne
Shaman of the Great Hunt
Sin Prodder
Skyline Despot
Terror of the Peaks
Thundermaw Hellkite
Toralf, God of Fury
Zealous Conscripts

Enchantments (6)

Aggravated Assault
Court of Ire
In the Web of War
Outpost Siege
The Akroan War
Warstorm Surge

Instants and Sorceries (10)

Chandra’s Ignition
Comet Storm
Disrupt Decorum
Mass Mutiny
Savage Beating
Starstorm
Temur Battle Rage
Uncaged Fury
Vandalblast
Word of Seizing

Planeswalkers (1)

Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Artifacts (1)

Embercleave

Green (48)
Creatures (30)

Acidic Slime
Bane of Progress
Battle Mammoth
Beast Whisperer
Blossoming Bogbeast
Boreal Outrider
Champion of Lambholt
Dawnglade Regent
End-Raze Forerunners
Eternal Witness
Forgotten Ancient
Hydra Omnivore
Kalonian Hydra
Kogla, the Titan Ape
Managorger Hydra
Mycoloth
Ohran Frostfang
Pathbreaker Ibex
Regal Behemoth
Seedborn Muse
Silklash Spider
Soul of the Harvest
Tendershoot Dryad
Thelonite Hermit
Thunderfoot Baloth
Toski, Bearer of Secrets
Ulvenwald Tracker
Vigor
Voracious Hydra
Whiptongue Hydra

Enchantments (5)

Asceticism
Evolutionary Leap
Greater Good
Rancor
Zendikar Resurgent

Instants and Sorceries (12)

Arachnogenesis
Berserk
Blessing of Frost
Blizzard Brawl
Genesis Wave
Heroic Intervention
Inscription of Abundance
Overwhelming Stampede
Regrowth
See the Unwritten
Snakeskin Veil
Vines of Vastwood

Planeswalkers (1)

Garruk, Primal Hunter

Multicolor (125)
Creatures (56)

Adriana, Captain of the Guard
Alela, Artful Provocateur
Ankle Shanker
Anya, Merciless Angel
Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice
Baleful Strix
Blood Tyrant
Broodmate Dragon
Chromanticore
Cloudblazer
Cold-Eyed Selkie
Dack’s Duplicate
Ghor-Clan Rampager
Giltspire Avenger
Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
Hostage Taker
Ice-Fang Coatl
Immersturm Predator
Jared Carthalion, True Heir
Judith, the Scourge Diva
Kardur, Doomscourge
Kiora’s Follower
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King
Kulrath Knight
Maelstrom Archangel
Maelstrom Wanderer
Master Biomancer
Moritte of the Frost
Muldrotha, the Gravetide
Nethroi, Apex of Death
Nevinyrral, Urborg Tyrant
Niv-Mizzet, Parun
Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind
Notion Thief
O-Kagachi, Vengeful Kami
Prime Speaker Zegana
Progenitor Mimic
Qasali Pridemage
Retaliator Griffin
Riku of Two Reflections
Savageborn Hydra
Seraph of the Scales
Shadrix Silverquill
Snapdax, Apex of the Hunt
Soulherder
Spellbound Dragon
Teneb, the Harvester
Thantis, the Warweaver
The Locust God
Thief of Sanity
Trygon Predator
Voice of Resurgence
Volrath, the Shapestealer
Vulturous Zombie
Wall of Denial
Willowdusk, Essence Seer

Enchantments (18)

Arni Slays the Troll
Assemble the Legion
Aura Shards
Fevered Visions
Finest Hour
Fires of Yavimaya
Jeskai Ascendancy
Journey to Eternity
Lawmage’s Binding
Maelstrom Nexus
Mayael’s Aria
Mirari’s Wake
Moldervine Reclamation
Pernicious Deed
Privileged Position
Rhythm of the Wild
Temur Ascendancy
Whirlwind of Thought

Instants and Sorceries (37)

Abzan Charm
Angelfire Ignition
Anguished Unmaking
Bedevil
Blot Out the Sky
Boros Charm
Camaraderie
Crackling Doom
Dovin’s Veto
Dreadbore
Expressive Iteration
Fight to the Death
Flurry of Wings
Fracturing Gust
Hull Breach
Hurl Through Hell
Inkshield
Jeskai Charm
Memory Plunder
Merciless Eviction
Mirrorweave
Mnemonic Betrayal
Putrefy
Rakdos Charm
Response // Resurgence
Ride Down
Selesnya Charm
Silumgar’s Command
Slave of Bolas
Sphinx’s Revelation
Sultai Charm
Terminate
Time Wipe
Utter End
Vindicate
Whispering Madness
Windgrace’s Judgment

Planeswalkers (12)

Ajani, the Greathearted
Domri Rade
Domri, Chaos Bringer
Kaya the Inexorable
Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner
Nicol Bolas, Dragon God
Ral Zarek
Saheeli, Sublime Artificer
Sarkhan Vol
Venser, the Sojourner
Vraska the Unseen
Vraska, Golgari Queen

Artifacts (2)

Etherwrought Page
Mask of Riddles

Colorless (45)
Artifact Creatures (6)

Bladegriff Prototype
Duplicant
Hangarback Walker
Phyrexian Triniform
Scion of Draco
Steel Hellkite

Artifacts (29)

Basilisk Collar
Batterskull
Blade of Selves
Commander’s Plate
Conjurer’s Closet
Coveted Jewel
Culling Dais
Darksteel Plate
Deathrender
Fireshrieker
Hammer of Nazahn
Helm of the Host
Investigator’s Journal
Lifecrafter’s Bestiary
Lightning Greaves
Lithoform Engine
Loxodon Warhammer
Mimic Vat
Mindslaver
Mirage Mirror
Nim Deathmantle
Obelisk of Alara
Paradox Engine
Proteus Staff
Shadowspear
Swiftfoot Boots
Sword of Light and Shadow
Thousand-Year Elixir
Whispersilk Cloak

Lands (10)

Desolate Lighthouse
Flamekin Village
Gavony Township
Kessig Wolf Run
Minamo, School at Water’s Edge
Rogue’s Passage
Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
Vault of the Archangel
War Room
Witch’s Clinic