Commander Legends is the first non-preconstructed Commander product and the first Commander draft product released by Wizards of the Coast on November 6, 2020. Like other “innovation” sets before it, like Battlebond and Conspiracy, Commander Legends takes a unique spin on Limited by drafting decks played with the Commander rules set – four players, 40 life, with a Commander and color identity rules.
To facilitate the draft, a myriad of “partner” commanders are in Commander Legends, following the same rules as the two-color commander partners in Commander 2016. Jeska, Thrice Reborn and Tevesh Szat, Doom of Fools are the only planeswalkers with partner, while other mythic, rare and uncommon legends with partner are available. Additionally, two-color legendary creatures and a cycle of three-color legendary creatures are draftable, with every set containing a guaranteed card that can be your commander.
Commander Legends also features a number of other mechanics aimed for multiplayer. Monarch, which returns from Conspiracy, lets players battle over the “monarchy,” which lets them draw a card at the end of turn. To take the monarchy from someone, a player has to deal combat damage to them. Encore, a new mechanic, lets you return exile a creature card with encore from your graveyard to make hasty copies for each opponent you have that must attack each opponent. The copies then are sacrificed at the end of turn. Cascade, returning from Alara Block, has you exile cards from the top of your library until you revealer a cheaper card, which can be cast for free.
Commander Legends also includes “etched” foils as rare pack-ins, which can be found in any booster pack. All legendary creatures in the set come in etched foil, as well as a selection of older legendary creatures from past Commander sets.
Commander Legends comes in Draft Boosters and Collector’s Boosters, with Draft Boosters containing 20 cards to accommodate for the unique Limited format. Collector’s Boosters also come with a curated selection of borderless Commander “staples” not available in the main set, such as Swords to Plowshares, Acidic Slime and Kodama’s Reach.