Double Masters 2022, or 2X2, is packed with a metric ton of amazing reprints. Best of all, some of those reprints are some very cool commanders, including a number that have not seen this side of a printer in many years. I have just a few legends I want to highlight below, including some that have a long history in the format that you should strongly consider adding to your collection.
Zur the Enchanter
Many years ago now, Zur was the boogie man of the format. While he’s fallen significantly in power since then, the ability to tutor for powerful enchantments (including several stax and lockdown cards) still makes him a threat. If you want to power out some of the best enchantments in the game, Zur is a perfect pick and a great card to see reprinted in Double Masters.
Kaalia of the Vast
Like Zur, Kaalia is a combat-step-focused Commander that has similarly fallen a bit in power over time. Still, seeing this original commander precon powerhouse making a return is quite satisfying, and if you’ve never dropped a killer Master of Cruelties or a Rakdos without downside, then you’re missing out on a seminal commander experience. Sure she can’t drop Iona or Griselbrand anymore, but there is no shortage of scary creatures in her featured tribes.
Roon of the Hidden Realms
Getting value out of your enters-the-battlefield effects is always something to pursue, and Roon is one of my favorite ways to flicker your creatures (and occasionally temporarily remove a threat from the opponent’s board). Roon gives you access to some of the best creatures to bounce, and he is an easy creature to recommend building around.
Animar, Soul of Elements
A win-condition with two relevant protections, cheating mana costs, and a steadily growing threat all rolled into one potent package. Animar is yet another legend that deserves more time on the table, and the new art is something to marvel at. Animar brings the beatdown with just a few creatures, and he can readily snowball from there. There are all kinds of ways to transform that snowball into a victory, including a variety of combos that Animar’s cost reduction can make trivial.
Firesong and Sunspeaker
Commanders that allow for new ways to play are always worth looking at, and Firesong and Sunspeaker give boros access to a lifegain strategy that it didn’t really have before. Giving lifelink to burn spells is an extremely uncommon effect that is just a lot of fun to see, and tacking on damage to your white lifegain is similarly a good time. If you’re looking for a way to play red and white without relying on the combat step, this commander is one of the best picks to throw into the command zone.
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
I love drawing cards, and Kozilek, Butcher of Truth helps refill your hand while presenting an utterly crushing threat. While his alternate card, Kozilek the Great Distortion, is more popular (and may draw you more cards), the original, annihilator Kozilek is arguably the greater threat. He sees less play in part because of how scary he is, with annihilator being very high on the list of game effects that players get salty about. If, however, you don’t mind being the bad guy at the table, being able to play a ton of artifact mana, drawing a fistful of cards, and then doing it again until you can annihilate the table is an intense gameplay loop.
Karador, Ghost Chieftain
If there is one thing I love more than drawing cards, it’s gaining other forms of card advantage. I’m a necromancer at heart, and Karador, Ghost Chieftain lets me lean hard into that while transforming my graveyard into what amounts to a whole second hand packed with creatures. Getting to play valuable creatures from the yard again and again is one of my favorite things to do in the game, and Karador can grind down a game with endless value over time. To top it off, the Ghost Chieftain also has a lot of value and combo pieces at his disposal, including classic Raveilark loops and solid sacrificial synergies.