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The 7 Best White Commanders

Some people will tell you that mono white is the weakest way to play Commander, but the best commanders in the color strongly beg to differ. Mono white decks have become increasingly focused over time, honing in on what the color is best at and doing so perfectly. Since most commander decks sit at the 7/10 power level, let’s look at the top seven commanders you can play with Plains as your most common card.

Adeline, Resplendent Cathar

Adeline, Resplendent Cathar

Whether you’re playing Human tribal or just want to see your opponents get beaten down with a token army, Adeline has what it takes to bring the pain. Her straightforward, aggressive strategy makes her an easy build around, and the simple synergies involving her tribe and tokens means you don’t have to twist yourself into any knots figuring out what to do. Have fun turning creatures sideways (or don’t, she has Vigilance!) and embrace the beats.

Sram, Senior Edificer

Sram, Senior Edificer

Famously, mono white decks are not the best at drawing cards. Sram tells you that’s just not true, giving you a fist full of value while you suit him and his friends up with your choice of equipment, auras, or even vehicles. There are few things better in Magic than getting rewarded for doing what you want to anyway, and Sram’s plan is to give you a generous amount of card advantage while you ride over the opposition.

God-Eternal Oketra

God-Eternal Oketra

Winning with huge, black zombies may feel like a bit of a flavor fail in mono white, but God-Eternal Oketra can reliably make some of the biggest token board states in the game. While a lot of white strategies want you to win with a lot of 1/1 tokens, Oketra things you can and should go bigger. Add in some ways to reliably bounce your creatures, like everyone’s favorite lion, and you can quickly take over the game- all while potentially dodging the commander tax if you don’t think anyone will be shuffling your library.

Darien, King of Kjeldor

Darien, King of Kjeldor

Speaking of token strategies, Darien is the unquestionably king of spitting out 1/1 soldiers. It’s surprisingly easy to find cards that let you hurt yourself, even in mono white, so creating wide boards full of soldiers is something that Darien easily facilitates. Even better, the king easily punishes opponents who dare to get into your red zone, spitting out enough tokens to make the crack back a risk that they may not be able to afford. That added bit of politics makes Darien a strong contender in the command zone. 

Heliod, Sun-Crowned

Heliod, Sun-Crowned

This is my personal favorite of the cards to be found on this list, as I have a strong soft spot for lifegain strategies. Heliod is the obvious choice if you want to embrace this strategy in mono white, turning any creature into an Ajani’s Pridemate and enabling those creatures with his activated ability. Once your board develops you also get to enjoy having a 5/5, indestructible beater at your disposal- or potentially quite a bit larger since he can throw his counters on to himself. Watch your life grow while your opponent’s dwindles.

Light-Paws, Emperor’s Voice

Light-Paws, Emperor's Voice

Traditionally, auras have a bit of a rough time in Commander, and indeed magic in general. It can feel bad when a removal spell gets rid of both your creature and its attached buffs, but Light-Paws helps you power out some very scary board states. If you’ve ever dreamed of stacking enchantments on a creature with minimal investment, Light-Paws should be your go-to commander. 

Giada, Font of Hope

Giada, Font of Hope (Showcase Art Deco)

Tribal decks are unquestionably the most popular way to play Commander, so it’s no surprise that the best tribal commander for mono-whites flagship creature is seeing similar hype. Giada comes down early and provides the mana you need to start throwing down the best angels in magic’s history, making each angel you cast progressively bigger as the game goes on. Crashing in with some of the coolest flying creatures in Magic feels great, and Giada gives angel players more than hope. 

Mono-Colored Might

As you can clearly see from these powerhouse legendary options, White is not even half as weak as the common discourse might try to tell you. Any of these creatures can net you wins, and some can do so with surprising speed if left to their own devices. Whether you’re suiting up Sram or Light-Paws, or building an angelic air force with Giada, white decks are here to compete. 

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