With around 1,500 potential commanders, there is no shortage of cards you can use to lead your EDH decks. Some, however, have risen to the top as the format has developed, and secured their positions as format favorites. Each color pair has its own distinct identity, and there are commanders that embody that identity, or parts of it, in ways that have made them immensely popular generals. Today, we’re looking at the top blue-red commanders – for more detailed information about any of these decks, check out EDHRec’s page on top blue-red MTG commanders!
10. Aegar, the Freezing Flame
Giant tribal moved away from Lorwyn’s red-white and into blue-red with the release of Kaldheim, and came with a pretty sweet option for a tribal commander. Aegar, the Freezing Flame lets you play Giant tribal, of course, but also accommodates those wanting to play burn decks, too – or a hybridization involving both. Being able to draw cards when you either attack with your big monsters or point burn spells at small creatures (or both!) is quite powerful, and with big giant-based damage dealers like Calamity Bearer, Thundercloud Shaman and Squash, it isn’t too hard to deal excess damage.
9. Rielle, the Everwise
Rielle lets you do some truly unfair things with her triggered ability, turning cards like Tolarian Winds, Windfall, Faithless Looting and Cathartic Reunion into absurd card advantage powerhouses. Not to mention any other cards that involve you discarding stuff for fun and profit: Turbulent Dreams becomes a nice little rummager, Forbid’s buyback cost becomes a lot more palatable and Surly Badgersaur’s benefits are only augmented further. And, on top of all this, if you can stick a Harmonic Prodigy, you’ll be drawing twice the number of cards you discard!
8. Jhoira of the Ghitu
Suspend isn’t a mechanic that has made it all that big in Commander. Case in point: Alaundo the Seer became more about tapping and untapping than suspending things. Jhoira of the Ghitu, however, plays a bona fide suspend game, with a ton of expensive threats like Omniscience, Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant and Aminatou’s Augury to exile to her ability. There are all the cards that remove time counters, too – Fury Charm, Jhoira’s Timebug, Rift Elemental – and suspend cards that are powerful in their own right, like Inspiring Refrain and Aeon Chronicler. My favorite card in the deck, however, is definitely Sphinx of the Second Sun: not only is it a huge threat to suspend to Jhoira, it also helps you remove twice as many time counters a turn!
7. Galazeth Prismari
Galazeth Prismari’s static ability is so ridiculously strong that entire decks dedicated to churning out Treasure and Clue tokens have sprung up around it, providing a steady stream of free, reusable mana rocks that can be used to… well, to do anything, really. Cast a massive Crackle with Power, for instance, or perhaps draw cards with Shimmer Dragon. The new Rain of Riches offers incredible synergy with Galazeth (note that Rain of Riches doesn’t require you to sacrifice the Treasure you use for mana), while winning a game with Hellkite Tyrant seems laughably easy in a deck capable of producing and reusing Treasures like this.
6. Mizzix of the Izmagnus
Some blue-red decks are built to go big with instants and sorceries, and Mizzix of the Izmagnus is here to support them. Mizzix helps to cheapen huge spells like Firemind’s Foresight, Expropriate and basically every X-spell ever. However, with Mizzix and a weird card from Time Spiral called Reiterate, the combo potential is limitless. With Mizzix, Reiterate, three experience counters and three mana, you can make infinite mana with Desperate Ritual, or draw infinite cards with Pirate’s Pillage, or – with four mana – you can do infinite damage with Electrodominance by using it and Reiterate to recur each other!
5. Okaun, Eye of Chaos & Zndrsplt, Eye of Wisdom
If you like flipping coins, you can’t go wrong with Okaun, Eye of Chaos and Zndrsplt, Eye of Wisdom. Injecting more randomness into a game of Magic with coin tosses is bound to make things memorable at least, especially with all the other sweet coin tossing cards. Yusri, Fortune’s Flame, Fiery Gambit, Stitch in Time – and all these flips trigger both your commanders, too! You can try to kill your opponents’ stuff with Mogg Assassin, counter 50 percent of all spells played with Planar Chaos and of course potentially win a game outright with Chance Encounter. Don’t forget to get a Krark’s Thumb out there – you’ll feel like you’re Harvey Dent with his unlosable coin tosses!
4. Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain
Jhoira makes another appearance on this list, this time as the captain of the Weatherlight, ready to draw you all the cards you can eat. It’s not difficult to fill a Commander deck with historic spells – particularly artifacts – and having them all replace themselves thanks to Jhoira is big game indeed. These Jhoira decks usually play cards like Hurkyl’s Recall, Paradoxical Outcome and Retract, plus a ton of zero-cost artifacts – or they make artifacts cost zero with Foundry Inspector, Enthusiastic Mechanaut and Etherium Sculptor. Play them, draw cards, bounce them, repeat – and all the while, Reckless Fireweaver is there, working away at their life totals!
3. The Locust God
A red-blue classic, The Locust God rewards you for doing what Izzet decks do best: drawing cards. Every card comes with its own little 1/1 hasty flyer, and that’s just the beginning. Add some card draw doublers like Teferi’s Ageless Insight, some wheels like Windfall and some extra damage sources like Impact Tremors and Purphoros, God of the Forge, and you might not actually need to go to combat! There’s also easy combo potential with Sage of the Falls or Kindred Discovery (infinite card draw and tokens), and The Locust God is just about the best Skullclamp deck in the entire format.
2. Veyran, Voice of Duality
Panharmonicon effects are always a ton of fun, and Veyran provides one for instants and sorceries. Everything from Young Pyromancer to Guttersnipe is affected by Veyran, and the triggers only get bigger and more powerful from there. Talrand, Sky Summoner, Archmage Emeritus, Melek, Izzet Paragon, Octavia, Living Thesis – the list goes on. Add a sizeable number of cheap cantrips to trigger all these cards (Ponder, Serum Visions, Opt) and a Harmonic Prodigy for additional triggers from most of the cards above, and it won’t be long before Veyran is providing a deluge of value.
1. Niv-Mizzet, Parun
There have been fair few Niv-Mizzets printed over the years, but it’s the most recent, Niv-Mizzet, Parun, that has made it to the top. With two outrageously powerful and highly synergistic triggered abilities, this Niv-Mizzet is better than ever when it comes to his two core competencies: drawing cards and dealing damage. Niv-Mizzet decks play all the hits, from Counterspell to Brainstorm to Faithless Looting to Guttersnipe, drawing cards and working on opposing life totals while you play a classic blue-red game. And then, at the end of it all, Curiosity or Ophidian Eye on Niv-Mizzet will (assuming your opponents have less life than you have cards in your library) win the game on the spot!