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Top 10 Red-White Commanders – Riley Ranks

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 red-white commanders – for more detailed information about any of these decks, check out EDHRec’s page on top red-white commanders!

 

 

10. Aurelia, the Warleader

Aurelia, the Warleader

Aurelia is a really sweet commander that pushes you into a pretty specific but very rewarding space – taking a bunch of extra combat steps, usually with minor Angel tribal synergies and the odd damage doubler (Gisela, Blade of Goldnight representing both sides of that coin). In addition to all their extra combat effects, Aurelia decks love to play creatures that have on-attack triggered abilities like Sun Titan or Etali, Primal Storm, and like most Boros decks, also often include a sizeable Equipment suite to go along with their aggressive creatures. Aurelia decks are perfect for anyone who likes to attack and attack, again and again. 

9. Zirda, the Dawnwaker

Zirda, the Dawnwaker

Even when Zirda isn’t a companion, this card opens up a lot of really interesting and in some cases quite broken opportunities with its cost-modifying effect, cheapening the activated abilities of everything from Equipment to creatures like Goro-Goro, Disciple of Ryusei or Brash Taunter. There are tons of powerful activated abilities in EDH, of course, and Zirda makes it very easy to go infinite with many of them: cards like Grim Monolith and Basalt Monolith immediately give you infinite colorless mana, while Zirda, Paradise Mantle and Hateflayer will win the game on the spot!

8. Depala, Pilot Exemplar

Depala, Pilot Exemplar

If you want to play Vehicles in Boros, you can’t go past Depala, Pilot Exemplar and the Dwarves she leads. From Veteran Motorist to Renegade Wheelsmith to Sram, Senior Edificer, the Vehicle synergies are through the roof, while Magda, Brazen Outlaw provides a steady stream of Treasure tokens as your Dwarves power up their Vehicles. Even without Vehicles, there are plenty of quite powerful Dwarves to include: Stoic Farmer, Digsite Engineer and of course Dwarven Recruiter to search them all up. 

7. General Ferrous Rokiric

General Ferrous Rokiric

Boros used to be quite a one-dimensional color pair in Commander, as you only really ever saw Equipment decks being well-represented. Now, however, it’s got a lot more going for it: case in point, General Ferrous Rokiric encouraging you to play Boros gold cards. Big threats like Nobilis of War or Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, Balefire Liege as a supercharged lord, Lightning Helix and Deafening Clarion for removal, Thrilling Discovery giving you… well, not quite card advantage, but the closest we’re going to get. There’s a lot more depth to red-white than you might realize, and Ferrous Rokiric goes a long way in highlighting that. 

6. Alibou, Ancient Witness

Alibou, Ancient Witness

Alibou offers you the opportunity to play a ton of artifact creatures while also benefiting from artifact-focused colored spells from red and white. Bringing these two elements together can produce explosive results – a deck filled with artifact creatures makes cards like Organic Extinction, Myrsmith and Losheel, Clockwork Scholar are pretty potent indeed. Plus, giving top-end artifact creatures like Wurmcoil Engine and Myr Battlesphere haste can bring about huge swings – or you can go wide, make a bunch of little tokens, juice ’em up and get ’em in there nice and quick. 

5. Firesong and Sunspeaker

Firesong and Sunspeaker

Boros burn/life gain decks are made enormously powerful with Firesong and Sunspeaker, who work very hard to make sure that your life total goes up while opposing life totals go down. With white-based card draw getting better and better too, burn decks like those with Firesong and Sunspeaker are only getting better, but it’s red sweepers such as Blasphemous Act, Chain Reaction and of course Star of Extinction that all become truly ridiculous – on a cramped board, Star of Extinction can easily gain you a few hundred life. Plus, you get to wield Aetherflux Reservoir like few others can, and will often be able to dome each other player for 50 as soon as you play it!

4. Winota, Joiner of Forces

Winota, Joiner of Forces

We’ve seen Winota run roughshod through multiple competitive Constructed formats, and she can do some very nasty stuff in EDH as well – particularly as you get access to all the expensive, top-end Human cards. Angrath’s Marauders, Lena, Selfless Champion, Mirage Phalanx – there are more six and seven-drop Humans than you might imagine. And the cards you play to enable the Winota swings aren’t too bad, either: Goblin Rabblemaster, Legion Warboss and Loyal Apprentice all make sure you’ll get plenty of Winota flips, so you’re bound to find something good. 

3. Ardenn & Rograkh

Ardenn, Intrepid ArchaeologistRograkh, Son of Rohgahh

Equipment decks are a staple of the Boros color pair, and these two partners work well together to build enormous monsters out of smaller pieces, making them much larger than the sum of their parts. Rograkh carries Equipment extremely well, with even the most basic type of Equipment turning him into a keyword-laden beater. Ardenn also gets around expensive equip costs, so things like Blackblade Reforged, Kaldra Compleat and of course Colossus Hammer can be chucked from creature to creature with ease. 

2. Feather, the Redeemed

Feather, the Redeemed (Timeshifted)

For those who wish they could just have Sunforger as their commander, instead there’s Feather, the Redeemed. The cards are obviously perfect with each other, and enable you to build a hand of offensive and defensive spells that help your creatures shred opposing life totals while also staying alive in the face of opposing removal. Sunforger can search up everything from Temur Battle Rage to Sheltering Light, and Feather makes it so you can cast them over and over again. Then it’s just a matter of filling your deck with creatures that like being targeted: Mirrorwing Dragon, Goldspan Dragon, Akroan Crusader and more. 

1. Osgir, the Reconstructor

Osgir, the Reconstructor

Boros’s most popular commander plays into the red-white color pair’s natural preference for artifact-based synergies, and in particular grinding out value by recycling artifacts from the bin, bringing them back with cards like Daretti, Scrap Savant or Goblin Engineer or just exiling them to make more copies of them. Value-based artifacts like Solemn Simulacrum and Ichor Wellspring are perfect in this deck, but being able to return fire once they kill your Triplicate Titan or Myr Battlesphere by exiling it to make two more is an extremely effective way to turn the tables!

 

1 thought on “Top 10 Red-White Commanders – Riley Ranks”

  1. Personally, I love my Rokiric deck. Run some good cards for etb damage like impact tremors and Purphoros and you can get insane damage really quick. Not to mention it’s resistance to board wipes, it’s definitely my vote for most powerful. You can also get some OTK turns using cards like Aurelia, Blade Historian, and Jora Khadeen

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