This is not a deck, but a list of staple and power cards in EDH. I chose to use the deck list rather than a normal card list because this form can be deckcycled and searched more easily.
Because there are so many cards that deserve a spot on this list, it can be difficult to read through everything. If you're looking for a specific color or type of card, be sure to use the ordering options (check the drop-down menu above the decklist) to rearrange the information.
If a card has not been included that you think deserves consideration, please state why you think that card should be on the list.
Please consult the List of Budget EDH Staples and Power Cards if you are trying to base your decisions on monetary cost.
All resources in this series:
devotiontoblue That's not really a staple card though. Fantastic, but it relies on a deck having lots of permanents and a non-permanent card is guaranteed to be exiled.
This may seem wierd but Grand Coliseum could be considered a staple card. I know etb tapped lands are frowned upon but the any mana is very helpful and could also be a budget card. Just my 2 cents
Prismatic Omen is good in any deck of 3 or more colours, which is a large proportion of common EDH decks, making it a staple.
epoch didn't give a card budget, plus he put in Imperial Seal ; How much is that again?
after people see this list, i'm sure the prices of all of them will go up
@devotiontoblue: I don't see the interaction there.
I've been thinking about making a separate list of budget EDH staples. It would include most of the $10> cards on this list as well as some cheaper substitutes. Would that be useful?
@Epochalyptik, I think that would be a really cool list. It would also give you an excuse to slim this list down a bit (which is starting to become bloated). It would also allow you to list some less-optimal cards like Consuming Aberration , which is bad in hypercompetitive, but perfectly reasonable (and potentially very powerful) in budget edh. If you think it's a good idea, then I would like seeing that list.
@Epochalyptik It does not count as an extra turn, thus granting you four turns in a row.
@Grimgrinner: I don't think I would remove anything from this list. Maybe a fringe card here and there (e.g. Lair lands), but I would keep this more or less intact and have another list devoted strictly to budget cards.
Has Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx been tested/used at all? Is it just not worth including on the staples list?
you forgot Rakdos Charm , the EDH RTR charm.
option 1 anti-reanimatoroption 2 artifact hateoption 3 anti-infinite creature combo
On the same line of thought, would Vraska the Unseen qualify? Whenever I cast her in games, she impacts the boardstate dramatically. Deters attacks and can remove just about anything.
@10vernothin: I suppose it's worth adding. I was hesitant to add it back when I considered the rest of the Rav charms because I thought it a bit awkward.
@GSamuelnh: Vraska the Unseen is an okay card, but it doesn't really do a whole lot. Most of the time it will just end up being a 5-mana removal spell. The other abilities are marginalized a bit due to the nature of EDH as a format.
I'd like to make a case for Predator, Flagship . Its the kind of card I will throw in almost any EDH deck.
It can help you sneak in General damage and makes almost any creature a killable target (sans hexproof and shroud and Indestructible of course).
Any mono colored deck wants it because it is off color kill but every deck can benefit from it really. It may be a bit costly for hypercompetitive but still has its uses. Just my 2 cents. It sees a lot of play in my area, not sure about everywhere else.
@Epochalyptik actually im pretty sure devotiontoblue is correct, another turn is different from extra turns, i remember the casters when watching pro-tour theros were talking about it a while back, although i might be mis-remembering
All cards that say "Another turn" have been errata'd to say "extra turn".
@Baycer if you check gatherer Capture of Jingzhou has been errata to Take an extra turn after this one. So, no it will not work.
I think Mana Web deserves a spot on here. It is broken.
From the Comprehensive Rulebook:
A turn created by an effect of a spell or ability. See rule 500.7. For rules about extra turns in a multiplayer game using the shared team turns option, see 805.8. For rules about extra turns in a Grand Melee game, see rule 807.4.
From Capture of Jingzhou
's Oracle Text:
Take an extra turn after this one.
@Epochalyptik oops, sorry, should have checked the oracle text first, i must have been mis-remembering, my bad.
this is rlly good :) The only thing I can think of is the new elspeth
@akivain: Cremate and Quicken aren't good enough or prolific enough to warrant inclusion. Withered Wretch and Voidmage Husher are fringe cards, but I can add them because they're particularly good answers. Anger was also added.
@gaarakazekage: I'm not sold on Elspeth, Sun's Champion . The first ability is alright, but it doesn't really have as much impact in EDH. The -3 is strong. The ult takes a while to get to considering you need to wait four turns to activate it.
Epochalyptik, what about Underworld Dreams ... while it's been a staple of similar decks as the ones being brewed with nekusar, it's also been in chaos decks, group hug, and other decks that want to keep draw in check. nekusar has just made it jump to the fore front.
@gufymike: I'm not a huge fan of it myself, but given its popularity as an answer to draw strategies or as an element in punisher decks, I suppose I can include it.
I think Ancient Craving might be a nice addition for this list ;)
@rathalos3000: I added Ancient Craving , but I'm less impressed by Concentrate . Maybe this is a bit biased, but blue has much better options for draw. Blue "Draw [insert fixed number] card(s)" spells are comparatively underwhelming in light of that fact.
Underworld Connections is good card draw for black.
Bloodghast is an excellent black card, and feeds multiple engines.
I saw all the primordials except Sylvan Primordial . Since it was released, I have yet to see almost any green EDH decks without it... if that doesn't constitute a staple, I don't know what does.
I think Hellkite Overlord is a card for every jund deck, he is just awesome
@rathalos3000: Underworld Connections is kind of underwhelming in EDH when you consider there are cards like Phyrexian Arena and Necropotence . I could add it to the budget list, but I'm not so sure about this one.
Its an evil beater ;) Cant beaters be staple? :)
supercaptainpow: But you can play both of them ;)
@rathalos3000: Beaters don't qualify for this list. Creature cards in EDH need to offer utility. It's not an economical use of deck space. I explain this a little better in an article on my profile page.
That isn't what Eternal Dragon is for, Saithor. It's for tutoring specific nonbasic Plains. Spending 7 mana to ensure you hit a land drop is generally not a good idea, unless you absolutely cannot play anything until you have 1 more land... and if you're that position while you already have 7 mana, you're probably pretty screwed regardless.
@Epochalyptik, Why don't you take the budget ones out since they are in a separate list. It will help clean this one up.
@MiniDragon: This list is meant to be inclusive. I don't see the point in taking these out because it serves as a go-to list for everything. Deleting the budget list from this one would force users to page through two lists each time. It would also mean I'd need to implement a more rigid means of determining which card goes in which list based on price.
I would make the argument that Tsabo's Web is (or should be) a staple. It can easily serve as cantripping LD for a large number of lands, but even in the rare case where it does nothing, it still cycles away.
Decimate is such an evil card, I have a lot of game experience with it, I think it should be in the list ;)
I vote Inexorable Tide in any deck that runs blue or counters, it can be deadly to bump up planeswalkers, or, like i do, proliferate divinity counters onto Myojin of Night's Reach to make for instant speed discard
I think some great cards that are not on this list are:
Washed OutDawnglare InvokerAetherizeBlinding AngelProteus StaffHoard-smelter dragonRealms unchartedRatchet bombBramblecrushPestilence demonTemporal mastery (especiallly in conjunction w/ mystical tutor)PestilencePyrohemiaVandalblast
please link your cards and put spaces.
some of those might have a place in the budget version of this.
What about Telepathy ? At 1cmc you'll be able to forecast what your opponents will play and save counter/removals for the right cards.
@Zurag, I didn't even know about that card. That's rather insane for one mana. Especially for multiple player games. I can see it getting a player hated out if you're running a control build though. But i guess if you're running control you're prepared for that.
I run it in a Nekusar deck. Apart from the obvious counter-related uses i use it to know when i should drop my Wheel of Fate -like cards (even without dealing damage) in order to take out bombs from my opponents hands. It may sound like a cheap way to get advantage but it works sweetly.
Arena of the Ancients ? Granted it's pretty narrow in focus, but I've been getting a lot of use (and hate) from it :)
Archangel of Thune deserves a spot. That card was practically invented for Commander. It's too slow to work in any other format, really. In Commander, the use of being able to buff all creatures through lifegain is tremendous, especially now that Oloro, Ageless Ascetic exists. The synergy is astounding. In an Esper deck with lots of reanimation, this is a top pick for sure.
I think Ryusei, the Falling Star wants to be in this list ;)
Is it too soon to consider Toxic Deluge for the list?
I'm pretty new to commander so I'm not sure if there's a reason it's not on the list, but...Reya Dawnbringer ?
Whip of Erebos is a must for every black deck ;)
@TheFlyingPotato: Same thing. Do the Kaldra artifacts deserve to be on this list? They have high casting and equip costs for what they do.
I have some other powerful cards I am playing in my main deck: Ashen Rider , Hull Breach , Unburial Rites , Obzedat's Aid , Spitting Image , Maelstrom Nexus , Progenitor Mimic and Copy Enchantment . I hope they get into the list, I played them whenever I could play them and they were always good.
I would agree with Mimic, and maybe Ashed Rider, but the others are very dependent on what deck you're playing before they are really powerful. Hull Breach would be good for the budget list though probably.
Maelstrom Nexus is powerful in every 5-color deck ;)
Surprised that Minamo, School at Water's Edge isn't included, allows you to do so many fun things with your commander, use his/her ability and attack in the same turn? Sure! Just pay U. Use his/her ability twice? Yep, you can do that for U.
Ring of Three Wishes should be in there. It's a three-use tutor, and you don't have to reveal the card you take!
@Epochalyptik Yeah, I think Archangel of Thune is certainly deserving. There is massive synergy with Oloro, Ageless Ascetic that can pump creatures faster than just about anything. On top of that, there are so many cards that can trigger her it's crazy. With Whip of Erebos , it'll trigger multiple times per turn. The possibilities are endless. I would say that any Commander deck with lifegain worth anything would have Archangel of Thune in it for these reasons. The combo potential is just endless.
Also I noticed you have hardly any red planeswalkers.
Chandra Nalaar is pretty much like a 7/7 for 5 mana and her second ability can often clean the battlefield of the less than worthy chump blockers.
How about Ashes to Ashes ? In a regular games the 5 life cost can be pretty steep, and you'd likely have to account for it, but in Commander it could be a somewhat small price to pay...
And Seeker of Skybreak . For the number of utility creatures you use in an EDH deck that tap, having this in there could be critical.
Also Swan Song is one of the best counterspells I've found.
Looter il-Kor is essentially unblockable and sets up a spectacular hand after he hits a few times. One of magics best creatures.
For when a player pulls off a ridiculous infinite life gaining combo, there is always Blessed Wind . I used it in just that situation and then clubbed him with my beaters. The CMC is high, but it essentially cuts that player's life in half (assuming full or greater life total).
Or Reverse the Sands if you want to play with everyone's life.
What about Empress Galina ? Seems quite busted to me.
@yad: Ashes to Ashes goes in, but Seeker of Skybreak is not really a staple or a power card. It has a useful ability, but that doesn't automatically warrant inclusion in this list. The card itself is kind of weak anyway. Thousand-Year Elixir is better, in my opinion.
@vishnarg: Spreading Seas is not worth running in EDH. There are plenty of other effects that do more useful things. For example, Strip Mine , Wasteland , Blood Moon , Armageddon , etc. Cards like Spreading Seas are mere inconveniences, and they take up valuable deck space.
Looter il-Kor is also bad in EDH. It's a weak creature that needs several turns to have an impact on the game, and it doesn't really do much otherwise. Loot effects in general are iffy, and the only ones worth running don't rely on combat.
Epochalyptik: I think you didnt look at my suggestions right under your second last post :)
@rathalos3000: I added the ones worth adding a while ago. Not all of those cards are inclusion-worthy.
I played it in all my 5-color decks and you get a lot of card advantage with it, it is really good.
I'm very new to EDH but I'd like to know if Vanishing would be a staple or why not
Vanishing isn't a staple. I suppose you could consider it a utility card because it functions as "removal" and as a way to save your own creatures, but you could almost always include a better card in its place.
so, Blue Sun's Zenith in there solely because it's instant speed, and it goes back to the deck, and so its a lot better than Mind Spring but, i think mind spring could be included, right? or would that be in the budget one? or neither? idk, i'm new to edh, but i think that it is still good.
How about Bitter Ordeal ? I Only offer as a suggestion, because what EDH deck doesn't run board wipes?
I will second Bitter Ordeal . That card in any deck that uses sacrifice effects could be a wincon.
What about Breathstealer's Crypt ? The card can stall out creature-heavy commander decks, and can buy time for you to get what you need to get, as well as causing them to, if you make your opponents draw a lot of cards, either kill off or make hard hard decisions on what to keep...life or necessary creatures.
Boundless Realms is VERY good in EDH in my opinion.
Geist Of SaiNt Traft!!! Also Mistveil Plains And Tutors Are Hard To beat
Given all the taplands, wouldn't Amulet of Vigor be a power card?
Stealing creatures for free makes it sound like Roil Elemental belongs here.
I feel like Karametra (the new Selesnya God) will be extremely useful in EDH.
Oh and Divine Reckoning is super good in a Voltron deck.
@Epochalyptik ~ I'd have to concede the point that its prbably not a staple card. I was just thinking about that as a finisher in my ghave deck because of all the sacrifice effects I run. Thank you for the feedback
Geist of Saint Traft is one of the best generals there is in EDH. For a voltron type he is hard to stop and the blue and white are a great combo to control the board. Play against one and you'll see.
@Epochalyptik, I agree with your point about Amulet of Vigor , but do you think that would make it viable for the budget list? Guild, gates, Vivid lands, ravnica bounce lands, and a whole mess of other taplands are super common in budget matches.
@Grimgrinner: Even in budget lists, playing too many taplands is not a good idea. There are other options most of the time (unless you're going pocket-change budget).
i vote for Karametra, God of Harvests she seems like she was hand crafted for EDH.
I think Brimaz, King of Oreskos is nice, and the Archetypes are also interesting.
@KetokMejik: Brimaz, King of Oreskos is not a good card in EDH. Maybe as a casual general it could be functional, or as a support card in token decks (think Hero of Bladehold ), but it's not a staple or power card in any broad sense.
I'll hold off on the Archetypes for now, partly because they aren't all in the system (at least, I don't think they are). They show promise, though.
Not really a staple or a power card, in my opinion.
Really? I think the pump and haste is very powerful ;)
It's alright, but it doesn't do anything fantastic. It's just a single-target buff.
Was Blatant Thievery taken off this list? I could have sworn it was on here at one point. The mana cost is really steep, but it's one of the strongest blue cards for a multiplayer game, especially since planeswalkers were printed. Unfortunately, it doesn't trigger ETBs, so it's not exactly a Tooth and Nail .
I might be missing something, but Lighthouse Chronologist seems very strong in EDH.
Would any of Unravel the Aether , Vortex Elemental , Fated Return , Astral Cornucopia , Courser of Kruphix , Silent Sentinel or Fated Retribution warrant a spot? Also I think Farseek should have a place on the list, provided that you're playing green and another colour. I also think that Spear of Heliod is greeat as it can act as a removal threat as well as just a Glorious Anthem if need be.
I believe Kokusho, the Evening Star has been banned from EDH.
Him And Griselbrand. All The Best Black Cards Get Banned :(
very useful, also fairly budget list, i think i have 8000 in my...... joking aside its still a great list. ill probably be using this alot in my later commander decks(Captain Sisay selesnya wasnt to hard because i had made Bruna, Light of Alabaster azorius beforehand, but rakdos will be very dificult from lack of transferable color knowledge)
Here's my logic
Domri Rade ~ he gives insight via his +1 in colors that don't have a TON of foresight cards. (Assuming you aren't also running blue of course). His +2 is psuedo removal but isnt specactular I know. I like it because it lets you decide. So at best it's repeatable targetable removal that costs your opponent a creature. At worst you trade 1 for 1 which you'll most likely have planned ahead for.
Lastly for this guy we come to my reason for why I think he should be upgraded to staple card. His Ult. Basically in a creature heavy deck (which most things in G/R will be) he basically says " have fun dealing with my army". Especially combined with Doubling Season he can basically make most creatures a threat. A hexproofed threat at that.
Xenagos, The Reveler ~ his +1 is mana craziness out the ying yang. I'm running him in a Prossh, Skyraider of Kher EDH deck and his acceleration is great for spitting out some great cards like Tooth and Nail or Green Sun's Zenith while keeping lands and mana rocks open.
I have enjoyed using his "free" token ability to create additional fodder for prossh, psuedo mana dorks, or just a 2/2 chump blocker
His ULT is actually not the reason I think he should be a staple. It's cool but unless you know there's some awesome stuff up next then it's not always gonna be worth using it. It's the first two abilities. Free creatures and tons of mana. What's not to love?
I honestly believe that both are staples but I am more stonglyfor Domri Rade on this one. He's just so useful. Xenagos, The Reveler is cool but won't usually win you the game but can enable your wincons via his mana creation.
That's my take on these guys. Sorry for the crazy long post but I wanted to put a well thought out explanation and not just say "because they are walkers". Thanks for you consideration.
and Archaeomancer . I'm sure that I'll come up with more.
Trading Post is a freaking Swiss Army Knife. I love that card. Based on it's utility, I think it deserves a spot.
Can you use Meddling Mage to prevent them from casting their commander?
I've noticed that Epochalyptik hasn't been commenting on this post a lot lately. I just feel like tagging him to make sure he didn't unsubscribe or anything. I feel like this is a bit of a waste of a post, i I'll include some suggestions. I've noticed that you included Harmonize and Ambition's Cost (4 mana draw 3 spells) on the list, but don't have Concentrate . Is this because blue has a plethora of better options, or should it be here? I'm also wondering why Elspeth, Knight-Errant in on the list, but Elspeth, Sun's Champion is not. I saw your reasoning above, however i still think it's a great card, but what i'm interested in is why you think Elspeth, Knight-Errant deserves a spot, but champion doesn't. I'm also interested as to why Dispel didn't make it to this list.
I haven't updated this list in a while because I've been very busy. I'll have to commit a little time each week to reviewing all of the new comments on my staple lists, I think. I'll go through the "new" comments here and update in a little while.
Okay, sorry epoch, I was just checking as you've been fairly active in other places. No problem, take your time :)
dont http://magiccards.info/ have a list wil this i fond it a long time ago and cant find it no more if some on out there can you plz share the link thx
Dude, thanks for posting this! This is a really good resource for building!
I saw no Howling Mine that is a staple if i ever saw one
Assemble the Legion gets my vote. It's an engine that gets out of hand VERY quickly - the ability to make more and more hasty dudes every turn for free makes this a staple IMO. And the tokens can serve as both sac outlets and ETB effect enablers, too. Also, obligatory Doubling Season , Parallel Lives , and Primal Vigor shout outs.
@Epochalyptik : just my opinion, but to make an argument for Amulet of Vigor , it has more use than just untapping lands that enter tapped: it provides an answer for a lot of great stall cards such as: Blind Obedience , Kismet , Orb of Dreams , Urabrask the Hidden and Loxodon Gatekeeper (just naming a few of them) which can be instramental in slowing the opponent down enough for a win, or if you use one of the cards such as Orb of Dreams a way to become immune to the effects. it can also fire off inspired abilities if you're under the effect of cards such as those. If nothing else, i'd like to argue that it should a sideboard staple
Thanks, I was wanting to make a deck for a creative format, but without using any creativity. It's good to know there's a list out there for people that just want to play powerful spells without having to spend so much time looking them up.
I have a few cards I think deserve to be on this list.
Just my opinion.
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