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List of EDH Staples and Power Cards

Commander / EDH*

Epochalyptik sonnet666 thegigibeast

Creature (143)

Instant (69)

Land (139)

Enchantment (76)


Sorcery (99)

Artifact (88)

Planeswalker (16)


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.

How to Use This Resource

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:



Cleaning up the discussion.

Also, this list is pretty long. There are probably a few cards that don't belong here. Feel free to suggest cards to remove.

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kameenook says... #1

ThisIsBullshit Can people seriously stop comparing Utter End to Vindicate yes Utter End is good, but many people do not realize that it is NOT Vindicate for one more mana. Vindicate CAN destroy lands. Utter End CANNOT destroy lands.

December 5, 2014 8:23 p.m.

erabel says... #2

kameenook: Utter End is a card in WB that can remove almost any problem permanent, save for ones that have hexproof or shroud and lands, and can do so at instant speed. Vindicate is a card in WB that can remove almost any problem permanent, save those that have hexproof, shroud or indestructible, but it can only do it at sorcery speed. Granted, Vindicate's sphere of influence is much larger because of the extra card type it can hit, but do you have a better comparison for Utter End than "instant speed Vindicate"?

Also, PS, I second adding Utter End to the list.

December 9, 2014 12:04 a.m.

kameenook says... #3

Not really, just adding a few more words to the sentence such as "Instant speed Vindicate for one more colorless that can't hit lands. It's really just my minor OCD. Theoretically you could compare it to permanent O-Ring, at instant speed. I do totally agree with Utter End joining the list though.

December 9, 2014 9:49 a.m.

SnakeEyes55 says... #4

Although I do not see it played a lot, I really enjoy the value that Mercurial Chemister provides. It can draw two cards or remove a threatening or value creature by discarding a card that you will be able to replace + 1 next turn.

December 12, 2014 1:30 p.m.

BrianBeardGuy says... #5

I would say Guile deserves a spot on this list.

December 22, 2014 5:31 p.m.

Femme_Fatale says... #6

December 25, 2014 1:58 p.m.

Grimgrinner says... #7

@SnakeEyes55, I would not confuse a niche utility card with a format staple or power card. Is it good in certain decks? Yeah sure, if you've got that kind of build, and bank value off the removal, but Its certainly not format defining.

I would agree that if Vindicate is worthy of this list, then Utter End also should be. Instant speed lets it be so much more flexible.

I also second Dig Through Time, Treasure Cruise, and the freshly spoiled Ugin, the Spirit Dragon. The boardwipe alone is something that mono-g and mono-u are crying for. the ult is also easy to achieve (not that you should count on it, but still)

December 25, 2014 2:30 p.m.

BigLupu says... #8

The lack of Demonic Consultation is quite disturbing.

December 29, 2014 4:31 a.m.

kameenook says... #9

I'm not sure if exiling a number of cards in your deck, for one combo card is worth it. What happens if you get your Helm of Obedience, but exile your Leyline of the Void?

December 29, 2014 7:58 a.m.

ProgenitorX says... #10

What about Mana Confluence?

January 14, 2015 2:07 p.m.

Jaymozila says... #11

I think you can make a big updating this list with the cards of the last collections. I believe that can join your list :Utter End,Reclamation Sage,Clever Impersonator,Mana Confluence,Purphoros, God of the Forge,Perilous Vault,Relic of Progenitus

You must remove Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary ,was ban in last update.

January 15, 2015 7:20 p.m.

Rinne says... #12

Crypt Incursion has been more and more present in the meta in which I play. Instant-speed exile shuts down any reanimation swing, and the big life boost is often gravy.

January 16, 2015 10:52 a.m.

kameenook says... #13

Jaymozila what last update are you speaking of?

January 16, 2015 10:58 a.m.

Jaymozila says... #14

kameenook, the last anounce of the ban list. Rofellos was banned as part of 99 too.

January 16, 2015 2:44 p.m.

Kameronmcl says... #15

lol you know what i find funny? The simple fact that it says 652 deck size and says this deck is commander/EDH legal

February 4, 2015 11:55 a.m.

I have already seen Temur Sabertooth added to a lot of green lists and I don't see a reason to not run it if you have the chance. It protects itself and other creatures you control AND allows you multiple uses of enters the battlefield abilities.

Its probably too early to say if its a staple but Its already made its way into a lot of deck in my area.

I think Hero's Blade will probably become a staple in most decks trying to win with Commander damage.

February 5, 2015 4:03 p.m.

Rinne says... #18

Oops, forgot to add Savage Ventmaw to that list.

March 18, 2015 7:52 a.m.

idgit says... #19

Enter the Infinite might be a good choice, also Azami, Lady of Scrolls around here any time one of these drops, bad things are coming, though I can see enter missing because it almost requires an omniscience

March 21, 2015 1:53 a.m.

LiveForChaos says... #20

I think that Den Protector might be useful as a lackluster 2nd Eternal Witness.

March 26, 2015 6:31 p.m.

Colgate says... #21

"Talisman of"-cycle.

March 27, 2015 8:10 a.m.

Sleazebag says... #22

Hinder, Spell Crumple, Spin into Myth and Oblation no longer belong on this list with the recent rule change.

Telepathy never did, what's it doing here?

Condemn and Hallowed Burial are now far worse than they used to be, but are still somewhat useful.

April 2, 2015 5:43 p.m.

kameenook says... #23

Sleazebag I agree that the most primary use of them is to tuck commanders, tucking other powerful cards can still warrant their power as a staple. Can't exile something? Tuck it.

April 2, 2015 6:17 p.m.

kameenook says... #24

Supplant Form please.

Also Memory Plunder.

Spelltwine is in the same boat.

April 2, 2015 6:19 p.m.

Steaditup says... #25

I agree with Supplant Form. A friend uses it in a Melek, Izzet Paragon EDH list and it's brutal every time it comes up.

With the changes to tuck rules, Oblation, Chaos Warp, Condemn, Hallowed Burial and Terminus could be considered for removal. They're all still really good, but they don't do what they originally did (semi-permanently deal with commanders).

April 2, 2015 8:43 p.m.

Sleazebag says... #26

kameenook: There's literally two cards in the game that don't care about getting exiled and none of those are something you'd bother using removal on.

Most tucks are now worthless. Exceptions are Terminus, Chaos Warp, Condemn and Hallowed Burial.Terminus due to miracle casting cost. Chaos warp is still a red staple as it does not have any other way to deal with enchantments and has a very hard time dealing with indestructible.Condemn works as your third 1 CMC removal spell next to Path of Exile and Swords to Plowshares, don't run it unless you already run those two and want a third. Generally not worth running anymore.Hallowed Burial is a 5 CMC boardwipe that doesn't fill graveyards, which is still good. Obviously you would prefer to exile all creatures, but the cheapest mass exile is 6 CMC, so this still has a place at 5.

Chaos warp and Terminus are the only ones I would still call "must have" staples-

April 2, 2015 9:05 p.m.

Rinne says... #27

I wouldn't take Bant Charm off the list due to it being a tuck effect - its other two modes are still relevant, and tuck is still good at dealing with troublesome non-commanders.

April 2, 2015 11:19 p.m.

Colgate says... #28

Oblation still belongs to list.

April 3, 2015 3:31 a.m.

Colgate says... #29

I think, because of rule change Humility, the New Tuck should be added to list.

April 3, 2015 3:34 a.m.

ElvenLord says... #30

Shouldn't all ten of the Temples from the Theros block be on here?

April 12, 2015 4:02 a.m.

squiggleart says... #32

Really? Vensers Journal is good? How so? It is a 5 costed library of leng (with less power) combined with a slightly better ivory tower, neither of which I think are playable outside of very specific decks. You also have spellbook at 0 for the same ability. If the reason you think it is good is because of the no max handsize, reliquary tower, library of leng, and spellbook blow it out of the water.

Sun's champion is not particularly good. Sure, in certain builds she is VERY good, but I wouldn't call her a staple.

Deadeye navigator is pretty awesome in just about any deck with ETB or combo pieces. He probably should get on the list, or at least honoary mention.

I also don't see shattering pulse, or spree on the list. And those are pretty awesome. Pulse is in everyone of my decks with red, every single one.

May 13, 2015 12:17 p.m.

Femme_Fatale says... #33

May 13, 2015 5:17 p.m.

Steaditup says... #34

I like Venser's Journal in just about any deck with draw power. It's amazing in my Zegana EDH and I'm considering adding one to my Sydri deck. The spellbook effect is alright but it's that in conjunction with the free repeated life gain that makes it really good. Staple? Probably not.

May 14, 2015 12:29 a.m.

squiggleart says... #35

I am not saying that there is no deck that could ever use venser's journal, I am simply saying that it is not a staple.

I'm not sure I understand how venser's journal and necropotence are better than reliquery tower, library of leng, or spellbook? Every black deck I have has necro in it, and every deck I have (well almost every) has reliquery tower. Some of my decks have library, none have spell book.

I get the repeated life gain is 'useful', the question is it worth 5 mana? I have friends with Zegana, and she is a beast, but I don't think any of them play the journal, they just occasionally discard. One had a reasonable amount of recursion, and flashback cards to benefit from the discard.

I am also not sure if you are drawing that many cards, why ivory tower, which could help early game get a lead, isn't better?

Most of my decks use the graveyard as a resource, so maybe that is why I don't like 5 mana costed library of lengs.

There is so much search for lands, and so much land recursion, that reliquery tower is generally all I really need for that ability.

But the question in this forum is not whether a card is 'good' or 'awesome in this deck', or 'really underpowered and over costed', it is whether or not it is a STAPLE, and in my book an artifact/land that is a staple in a format, means pretty much every deck should be looking at it and considering whether they should play it. And Journal is clearly NOT at that level. Playable? absolutly. Staple? not likely.

Not to mention both spell book and library are trinket mageable.

May 14, 2015 1:38 a.m.

squiggleart says... #36

Oh, and Trinket Mage should definetly be on the list, unless this is a list of only expensive staples, and the other one is for cheaper staples.

May 14, 2015 1:40 a.m.

jesterhead13 says... #37

Please add Sultai Charm to the List. Very good All-Star removal, that can be cycled if not needed.

June 16, 2015 4:42 p.m.

Galren says... #38

Is it possible to resort this into their respective colours? I feel that would be more useful for comparing them to your own cards and so on.

July 4, 2015 7:19 a.m.

greyninja says... #39

If you click the outer rings of the color pie below, it will highlight the cards of that color in the list above

July 4, 2015 8:12 a.m.

LiveForChaos says... #40

I think that Magewright's Stone deserves a spot on this list.

July 25, 2015 8:20 p.m.

iAzire says... #41

Exquisite Blood and Sanguine Bond should be included in any EDH deck running Black. The combo goes infinite to defeat any number of opponents and either piece is solid gold on its own.

September 28, 2015 12:04 p.m.

Monastery Mentor is absolutely insane in EDH, if left alone will create a large amount of prowess monks which can do serious damage to a defenseless player.

October 11, 2015 1:27 p.m.

Kravian says... #43

Opening the discussion for BFZ inductees here. I'm trying to decide if Scatter to the Winds and Ruinous Path are good enough . . . but they seem to be mostly role players. Awaken in general doesn't awe me as an EDH player.

Newlamog however seems to be an auto-include in many decks (Animar in particular).

October 11, 2015 2:18 p.m.

Serra Ascendant!

October 18, 2015 1:47 p.m.
October 18, 2015 1:48 p.m.

The_Raven says... #46

(Pssst, just so you know. There's an edit button at the top of your newly ridden comment! :) )

October 18, 2015 1:52 p.m.

Duckling says... #47

Scion of the Ur-Dragon! It's my favorite commander that I've used, one hits anyone in my dragon commander deck! :) He is also one of the few 5 colored commanders

October 25, 2015 5:07 p.m.

RyProv says... #48

I'm voting Kaervek the Merciless as a power card. Having him out with some form of protection can seriously control the board for a good length of time. Not to mention he can inadvertently kill an opponent in a round by the number of spells cast. He makes opponents think twice before doing anything, "Who he gonna kill next?"

October 25, 2015 11:20 p.m.

Yarxov says... #49

Grim Haruspex is a Dark Prophecy with a body, deserves a shoutout. Chainer Dementia master is great aswell.

October 25, 2015 11:52 p.m.

wtfmidun says... #51

Is Blazing Archon any good?

November 13, 2015 3:22 a.m.

BilboBaggins says... #52

Not sure if they have been mentioned yet, but Buried Alive and Victimize should be auto-includes in most Black decks.

November 15, 2015 8:49 p.m.

BenAndrion says... #53


November 16, 2015 4:44 p.m.

Jaymozila says... #54

Hello my friend, your list will no longer be updated ?

December 18, 2015 6 a.m.

Gattison says... #55

eyes2sky. lookit

December 18, 2015 2:38 p.m.

werewolf97 says... #56

needs moar frontline medic

January 2, 2016 4:48 p.m.

atomic_moose says... #57

To add: Declaration of Naught. Voltron commanders stay in command zone. If they are running combo, name one of the pieces. It comes down early and slows the opponent down. You could also just name Sol Ring if you are in multiplayer.

Pillowfort decks also like this + Nevermore. Really locks an opponents commander to command zone.

January 5, 2016 1:48 p.m.

Maxpphire says... #58

Well, I guess you can remove Prophet of Kruphix seeing how it is banned now and all. Still a good card but you can also do the same thing with both Seedborn Muse and Yeva, Nature's Herald do p.much the same thing, if a bit more green heavy.

January 19, 2016 9:04 p.m.

BilboBaggins says... #59

Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir with Seedborn Muse in play is even more oppressive than a Prophet of Kruphix.

January 21, 2016 2:56 p.m.

Jaymozila says... #60

You may uptade the list add Replenish and Food Chain and remove Prophet of Crufix and Rofellos.

February 9, 2016 8:45 a.m.

No Vraska the Unseen? She's a more expensive permanent removal than most, but with an upside. This could be drawing an attacker away from you, killing more attackers if they wait a turn, or getting to use the cannon again if she's protected for two turns. Occasionally she'll steal a game too. Usually with the help of Doubling Season though.

March 10, 2016 8:45 p.m.

dragonspit999 says... #62

I've noticed it's been at least a year since you've updated this. I don't know about taking comments into consideration, but there's been a few sets released since you've last updated. Personally, I would love just an updated version, with new sets. :D (Not saying there's a whole bunch of staples in newer sets, just want to have them all in one place.)

April 6, 2016 5:55 a.m.

I feel like the combo of Warstorm Surge and Rampaging Baloths should be on the list.

May 6, 2016 11:47 a.m.

Bipolarprobe says... #64

Not sure if it's been mentioned by someone else but it's not on the list, Descend upon the Sinful is just strictly better Final Judgement which I think earns it a place on this list.

May 29, 2016 10:58 p.m.

Flutio says... #65

List includes Battle for Zendikar
Oath of the Gatewatch and following sets are not yet included
And if you don't play by house rules Prophet of Kruphix is banned in EDH since Jan-18-2016
Prophet of Kruphix ban

June 2, 2016 5:24 a.m.

These lists are so useful but are never going to be updated. Someone should copy these lists and keep them updated. I'd do it myself, but I've been playing for only one year and don't feel I have the expertise necessary to do so.

July 11, 2016 12:59 a.m.

maxtofunator says... #67

I would say Black Sun Zenith is an amazing board wipe, it also gets around hexproof, shroud, and indestructible, which are all pretty common in EDH

August 19, 2016 12:08 a.m.

joebrannan1 says... #68

500th upvote! Great collection.

October 27, 2016 5:25 a.m.

mokk55 says... #69

add Dryad Arbor

January 8, 2017 5:13 p.m.

Saksamaphone says... #70

Skittles, krosan verge, wayfarer wanderer

February 24, 2017 12:07 a.m.

hunkers says... #71

What's wrong with Ancient Grudge?

March 25, 2017 1:09 p.m.

Hiver285 says... #72

Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary has always been on the banned list as long as I knew. Did he come off recently?

March 28, 2017 3:11 p.m.

snotice says... #73

Been a while since an update to the list. Will it ever get updated?

June 8, 2017 11:35 p.m.

OptimalGreen says... #74

Since Parallel Lives is on there why not Anointed Procession?

September 1, 2017 11:40 a.m.

Epidilius says... #75

Probably not, because you can make an argument for and against most cards that have been printed. It would be easier to just go to just look up other decks with the same commander and see what other people do.

September 1, 2017 2:52 p.m.

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