List of EDH Staples and Power Cards

Commander / EDH* Five Color

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Description

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.


Notes

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.

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Comment Cleanup — Nov. 27, 2013

Resetting the discussion to shorten the page. Keep contributing - this is a community effort!

devotiontoblue says... #1

Primal Surge is absolutely broken. It leads to easier wins than Iona, Shield of Emeria as Laboratory Maniac is an easy win with it.

November 27, 2013 7:24 p.m.

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.

November 27, 2013 7:54 p.m.

Bellock86 says... #3

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

November 27, 2013 11:29 p.m.

devotiontoblue says... #4

supercaptainpow like most of these cards, it is broken in the right deck (e. g. Prismatic Omen in Progenitus and Horde of Notions

November 28, 2013 11:59 a.m.

Crocosaurus says... #5

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.

November 28, 2013 12:19 p.m.

miracleHat says... #6

Capture of Jingzhou is strictly better than Time Warp .

November 29, 2013 5:14 p.m.

greyninja says... #7

yea, and over $200

November 29, 2013 5:17 p.m.

miracleHat says... #8

epoch didn't give a card budget, plus he put in Imperial Seal ; How much is that again?

November 29, 2013 5:19 p.m.

Human_Rogue_21 says... #9

$700

November 29, 2013 5:21 p.m.

greyninja says... #10

after people see this list, i'm sure the prices of all of them will go up

November 29, 2013 5:25 p.m.
November 29, 2013 5:45 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #12

@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?

November 29, 2013 6:49 p.m.

Grimgrinner says... #13

@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.

November 29, 2013 7 p.m.

@Epochalyptik It does not count as an extra turn, thus granting you four turns in a row.

November 29, 2013 7:07 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #15

@devotiontoblue: It absolutely counts as an extra turn. Medomai the Ageless will not be able to attack on the extra turn created by Capture of Jingzhou .

@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.

November 29, 2013 7:44 p.m.

Saithor says... #16

November 29, 2013 9:58 p.m.

erabel says... #17

Has Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx been tested/used at all? Is it just not worth including on the staples list?

November 30, 2013 9:33 p.m.

10vernothin says... #18

you forgot Rakdos Charm , the EDH RTR charm.

option 1 anti-reanimatoroption 2 artifact hateoption 3 anti-infinite creature combo

November 30, 2013 11:13 p.m.

GSamuelnh says... #19

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.

November 30, 2013 11:14 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #20

@Saithor: Added.

@erabel: It's not an awesome card in EDH, but I suppose it's decent in monocolor. It's saved by the fact that it can tap for colorless (unlike, say, Cabal Coffers ).

@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.

November 30, 2013 11:36 p.m.

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.

December 3, 2013 10:07 a.m.

Baycer says... #22

@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

December 3, 2013 11:51 a.m.

TurboFagoot says... #23

All cards that say "Another turn" have been errata'd to say "extra turn".

December 3, 2013 12:34 p.m.

Lordslyver66 says... #24

I would add Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas . Excellent utility in a Sharuum the Hegemon Commander since first and second abilities make artifact EDH lethal.

December 3, 2013 2:10 p.m.

MiniDragon says... #25

@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.

December 3, 2013 2:27 p.m.

trousseau11 says... #26

I think Mana Web deserves a spot on here. It is broken.

December 3, 2013 3:26 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #27

@Baycer:

From the Comprehensive Rulebook:
Extra Turn
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.

@LittleBlueHero: There would need to be some more discussion. Predator, Flagship seems a bit clunky to be considered a staple or a power card. Maybe for the budget lists

@Lordslyver66: Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas isn't that strong. It's only worth running in a dedicated artifact deck, which means it's too limited to be considered a general staple or power card.

December 3, 2013 8:57 p.m.

akivain says... #28

Cards I have in any deck with the appropriate colors: Cremate , Quicken , Withered Wretch and Voidmage Husher . I don't know if others play these as much, but they should be staples.

December 4, 2013 3:03 a.m.

akivain says... #29

Definitely Anger .

December 4, 2013 5:59 a.m.

Baycer says... #30

@Epochalyptik oops, sorry, should have checked the oracle text first, i must have been mis-remembering, my bad.

also what about Three Dreams or is it too limiting to an aura deck, it has worked wonders in my Derevi, Empyrial Tactician deck fetching what auras i need when i need them.

December 4, 2013 7:46 a.m.

gaarakazekage says... #31

this is rlly good :) The only thing I can think of is the new elspeth

December 4, 2013 12:13 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #32

@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.

@Baycer: Three Dreams is certainly a good card. Even though it performs best in aura-heavy decks, it can still be useful in other decks.

@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.

December 4, 2013 12:57 p.m.

gufymike says... #33

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.

December 4, 2013 1:01 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #34

@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.

December 4, 2013 1:03 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #35

I think Ancient Craving might be a nice addition for this list ;)

December 4, 2013 5:20 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #36

as well as Concentrate :)

December 4, 2013 5:21 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #37

@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.

December 4, 2013 5:24 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #38

Underworld Connections is good card draw for black.

December 4, 2013 6:31 p.m.

Saithor says... #39

Bloodghast is an excellent black card, and feeds multiple engines.

December 4, 2013 6:37 p.m.

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.

December 4, 2013 7:08 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #41

I totally agree with gentlemansquid, Sylvan Primordial is an evil card. Some people in my playgroup wanna see this card banned xD

December 5, 2013 10:02 a.m.

rathalos3000 says... #42

I think Hellkite Overlord is a card for every jund deck, he is just awesome

December 5, 2013 10:06 a.m.

Epochalyptik says... #43

@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.

@Saithor: Added.

@gentlemansquid & rathalos3000: Sylvan Primordial is already in the list.

@rathalos3000: Hellkite Overlord is just a beater. It doesn't offer enough to be considered a staple or a power card.

December 5, 2013 4:45 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #44

Its an evil beater ;) Cant beaters be staple? :)

December 5, 2013 4:47 p.m.

rathalos3000 Underworld Connections is similar to Phyrexian Arena , save the fact that you need a land to enchant and you need to tap the land for the draw.

December 5, 2013 4:49 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #46

What about Broodmate Dragon ?

December 5, 2013 4:50 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #47

supercaptainpow: But you can play both of them ;)

December 5, 2013 4:51 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #48

@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.

December 5, 2013 4:54 p.m.

Saithor says... #49

Eternal Dragon makes sure you hit your land drops. Darksteel Colossus is an amazing card, and Eldrazi Monument is a great artifact.

December 5, 2013 7:20 p.m.

Siyanor says... #50

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.

December 5, 2013 8:30 p.m.

MiniDragon says... #51

@Epochalyptik, Why don't you take the budget ones out since they are in a separate list. It will help clean this one up.

December 5, 2013 9:55 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #52

@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.

December 5, 2013 10:14 p.m.

DukeNicky says... #53

For the sheer utility I'd think Erebos, God of the Dead should be included. He's an Indestructible Greed who also stops your opponents from gaining life and can become a 5/7 monster.

December 5, 2013 10:19 p.m.

Blakkhand says... #54

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.

December 6, 2013 4:23 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #55

Decimate is such an evil card, I have a lot of game experience with it, I think it should be in the list ;)

December 6, 2013 8:19 p.m.

ajacobik says... #56

I support the case for Decimate.

December 7, 2013 1:03 p.m.

PyriteBob says... #57

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

December 7, 2013 1:19 p.m.

LittleBigMak says... #58

December 8, 2013 11:02 a.m.

Estival says... #59

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

December 8, 2013 1:55 p.m.

miracleHat says... #60

Wash Out Dawnglare Invoker AEtherize Blinding Angel Proteus Staff Hoard-Smelter Dragon Realms Uncharted Ratchet Bomb Bramblecrush Pestilence Demon Temporal Mastery Pestilence Pyrohemia Vandalblast .
please link your cards and put spaces.

out of those cards, i agree with Proteus Staff and maybe Temporal Mastery . most of them don't do enough in a competitive setting, or just cost too much to use reliably.

some of those might have a place in the budget version of this.

December 8, 2013 1:59 p.m.

Long_Con says... #61

What about Pentarch Paladin ?

December 8, 2013 11:48 p.m.

Dake says... #62

December 9, 2013 1:17 a.m.

Epochalyptik says... #63

@PyriteBob: Inexorable Tide is only playable in a small fraction of decks, and it isn't very good in general.

@Estival: I can add Proteus Staff , Hoard-Smelter Dragon , Pestilence , and Pyrohemia . Vandalblast is already on this list. The others are kind of iffy.

@Long_Con: Pentarch Paladin will be added to the budget list, but I don't think it should be on the full list.

December 9, 2013 1:23 a.m.

Zurag says... #64

What about Telepathy ? At 1cmc you'll be able to forecast what your opponents will play and save counter/removals for the right cards.

December 9, 2013 9:26 a.m.

Grimgrinner says... #65

@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.

December 9, 2013 9:31 a.m.

Zurag says... #66

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.

December 9, 2013 10:13 a.m.

yad says... #67

Arena of the Ancients ? Granted it's pretty narrow in focus, but I've been getting a lot of use (and hate) from it :)

December 9, 2013 10:27 a.m.

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.

December 10, 2013 5:43 a.m.

rathalos3000 says... #69

I think Ryusei, the Falling Star wants to be in this list ;)

December 10, 2013 2:53 p.m.

TheCommonFig says... #70

Is it too soon to consider Toxic Deluge for the list?

December 10, 2013 3:02 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #71

And Pattern of Rebirth is a really good card.

December 10, 2013 4:55 p.m.

GSalty says... #72

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 ?

December 11, 2013 12:35 a.m.

What about Shield of Kaldra Sword of Kaldra and Helm of Kaldra ? Yeah they're all best together but good separately as well.

December 11, 2013 1:35 p.m.

kspitery says... #74

December 13, 2013 12:29 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #75

Why? Its bad xD

December 13, 2013 4:42 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #76

Whip of Erebos is a must for every black deck ;)

December 13, 2013 7:48 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #77

@DreamGoddessLindsey: I'm not convinced that Archangel of Thune is a staple or power card. It's decent, sure, but does it deserve to be on the list?

@TheFlyingPotato: Same thing. Do the Kaldra artifacts deserve to be on this list? They have high casting and equip costs for what they do.

@kspitery: Reconnaissance is neither a staple nor a power card. It isn't really worth including over other cards.

December 13, 2013 8:07 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #78

December 13, 2013 8:26 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #79

@rathalos3000: You'd have to make a case for it. Right now, I don't think Ryusei, the Falling Star really qualifies as a power card, and it definitely isn't a staple.

December 13, 2013 8:37 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #80

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.

December 13, 2013 9:07 p.m.

jturphy says... #81

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.

December 13, 2013 9:39 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #82

Maelstrom Nexus is powerful in every 5-color deck ;)

December 13, 2013 9:41 p.m.

drpeppercan says... #83

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.

Pairs amazingly with commanders such as Merieke Ri Berit , and Vorel of the Hull Clade are just two examples that come to mind of amazing synergy off the top of my head.

December 14, 2013 9:42 p.m.

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!

December 15, 2013 4:10 a.m.

@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.

December 15, 2013 4:16 a.m.

deckprotecter says... #86

Ensnaring Bridge can be amazing stall card and combo's well with Null Brooch which is a wonderful card for decks that don't have blue and want some counter spell protection.

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.

December 15, 2013 1:07 p.m.

yad says... #87

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...

December 15, 2013 5:32 p.m.

yad says... #88

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.

December 15, 2013 10:39 p.m.

vishnarg says... #89

Spreading Seas cantrips, screws up opponents mana bases, fixes yours, and enables all sorts of Islandwalking goodness. I also second Ashes to Ashes it's sheer power at 3 CMC is astounding.

December 17, 2013 4:50 p.m.

vishnarg says... #90

Also Swan Song is one of the best counterspells I've found.

December 17, 2013 4:53 p.m.

vishnarg says... #91

Looter il-Kor is essentially unblockable and sets up a spectacular hand after he hits a few times. One of magics best creatures.

December 17, 2013 4:59 p.m.

yad says... #92

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).

December 18, 2013 10:14 a.m.

yad says... #93

Or Reverse the Sands if you want to play with everyone's life.

December 18, 2013 10:15 a.m.

Scribbles says... #94

What about Empress Galina ? Seems quite busted to me.

December 21, 2013 1:40 p.m.

Kozelek says... #95

Plague Sliver is quite good utillity card to have in your deck if you have Sliver Overlord in your meta

December 21, 2013 2:07 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #96

@deckprotecter: Chandra Nalaar is pretty inflexible. She doesn't offer a lot of utility, and she has a relatively high mana cost. I can add Ensnaring Bridge .

@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.

@yad (again): Blessed Wind is neither a staple nor a power card. Reverse the Sands is in the same position.

@Scribbles: Empress Galina is usually used as a commander if it is used at all. In my experience, it doesn't see much mainboard play. I'm willing to discuss it, though.

@Kozelek: Plague Sliver is simply too limited to warrant inclusion.

December 21, 2013 2:27 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #97

Epochalyptik: I think you didnt look at my suggestions right under your second last post :)

December 21, 2013 3:08 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #98

@rathalos3000: I added the ones worth adding a while ago. Not all of those cards are inclusion-worthy.

December 21, 2013 3:16 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #99

I dont understand, why not add Ashen Rider , Maelstrom Nexus and Progenitor Mimic

December 21, 2013 3:28 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #100

I suppose I could add those cards. Ashen Rider and Progenitor Mimic , at least. Maelstrom Nexus is an interesting and somewhat chaotic card, but I don't know if I'd call it a staple or power card.

December 21, 2013 3:35 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #101

I played it in all my 5-color decks and you get a lot of card advantage with it, it is really good.

December 21, 2013 3:46 p.m.

marok says... #102

Gonna buy this list... only 6400$

December 23, 2013 3:37 p.m.

ALX says... #103

I'm very new to EDH but I'd like to know if Vanishing would be a staple or why not

December 24, 2013 4:50 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #104

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.

December 24, 2013 4:55 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #105

Conflux is a must for every 5-color deck ;)

December 24, 2013 5:03 p.m.

TheHacker53 says... #106

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.

January 5, 2014 4:52 p.m.

Grimgrinner says... #107

TheHacker53, Blue Sun's Zenith is a power card because if you have infinite mana you can use it to deck out all opponents at the table.

January 5, 2014 9:31 p.m.

Orcinbob says... #108

How about Bitter Ordeal ? I Only offer as a suggestion, because what EDH deck doesn't run board wipes?

January 10, 2014 2:13 a.m.

My vote is for Akroma, Angel of Wrath .

January 11, 2014 6:07 p.m.

Bellock86 says... #110

I will second Bitter Ordeal . That card in any deck that uses sacrifice effects could be a wincon.

January 11, 2014 7:52 p.m.

DrLitebur says... #111

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.

January 12, 2014 1:04 a.m.

infinitemana says... #112

Boundless Realms is VERY good in EDH in my opinion.

January 14, 2014 8:50 p.m.

vishnarg says... #113

Geist Of SaiNt Traft!!! Also Mistveil Plains And Tutors Are Hard To beat

January 15, 2014 6:52 a.m.

Given all the taplands, wouldn't Amulet of Vigor be a power card?

January 15, 2014 9:39 p.m.

the5ervant says... #115

Stealing creatures for free makes it sound like Roil Elemental belongs here.

January 16, 2014 3:57 a.m.

vishnarg says... #116

Flagstones Of Trokair Is Perfect After A boardwipe

January 16, 2014 6:42 a.m.

ChiefBell says... #117

I feel like Karametra (the new Selesnya God) will be extremely useful in EDH.

January 16, 2014 7:03 a.m.

infinitemana says... #118

Oh and Divine Reckoning is super good in a Voltron deck.

January 18, 2014 8:02 a.m.

vishnarg says... #119

January 18, 2014 8:43 a.m.

Epochalyptik says... #120

@Orcinbob & Bellock86: Bitter Ordeal is mediocre unless it's used as a finisher for an infinite combo. It's sorcery speed, and it's pretty bad as a utility card.

@PhageTheUnbeatable: Akroma, Angel of Wrath is merely a beater. I'm not convinced it belongs on this list.

@DrLitebur: I added Breathstealer's Crypt to the List of EDH Stax/Group Slug Cards, but I don't think it warrants inclusion in a general list of staples and power cards.

@vishnarg: Geist of Saint Traft is bad in EDH except as a general (and even then it's iffy).

@DreamGoddessLindsey: Amulet of Vigor is only viable in certain decks, and it's not a good idea to play so many taplands that Amulet of Vigor would justify its inclusion.

@the5ervant: I've resisted including Roil Elemental in the past because it's so fragile, but I suppose I can include it based on the ability.

January 19, 2014 7:22 p.m.

Bellock86 says... #121

@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

January 19, 2014 8:44 p.m.

vishnarg says... #122

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.

January 19, 2014 9:39 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #123

@vishnarg: I know Geist of Saint Traft is played as a general. But it's not the best general. It's only viable in 1v1. This list doesn't address generals.

January 19, 2014 10:09 p.m.

vishnarg says... #124

I Thought It Did. I understand.

January 19, 2014 10:42 p.m.

Grimgrinner says... #125

@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.

January 20, 2014 12:15 a.m.

Epochalyptik says... #126

@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).

January 20, 2014 3:35 a.m.

Baycer says... #127

i vote for Karametra, God of Harvests she seems like she was hand crafted for EDH.

January 23, 2014 12:03 p.m.

KetokMejik says... #128

I think Brimaz, King of Oreskos is nice, and the Archetypes are also interesting.

January 25, 2014 8:52 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #129

@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.

January 25, 2014 8:56 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #130

What about Xenagos, God of Revels ?

January 25, 2014 9:06 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #131

Not really a staple or a power card, in my opinion.

January 25, 2014 9:07 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #132

Really? I think the pump and haste is very powerful ;)

January 25, 2014 9:10 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #133

It's alright, but it doesn't do anything fantastic. It's just a single-target buff.

January 25, 2014 9:13 p.m.

rathalos3000 says... #134

Maybe you just underestimate him ;)

January 25, 2014 9:35 p.m.

TurboFagoot says... #135

";)"

Stop this.

January 25, 2014 9:38 p.m.

sylvannos says... #136

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 .

January 30, 2014 5:42 a.m.

EDH cards need to have good utility. That's why Xenagos, God of Revels isn't a staple or power card. Same reason cards like Divinity of Pride isn't on the list.

January 31, 2014 7:04 a.m.

infinitemana says... #138

I might be missing something, but Lighthouse Chronologist seems very strong in EDH.

February 2, 2014 4:16 p.m.

KingSorin says... #139

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.

February 3, 2014 3:50 a.m.

Kpetao says... #140

I believe Kokusho, the Evening Star has been banned from EDH.

February 21, 2014 1:10 a.m.

sylvannos says... #141

@Kpetao: He's only banned as a general.

February 21, 2014 3:35 a.m.

vishnarg says... #142

Him And Griselbrand. All The Best Black Cards Get Banned :(

February 21, 2014 6:41 a.m.

ChiefBell says... #143

Yeh, I definitely prefer Farseek to Cultivate because it comes in a turn earlier and allows me to grab shocks.

February 21, 2014 6:46 a.m.

Kpetao says... #144

Oh. Thanks @sylvannos.

February 21, 2014 12:28 p.m.

kirakenso says... #145

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)

March 3, 2014 5:59 p.m.

Bellock86 says... #146

I nominate Domri Rade and Xenagos, The Reveler to be added to the list. Though not all powerful, they bring some decent capability to their respective color scheme.

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.

March 3, 2014 9:04 p.m.

iownu42nite says... #147

A few cards you are missing from this list are: Stonecloaker , Desertion , Crop Rotation , Loaming Shaman , and Plasm Capture .

March 22, 2014 4:18 a.m.

iownu42nite says... #148

also Crystal Shard .

March 22, 2014 4:22 a.m.

iownu42nite says... #149

and Archaeomancer . I'm sure that I'll come up with more.

March 22, 2014 4:25 a.m.

Trading Post is a freaking Swiss Army Knife. I love that card. Based on it's utility, I think it deserves a spot.

March 22, 2014 4:41 a.m.

hassankachal says... #151

Can you use Meddling Mage to prevent them from casting their commander?

March 28, 2014 4:42 p.m.

KingSorin says... #152

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.

March 28, 2014 6:14 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #153

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.

March 28, 2014 9:05 p.m.

KingSorin says... #154

Okay, sorry epoch, I was just checking as you've been fairly active in other places. No problem, take your time :)

March 28, 2014 11:37 p.m.

Bigteck says... #155

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

March 31, 2014 9:31 p.m.

totalpclover says... #156

How about Reset ?

April 4, 2014 11:17 p.m.

nayaftw says... #157

This is really helpful, thanks :)

April 5, 2014 8:09 p.m.

swebergame says... #158

Dude, thanks for posting this! This is a really good resource for building!

April 5, 2014 11:34 p.m.

totalpclover says... #159

How about Candelabra of Tawnos ?

April 6, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Saithor says... #160

April 6, 2014 7:39 p.m.

kirakenso says... #161

i feel like Bane of Progress should be on here, he absolutely dominates artifact decks as well as Enchanted Evening in general

April 6, 2014 8:18 p.m.

hydra66 says... #162

Spelltwine and Knowledge Exploitation should probably be on there. Faceless Butcher makes it into some black decks but isn't hard removal

April 10, 2014 5:19 a.m.

Omut says... #163

April 22, 2014 3:46 a.m.

I saw no Howling Mine that is a staple if i ever saw one

May 2, 2014 10:38 a.m.

Apepalm says... #165

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.

May 18, 2014 1:58 a.m.

phartung55 says... #166

@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

June 9, 2014 1:41 a.m.

PopcornBunni says... #167

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.

June 16, 2014 2:30 p.m.

Tynasi says... #168

I have a few cards I think deserve to be on this list.

  • Twincast A red spell in blue colour plus if you're playing a combo deck this makes it so much easier to go off.
  • Crystal Shard if you're including Cloudstone Curio then honestly you should include this card it does everything you could want if you're playing any sort of ETB deck and even as a side card it's decent in blue.
  • Sun Quan, Lord of Wu he might not be an auto include in a mono blue deck but he is definitely a powerhouse in any deck that goes for the kill with heavy hitters.
  • Thragtusk I am a firm believe in this cards insane potential in any green deck he does everything you could want in a card and if you bounce him he is godly.
  • Realm Seekers this is probably one of the better non basic land fetch IMO plus even at his worst in a control deck he will be a beater and with the result of casting cards like Tempt with Discovery generally being 3 Strip Mine on the best lands you could get forcing you to generally go for basics it fills the spot of a lot of cards.

Just my opinion.

July 7, 2014 6:52 a.m.

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