Kenrith, the Returned King

Kenrith, the Returned King

Legendary Creature — Human Noble

: All creatures gain trample and haste until end of turn.

: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

: Target player gains 5 life.

: Target player draws a card.

: Put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under its owner's control.

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Set Rarity
Throne of Eldraine (ELD) Mythic Rare

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Kenrith, the Returned King Discussion

Makuta_Nazo on Morophon God Tribal (With Flavor)

6 days ago

Super_Stone_Man117 So a commander deck isn't built around the commanders casting colors, the rules are that you must build the deck in the commanders color identity, which includes color pips in their casting cost AND their ability box.

Morophon, the Boundless IS colorless, but his ability box says I can reduce casting costs of other creatures by one of each color, so his color identity is all five colors, and is legal in a five color commander deck. Like how Kenrith, the Returned King is white, but his abilities have all five colors in there, so he can command a five color deck. (otherwise, you wouldn't be able to use four of his abilities).

99LandOTK on Pattern Recognition #137 - The ...

1 month ago

I believe you mean Veil of Summer instead of Autumn's Veil , but otherwise I completely agree. The next big splashy thing may not be a planeswalker, but it could just as easily be something like Kenrith, the Returned King , a creature with a litany of abilities that can all either be used during your turn for value or let you hold up mana and get value on an endstep. I personally don't mind the game heading in a value direction, but something needs to be able to handle it too, and not in a this-will-work-against-one-annoying-threat-but-will-otherwise-be-useless way. Maybe more all purpose removal? I'm not sure. Great article, please keep em up.

hkhssweiss on hkhssweiss

1 month ago


Your best bet will most likely be Jodah, Archmage Eternal if your thinking of cheating out huge cost enchantments or spells. The other alternative commanders you have would be Golos, Tireless Pilgrim or Kenrith, the Returned King . Each of those commanders can be built in a unique way.

Using curses is an interesting build as there are several ways you can do them. If going for an enchantment build you can definitely cheat them out using cards like Academy Rector in conjunction with Flash to bring them out. Or even use that combo to grab out Omniscience to free cast them.

For Jodah, you would need to have a really good mana base to consistently get your color fixing. Unless you want to rely on cards like Chromatic Lantern , Prismatic Omen , or weird cards like Cascading Cataracts . For Golos, its pretty much ramp and control and free cast for , he allows you to cheat out stuff. His build would be more for value control. Kenrith is very open ended and can do a plethora of builds so he is just pure value.

Mortlocke on EDH Deck based on Voting

2 months ago

Mj3913 I second this, also Kenrith, the Returned King is a great option for a voting commander as well.

LienLeinad on Kenrith Hate Bears **PRIMER** Updates/Experiments

2 months ago

TAB Thanks for the answer! So far the build I did (inspired heavily from this one haha) is doing good at annoying most of my fast-paced opponents, however there were so many times when I've had Dockside Extortionist on hand, Mayhem Devil , Kenrith, the Returned King , and Stony Silence on board. Although I won with combat damage, I would've won sooner had I destroyed my stony

Although I guess that's how the deck wins primarily in my meta? It's interesting but I'm doing more playtests, I'll write to you what I can keep note of =) This is a great deck, really doesn't fit the meta much which I like

ShaperSavant on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

2 months ago

ELD Updates









Kenrith, the Returned King -- Now the de-facto pick for 5-color commander-outlet-agnostic infinite mana strategies. Powerful and versatile, Kenrith can helm a lot of builds and his large cost is carried by his general flexibility with the adaptability and raw strength of the 5 color card pool.

On his comparison to Thrasios: it is the case that Thrasios + partner as an infinite mana outlet may lend an unfavorable comparison to Kenrith in a broad, general sense. Thrasios in a tier above denotes this difference sufficiently. However, there are applications in which one would want to build with all 5 colors, and Kenrith remains strong enough to compete at the top of the metagame.

There is still a lot of room to brew and optimize Kenrith. As dominant builds emerge, the featured lists will update to reflect this. by Wedge by ShaperSavant by ShaperSavant


Chulane, Teller of Tales -- Chulane represents an incredible amount of value and offers Bant not-yet-before-seen access to concise win conditions, such as Village Bellringer, Food Chain, and Aluren. Some weaknesses to boardwipes and a lack of access to black tutors. by Spleenface

Emry, Lurker of the Loch -- Emry is powerful and consistent as an engine in the Command Zone, but lacks accessible, susinct win conditions on artifacts. Struggles with losing to Null Rod, Cursed Totem, and grave hate. This is an optimistic tentative placement.

Build to be posted.

Korvold, Fae-Cursed King -- Korvold has proven quite strong as a value engine and wincon outlet rolled into one. Immense synergies with Dockside Extortionist. An outlet for Food Chain. Synergies with fetches and a host of win conditions. by Centipedantic by ShaperSavant


Alela, Artful Provocateur -- Alela is in a powerful color combination and sets up well for a stax-centric long game. Compares unfavorably to other competitive Esper options.

Ayara, First of Locthwain -- A Blood Artist with a value engine stapled to it can power mono-black combos reasonably well.

Gadwick, the Wizened -- Infinite mana in mono-blue, though not the best at the role.

Torbran, Thane of Red Fell -- Quite potent, though burn in a 120 life game is always an uphill battle.

Syr Carah, the Bold -- Storms out powerfully and keeps the board clear. Inconsistent wincons and high fizzle chance on a given storm turn.

Syr Konrad, the Grim -- An extremely powerful commander with strong Necropotence and infect synergies. Gated by color identity for interaction and support.


Grumgully, the Generous -- A bit janky and of questionable finite value.

Questing Beast -- Combat-oriented.

Rankle, Master of Pranks -- High value; no clear wincon. Possibly decent reanimator commander. Tentative pessimistic placement.

Syr Elenora, the Discerning -- No clear wincons; slow value.

Syr Faren, the Hengehammer -- Combat-oriented, though reasonably strong for its context.

Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale -- Very expensively costed. Pushed toward tribal.

Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig -- Combat-oriented.


Linden, the Steadfast Queen -- Mono-white and very low impact. Combat-oriented.

Syr Alin, the Lion's Claw -- Mono-white and expensive for yield. Combat-oriented.


Yisan, the Wanderer Bard - Maximum to Competitive

Yisan continues to be a strong competitive pick, but has been pushed out of the top meta with the increase in speed wrought by Hulk (which he does not interact with particularly well) and being sideswiped by Hulk hate such as Grafdigger's cage. As a niche, he preys on staxxy strategies that have moved out of favor for not interacting with Hulk and Consult optimally.

Pir & Toothy - High to Competitive

P&T have demonstrated a strong amount of value and good tools to be played successfully in the competitive environment. Toothy's flicker synergies are difficult to interact with profitably and offer a lot of power in combo-control oriented games.

Grenzo, Dungeon Warder - High to Competitive

Dockside offers powerful new Doomsday lines to Grenzo, who can also layer Worldgorger. With this addition it moves back to competing with the other Competitive Level Rakdos commanders in power.

ScionsStillLive on Pillow Fort Bleed - Protecting ...

2 months ago


Gideon's Sacrifice could redirect damage to a thing you don't like as much, however I don't recommend it too much.

Bolt Bend is a GREAT spell that is very flexible, such as changing the target planeswalker from an opponent's Spark Harvest to, let's say, their Kenrith, the Returned King .

Kaya's Ghostform can give your permanent an extra life.

(I was looking at War of the Spark cards when doing this since I don't feel like looking into suggestions from other sets right now).

Please post your decklist here when you finish making it.

Caerwyn on Myr Tribal

3 months ago

Personally, I would go with Kenrith, the Returned King . Kenrith is easy to cast and can utilize the ramp Myr generate rather well. You also can use it as an outlet for infinite mana-- Isochron Scepter , Dramatic Reversal , and your mana dorks can produce infinite Blue and kill your opponents through forced card draw.

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