WotC announced at San Diego Comic Con that they would be releasing Commander products every year now, and that we’d have a November release this year. They’ve lifted the lid on that November product, called Commander’s Arsenal.
First, if you need a quick primer on the Commander rules, head over to the official unofficial site. In a nutshell, it’s a 100-card singleton format where one card is a legendary creature that can be cast at any time, and it’s designed for multiplayer.
Now then, Commander’s Arsenal. Looks like no new cards will be in this (not a surprise), but instead we’ll get some reprints of key Commander cards that have been hard to find. It’s obviously a good idea to make a casual format more accessible. That’s a foil Sylvan Library showing in the image above. Cube owners like me will be ecstatic for that card alone.
It also looks like Wizards really thinks people are into these oversize cards. I don’t get it. Totally useless. Anyway, looks like we’re getting oversized foils of older Legends, like Azusa, Lost but Seeking there. It’s probably safe to assume there is a normal-sized version of Azusa in those little packs of cards we can’t see. I’m glad more people can build decks with Azusa! I’m also glad I traded away my foil Azusa last week, since a reprint means her value might come down.
Or maybe not. The retail on this thing is 75 clams. I get that there’s a lot of cool stuff in here (a bunch of foil Ultra-Pro sleeves, enough for an entire Commander deck, which is sweet, plus some +1 or -1 counters and that crazy life counter thing), but maybe they could have left out the goofy jumbo cards and kept the MSRP on the Arsenal in the range of a brand new AAA console game? I mean, ouch.
From the image over on the Commander site, we can also see a reprint of Mimeoplasm will be in this set. So I’m guessing the cards we haven’t seen yet will be an array of legendary creatures that are otherwise not easily obtainable. It would be cool to see some of the other crazy expensive Commander/Planechase cards get reprinted too, like Flusterstorm and Scavenging Ooze, or even Baleful Strix.