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Top Commanders of 2019
2019 Goes Off To The Races
As we have all seen from Episode 88 “Off to the Data Races” on our own EDHRECast’s YouTube channel, it can be fun to turn big spreadsheets of numbers into animated colorful shapes and watch them wiggle. In this case, the big spreadsheet is the total of number of decks uploaded during 2019 to the various deckbuilding sites we partner with. Shall we take a look at what happened with the popular commanders that year?
In the first month,takes a strong lead and mostly holds on to it throughout the year. rockets into second place and doesn’t leave the top four. is in third but doesn’t get any higher in 2019, jostling for position among the top seven. Perennial favorite starts out in fourth place and slowly gains ground. is in fifth place and firmly stays in that area.
For set representation, Muldrotha is joined in the top 15 by other Dominaria palsat #6 and #11. Teysa from Ravnica Allegiance is with at #9. Edgar is joined by Commander 2017 face card at #7, and Windgrace has a Commander 2018 buddy at #14.
Previous Commander set face cards include 2015’sat #8, 2011’s at #12, and 2013’s at #15. Guilds of Ravnica‘s starts at #10 and Ixalan star starts at #13.
takes first place for a few months, knocking off of a 2019 shutout. takes third place away from and doesn’t let go, as starts to eye Edgar’s new spot.
Some new faces jump into the top 15, with Core 2019‘sjumping in at #8 and Commander 2018‘s and at #11 and at #12, respectively. jumps from #10 to #7 and stays there for a while. drops out of the top 15 and does not return.
claws fourth place away from and doesn’t give it back. and fight for ninth place while the next five slots churn amongst themselves. knocks out of the top 15 for good.
No change at the top, as slots 1 though 9 stay the same as March.and climb to the #10 and #11 spots, respectively. gets pushed out of the top 15, and , , and enjoy their last month on the leaderboard.
takes first place from and keeps it. War of the Spark newcomer surges right into sixth place, knocking and each down a peg.
holds steady and passes as he gradually starts to fade. , , and take the next few ranks, while and pop into the #14 and #15 spots, respectively.
The top four ranks stay solid with, , , and leading the pack. snags ‘s #5 spot, and they fight back and forth between themselves for the rest of the year.
Jodah hangs on at #7 for now, but he starts to fall behind and ultimately does not recover, dropping out of the top #15 in a few months.and make the biggest gains this month, jumping three ranks each to #7 and #10, respectively. No new faces appear in the top 15 as the same characters push and shove each other in the mosh pit.
The top six stay the same whileand push past for seventh and eighth place, respectively. passes for #10, while falls behind and to linger at #15.
pulls ahead of . and Atraxa are locked into first and second place, and that doesn’t change for the rest of the year. falls further behind as and pull ahead. Core 2020 starts to show its influence as slides in at #14, pushing Breya off the list.
The top ten spots look the same, except forand sparring for fifth and sixth. has brought his Core 2020 friends at #11 and at #15. leaves the leader board and does not return.
continues to climb, pushing past and to take eighth. and both pull ahead of and .
Aside from a minor spat betweenand , this month looks the same as the previous. starts to pull ahead of for #7. and both desperately try to hang on to the same #15 spot.
In a last-minute surprise,jumps from seventh to third, finally knocking out of the top three. rises past , and and fight for the undercard spots. finally leaves the top 15 as starts to show us what Throne of Eldraine Brawl Decks can do for Commander.
Interestingly, we see Core Set 2020 and Throne of Eldraine represented in the final standings, but none of the Commander 2019 legends that were released in between those two sets.
Some commanders, such as, , and stayed near their original posts throughout the year while the rest churned around them. Others, such as , , and have strong starts but faded behind as new commanders pushed them out.
What do you think? When were your favorite moments? Who were you rooting for? Why am I asking so many questions? Where do you comment your answers? (Below. Scroll down and write your comments there. That one was easy.)