Today, we’re exploring the best Bant commanders of all time. So if you’re looking for a new commander in the White-Blue-Green color combination, then you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve chosen these commanders not solely based on their power level, but also on other factors. For example, we tried to include many different and interesting types of effects, so you’ll have plenty of options to pick from.
There are many exciting commanders in Bant colors, so we better get right to it, starting with some honorable mentions.
There’s a limited amount of spots in any Top 10 list, so we’ve decided to also include some cards, that barely missed it. Let’s take a look.
We’re starting with a legend from the olden days. Angus Mackenzie isn’t the strongest creature out there, but it can certainly frustrate your opponents, if they can’t deal with it. When you’re down to one opponent, they’ll hardly kill you via combat.
Do you want to play a game of Commander, in which you’ll make zero enemies? If so, then you should build a Phelddagrif deck. This Hippo has four abilities, and each of them can also benefit an opponent, making it a perfect political commander.
For example, if an opponent agrees to not attack you next turn, you can give them a couple of life, or a Hippo token. There are a lot of ways that you can benefit from this unusual card.
Falco Spara, Pactweaver
Falco Spara is the first of the many Brokers cards on the list. Brokers was the name of the Bant faction in the New Capenna set. Since the newest sets are quite powerful, and often have Commander in mind, it makes sense that we’ll see a lot of Brokers cards here.
Anyway, Falco is a commander that utilizes counters. Not just +1/+1 counters, but counters of any kind. It comes with a shield counter itself, which is a nice way of protection.
You can also use this counter (and others) in order to play cards from the top of your library. In a correctly built deck, this can give you a ton of card advantage.
#10 Rigo, Streetwise Mentor
It’s always fun to build around a commander that rewards an unusual theme. Rigo certainly belongs in that group, with its shtick being “creatures with power 1 or less.”
However, Rigo’s card isn’t too pushed, so you’ll have to correctly build around it in order to win games. As such, it’s a great Bant commander for anyone who’s looking for a deckbuilding challenge.
#9 Estrid, the Masked
Not many planeswalkers can be commanders, but Estrid is one of them, and it’s certainly an interesting one.
First ability, lets you untap each enchanted permanent you control. With the right setup, this can be quite strong.
The second ability actually makes an aura Mask token, which will protect the enchanted permanent and synergize with the first ability.
The ultimate mills the seven of your cards. Then you get to return each non-Aura enchantment card to the battlefield, and then you repeat this, but with Auras. If you build your deck correctly, this can be insanely powerful.
If the enchantment play style excites you, Estrid can definitely be an amazing Bant commander for you.
#8 Perrie, the Pulverizer
There are a lot of commanders that care about +1/+1 counters, and they can be a bit boring. Perrie’s main thing are also counters, but not just +1/+1. Instead, it rewards you for playing as many different types of counters as you can.
Loyalty counters, various keyword counters, you name it – Perrie wants a nice mix of them. You don’t want to overload on one particular type of counter, so this makes Perrie a really fun Bant commander to build around. If you decide to build around it, we’d recommend including Crystalline Giant and Agent’s Toolkit.
#7 Roon of the Hidden Realm
If you like creatures with enter-the-battlefield effects, then Roon is certainly one of the best Bant commanders for you. It provides you with a blink effect, so you’ll be able to get even more value out of your creatures.
There are many amazing cards that you can include in this deck, but the one that you really shouldn’t forget is, obviously, Panharmonicon. Simply bury your opponent in card advantage.
#6 Rafiq of the Many
Rafiq of the Many is not just one of the best Bant commanders, it’s also one of the most iconic one, as it’s been around for so long. It’s often the go-to Voltron commander. That’s a strategy that makes one creature very big and wins with Commander damage.
If you like such strategy, Rafiq can be an amazing next commander for you.
#5 Shanna, Purifying Blade
Shanna is one of the newest on this list of the best Bant commanders. It’s an amazing payoff (and enabler) for any kind of lifelink synergies. It’s not unusual to draw a ton of cards with this commander, so make sure that you include a Reliquary Tower in your mana base.
#4 Arcades, the Strategist
Arcades provides a clear direction for deck building, and it’s quite an unusual one. You’ll want to include as many creatures with defender in your deck, as you can. While defenders are usually not the greatest creatures out there, Arcades improves them significantly.
First, you get to draw a card when they enter the battlefield, and second, they can attack as really strong creatures. If you’re looking for an unusual Bant commander, this can certainly be it.
#3 Galea, Kindler of Hope
Although it has a lot of text, Galea’s goal is quite straightforward: “Play a lot of Auras and Equipment.” You’ll be able to play both of them from the top of your library, when you’ll have Galea in play.
On top of that, you’ll also get around high equip costs, as you’ll be able to get a free equip, when you cast equipment from the top of your library.
#2 Derevi, Empyrial Tactician
Derevi is a very unique, and certainly one of the best Bant commanders out there. One thing it really excels at is getting around the Commander tax. You’ll always be able to simply put this Bird into play from your Command Zone for just four mana.
On top of that, it has an additional, powerful ability. When it enters the battlefield, you get to tap or untap target permanent. The same happens whenever one of your creatures deal combat damage to the opponent.
Derevi used to be a powerhouse in Commander, nowadays, it’s still very good, albeit a bit less powerful than it used to be.
#1 Chullane, Teller of Tales
Finally, we’ve reached the number one, where Chulane reigns undisputed. It excels at everything that a good Bant Commander deck would want to do.
You have some amazing creatures in these colors. If you have Chulane in play when you cast any of them, you’ll get to draw a card, and put a land from your hand onto the battlefield. If you built your deck correctly (you’ve included a lot of cheap ramp creatures), this ability will be completely absurd.
That’s it for the best Bant commanders. If you feel like we’ve missed an important one, let us know in the comments below. One option you have when you’re building a Bant Commander deck is to get a precon in these colors. The latest option would be Bedecked Brokers, a deck full of great cards in these colors, some of which we’ve even mentioned in the article.
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Until next time, have fun, and enjoy playing with your new Bant commander!