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Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Commander Decks and Decklists

We’re finally going back to Kamigawa. Can you believe it? It’s been 17 years since the last time we’ve been there. A lot of things change in almost two decades. Back then, there was no Commander format, but nowadays, that’s the most popular MTG format, so you’ll probably be happy, because we’re also getting two Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Commander decks.

 DeckTheme
Buckle UpVehicles
Upgrades UnleashedModify

In this article, we’ll talk about everything we know so far about them, including:

  • both commanders (appeared on January 25, 2022)
  • both decklists (previewed on February 7, 2022)
  • our predictions of themes and colors
  • and more!

Let’s get right to it.

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Commander Decks

As we mentioned before, there are two Neon Dynasty Commander decks. The first deck is Buckle Up and the second one is Upgrades Unleashed. You can already order both decks on Amazon.

Intro or Full Versions?

You probably know that Wizards released intro (or lite) Commander decks in the past. These decks had lower power level and lower price. For an example, you can take a look at Kaldheim Commander decks.

However, the vast majority of the time, WotC release fully powered Commander decks. The most recent ones were Crimson Vow Commander decks. They have higher power level, more powerful reprints, and have the standard price for Commander precons.

So, the big question is: Are Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Commander decks intro decks or the full versions?

As can be seen from their price, the Neon Dynasty Commander decks are fully powered. Furthermore, we didn’t have an intro Commander deck since Kaldheim, back in February 2021. It certainly looks like Wizards are phasing out this product.

So, this means that these are powerful decks with 15 exclusive new cards in each one and with exciting reprints. The new cards will be thematically tied to Kamigawa, but the reprints can be from anywhere.

Release Date

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Commander decks release on February 18, 2022. That’s the same day as the main set releases in paper.

Neon Dynasty Commander Deck — Contents

Each Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Commander deck contains:

  • 2 different foil commanders (the main commander, and a different commander to swap it, if you get bored with it)
  • 98 regular cards
  • 10 double-sided tokens
  • 1 cardboard deck box (not of the best quality, we’d recommend one of the better deck boxes)
  • 1 life counter

You don’t just get the foil version of your main commander. There’s also a so-called display version. It’s a slightly thicker card, and isn’t meant for competitive play. You can use it in your command zone, so you don’t accidentally shuffle it into your deck.

Buckle Up

Buckle Up Kamigawa Commander Deck
  • Theme: Vehicles tribal
  • Colors: White, Blue
  • Main Commander: Kotori, Pilot Prodigy
  • How to Make it Better: Buckle Up Upgrade Guide

We’re starting with a fascinating Commander deck. Buckle Up is all about the Vehicle subtype. Previously, the support for Vehicles was in White and Red. However, this time around, the mechanic will move into White and Blue (at least in this Commander deck). Blue could definitely add some nice effects for the Vehicle tribal theme.

Buckle Up Decklist

Commander (1)
Kotori, Pilot Prodigy

Planeswalker (1)
Jace, Architect of Thought

Creature (21)
Aeronaut Admiral
Cataclysmic Gearhulk
Indomitable Archangel
Myrsmith
Sram, Senior Edificer
Teshar, Ancestor’s Apostle
Emry, Lurker of the Loch
Etherium Sculptor
Master of Etherium
Riddlesmith
Sai, Master Thopterist
Vedalken Engineer
Whirler Rogue
Arcanist’s Owl
Hanna, Ship’s Navigator
Raff Capashen, Ship’s Mage
Foundry Inspector
Gold Myr
Shimmer Myr
Silver Myr
Solemn Simulacrum

Sorcery (2)
Thoughtcast
Dance of the Manse

Instant (6)
Armed and Armored
Crush Contraband
Dispatch
Generous Gift
Swords to Plowshares
Reality Shift

Artifact (13)
Parhelion II
Arcane Signet
Azorius Signet
Colossal Plow
Cultivator’s Caravan
Fellwar Stone
Mirage Mirror
Peacewalker Colossus
Raiders’ Karve
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
Smuggler’s Copter
Sol Ring
Weatherlight

Enchantment (1)
Thopter Spy Network
Lands (35)
Command Tower
Exotic Orchard
Port Town
Prairie Stream
Skycloud Expanse
Spire of Industry
Temple of Enlightenment
14 Plains
14 Island

New Cards* (20)
Shorikai, Genesis Engine
Aerial Surveyor
Drumbellower
Ironsoul Enforcer
Organic Extinction
Release to Memory
Swift Reconfiguration
Access Denied
Cyberdrive Awakener
Imposter Mech
Kappa Cannoneer
Katsumasa, the Animator
Research Thief
Universal Surveillance
Imperial Recovery Unit
Mobilizer Mech
Prodigy’s Prototype
Surgehacker Mech
Ukiyo-e Plains
Ukiyo-e Island

*These are the brand-new cards. You can see all of them in the next section. Some of these also appear in the regular set, and you can find them in Kamigawa spoilers. The rest of the cards are reprints.

Kamigawa Commander Spoilers – Buckle Up

Kotori, Pilot Prodigy Review

Kotori, Pilot Prodigy Neon Dynasty Commander Decks

Kotori is certainly an interesting commander, with a clear direction. You’ll want to include a lot of strong Vehicles in your deck, in order to unlock its full potential.

The fact that it only costs three mana is great. When you have Kotori in play, your Vehicles have crew 2. Since Kotori has two power, it means you can immediately crew any Vehicle you have in play. For example, you can attack with Consulate Dreadnought on turn three. Oh, and it’ll have lifelink and vigilance as well.

Some other Vehicles that you might want to pair with Kotori are:

All in all, while Kotori is probably not the strongest commander out there, it’s certainly a fun one. Sure, you are shoehorned into a vehicle tribal deck, but that subtybe hasn’t been explored much in Commander.

Before Kotori, the only two commanders that referenced vehicles were Sram, Senior Edificer and Depala, Pilot Exemplar.

However, both of them cared about other things too. Sram is more known for synergies with Auras and Equipment, while Depala supports Dwarf tribal. So it’ll certainly fun to play with a commander that only cares about vehicles.

Upgrades Unleashed

Upgrades Unleashed Kamigawa Commander Deck

Upgrades Unleashed is centered around the new modify mechanic. The mechanic gives you a bonus if you control a modified creature. A creature is modified, if it’s equipped, enchanted or has a counter.

This type of mechanic would play well in a Voltron shell. (Voltron is a strategy, which uses Auras and Equipment to power up a single creature, usually Commander — thanks to the Commander Damage rule.)

The problem with Voltron can often be that you’re putting all your eggs in one basket. However, let’s take a closer Chishiro, deals with that issue successfully.

Commander (1)
Chishiro, the Shattered Blade

Creature (17)
Ox of Agonas
Agitator Ant
Goblin Razerunners
Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin
Taurean Mauler
Acidic Slime
Champion of Lambholt
Fertilid
Forgotten Ancient
Loyal Guardian
Primeval Protector
Rishkar, Peema Renegade
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Spearbreaker Behemoth
Whiptongue Hydra
Grumgully, the Generous
Ulasht, the Hate Seed

Sorcery (8)
Chain Reaction
Kodama’s Reach
Rampant Growth
Rishkar’s Expertise
Shamanic Revelation
Soul’s Majesty
Vastwood Surge
Decimate

Instant (4)
Chaos Warp
Starstorm
Beast Within
Hunter’s Insight

Artifact (8)
Mage Slayer
Arcane Signet
Blackblade Reforged
Bonehoard
Fireshrieker
Sol Ring
Swiftfoot Boots
Sword of Vengeance

Enchantment (6)
Elemental Mastery
Shifting Shadow
Bear Umbra
Ordeal of Nylea
Snake Umbra
Rhythm of the Wild
Lands (35)
Cinder Glade
Command Tower
Exotic Orchard
Game Trail
Gruul Turf
Mossfire Valley**
Opal Palace
Oran-Rief, the Vastwood
Raging Ravine
Temple of Abandon
11 Mountain
13 Forest

New Cards* (21)
Kaima, the Fractured Calm
Akki Battle Squad
Collision of Realms
Kami of Celebration
Komainu Battle Armor
Smoke Spirits’ Aid
Unquenchable Fury
Ascendant Acolyte
Concord with the Kami
Kosei, Penitent Warlord
One with the Kami
Rampant Rejuvenator
Silkguard
Tanuki Transplanter
Orochi Merge-Keeper
Invigorating Hot Spring
Towashi Guide-Bot
Walking Skyscraper
Hydra
Ukiyo-e Mountain
Ukiyo-e Forest

*These are the brand-new cards. You can see all of them in the next section. Some of these also appear in the regular set, and you can find them in Kamigawa spoilers. The rest of the cards are reprints.

**Yes, there are two Mossfire Valley cards in the deck. This is a printing error. Players should remove one of them and replace it with either Forest or Mountain for the deck to be legal.

Kamigawa Commander Spoilers – Upgrades Unleashed

Chishiro, the Shattered Blade Review

Chishiro, the Shattered Blade Kamigawa Commander Precon

Whenever an Aura or Equipment comes into play under your control, you’ll also get a 2/2 Spirit with menace — if you have Chishiro in play. This way you’ll avoid the Voltron problem of having one excellent creature, as you’ll also go wide with Spirit tokens.

Chishiro’s second ability also somewhat supports the go-wide strategy. You can equip or enchant or put counters on your Spirit tokens, and they’ll get +1/+1 counters. So it looks like this deck will be able to fight in two very different directions, which is always useful.

Another benefit is that modify mechanic actually gives you a lot of freedom to build your deck. There are just so many Auras, Enchantments, and counters to choose from.

Therefore, the Chishiro’s power level will often depend on the way you’ll decide to build it. Whichever way you decide to go, you’ll certainly have a lot of fun with it.

Conclusion

That’s all about the Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Commander precons. Once we get more information, we’ll update the article, so make sure to come back in a while. You can also share your own predictions in the comments below.

Want to explore the cards from the regular set? Check out the Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty spoilers!

If you’d like some further reading, you might be interested in the following articles:

6 thoughts on “Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Commander Decks and Decklists”

    • Yeah that’s right. Wizards accidentally included two copies of it in the Upgrades Unleashed deck. It should be swapped with a basic land (Forest or Mountain), so the deck will be legal to play.

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