The big Commander release of 2023 is slowly, but surely approaching. With that in mind, we’ve gathered all current information about the March of the Machine Commander decks. Since there are five of them, they’re also known as Commander 2023 decks. Even tough, there’s not that many official details available about them, there’s still a lot to talk and speculate about, so let’s get right to it!
March of the Machine Commander Decks Contents
Each March of the Machine (Commander 2023) deck contains:
- 100-card ready-to-play commander deck
- 10 double-sided tokens
- 1 sample Collector booster sample pack (with 2 cards)
- 1 foil-etched display commander
- 1 life tracker
- 1 special die
From 100 cards, 90 are reprints and 10 cards appear for the very first time in this product. Most of the cards are non-foil, except for main and secondary commander, which come with traditional foil treatment.
All of this is now pretty standard stuff. However, on the description page for this product, it says that there are also 10 specialty cards. We don’t know what these could be, but it doesn’t sound like this are the 10 new cards in the deck. Perhaps these are some cards in the deck with alternate art? We’ll have to wait for a while longer to find out. Nevertheless, you can already preorder the decks on Amazon.
Commander 2023 Predictions
Currently, we don’t know the main commanders, themes, or even colors of the March of the Machine Commander decks. Nevertheless, based on events happening in recent and upcoming MTG lore, we can make some predictions about these five decks.
To be exact – we’ll talk about two big possibilities, both of which seem quite likely. We’d be surprised if something entirely different will be the theme of these precons.
Theory 1: The Five Praetors
This set will mark the end of the epic Phyrexia story-line, which has been the main Magic story for a while now. Will Phyrexians prevail? Probably not, but there will be a significant cost to defeating them. But no matter what happens, the Phyrexians will take the backseat for a while, as they have been such a major focus for multiple sets in a row.
So, this would mean that the five Commander decks would be a perfect place to give a big sendoff to the five Praetors. If you’re a newer player, and don’t know which card we’re talking about, here are their original versions:
- Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
- Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
- Sheoldred, Whispering One
- Urabrask the Hidden
- Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger
Of course, if this will be the case, then they’ll all get new cards. This is the most likely theory, and if it is actually true, there would be five mono-colored decks. There was quite a while since we last got five mono-colored Commander precons, so this wouldn’t be too surprising.
Theory 2: Compleated Planeswalkers
Another interesting option is based on the fact that in Phyrexia: All Will Be One, five planeswalker become compleated. If the change is irreversible, then that would mean that they won’t return for a while.
So once again, as a form of a big sendoff, they would be last used as commanders for these five decks. In that case, Wizards would use the line: “This card can be your commander.” (Like Daretti, Scrap Savant for example.)
However, this theory seems less likely, as it would be based on events from the past set, which isn’t something that Wizards tend to do. Anyway, if you have a theory of your own, feel free to share it with our readers, in the comments below.
Commander 2023 Deck – FAQ
Here are some commonly asked questions that players have about March of the Machine Commander decks.
There will be five different decks.
These will be regular Commander decks. This means they are fully powered and contain multiple new cards. The lite precons nowadays are only used for Starter Commander decks.
Yes, each deck contains a 2-card Sample Collector booster pack.
There are two cards in each one of them. Based on the past releases, one card is a rare or mythic rare with special art treatment (foil, borderless, or extended-art card). The second card also has a special art, but it can be of any rarity.
We don’t know yet. However, based on past releases, it’s highly likely that all five colors will be represented evenly.
While it’s a bit early to say for sure, you can expect them to be. Wizards try to balance the precons that are released together. Even when they don’t succeed completely, that’s often mitigated by the variety that comes from a 100-card singleton format.
Full March of the Machine Commander decklists will be previewed at the end of March 2023. (Exact date TBD)
Commander 2023 Decks – Conclusion
Anyway, that’s all for today. Once more information becomes available, we’ll update this article, so make sure to check back soon. In the meantime, here are some articles that might interest you:
- March of the Machine Spoilers
- How to Improve Your Commander Deck
- List of All Commander Precons
- Upcoming MTG Sets
Until next time, have fun, and may your favorite theory about Commander 2023 deck come true.