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A deck's archetype is the overarching theme or strategy shared between its cards. Decks of a specific archetype use cards that work together within a common framework to more easily achieve victory. Some decks may utilize strategies or elements from multiple archetypes at once, but most tend to fall into a single category. Archetypes are also useful monikers for players to easily communicate the mission or main plan of their decks.

The following is a list of the most common deck archetypes in the Commander format: