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Five-color decks may contain any legal card in the Commander format. Five-color cards embody the strengths of all five colors of Magic, often producing significantly more powerful effects than those seen in other color combination, though often with mana costs that make them more difficult to cast.

Popular five-color commanders include Golos, Tireless Pilgrim, Kenrith, the Returned King, Sisay, Weatherlight Captain, and The Ur-Dragon.

Popular Five-Color Strategies

Strengths and Weaknesses


  • Five-color decks are the only color identity able to play any card legal in the format, allowing them an unmatched degree of flexibility in terms of deck construction and strategic direction.
  • With access to the strongest cards in each color, five-color decks capitalize on some of the most powerful cards available, from the best removal spells to the best card advantage spells.


  • For all their strengths, the primary weakness of five-color decks is their mana base. Five-color strategies may struggle to assemble the right colors of mana at the right time, causing them to be unable to cast any of their spells at all.
  • A five-color deck's mana base is also generally heavily reliant on non-basic lands, leaving them particularly vulnerable to cards such as Back to Basics and Blood Moon