MTG Commander banlist 2023 – All banned Commander cards

Each WotC Magic The Gathering format has its own banlist, and the MTG Commander banlist is no different - keep up with banned cards here

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If you’ve made it to this page, chances are you’re looking for the MTG Commander banlist. This format’s chunky decks and titular commanders mean keeping up with what’s legal can be extra important, with new releases regularly offering new ban potential.

With a trading card game as large and long-running as Magic: The Gathering, game-breaking combos are inevitable. That’s where the MTG banlist comes in. Wizards of the Coast updates its various banlists on a frequent basis, so it’s worth regularly checking to see what’s changed – especially after MTG set release dates. After all, nobody wants to rock up with their best MTG decks and find out they can’t legally play.

Here’s all the details on the MTG Commander banlist in 2023:

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MTG Commander banlist

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MTG Conspiracy cards

25 cards with the Conspiracy type are banned in Commander, as they’re banned in all constructed formats. The full list of Conspiracy cards banned in MTG Commander is:

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MTG ante

Nine cards that reference ‘playing for ante’ are banned in MTG Commander. The banned MTG ante cards are:

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Offensive MTG cards

The MTG Commander banlist includes cards that are racially or culturally insensitive. This is a universal ban that applies to sanctioned tournaments in all formats, and their images were removed from Wizards of the Coast’s database in 2020. The seven cards currently included in this ban can be found here.