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The Top 20 Planeswalkers of the Past Five Years


Hello all! I hope you are having a super awesome day today! Today I have something fun for you! Around a decade ago (June 9, 2014) I wrote up my Top Ten Planeswalkers Ever for Casual Play which you can find here (Top 10 Planeswalkers for Multiplayer | Article by Abe Sargent (coolstuffinc.com)). Then four years later I revisited this topic and gave you my Top Ten since then (Nov 2, 2018 - here - Top Ten Planeswalkers in the Past Four Years | Article by Abe Sargent (coolstuffinc.com)). Today I wanted to get caught up with the last five years once again! What are the best planeswalkers newly printed since the beginning of 2019?

Those are a bunch of key sets and years, including Core 2020/2021, Ravnica Allegiance, War of the Spark, Modern Masters, both Commander legends sets, all Universes Beyond, and both Modern Horizons.

Ready for the new stuff from these sets? Remember, this list is for casual play like Multiplayer, Commander, Highlander, Five Color and stuff, not Constructed. So, this will be very different! I counted and pulled almost 40 cards, and typically I do three honorable mentions! So, I'll be knocking out 20 today!

#20. Commodore Guff

Commodore Guff

This four-drop three colored five loyalty planeswalker that led the Commander Legends deck last year and can be your Commander leads the list with 3,657 as leader and in another 3k. At the beginning on your end step, you toss a free loyalty counter on another you target. Free loyalty in a Planeswalker deck is massively good. You can +1 him to make a 1/1 Wizard to block attacks, or tap for R to ramp your other planeswalkers. Yay for Synergy!! Then you can -3 him once with his starting loyalty to draw equal to your planeswalker count and then your foes will eat that in damage too. Win con, card flow, token making, ramp, and free loyalty and can be your Commander? I hope you can see why he's here!!!!

#19 - Wrenn and Realmbreaker

Wrenn and Realmbreaker

Welcome to my next which is a three-drop 4 loyalty 'walker! This lets your lands tap for any color of mana like Prismatic Omen or Joiner Adept. Then you get three activated abilities - +1 to untap a land and it becomes a beater 3/3 Elemental with a ton of keywords. They cannot be targeted with hexproof, and lasts forever! You can -2 them to mill three and then Regrowth any permanent milled this way, quite easy from where I am sitting!

#18. Jared Carthalion

Jared Carthalion

How about with a Five-Color Commander legal option next? He's leading a massive 4,063 decks and in 4,639 more at EDHREC. Your five mana of each color buys you a 5 loyalty 'walker with three abilities, and a mostly playable ultimate. Jared's +1 will make a beefy sized 3/3 Kavu with trample to get in swings to protect or win. Nasty! His -3 once with his starting loyalty will let you toss +1/+1 counters on up to two equal to their color count, with his five color Kavu that'd be an 8/8 now with two. Nastyx2! His ultimate can Regrowth a multicolored card from your graveyard and make two Treasures if it was all colors! Nastyx3! Just run him in a deck that maximizes all colors.

#17. Nissa, Who Shakes the World

Nissa, Who Shakes the World

Let's head back to mono-Green with this major Green planeswalker. This five-drop will double your Green mana with your Forests with that static! She can +1 to toss some counters on a land and then make it an Elemental dork with haste, vigilance and untap for mana by the by. Her ultimate is hard, but she's in the color of Doubling Season effects, and it will give your lands indestructible, and fetch out any number of Forests from your library tapped.

#16. Chandra, Hope's Beacon

Chandra, Hope's Beacon

This recently printed Standard Legal six-drop Chandra with 5 loyalty and four abilities is next! Her static will copy your first instant/sorcery spell. Her +2 will add two mana to your pool of any colors so she's ramp and just costs 4. Then her +1 is card flow since you can cast an instant/sorcery from your top 5 cards of your library and then her -X is removal to protect her and then Burn Down two targets like dorks or planeswalkers. She's in a bunch of Standard brews!

#15. The Wandering Emperor

The Wandering Emperor

This four-drop mono-White dork has been dominating Standard even more than Chandra above! She costs four, rocks flash, when she ETBs you can get a free loyalty push on foe's turn, and she can do all three of her abilities on arrival, from a combat trick to +1 and toss a counter on blocking dork and give first strike, or a -1 to make a 2/2 dork to chump block or trade, or a -2 to just exile instead and gain a pair of life too! Note exile gets past anything you can target. Love her loads!

#14. Vivien, Champion of the Wilds

Vivien, Champion of the Wilds

From the same set and color as Nissa and above, this cheaper splashable three-drop 4 loyalty lady lets you cast dorks with flash, which is amazing in multiplayer and Commander since you can cast them when attacked or EOT to get the first attack. If you have untapped mana, no one will swing, and this is way better in more decks than Nissa. Her +1 will let you make one of your dorks rock vigilance and reach to stay back and block for a round of turns. Ideally on a big fat ground trampler. Then you can -2 her to cast a dork from the top three of your library that you exile down and then do so exiled, so she's card draw of a Green nature too. See why she's here? Yuppers Puppers!

#13. Karn, Living Legacy

Karn, Living Legacy

Our first scoring colorless planeswalker is this four-drop 4 loyalty leader! You can +1 him to make a tapped Powerstone for ramping purposes. Or to add to your artifact count like Master of Etherium or sacrifices like to Golbin Welder. Then he can -1 to swap mana paid for digging that many cards and then drawing one. It's very strong as a mana sink to draw the best card from your library rather than the normal draw a card thing. Because he is colorless, he can fit into any deck at Commander tables, which makes him way more useful there, and free ramp and card draw is great for most brews. Run him and respect him!

#12. Wrenn and Six

Wrenn and Six

Welcome back Wrenn! Check out this nasty two-drop planeswalker that was made for Modern and older formats and is banned in Legacy! It arrives with three loyalty, nasty for its cheap cost. You can +1 them to Regrowth a land to your hand. You can recur other sac lands like the discover ones like Hidden Volcano or Wasteland or for cards like the Spheres. That's good right there, and then you can -1 them to ping any target on the second turn, like Birds of Paradise, Soul Warden or Esper Sentinel that's been dropped to answer.

#11. Karn, the Great Creator

Karn, the Great Creator

Our final before the Top Ten proper and then also colorless planeswalker is this four-drop, five loyalty, from War of the Spark. Your foes cannot activate artifact abilities, even if they were mana, they are all shut down from Sol Ring to Sensei's Divining Top. If it's static, like Esper Sentinel or Ivory Tower, then it'll still trigger. Then you can +1 Karn to turn a non-dork artifact into a dork with power and toughness equal to its cost. Love this on your foe's stuff to destroy with a Disenchant, Naturalize or Shatter effect. Then you can do this for wins out of nowhere with fat artifacts like Spine of Ish Sah. You can also -2 him twice with his starting loyalty to Living Wish for an artifact. Other multiplayer formats and things like Five Color love him since you can Wish twice. People built sideboards around breaking him in a Silver Bullet style.

#10. Jeska, Thrice Reborn

Jeska, Thrice Reborn

Our first entry into the Top Ten Proper is this made for Commander and can be your Commander and rocks partner too! She's just three mana, but she has flexible loyalty equal to the number of times you cast your Commanders this game, so one if it's her on turn 3. Then you can 0 her and choose a dork and triple their combat damage this turn. If that's your Commander you partnered, with, that could be a fast Commander Damage kill, or with other stuff, a fast kill there normally. She's broken with double strike to deal six times its power in damage this turn on a three-drop! Then you can -X her and shoot up to three targets like fellow planeswalkers, dorks, or players for X damage. She's board control and can clear a path for your beater. She's amazing, hence her netting my spot here. I hope you like her too!

#9. Chandra, Awakened Inferno

Chandra, Awakened Inferno

Our highest scoring red walker of the planes, and then from the Chandra set is the best mythic from it. This six mana six loyalty cannot be countered! You have to deal with her normally. Her +2 will give all opponents unanswerable emblems to burn them one each in their upkeep, and then you have to drop an 8-loyalty lady. Rough. Then you can -3 her to mass removal and Lightning Bolt all non-Elementals. Her ultimate is ?X and shoot a dork or walker for X damage and it's exiled if killed. Love this win con so much, but she's in 23,911 and I don't get how since she is an unanswerable win-con that cannot be countered either. She's so much better than you think or feel Mass removal? Win con? Burn kills? She's so powerful!

#8. Oko, Thief of Crowns

Oko, Thief of Crowns

Here we are leveling up to powerhouses with a high plateau! This three mana Simic walker's +2 makes a Food. His +1 turns a dork or artifact into a 3/3 with no abilities, that's used against opposing Commanders without letting them recast them. Then you easily can -5 to swap stuff around. From Simic good stuff to tokens matter to life gain, this thang owns the day! This is our highest scoring Green one, from here on up, it's all Esper colors.

#7. Jace, Wielder of Mysteries

Jace, Wielder of Mysteries

Our highest scoring Jace is this hard to cast four-drop. I think there is a cogent argument one could make for this hitting higher since he's a literal win-con without his ultimate just his static if you draw on a blank deck. You can +1 him to have someone mill two and then you'll draw too, so that's a +1 for card draw for you and mill for you or someone else, that's very strong too. But many that hit higher on my list do so because they play griefer roles or have more power on the battlefield, that this guy who cannot protect or bounce, just mill/draw and win late game. Sorry Jace fans!

#6. Ashiok, Dream Render

Ashiok, Dream Render

With their easy three-drop hybrid cost, and with five loyalty, they are here for that static that shuts down your foes from searching their library with anything from abilities like fetchlands to spells like Cultivate or Demonic Tutor. That's just so nasty! You can also -1 them to have someone mill four and then all foe's exile their graveyard to fight abuse or add to mill shenanigans like Jace above. They are pretty strong together!

#5. Teferi, Time Raveler

Teferi, Time Raveler

Our highest scoring White 'walker is this three-drop that says your foes cannot cast spells on other turns. Then you can +1 his four loyalty to cast sorceries with flash for a round of turns. You can -3 him once with his starting loyalty to bounce one non-land, planeswalker to a foe and draw a card to cantrip him. He dominated Standard then, and multiplayer now!

#4. Narset, Parter of Veils

Narset, Parter of Veils

Our final three-drop, uncommon, and second-highest hitting Blue one is Narset who has a massive 5 loyalty and is restricted in Vintage. Your foes cannot draw more than one on each turn static, so you can abuse her with Discard and Draw Effects like Wheel of Fortune or Windfall or Time Spiral. Then you can just break her in things like Group Hug with Howling Mine since you'll only draw. You can -2 her twice to draw a non-dork, land from your top four cards and toss the rest on the bottom of your library. She's nasty but she ain't top three! Who is?

#3. Tevesh Szat, Doom of Fools

Tevesh Szat, Doom of Fools

Our highest scoring planeswalker designed for Commander is next! This five-drop arrives with four loyalty, and has two +s to really break things open. His +2 will make a pair of tokens, 0/1 Thrulls. Nasty for blocks or his +1 ability next turn. Then you can +1 him to sacrifice another dork or planeswalker to draw two, three if it was your Commander. If you sacced a Thrull token, you gained three loyalty and drew two cards. Or other tokens. You can zero drop the Kobold partner Commander to draw three after dropping Tevesh Szat and recast him a few times to draw a ton.

#2. Liliana, Dreadhorde General

Liliana, Dreadhorde General

I struggled for which one should be tops, and your mileage may vary. This six-drop, six loyalty four ability planeswalker is second-best. She'll draw you a card when a dork you control dies. Note no other brakes there like non-token or once per turn. Then you can +1 her to make a 2/2 Zombie token to block early and save or attack later for wins. Then you can -4 her for mass removal in Barter in Blood format, sacrifice the Zombie tokens to not be down cards and draw two from her static ability too. Mass removal tied to token making tied to card flow? Nasty! She's in a massive 75,271 decks on EDHREC despite her cost on the secondary market. She's loved!

#1. Teferi, Master of Time

Teferi, Master of Time

And then there was one! This is a powerhouse in multiplayer since this four-drop three loyalty mono-Blue 'walker can be activated on your foe's turns as well! You can +1 to draw and discard, so that's looting card flow, not pure card draw. Then you can -3 him to phase out an opposing dork that's about to kill him. Then you can -10 him to Time Stretch. So, for example, in a four player game, you can +1 him on your turn, EOT your three other foes to loot (7 loyalty), do it again (11 loyalty) and then Time Stretch on your next turn. That's why he's my #1. Play him more in your Commander and multiplayer decks!

I hope you enjoyed my look at this fun stuff!

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