Planeswalker Jousting

At my house, we like to play a special format that combines the leadership focus of Commander with the thematic fun of the Duel Decks series: Planeswalker Jousting. Here are the rules in a nutshell:

1) A planeswalker jousting deck consists of 80 cards, including land, and is associated with one specific planeswalker (based on a specific planeswalker sub-type: Jace, Chandra, etc.). No more than 4 copies of a card may be included in a deck (just like regular Magic). A planeswalker jousting deck must include at least 8 planeswalker-named cards (i.e. cards with a planeswalker’s name in it–see the list below–whether it is four copies of a couple of cards or eight different cards), or as many of such cards as are legally available.

2) Life totals start at 20 + the number of starting loyalty counters on your base planeswalker (usually, the earliest version of a planeswalker to be printed, and bolded in the list below). So, assuming you have them, the starting total for a Chandra deck would be 26 (20 + the 6 loyalty counters on Chandra Nalaar), a Garruk deck will start at 23 (Garruk Wildspeaker starts with 3 loyalty counters), and so forth.

3) The player who starts (i.e. plays) still draws a card on their first turn.

4) All planeswalkers reside in the command zone until they are cast (like a commander). When a planeswalker leaves the battlefield, its controller may choose to return the planeswalker to the command zone instead of going to the graveyard (although a planeswalker that is exiled, will be exiled and remain in exile). When a planeswalker leaves the battlefield, the controller of that planeswalker may not cast another planeswalker card until a number of upkeeps equal to the number of times that player has cast a planeswalker have elapsed. Also, a planeswalker may be cast from the command zone for its original casting cost, plus 1 for each time it has already been cast in the game (basically like commanders, only cheaper). [So, if I have cast a Chandra three times during the game and my Chandra leaves the battlefield, I would have to wait three upkeeps to play one of my Chandras again, and I would have to pay her original casting cost plus 3 more.]

A) A player may have any or all versions of a planeswalker in the command zone during the game, but all planeswalker rules still apply to planeswalkers on the battlefield (i.e. no more than one copy of a particular planeswalker sub-type can be in play at any one time. If another planeswalker of the same name would come into play, all planeswalkers with that sub-type are put into the graveyard (or command zone). The casting cost for the planeswalker always increases by one no matter which version of a planeswalker is played (i.e. even if you have never cast Chandra Nalaar in this game, if Chandra Ablaze was already cast twice, then casting Chandra Nalaar will now cost 2 mana extra).

B) As an optional rule, the five planeswalkers from Magic Origins must be cast as their pre-spark version, and no other versions of the planeswalker can be played until it has been flipped at least once during the game.

Last update: Amonkhet

Planeswalker-named cards

Ajani Goldmane

White ManaWhite ManaAjani Goldmane [4]White ManaWhite Mana
White ManaRed ManaAjani Vengeant [3]White ManaRed Mana
White ManaWhite ManaAjani, Caller of the Pride [4]White ManaWhite Mana
White ManaGreen ManaAjani, Mentor of Heroes [4]White ManaGreen Mana
White ManaAjani Steadfast [4]White Mana
White ManaGreen ManaAjani Unyielding [4]White ManaGreen Mana
White ManaGreen ManaAjani, Valiant Protector [4]White ManaGreen Mana

Ajani’s Aid
Ajani’s Chosen
Ajani’s Comrade
Ajani’s Mantra
Ajani’s Presence
Ajani’s Pridemate
Ajani’s Sunstriker
Oath of Ajani

Flavor Options:
Healer of the Pride
Inspiring Roar

Arlinn Kord

Red ManaGreen ManaArlinn Kord\Arlinn, Embraced by the Moon [3]Red ManaGreen Mana


Blue ManaBlack ManaAshiok, Nightmare Weaver [3]Blue ManaBlack Mana

Ashiok’s Adept

Chandra Nalaar

Red ManaRed ManaChandra Nalaar [6]Red ManaRed Mana
Red ManaRed ManaChandra Ablaze [5]Red ManaRed Mana
Red ManaChandra, the Firebrand [3]Red Mana
Red ManaRed ManaChandra, Pyromaster [4]Red ManaRed Mana
Red ManaRed ManaChandra, Fire of Kaladesh/Chandra, Roaring Flame [3]Red ManaRed Mana
Red ManaRed ManaChandra, Flamecaller [4]Red ManaRed Mana
Red ManaRed ManaChandra, Pyrogenius [5]Red ManaRed Mana
Red ManaRed ManaChandra, Torch of Defiance [4]Red ManaRed Mana

Chandra’s Fury
Chandra’s Ignition
Chandra’s Outrage
Chandra’s Phoenix
Chandra’s Pyrohelix
Chandra’s Revolution
Chandra’s Spitfire
Oath of Chandra

Flavor Options:
Flames of the Firebrand
Pyromancer’s Gauntlet
Pyromancer’s Goggles
Renegade Firebrand

Dack Fayden

Blue ManaRed ManaDack Fayden [3]Blue ManaRed Mana

Dack’s Duplicate


Red ManaDaretti, Scrap Savant [3]Red Mana
Black ManaRed ManaDaretti, Ingenious Iconoclast [3]Black ManaRed Mana

Domri Rade

Red ManaGreen ManaDomri Rade [3]Red ManaGreen Mana

Dovin Baan

White ManaBlue ManaDovin Baan [3]White ManaBlue Mana

Elspeth Tirel†

White ManaWhite ManaElspeth Tirel [4]White ManaWhite Mana
White ManaWhite ManaElspeth, Knight Errant [4]White ManaWhite Mana
White ManaWhite ManaElspeth, Sun’s Champion [4]White ManaWhite Mana

Flavor Options:


Green ManaGreen ManaFreyalise, Llanowar’s Fury [3]Green ManaGreen Mana

Freyalise Suppliant
Freyalise’s Charm
Freyalise’s Radiance
Freyalise’s Winds

Garruk Wildspeaker

Green ManaGreen ManaGarruk Wildspeaker [4]Green ManaGreen Mana
Green ManaGreen ManaGreen ManaGarruk, Primal Hunter [5]Green ManaGreen ManaGreen Mana
Green ManaGarruk Relentless/Garruk, the Veil-Cursed [4]Green Mana
Green ManaGreen ManaGarruk, Caller of Beasts [6]Green ManaGreen Mana
Black ManaGreen ManaGarruk, Apex Predator [7]Black ManaGreen Mana

Garruk’s Companion
Garruk’s Horde
Garruk’s Packleader

Flavor Options:
In Garruk’s Wake

Gideon Jura

White ManaWhite ManaGideon Jura [5]White ManaWhite Mana
White ManaWhite ManaGideon, Champion of Justice [4]White ManaWhite Mana
White ManaKytheon, Hero of Akros/Gideon, Battle-Forged [3]White Mana
White ManaWhite ManaGideon, Ally of Zendikar [4]White ManaWhite Mana
White ManaWhite ManaGideon of the Trials [3]White ManaWhite Mana
White ManaGideon, Martial Paragon [5]White Mana

Companion of the Trials
Gideon’s Avenger
Gideon’s Intervention
Gideon’s Lawkeeper
Gideon’s Phalanx
Gideon’s Reproach
Gideon’s Resolve
Oath of Gideon

Jace Beleren

Blue ManaBlue ManaJace Beleren [3]Blue ManaBlue Mana
Blue ManaBlue ManaJace, the Mindsculptor [4]Blue ManaBlue Mana
Blue ManaBlue ManaJace, Memory Adept [5]Blue ManaBlue Mana
Blue ManaBlue ManaJace, Architect of Thought [4]Blue ManaBlue Mana
Blue ManaBlue ManaJace, the Living Guildpact [4]Blue ManaBlue Mana
Blue ManaBlue ManaJace, Unraveler of Secrets [5]Blue ManaBlue Mana
Blue ManaJace, Vryn’s Prodigy/Jace, Telepath Unbound [2]Blue Mana

Jace’s Archivist
Jace’s Erasure
Jace’s Ingenuity
Jace’s Mindseeker
Jace’s Phantasm
Jace’s Sanctum
Jace’s Scrutiny
Oath of Jace


Colorless ManaKarn Liberated [6]Colorless Mana

Karn’s Touch


White ManaBlack ManaKaya, Ghost Assassin [5]White ManaBlack Mana


Green ManaBlue ManaKiora, the Crashing Wave [2]Green ManaBlue Mana
Green ManaBlue ManaKiora, Master of the Depths [4]Green ManaBlue Mana

Kiora’s Dismissal
Kiora’s Follower


Red ManaRed ManaKoth of the Hammer [3]Red ManaRed Mana

Koth’s Courier

Liliana Vess

Black ManaBlack ManaLiliana Vess [5]Black ManaBlack Mana
Black ManaBlack ManaLiliana of the Veil [3]Black ManaBlack Mana
Black ManaBlack ManaLiliana of the Dark Realms [4]Black ManaBlack Mana
Black ManaBlack ManaLiliana, Heretical Healer/Liliana, Defiant Necromancer [3]Black ManaBlack Mana
Black ManaBlack ManaLiliana, the Last Hope [3]Black ManaBlack Mana
Black ManaBlack ManaLiliana, Death’s Majesty [5]Black ManaBlack Mana
Black ManaBlack ManaLiliana, Death Wielder [5]Black ManaBlack Mana

Desiccated Naga
Liliana’s Caress
Liliana’s Elite
Liliana’s Indignation
Liliana’s Influence
Liliana’s Mastery
Liliana’s Reaver
Liliana’s Shade
Liliana’s Specter
Oath of Liliana

Flavor Options:
Rise of the Dark Realms
The Chain Veil


White ManaWhite ManaNahiri, the Lithomancer [3]White ManaWhite Mana
Red ManaWhite ManaNahiri, the Harbinger [4]Red ManaWhite Mana

Nahiri’s Machinations
Nahiri’s Wrath


White ManaBlue ManaNarset Transcendent [6]White ManaBlue Mana

Nicol Bolas

Blue ManaBlack ManaBlack ManaRed ManaNicol Bolas, Planeswalker [5]Blue ManaBlack ManaBlack ManaRed Mana

Augur of Bolas
Dark Intimations
Disciple of Bolas
Slave of Bolas

Flavor Options:
Gem of Becoming
Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas

Nissa Revane

Green ManaGreen ManaNissa Revane [4]Green ManaGreen Mana
Green ManaGreen ManaNissa, Worldwaker [3]Green ManaGreen Mana
Green ManaNissa, Vastwood Seer/Nissa, Sage Animist [3]Green Mana
Green ManaGreen ManaNissa, Voice of Zendikar [3]Green ManaGreen Mana
Green ManaGreen ManaNissa, Vital Force [5]Green ManaGreen Mana
Green ManaGreen ManaNissa, Nature’s Artisan [5]Green ManaGreen Mana
Green ManaBlue ManaNissa, Steward of Elements [2]Green ManaBlue Mana

Guardian of the Great Conduit
Nissa’s Chosen
Nissa’s Expedition
Nissa’s Judgment
Nissa’s Pilgrimage
Nissa’s Renewal
Nissa’s Revelation
Oath of Nissa

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Ob Nixilis

Black ManaBlack ManaOb Nixilis Reignited [5]Black ManaBlack Mana
Black ManaBlack ManaOb Nixilis of the Black Oath [3]Black ManaBlack Mana

Ral Zarek

Blue ManaRed ManaRal Zarek [4]Blue ManaRed Mana

Saheeli Rai

Blue ManaRed ManaSaheeli Rai [3]Blue ManaRed Mana

Saheeli’s Artistry

Sarkhan Vol

Red ManaGreen ManaSarkhan Vol [4]Red ManaGreen Mana
Black ManaRed ManaSarkhan the Mad [5]Black ManaRed Mana
Red ManaRed ManaSarkhan, the Dragonspeaker [5]Red ManaRed Mana
Green ManaBlue ManaRed ManaSarkhan Unbroken [5]Green ManaBlue ManaRed Mana

Sarkhan’s Rage
Sarkhan’s Triumph

Sorin Markov

Black ManaBlack ManaBlack ManaSorin Markov [5]Black ManaBlack ManaBlack Mana
White ManaBlack ManaSorin, Lord of Innistrad [4]White ManaBlack Mana
White ManaBlack ManaSorin, Solemn Visitor [4]White ManaBlack Mana
White ManaBlack ManaSorin, Grim Nemesis [6]White ManaBlack Mana

Sorin’s Thirst
Sorin’s Vengeance


Blue ManaBlue ManaTamiyo the Moon Sage [4]Blue ManaBlue Mana
Green ManaWhite ManaBlue ManaTamiyo, Field Researcher [4]Green ManaWhite ManaBlue Mana

Tamiyo’s Journal


Blue ManaBlue ManaTeferi, Temporal Archmage [5]Blue ManaBlue Mana

Teferi’s Care
Teferi’s Curse
Teferi’s Drake
Teferi’s Honor Guard
Teferi’s Imp
Teferi’s Isle
Teferi’s Moat
Teferi’s Puzzle Box
Teferi’s Realm
Teferi’s Response
Teferi’s Veil


Blue ManaBlue ManaTezzeret the Seeker [4]Blue ManaBlue Mana
Blue ManaBlack ManaTezzeret, Agent of Bolas [3]Blue ManaBlack Mana
Blue ManaBlack ManaTezzeret the Schemer [5]Blue ManaBlack Mana
Blue ManaBlack ManaTezzeret, Master of Metal [5]Blue ManaBlack Mana

Tezzeret’s Ambition
Tezzeret’s Betrayal
Tezzeret’s Gambit
Tezzeret’s Simulacrum
Tezzeret’s Touch


Red ManaRed ManaTibalt, the Fiend-Blooded [2]Red ManaRed Mana


Colorless ManaUgin, the Spirit Dragon [7]Colorless Mana

Eye of Ugin
Sanctum of Ugin
Scion of Ugin
Ugin’s Construct
Ugin’s Insight
Ugin’s Nexus


White ManaBlue ManaVenser, the Sojourner [3]White ManaBlue Mana

Venser’s Diffusion
Venser’s Journal
Venser’s Sliver


Black ManaGreen ManaVraska the Unseen [5]Black ManaGreen Mana


Red ManaGreen ManaXenagos, the Reveler [3]Red ManaGreen Mana

Fanatic of Xenagos

Flavor Options:
Revel of the Fallen God
Xenagos, God of Revels

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