A new line of official Commander decks is to be released later this year, and this time, they'll be in arc (allied tricolor) color configurations rather than in enemy wedges. Last time, the five wedge Commander decks had some pretty snappy names: Heavenly Inferno in white-black-red, Mirror Mastery in blue-red-green, Counterpunch in black-green-white, Political Puppets (my favorite) in red-white-blue, and Devour for Power in green-blue-black. That tradition of jazzy deck titles will of course be continued this year - it's just good marketing. So what will the arc decks be named? Let's try to guess:
- Green-white-blue: This color combination is often associated with "group hug"-style decks, which benefit everyone and make other players reluctant to pick on whomever is piloting them. Glorious Benevolence seems fitting.
- White-blue-black: Stereotypically, blue is the most control-oriented color in the game, followed by white and black; it's not much of a stretch to imagine this deck being ponderous and manipulative, making good use of tutoring effects, extra turns, and massive lifegain to fuel life payments and simply to stall out. I'd call this one Chrono-Lockdown.
- Blue-black-red: We already know one of the legends in this deck is Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge, who exiles cards from everyone's library and allows you to cast her exiled spells for free. This looks like a deck focusing on mill, parasitizing, and victimizing all of your opponents at once. I'd name it Treacherous Tendencies.
- Black-red-green: With the devour keyword appearing in these colors and the legend we already know, Prossh, Skyraider of Kher, eating up Kobold tokens and other creature sacrifices for a power pump, it's too bad Devour for Power is already taken. This appears to be a "suicide" aggro deck that's fast but fragile - I like The Slaughterhouse.
- Red-green-white: These are all good aggro colors, and often form "Voltron"-style decks, that load down their creatures with Auras and Equipment. Enchanted Enforcers would be appropriate.