Ranking the Planeswalkers

Recently, TSG and Eck from The Magic Box set out on a quest to determine a definitive ranking on all the planeswalkers in Cube and we were happy to contribute when Usman Jamil (co-host of the third power and writer for Star City Games) contacted us for our input on the subject.

Along with polling Sam, Usman, and me, the guys over at The Magic Box polled Anthony Avitollo (co-host of the third power and writer for legitMTG), Kenny from Reno, Johnathan Richmond, Justin Parnell (of star city games), Casey Ferraro, and Kenyon Colloran.

Here is what they came up with.

1st Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2nd Elspeth, Knight-Errant
3rd Karn Liberated
4th Liliana of the Veil
5th Ajani Vengeant
6th Gideon Jura
7th Garruk Relentless
8th Tamiyo, the Moon Sage
9th Garruk Wildspeaker
10th Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
11th Koth of the Hammer
12th Garruk, Primal Hunter
13th Jace Beleren
14th Jace, Architect of Thought
15th Ajani Goldmane
16th Venser, the Sojourner
17th Elspeth Tirel
18th Ajani, Caller of Pride
19th Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
20th Chandra Nalaar
21st Chandra, Pyromaster
22nd Vraska, the Unseen
23rd Ral Zarek
24th Sarkhan the Mad
25th Gideon, Champion of Justice


I think this list is pretty good. I wish I saw more Chandra, the Firebrand on the list since she can really just win games. I understand that most cube designers hate Jace, Memory Adept so I really didn’t expect to see him on the list.

The top ten is wildly powerful – just looking at their names makes me giddy. And, the top four are exactly the same as mine, so I know we are all pretty close in our rankings.  All in all, I would say that we did really well ranking the planeswalkers.

jace the mind sculptor




Long live the king.





Thank you to TSG and Eck for putting this all together and thank you to Usman for asking us to help!

17 thoughts on “Ranking the Planeswalkers

  1. Given the few opportunities we all had to play with Chandra, Pyromaster and Ral Zarek on our cubes, I believe both will climb this list to the low teens in a few more months.

  2. Jace, Memory Adept is indeed very powerful but I feel Anthony Avitollo really put it best saying that he’s just a binary Planeswalker even if that means he’s operating in the ON position most of the time.

    Planeswalker all too often already create subgames within Magic and big Jace is the worst offender warping the game of Magic to a very simple and short form of “Attack and kill me now or perish!”

    • I don’t disagree with anything you say, he definitely creates a sub game you have to deal with. Having that sub game doesn’t bother me too much. I enjoy that some cards in cube–a limited format with some extremely complicated interactions and play possibilities–can be big, stupid “GUHHH I WIN” type of cards, cards that reward you for getting to that spot and keeping him protected.

  3. This list is bogus.

    >Every Ajani is overvalued here.
    >Sorin Markov isn’t even mentioned.
    >Gideon, Champion of Justice is on this list.

    • I’m OK with where Vengeant is, but I agree with your other two points. I would’ve put Sorin Markov pretty high up in my #16-25 spot, and would’ve put him and old Tezzeret over new Gideon.

      • I don’t think he was bad–when he hit the board, he was really nice–but BBB is hard to cast.

        • I fought to keep him in for a while. But for six mana, 3 being BBB, he has to do more than shoot an x/2 and gain you life. Brining your opponent to 10 means nothing majority of the time.

          That being said, he would be in my top 25, but not in my top 20.

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