(List) The Best Targeted Creature Removal for EDH (EDH / Commander)

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    Swords to Plowshares
    The single best creature removal card. Not pretty good, not one of the best, THE best.

    White (11)

    Council's Judgment
    If you're good at politics, you could convince people to remove 1 permanent per player.
    Darksteel Mutation
    I hope you have enchantment removal
    Grasp of Fate
    Being able to exile one for each opponent is super relevant.

    Blue (8)

    Cyclonic Rift
    Ideally, you won't cast it for 2 mana, but it helps in a pinch.
    Imprisoned in the Moon
    A better Darksteel Mutation
    There are better options, but you may want this for budget redundancy

    Red (13)

    Divergent Transformations
    Worthwhile if you often face 4 or more opponents
    Goblin Sharpshooter
    Kill everything with 1 toughness
    Lightning Bolt
    Even Lightning Bolt isn't that great, but it still removes many commanders
    Lightning Strike
    Budget Lightning Bolt
    Searing Spear
    Another Budget Lightning Bolt
    Utter End
    Anguished Unmaking is better, but this is still functional


    Every commander deck should have creature removal. No exceptions. Depending on your deck's color you might not be able to run a lot (looking at you mono-green) but you can always run some. At least 5 when possible. While I've tried to include removal that works in all decks, make sure you really asses which cards will be right for your deck. Cards like Ulvenwald Tracker and Outnumber might not always work.

    Most everything on this list is 3 mana or less. Cards that are more than that either hit multiple targets (Ugin, the Spirit Dragon), or can also hit noncreature targets (Decimate). Ideally, you want your removal to be 2 mana or less, and instant-speed. The best ones for each color are Swords to Plowshares, Rapid Hybridization, Go for the Throat (Hero's Downfall is arguably better), Abrade (arguably Chaos Warp), and Beast Within.

    I will not be surprised if I missed a few cards... or a lot. There are many pieces of creature removal out there, so please leave a comment if I missed a good one. Keep in mind, this list is for targeted creature removal, not mass creature removal. You should get to chose what gets removed (cards that target all opponents, like Merciless Executioner are the exception).

    I'd love to hear what you think of this list.



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