All the Wraths of MtG

Art by Kev Walker

Art by Kev Walker


Something for the Commander/EDH players: a comprehensive list of all “Wrath” effects in Magic: the Gathering. This is more useful than it sounds: a lot of wraths, some of them very good, won’t show up in the obvious Gatherer searches.



Here are some details about the list that you can freely skip:

What exactly counts as a wrath? I had to draw the line somewhere. I ended up with a bunch of rules, which were chosen with Commander in mind. A “wrath” must match all of them. An “honourable mention” is allowed a bit more leeway in one of them. I’ve been generous with the corner cases.

  • It must affect “most” creatures; or at least 6 creatures; or at least 4 creatures per opponent; or all but one creature per opponent. (Honourable mention: about half the creatures; or at least 4 creatures; or at least 2 creatures per opponent.)
  • It must affect at least 2 opponents. (HM: not necessary.)
  • It must “neutralize” the creatures “permanently”. (HM: for one whole turn, or until undone by e.g. killing a certain permanent.)
  • If it kills creatures through damage or -X/-X, X should be at least 5. (HM: 4.)
  • It cannot cost more than 12 mana in a single turn. (Also true for an honourable mention.)
  • All the destruction must happen in a single turn. (Also true for an honourable mention.)
  • Although they technically have the same outcome, I’ve chosen to exclude tutor effects and cards that straight-up kill someone or win the game. (For honourable mentions, however, I’ve chosen to include tutors from other players’ libraries or graveyards, because I want this list to be useful to Commander players and they often forget this option when hunting for wrath effects.)

As lines in the sand go, that’s pretty close to the sea, so there are a few very very bad wraths that still made the list. Luckily, I’ve also given each card a star rating (based on how good they are at being wraths in Commander). The more situational cards are assumed to be in an appropriate deck; don’t run Warp World if you won’t have a lot of permanents on the board. One could quibble about some of my choices, but as long as you stick to the 3+ stars you’ll do fine.

5/5: one of the best cards in Commander, period.
4/5: excellent value for the mana. Will bring a smile to your face when you draw it.
3/5: good value for the mana. The Wrath of God standard.
2/5: does the job, but not very well.
1/5: pretty much unplayable as a wrath.

The list is meant to be comprehensive, so please do tell me about any card I’ve missed.

Last update: 15/03/2014 (up to Born of the Gods)


5/5 All is Dust
3/5 Oblivion Stone
2/5 Nevinyrral’s Disk
1/5 Worldslayer

Colourless (honourable mentions)

1/5 Contagion Engine
1/5 Grinning Totem
1/5 Volatile Rig


5/5 Terminus
5/5 Austere Command
4/5 Hallowed Burial
4/5 Fated Retribution
4/5 Balance (banned in Commander)
4/5 Planar Cleansing
4/5 Akroma’s Vengeance
4/5 Final Judgment
4/5 Phyrexian Rebirth
3/5 Cataclysm
3/5 Catastrophe
3/5 Rout
3/5 Wrath of God
3/5 Day of Judgment
3/5 False Prophet
3/5 Martial Coup
3/5 March of Souls
3/5 Winds of Rath
3/5 Myojin of Cleansing Fire
2/5 Elspeth Tirel
2/5 Solar Tide
2/5 Mass Calcify
2/5 Kirtar’s Wrath
2/5 Magus of the Disk
2/5 Soulscour
2/5 Hour of Reckoning
2/5 Sunscour
2/5 Divine Reckoning
2/5 Planar Collapse
2/5 Scourglass
1/5 Gideon, Champion of Justice
1/5 Mageta the Lion
1/5 Harsh Mercy
1/5 Balancing Act
1/5 Restore Balance

White (honourable mentions)

4/5 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
4/5 Humility
3/5 Sunblast Angel
3/5 Dimensional Breach
3/5 Retribution of the Meek


5/5 Curse of the Swine
5/5 Ixidron
1/5 Sway of the Stars (banned in Commander)

Blue (honourable mentions)

5/5 Diluvian Primordial
5/5 Cyclonic Rift
3/5 Upheaval (banned in Commander)
3/5 Chancellor of the Spires
3/5 Spelltwine
2/5 Knowledge Exploitation
2/5 Devastation Tide
2/5 Kederekt Leviathan
2/5 Meishin, the Mind Cage
2/5 Cultural Exchange
2/5 Wash Out
1/51/5 Evacuation
1/5 Whelming Wave
1/5 Inundate
1/5 Distorting Wake
1/5 Alexi, Zephyr Mage


5/5 Toxic Deluge
4/5 Decree of Pain
4/5 Living Death
3/5 Mutilate
3/5 Damnation
3/5 Black Sun’s Zenith
3/5 Plague Wind
3/5 Death Cloud
3/5 Kagemaro, First to Suffer
3/5 Hythonia the Cruel
3/5 Dread Cacodemon
3/5 Reiver Demon
2/5 Bane of the Living
2/5 Life’s Finale
2/5 Hex
2/5 Planar Despair
2/5 Pestilence Demon
2/5 Crypt Rats
2/5 Thrashing Wumpus
2/5 Pestilence
2/5 Havoc Demon
2/5 Killing Wave
1/5 Hellfire
1/5 Ichor Explosion
1/5 Forced March
1/5 Kuro, Pitlord
1/5 Last Laugh
1/5 Dregs of Sorrow
1/5 Sickening Dreams
1/5 Living End

Black (honourable mentions)

3/5 Sudden Spoiling
3/5 Overwhelming Forces
2/5 Barter in Blood
2/5 Consume the Meek
1/5 Praetor’s Grasp
1/5 Rain of Daggers


5/5 Blasphemous Act
3/5 Apocalypse
3/5 Warp World
3/5 Starstorm
2/5 Jokulhaups
2/5 Decree of Annihilation
2/5 Rolling Earthquake
2/5 Obliterate
2/5 Devastation
2/5 Pyrohemia
2/5 Worldfire (banned in Commander)
2/5 Chain Reaction
2/5 Bloodfire Colossus
2/5 Ashling the Pilgrim
2/5 Scourge of Kher Ridges
2/5 Destructive Force
2/5 Jaya Ballard, Task Mage
2/5 Inferno
2/5 Disaster Radius
1/5 Chandra, the Firebrand
1/5 Flowstone Slide
1/5 Volcanic Wind
1/5 Firestorm
1/5 Kindle the Carnage
1/5 Devastating Dreams

Red (honourable mentions)

3/5 Ryusei, the Falling Star
3/5 Jiwari, the Earth Aflame
3/5 Molten Disaster
3/5 Magmaquake
2/5 Mizzium Mortars
2/5 Lavaball Trap
2/5 Slice and Dice
2/5 Wildfire
2/5 Burning of Xinye
2/5 Crater Hellion
2/5 Balefire Dragon
2/5 Sudden Demise
2/5 Mogg Infestation
2/5 Skirk Fire Marshal
2/5 Earthquake
2/5 Fault Line
2/5 Thieves’ Auction
1/5 Puppet’s Verdict
1/5 Chandra Nalaar
1/5 Bonfire of the Damned
1/5 Alpha Brawl
1/5 Lord of Shatterskull Pass
1/5 Cerebral Eruption
1/5 Torrent of Lava
1/5 Swirling Sandstorm
1/5 Heart of Bogardan
1/5 Street Spasm
1/5 Scrambleverse


Art by Nils Hamm

Art by Nils Hamm

Green (honourable mentions)

2/5 Arashi, the Sky Asunder
2/5 Tornado Elemental
2/5 Silklash Spider
1/5 Whirlwind
1/5 Hurricane
1/5 Squall Line
1/5 Tropical Storm
1/5 Windstorm
1/5 Corrosive Gale
1/5 Gale Force


3/5 Supreme Verdict
3/5 Worldpurge

White/Blue (honourable mentions)

1/5 Godhead of Awe
1/5 Mirrorweave

Blue/Black (honourable mentions)

3/5 Memory Plunder
2/5 Wrexial, the Risen Deep
1/5 Soulquake


1/5 Phyrexian Purge

Black/Red (honourable mentions)

2/5 Din of the Fireherd
2/5 Malfegor
1/5 Rakdos the Defiler


2/5 Savage Twister


2/5 Novablast Wurm


5/5 Merciless Eviction

White/Black (honourable mentions)

1/5 Culling Sun


5/5 Pernicious Deed
4/5Gaze of Granite
2/5 Plague Boiler


2/5 Razia’s Purification
2/5 Desolation Giant

Red/White (honourable mentions)

2/5 Brightflame

UBR (honourable mentions)

2/5 Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
1/5 Jeleva, Nephalia’s Scourge

BRG (honourable mentions)

1/5 Lavalanche


3/5 Child of Alara

6 thoughts on “All the Wraths of MtG

  1. Xirious

    You seriously need to re-rank this – the perfect example of why is Toxic Deluge. It is a $10 card for a reason, it is in NO way such a poor card for commander as you make it out to be – it was built for the format. Having 40 life mitigates the life cost and it is the one of, if not, the cheapest boardwipes in the game at 3 CMC with only one coloured mana shows me your rating system is absolutely horrid.

    1. dausuul

      I have to agree on Toxic Deluge. It’s absolutely a five-star. It’s a 3-mana wrath (!) that kills indestructible and regenerating creatures, while still leaving them in the graveyard to reanimate later. If you have a couple of big bruisers out, you can even calibrate Toxic Deluge to clear out the little stuff and leave your fatties alive. When you start at 40, the life cost is minor.

      Living Death is another five-star that you’ve rated at two. Like Toxic Deluge, it can kill anything; and with a sac outlet or some self-mill, you can set yourself up to emerge from the wipe with a brand-new army. Or, if someone else just trashed your board state, Living Death can bring it all back. It’s an incredibly versatile card for a mere 5 mana. I’ve never seen a black deck that couldn’t use Living Death.

      1. Roxolan Post author

        You are not the first person to tell me this; the simple truth is that I had not played with/against Toxic Deluge at the time. Updated it to 5, and updated Living Death to 4.

  2. Alex

    The Great Aurora is a pretty decent board wipe for green, at least in commander. 9 is really expensive, but it pretty much resets the entire board.

    I probably over-value it, because I like to play green decks with a more than normal number of lands, like my Titania, Protector of Argoth deck runs like 65 lands.

    Having a lot of tokens is nice too, as each counts as a permanent being suffled away, even if it ceases to exist in game terms as soon as it is shuffled.


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