Welcome everyone. This is the updated version of a list that ccm00007 started back in 2017, to discuss cards which are worth looking at competitively. This list is not restricted exclusively to WKO level cards, but it is competitively oriented. The idea behind this list is to give newer players a guide to get into the competitive game.
Some disclaimers and housekeeping before we begin:
- Each set list will include searchable Tags to try and specify the role (or function) of the card. For instructions on how to use them, and to see a complete list of our currently used Tags, please click here.
- The following is just our opinion, and that should be taken with a grain of salt or two. If you disagree with something on this list (or not on this list), please contact us. Maybe you can sway our decision?
- This list will always be in flux. A card which is useless today can be part of a game-breaking combo tomorrow. We will do our best to keep this updated regularly.
- Not every single playable card is in here. This is a starting point for you to build from. There are lots of fun and janky combos which will not be included here (e.g. Captain Britain Iron Man is incredibly fun, but he requires such a specific build, and he’s so easy to counter, that he’s hardly worth looking at from a competitive standpoint)
With that said, we hope this is useful to you. Enjoy!
UPDATE (12/31): Just in time for the new year, we now have a text-based version of the list available. This list allows you to search all cards rather than searching by set. You can even sort cards based on whether they’re legal in Modern or not! You can find the text-based list here.
UPDATE (1/05): There is now a PDF download link at the bottom of this page for those that would like to keep a copy of this list on their computer. It will be updated periodically as this list on this site changes.
UPDATE (3/27/20): As of today, please go here to see a log of all updates to the Essentials List from hereon in.
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If you would like a PDF copy of this list, you can download it here: