Adanto Vanguard


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Uncommon

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Adanto Vanguard

Creature — Vampire Soldier

As long as Adanto Vanguard is attacking, it gets +2/+0.

Pay 4 life: Adanto Vanguard gains indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)

Adanto Vanguard Discussion

CharlesChinigan on Naya Tokens

1 week ago

I like the deck. I remember starting a brew on naya tokens a while ago, and I'm happy to see a list on it!

Just a quick Note. You might want a few Adanto Vanguard just as mini beaters or blockers before the tokens get made.

Also (This probably doesn't matter too much) there is a small non-bo with Emmara, Soul of the Accord and Ajani, the Greathearted .

Futuremonk on Paradise Bogles

1 week ago

Nice! I've been playing with a similar idea. Adanto Vanguard works pretty well as an honorary second bogle. I also recommend Knight of Grace for the sideboard. You can see my list here: Bogle Dorks.

VampiricJace on Teyo is super cute, okay? (WAR Standard)

3 weeks ago

Shagoth: I haven't felt that yet in playtesting (though I've done little), but I'll swap for one additional blue-producer, and if I don't run into any trouble, I'll keep it. Thanks!

urzasails: Thanks! I appreciate it. Netdecking is terribly boring. And since I have absolutely no clue about Standard meta with little experience in the format as a whole, here we are.

  • Doesn't Cast Down work better as early removal over Moment of Craving , or is that 2 lifegain substantial to survival? My thought was that a hard removal spell is better than something that might sit in my hand in the late game. Though, I do see the benefit when Adanto Vanguard becomes indestructible. I'll go ahead and give it a go.
  • I'll play around with Chemister's Insight over Precognitive Perception while also adding a third copy (removing one Revitalize ). Keep in mind I am also running The Mirari Conjecture which is card advantage in a way, cause it returns 2 additional cards. But, I have no idea if that is a relevant card, or if it's too slow. What do you think of Wall of Runes ? That should help smooth my draws while protecting, which is another reason there is so little card draw.
  • I'll find a way to bump add an additional Kaya's Wrath .

And again, thanks for the bit of insight into the current metagame!

urzasails on Teyo is super cute, okay? (WAR Standard)

4 weeks ago

I am not sure how the meta will be changing with WAR being released as it does mix things up a bit, but the former standard meta was almost completely Aggro with Esper/Azorius control being the exceptions. This being said, I would say it's important to have early removal like Moment of Craving as it takes out a common mono-white card, Adanto Vanguard , or a very common mono-red card, Runaway Steam-Kin , and boosts your life for later beatings. Also, I'm sure people have already alerted you of this, but wrath effects are your best friend. Kaya's Wrath , Settle the Wreckage , and Cleansing Nova are very boring and used by the net-deck Esper players, but are because they're very powerful control pieces. Again, I really like how your deck isn't like other esper decks and has more variety and creatures and big Drago bois, but there are a few staples that are quite important.

Murphy77 on Feather WAR Standard Deck

1 month ago


The thing about a Feather deck is that you want to use his effect as much as possible. Play any instant, targeting one of your own creatures, and you get it back at the end of turn to play again next turn. Sheltering Light and Adamant Will can then protect a creature every turn and cards like Dauntless Bodyguard become redundant.

Spellgorger Weird and Tenth District Legionnaire then just multiply benefits by also collecting +1/+1 counters.

Any creature with double-strike equipped with Run Amok and Sheltering Light could end up doing a lot of damage. You then have the option of aiming for a high cmc creature like Goring Ceratops , or something like Swiftblade Vindicator and more instants like Sure Strike . With Feather in the mix, I would lean toward cheap instant spells.

The idea of bringing in Battlefield Promotion is interesting. More so if you had Ajani's Pridemate or Gideon's Company on the field. The problem is that you need to fit a large number of cheap instant spells into the deck and trying to fit in too many strategies could mean that you fail with them all. Adanto Vanguard , as a stand-alone creature just seems far too risky - you have a limited number of creature spots.

How much control you build into the deck will always be a debating point. If you can quickly build a powerful indestructible attacking force, maybe you can run over a number of decks with very little control. The combination of Teyo, the Shieldmage and Shalai, Voice of Plenty could give you blanket protection, but is likely to slow the deck down considerably. Ditto for Ixalan's Binding , Prison Realm , Conclave Tribunal etc. I would tend to have some of these cards in the side-board and aim for a high-tempo, win quickly approach with an equal number of impact creatures and boosting instant spells.

Although I haven't play-tested the concept, I rather like War of the Feather M

MurderForBrunch on Judith, Ravnican Blood Artist! Mardu Aristocrats

1 month ago

I like a lot Adanto Vanguard as a creature, I think it's great. Also I see your point of being quite a resilient creature. But I think I prefer to "not care" if my creatures die or not, mostly with stuff like the new Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord or Command the Dreadhorde which is a mass reanimator. Also there's the point where I would have no idea of what to cut in favor of the Vanguard, the 2-drop is packed with more or less essential synergy cards. But thanks a lot for the suggestion! I was definitely thinking of sleeving up Mardu Aggro, with less sac outlets and more punch to see how it runs, and this would be an auto-include! :D

MgStrange on Judith, Ravnican Blood Artist! Mardu Aristocrats

1 month ago

I see your point. As a follow up what about Adanto Vanguard , it's a very hard to remove card that you can preserve until you have the right triggers. You have enough life gain to be able to pay the cost for the indestructible without worrying too much.

OberstHati on Pumping Off Tetsuko

1 month ago

I‘d suggest swapping in 3 Legion's Landing  Flip for the obsessions, Unbreakable Formation instead of insights, 4 Adanto Vanguard instead of Negate

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