Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran
Legendary Creature — Human Soldier
Whenever Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran attacks, attacking red creatures get +2/+0 and attacking white creatures get +0/+2 until end of turn.
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|Guilds of Ravnica: Guild Kit (GK1)||Rare|
|Ravnica: City of Guilds (RAV)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%
Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran Discussion
3 weeks ago
I've been thinking about it, and I feel that I owe the community here an apology.
I let my anger get the best of me, again. I've made it no secret about my anger management issues on here, but that is not an excuse.
The fact is, I should not have used this site, nor the contents of the game, as a conduit for my rage.
Part of anger management therapy is admitting when I am in the wrong, and that is what I am doing here.
My personal beliefs are still firm. I do agree that several cards listed are in fact racist, and like much of American media 20+ years ago came from a bad place. However, I still firmly believe several cards listed are not in fact racist and that WOTC is merely pushing a PR agenda in order to "get ahead" of potential fallout.
We saw this with Spacegodzilla, and we are seeing it again now. I strictly mentioned the card Crusade in my prior post, so I'd like to expand on it more with a less emotionally driven mind.
Yes, the Crusades in historical context were horrific. We aren't here to argue this. My argument is that WOTC is taking a backwards-racist method toward this card.
If the idea of mentioning crusades is a problem, other cards that mention that word or phrase would be banned, such as Cathars' Crusade. They are not, however.
This tells me that it is not the depiction of the card that is a problem. If it were, all cards eluding toward the idea of a Crusade would be banned.
They are not banning an idea, they are banning a single card.
We need to draw a line between the definition of a Crusade and what it means and the actual physical event in history that lead to the mass genocide of tens of thousands.
If they have a problem with the actual physical event in history, they'd ban all cards referencing it. The fact of the matter is, they have not.
Therefore, we need to look SPECIFICALLY at the card they chose to ban and ask why.
- "All white creatures get +1/+1."
Recall my point that "white" in this context does not mean the color of a creature's skin. It reflects the mana they are aligned with. For example, Cataclysmic Gearhulk would get +1/+1. It literally can't even have a "race" because it literally would not even be "alive". It's literally a machine. But, it has and therefore gets +1/+1.
Given the current BLM protests, the call to arms to ban and defund the police force due to "systemic racism" and the current administration - it is very clear to me that WOTC saw the "benefit toward whites" as a problem, thereby forgetting the entire mechanical design altogether.
So if a card can not give a single color of creature a boon, does this mean Bad Moon needs to also be banned? Of course not.
If we are speaking about "racial inequality" here, what about Crucible of Fire? After all, you are unjustly raising up Dragons - who are a race?
What about, as I mentioned before, Paragon of Fierce Defiance? Recall, "Red" was an old racial slur toward Native Americans. In a similar vein as to how "Yellow" is a slur toward Asians, in some contexts.
What we are looking at here are pieces of a puzzle, and each piece is important and must be asked of and evaluated individually in order to find the true stance.
What we have is:
- The banning of a single card mentioning the Crusades
- Which happens to be a card that grants +1/+1 to "white" creatures
- During the time of BLM protests
- During the time of supposed systemic racism in the police force
It's clear that the card was not chosen for its "inherent hate", but as a marketing ploy to serve an agenda in order to protect themselves from backlash during, as I said, an economic and societal crisis.
Okay, so let's move onto Invoke Prejudice.
Yes, this is absolutely a racist card. The artwork clearly depicts the KKK, and the tone of the card clearly is about superiority over others. I 100% agree that this card should be banned, and am glad that it is.
Now onto Cleanse.
Okay. Destroying "black" creatures is bad. Recall, "Black", in the context of MTG, does not mean "African American". It means having in its casting cost or part of an activated ability. So Cleanse would kill Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief. Does she look "African" to you? What about Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts? How about Crosis, the Purger? No? Funny, isn't it? It doesn't mean the color of their skin - it means the color of their mana.
...do you see where I'm going with this?
Stone-Throwing Devils. I legitimately have no idea how this can even be considered racist at all. Why, because it's another "black creature" who is "throwing rocks"? No, I don't buy this. Throughout Human history, many cultures throw rocks.
Bare in mind this card depicts creatures throwing stones as an aggressive and offensive means, not as a victim being stoned to death. If this card were something such as a sorcery where a group of people were beating someone to death by stoning them, I'd understand it more. But, again, that's not what this card is showing or representing. This card is not racist in any way.
Pradesh Gypsies: Yes, as I stated before, "Gypsy" is a slur. It's being taken back by the community, but it's still a slur. I 100% agree that this card is in poor taste for its name. No issues here.
Jihad: Uh, yes. Obviously. I can't believe a card was named this. 100% agree.
Imprison: I can see where someone MIGHT consider this to be a racist card, but again this is not about representing or attacking an ethnic group. This is a card that is aligned with , and flavorfully depicts it appropriately. The only reason this card is "considered racist" is because the artwork shows a dark-skinned man. If this card showed anyone else, it would have never made this list. The card wasn't racist until WOTC cried wolf and made a big fuss about it.
As I said before, and as I'll say again - WOTC doesn't care about you. We see this through their ever-growing price points, their cash-grab garbage products, their knee-jerk Secret Lair products dropped without warning and with limited windows... we see this with their inability to condemn cheating in their tournaments, their vice-grip banning of players and YouTubers who don't grovel to their every whim, and now this.
These cards existed for years. Decades. At any point someone could have said something. At any point someone could have brought it up. At any point someone could have made the call.
But they didn't. They didn't until now. Because, again, WOTC doesn't care about you.
They care about their bottom line. They saw companies being lambasted and see people, creators and companies being "cancelled" by the vocal minority far-wing Left and decided to step out in front of the train before it was "too late".
This is just a marketing ploy. A PR stunt.
It is a back-handed apology to protect their own wallets.
And that makes it insulting.
Some cards were rightfully banned and should have been banned long ago. They shouldn't have ever even seen the light of day.
The rest? It's them spitting in your face and asking you to thank them for it.
1 month ago
This one gives me flashbacks to Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran and Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I think white and red have enough anthem effects, so I would think the Commander for such a deck could have more interesting abilities than just stats.
If you really wanna double down, I could see something like, "Creatures you control get +X/+X, where X is equal to the number of permanents you control with abilities that says creatures you control on them."
This divulges into the unset-esque terminology to refer to words on cards, but generally it synergies with anything that says "creatures you control" on them. It could be anthem effects, even very defined ones Honor of the Pure, it could be permanents with anthem-like abilities, like Brave the Sands, or it could be active abilities that refer to creatures you control, like Ajani, Wise Counselor.
2 months ago
I'm replacing, Flamerush Rider and Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran with Benalish Marshal for an immediate buff and Gerrard, Weatherlight Hero to help survive that extra turn. They're also cheaper which will make casting them instead of cheating them out easier, if you happen to draw them. I'll make small changes as I go. I have finals this week, I'll fix the deck after that.
2 months ago
I'm replacing, Flamerush Rider and Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran with Benalish Marshal for an immediate buff and Gerrard, Weatherlight Hero to help survive that extra turn. They're also cheaper which will make casting them instead of cheating them out easier, if you happen to draw them. I'll make small changes as I go. Have finals this week, I'll fix the deck after that.
3 months ago
I recently build an Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran forced combat deck around global enchantments and double strike creatures. My current wincons are True Conviction and Warstorm Surge in combination with many anthems. Spear of Heliod is great for forced combat.
4 months ago
7 months ago
So after goin through the thread, I'm still not into any Boros (s)tax as this seems very constructed.
Instead I'll just pick up what Suns_Champion and TypicalTimmy said and try to create a combat-y commander with card draw and token support. Who else could be a better character for this than Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran : After Kos died in the second part of the original Ravnica trilogy, he came back as a ghost. How about this:
Agrus Kos, Mourned by the Meek 1WWR
Legendary Creature - Ghost Soldier
Whenever a creature you control attacks or blocks, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, if it is a token or has power 2 or less, you may 1. If you do, draw a card.
Even after his watch ended, Lieutenant Kos even still inspired recruits who never were to learn his name.
We have quite a lot going on here. Flavourwise, he references many great cards:
Being her partner, his cmc is reminiscent to that of Feather, the Redeemed .
He is a version of Mentor of the Meek from the command zone, referencing that card in his title.
His combat trigger and his flavourtext reference his original card.
Gameplay-wise, he has many different paths to go (which, as Suns_Champion said, Feather hasn't.): This Kos can be a powerful aggro commander. He can do weenies and he can do tokens. The three paths are very combinable and even synergize with two of the three Boros keywords (Mentor and Battallion). And he has pretty great card draw attached that evens fits the Boros way of doing things (just imagine Assemble the Legion with him.).
11 months ago
I strongly suggest the OG Ravnica legends, most of which are powerful but overshadowed by later printings within their guilds. Sure, two of them ( Grand Arbiter Augustin IV and Teysa, Orzhov Scion ) are among the more highly played commanders, but I was thinking more like Lyzolda, the Blood Witch , or Ulasht, the Hate Seed , or Savra, Queen of the Golgari , or Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran . There's a lot of originality to be had in those decks, and a ton of customization and deckbuilding, plus you get the bonus of someone going "Woah, I've never seen a _ deck before!" basically every time you sit down to play.