Akroan Crusader

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Theros Common

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Akroan Crusader

Creature — Human Soldier

Heroic -- Whenever you cast a spell that targets Akroan Crusader, put a 1/1 red soldier creature token with haste onto the battlefield.

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Akroan Crusader Discussion

3InchMeatMonster on Ya like Jazz? no? how about budget aggro decks?

1 month ago

Karma1452 ive thought about those two cards. i have full sets of them. Akroan Crusader is a good card, but too slow. i will use buffs after the declare attackers stage, to ramp damage. using that would not give me the surprise aspect of which creature i will buff. Guttersnipe has a special place for me, i love the card, it was in my very first deck. and ive considered putting it in. but i decided to go with the Countryside Crusher, because getting a 3rd land is not something i want and has almost cost me games before.

but thanks for the suggestions :)

TheVectornaut on Garbage Villa

1 month ago

There might actually be something here since cards that boost toughness tend to be cheaper than those that boost power. Shape the Sands + Twisted Image is sort of like an instant speed Phytoburst, just as an example. Arena Athlete seems to be the strongest target given the likelihood of blockers. Akroan Crusader could have synergy with wider effects like Tower Defense and Triton Tactics though. How you get the mana to work out is another question entirely.

Also, am I missing something with Endless One or is it just a throw-in?

hubatish on Token Storm Zada

1 month ago

Also, what do you think about Akroan Crusader? Mana efficiency is good but he obviously doesn't interact as well with Zada. I might also brew up Wort, the Raidmother and I think both of these cards would be very good there as tokens go up in importance.

Firebones675 on Heroic Humans

1 month ago

i'd try to to pick up some copies of Launch the Fleet. Back when it was in standard, a popular deck involved using it on a bunch of Akroan Crusaders

islandsopwizplsnerf on Tajic EDH

2 months ago

The two simplest ways to win in commander are creature damage (dropping opponents from 40 to 0) and commander damage (21 damage from the same commander). Tajic can hit that sweet spot of 7 damage (the minimum needed to kill in 3 turns) but Boros (white-red) lends itself very well to creature damage.

When you combine red's themes of energy, movement, and aggression with white's themes of order, protection, and community, you get a military force. Straightforward, resilient, powerful beatdown. Boros doesn't just lend itself to "going wide" thematically; going wide reduces your color's natural weaknesses. WR doesn't have the card draw spells, tutor spells (search your library for a card you want), or ramp (sustainable extra mana, from creatures or putting extra land into play) to quickly recover from a big loss, and lacks counterspells and graveyard recursion to prevent or mitigate removal spells (it has all of that, of course, just less than other colors). You can "go tall" and stack a bunch of equipment and auras on Tajic (and indestructible makes that more viable than it would be otherwise) but a Darksteel Mutation or the like stops you in your tracks.

The most threatening card on the table draws everybody's removal, generally, so you can avoid that by not playing cards that are threatening in and of themselves but become much more powerful than the sum of their parts. Lets say you have Tajic, Akroan Hoplite, and Aurelia, the Warleader on the board. You swing for a total of 14 and then swing again for another 14. Respectable. But a single Malfunction or Murder on your big Aurelia drops that from 28 to 4 damage. Compare to having, just one example, Tajic, Akroan Hoplite, Hanweir Garrison, and Kongming, "Sleeping Dragon" out: you swing for 26, but knocking out any one creature doesn't drop that nearly as much or cost you that much mana. You want to deal with removal and counterspells the same way you deal with creatures, by going straight through them. It comes down to card advantage: spending a Murder or Malfunction on a big creature is good, but spending it on a buffed-up token is rarely going to be worth the battlefield advantage. I've been running Iroas, God of Victory for awhile now: he's a blast to play and I'm constantly surprised at how often I win.

Cut cards with Heroic (Akroan Crusader) that benefit you for spending resources on them for cards with Battalion (Firemane Avenger, Battlefield Medic) that benefit you for building up a board state. Cut cards with enter the battlefield pumps (Viashino Firstblade) for cards with permanent, army-wide pumps (Kongming). Cut burn spells (Lightning Strike) for cards that shut down creatures regardless of how tough they are (Excoriate). Cut big, temporary, single target pumps (Titan's Strength) for army-wide pumps (True Conviction)


Noblis of War and Cavalry Pegasus are great, but you get more value out of them the more creatures you have on the field: Spear of Heliod gives more extra damage if you have ten 1/1s than one 10/10. You have a good base, but some cards don't synergize well with the rest of what you're doing: Spikeshot Elder, Spark Trooper, Skyknight Legionnaire, Minotaur Skullcleaver, Dawnstrike Paladin, Cyclops Tyrant, Anax and Cymede, and Akroan Crusader are all good creatures, but they don't help you build a threatening army beyond the paltry damage they deal. Battlewise Valor, Lightning Strike, Magma Jet, Titan's Strength, Warleader's Helix, Act of Treason, Mugging and even Silence don't give recurring value or enough of it in one go to swing the game completely. You don't have enough lifegain going on to benefit from Angelic Accord.

Some cheap, combat oriented cards I'd suggest: Archetype of Aggression, Archetype of Courage, Hanweir Garrison and Hanweir Battlements, Angel of Jubilation, Balefire Liege, Heliod, God of the Sun, Legion Loyalist, Geist-Honored Monk, Assemble the Legion, Cathars' Crusade, Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran, Pianna, Nomad Captain, Captain of the Watch, Hammer of Purphoros, Sun Titan, Hellrider. Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion and Slayers' Stronghold are better than sorceries or instants that pump your creatures because they can do it over and over again, and provide mana when they aren't.

cplvela0811 on VERY Competitive Red/White Heroic

2 months ago

Do you like Fabled Hero or Akroan Crusader? I think the Crusader may be an excellent trade, for Satyr Hoplite.

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