Captain of the Watch


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora (DDO) Rare
Magic 2013 (M13) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare

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Captain of the Watch

Creature — Human Soldier

Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.)

Other Soldier creatures you control get +1/+1 and have vigilance.

When Captain of the Watch enters the battlefield, put three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield.

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Captain of the Watch Discussion

Gadianten on Krav/Regna 2 Face Tails

2 weeks ago

Your creatures dying punishing your opponents is good but I feel you lack fuel for the stacks approach and your commander in general. With that in mind I have some token generators that might help with that: Abhorrent Overlord, Evangel of Heliod, Captain of the Watch, Cloudgoat Ranger, Geist-Honored Monk, Ghoulcaller Gisa, Grave Titan, Elspeth, Sun's Champion, Infernal Genesis, Leonin Warleader, Ophiomancer, Pawn of Ulamog, Secure the Wastes, Sengir Autocrat, Skirsdag High Priest. I have tried to choose creatures that were efficient in general and gain value with reanimation.

A couple of useful creatures to consider as well: Elenda, the Dusk Rose, Teysa, Orzhov Scion.

Neat ideal with the two faced deck.

DrukenReaps on

1 month ago

apex457 lol, yeah anytime something would 'die' or be 'sacrificed' it goes to the graveyard. Provided no Rest in Peaces or similar... I don't think I'll go for betrayal. It would be really good here but I'm more interested in exiling anything that I would want to get control of. More Grave Pacts are always a possibility. Thanks for your thoughts.

Gadianten Thanks for your thoughts. I was running those three lifegain victory conditions in another deck but they are coming out of there since it has moved somewhat away from lifegain only cards. They could definitely find a way in here. Sometimes I completely miss the obvious...

Gift of Immortality would work great with another build I ran across today. It utilized ETBs to generate tokens like Captain of the Watch. It might be a better way to go and I already have some really good options for that style. I do want to play it this way for a bit first though.

SMASHER101 on Deadeye Navigator

2 months ago

If you are playing casual modern (which is a great format and I wish I could play it more often) then you could make just about anything work. the first thing you need to decide is if you want to go infinite or not. Deadeye navigator is better for infinite, for non-infinite there is an endless ammount of build paths. You could go with norin + purphoros or an all in Ghost Way/Eerie Interlude deck that could win with creatures that etb and make tokens like Captain of the Watch. Another fun thing (not modern legal) is Parallax Wave. Not really blink but I tried out an abzan Rally the Ancestors combo deck with Return to the Ranks and it was really fun but goldfished turn 5-6, which wouldn't be a problem in casual. Reality acid is also fun to blink. You might want to try EDH too and maybe play a brago deck. Personaly, I would build around value creatures and Eldrazi Displacer. My pauper deck uses the tron lands to do a lot of mana intensive loops with Ghostly Flicker and mnomnic wall, so maybey you want to try that. As a side note you can go infinite with Cloud of Faeries, Peregrine Drake, and Palinchron(woah, $20!?!) fairly easily. Coiling Oracle is annother fun card to blink. I will link a commander deck design that I never got around to cutting any cards from but you can use it as a list of blink stuff.

KongMing on Enlist now!

2 months ago

You have Brave the Elements to give your board protection against targeting and damage and allow them a way to swing through blockers. But you don't have much if someone just wipes the board with Damnation or Cyclonic Rift.

I recommend you cut the Wrath of Gods and instead add a couple Eerie Interlude. It's an amazing defensive card - you can declare blockers and then bounce them all out after the First Strike damage phase to prevent the damage done to them. You can also give your field evasion in case a big boardwipe would nuke it. Not only that, it reactivates the ETB effects of over 80% of your creatures, including engines like Mentor of the Meek and Captain of the Watch. Keep in mind that all the creatures see each other re-entering the battlefield, so all the Allies will trigger each other, and all the Humans will trigger Champion of the Parish, even if he is bounced and re-enters with them.

So yeah, that's my recommendation for Eerie Interlude. Alternatively you could run Teferi's Protection , but Phasing in doesn't activate ETB effects, and I think Eerie Interlude's selective ability would give you more options.

Nice deck, good luck!

PTsmitty on Mardu Rites

2 months ago

You definetly want to replace the Butcher for a card that has an enter the battlefield (ETB) affect since that is the whole concept behind the Rites deck. Not sure if you have a budget so I am going to throw several ideas out there.

You could try using Bedlam Reveler since it does provide card draw and a way to fill your graveyard with unneeded lands or your flashback options. With 22 instance and sorcery cards you may be able to get the cost down to RR. Not many other red ETB options were popping up when I looked or when thinking about modern cards in general.

Massacre Wurm could be an option if you local meta plays a lot of small creatures or is heavy with the Lingering Souls plan. Demon of Dark Schemes could be a cheaper and different option.

Obzedat, Ghost Council for life changing affects? May be inconsistent and is vulnerable to Path, but it is an option.

Grave Titan for a go wide token plan?

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite to shrink your opponent's creatures and grow your souls tokens?

Captain of the Watch for a spicy knight token swarm?

Angel of Serenity as a one of for board control?

You could simply play Siege Rhino with the understanding that you cannot pay the green cost could be an option because the 3 life gained and 3 life lost is a big swing in momentum.

So there are a few ideas for you. I am sure there were several other ideas out there and hopefully some other people will come along and think of them. Like I said, just make sure it has an ETB affect or big board presence to make it work reanimating.

zenozia on

5 months ago

hi really like your list! but I feel that you rely on the wrong keyword you see in most of the case having flying double strike haste is far better then first strike and vigilence also hexproof is really not that good because it doesnt give it during main phase 1 same thing for indestructible

creature: Skyhunter Skirmisher, Aven Sunstriker Balan, Wandering Knight, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite not sure about this one but it's such a cool card! Akroma, Angel of Wrath and Zetalpa, Primal Dawn if your local meta is slow enough this are the cards

artifact: Quietus Spike, Hammer of Nazahn,

instant: Disenchant

sorcery: Hour of Revelation Wrath of God I know it's pretty weird but I feel that you can try to make your creature indestructible and blow thing up. Add them if you want it's more a play style choice then the other card. Revoke Existence

land: Command Beacon

list of thing to cut in my oppinion: Archetype of Courage, Elite Inquisitor, Batterskull, Ring of Thune, Unexpectedly Absent, Darksteel Mutation, Oblivion Ring, Captain of the Watch, Knight of Grace, Precinct Captain, Brimaz, King of Oreskos, Decree of Justice, Leonin Shikari

if you have any question for the cut or why certain card are on the list just ask me :)

PsuedoIntellectual on Mono-White Soldiers

5 months ago

I love soldiers! Cards you should run: Captain of the Watch is 4 of for sure. Fiendslayer is solid in straight midrange but is not a soldier, cut him. Field Marshal is a must. Both of the Veterans have got to be in there. Elspeth, Sun's Champion is great, run as 2-3 of. Definitely cut Paragon of New Dawns. Always Watching and Intangible Virtue is nice too. Kytheon is interesting but you almost never want him to flip. Interesting deck!

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