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Creature — Human Soldier
First strike, vigilance
Protection from Vampires, from Werewolves, and from Zombies
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Elite Inquisitor Discussion
5 months ago
Elite Inquisitor is here more for his First Strike and Vigilance than any tribal protection. Tokens was more a byproduct of card choices than sub strategy as the best soldiers happen to produce tokens.
Elspeth, Knight-Errant synergizes with the tribe well producing tokens but also provides 3/3 and Flying to a creature I use to close the game out.
5 months ago
, while Brimaz, King of Oreskos is Legendary, he's also the most powerful creature in the deck.
Captain of the Watch is way too slow for this deck and modern in general.
Field Marshal is another anthem effect to compliment Honor of the Pure, Archetype of Courage taking away First Strike is largely as relevant as Elite Inquisitor tribal protection. Elite Inquisitor is in the deck for his efficient body, cc and two good abilities in addition to the more conditional one.
It's about flooding the board quickly and swinging in. To that end, Veteran Swordsmith is a card I'm looking at replacing with a lower cmc card.
5 months ago
If you really want to go Soldiers with a sub-theme of tokens (which makes the deck more resilient), you could play Doomed Traveler and Hero of Bladehold and Thalia's Lieutenant, in addition to what you already have. I'd cut Elite Inquisitor entirely and tweak the numbers of the other creatures slightly. The rest of the deck looks fine. I'd play 4 copies of Horizon Canopy for the draw ability.
5 months ago
You could cut 2 Brimaz for 2 Timely Reinforcements and it would enhance the benefits for Soldiers. You could also swap Field Marshal for Archetype of Courage, they do roughly the same thing except Archetype of Courage takes away first strike from your opponent. One Captain of the Watch in place of one Champion of the Parish. Then add two Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirits in place of two Elite Inquisitors. Then remove the other two Elite Inquisitors and add in two Raise the Alarms. These little changes are mostly preference, but Elite Inquisitor is better suited as a sideboard card against tribal decks. Windswept Heath and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx are also great in this deck archetype. The reason I would cut two Brimazes is because he is a Legendary creature, drawing two of them in your opening hand might slow the deck down too as he cost a significant amount. He is a great card though. Maybe add one to the sideboard if you don't see him enough. The spells I suggested to add will give you some additional utility as well. These are just ideas, honestly. I think this deck is already pretty good.
5 months ago
I'm too tired to give a detailed post where I argue about the pros and cons about all cards right now, but here's a list of cards you should check:
Archangel of Thune, Archangel of Tithes, Baneslayer Angel, Gisela, the Broken Blade + Bruna, the Fading Light, Day of Judgment, Grand Abolisher, Elite Inquisitor, Godsend, Imposing Sovereign, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Oblivion Ring, Path to Exile *, Seraph Sanctuary, Soldier of the Pantheon, Thalia, Heretic Cathar.
Extra good cards marked with *.
6 months ago
I think this deck would benefit a lot from more 1-drops. Modern is a format where, if you want to be aggressive, you really need to be spending as much of your mana as possible in the first 3 or 4 turns; with your current deck configuration you run a high risk of being flooded on 2-drops and doing nothing on turn 1, then playing a 2-drop on turn 2, another one on turn 3 and then finally, if you've hit all of your land drops, playing two cards on turn 4, which is a pattern that's unlikely to be fast enough. I would move the Kytheon, Hero of Akros Flip to the main (although maybe only 2; you really don't ever want to be in a situation where you draw multiple of a legendary creature and have one stuck in your hand) and consider Thraben Inspector, Mardu Woe-Reaper and/or Soldier of the Pantheon.
I would ditch the Elite Inquisitors, unless you know for sure that the protections are going to be very relevant in your meta-game; it seems like it's just going to be a 2/2 first strike, vigilance a lot of the time and while that's not bad, I don't think it's good enough to justify the slot.
I also don't think you need a whole playset of Grand Abolishers maindeck; they're not especially good in multiples and there are a lot of decks in Modern that the Abolisher's ability does nothing to. Again, unless you already know that you're going to be facing a lot of decks that rely on casting and activating things on your turn, I would reduce their number and consider just moving them entirely to the sideboard.
8 months ago
I recently made up a Mono-White Soldier deck (shameless plug, check out if you get a chance), and there are a couple of differences that I'd like to bring up/suggest/ask about.
For starters, at the moment I'm actually preferring Precinct Captain to Elite Inquisitor. Don't get me wrong; Elite Inquisitor is a strong two drop but I just prefer to the ability to create soldier tokens to protection from Werewolves, Vampires, and Zombies (though it makes a great side deck for when I am facing those creatures). As far as the abilities go, I usually get first strike easy enough from Field Marshal so I'm good on that front.
My Main issue with Boros Elite is how he works best when he's attacking the third or higher turns and that's assuming you have the two other creatures to go with him. And even then, he's not going to be of much help on defense. I get that he's one cost though, so let me suggest a different one, Student of Warfare. I get that he's a not a soldier, and it's why I've not yet put him into my own deck. However, he is still human, so he'll proc Thalia's Lieutenant and Champion of the Parish as well as already having the first strike so Field Marshal effect wouldn't be as effective. If you can live with him not being a soldier, then you end up with a 3/3 that also has the first strike on two turns if you wish it or drop him in turn 2 on and make him that way.
9 months ago
Upon further reflection of what to take out, I might do this. Take out one Captain of the Watch and two Elite Inquisitor and put in two Mirror Entity and one Odric, Master Tactician. This cuts down your mana curve. Odric is a master of getting your army through for damage because you can assign no one to block, or you can assign your opponent's small expensive little guys to block. Weenie decks are about getting the job done quick. Protracted long battles are not suited for decks like this and if you are waiting around for a Captain of the Watch to hit the board, then that is time wasted for other things. Don't get me wrong, the captain is a beast. He better be for 4WW, but maybe not 4 of them.