Elite Vanguard

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Eternal Masters (EMA) Common
2012 Core Set (M12) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret (DDF) Uncommon
2011 Core Set (M11) Uncommon
2010 Core Set (M10) Uncommon

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Elite Vanguard

Creature — Human Soldier

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Elite Vanguard Discussion

Adderbane on Ranking White Weanies...what would be ...

2 weeks ago

Note that Soldier of the Pantheon and Dragon Hunter are Elite Vanguards/Expedition Envoys with some abilities (which may not be relevant most of the time, but are still better than nothing...)

antacidbrn on Ranking White Weanies...what would be ...

2 weeks ago

I have been wanting to build a White Weanies deck for quite sometime and I would love to know the best picks for creatures. I am thinking about supporting the Weanies with Aether Vial, Smuggler's Copter, and Oketra's Monument.

So far I want to run Steppe Lynx, Elite Vanguard, Auriok Champion, Kor Firewalker, and Thraben Inspector.

What are some better creatures for an ultimate white Weanies archetype?

KingMathoro on

3 months ago

Hey if you don't mind I have some questions and suggestions for you. I love soldiers and have a deck of them as well! So I think this deck would see a lot of help from both Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and Elspeth, Sun's Champion. Gideon can ult immediately and Elspeth makes a bunch of tokens. Other cards that would work here are spot removal cards like Journey to Nowhere and Disenchant, Path to Exile,Oblivion Ring, Unified Strike I think they do more than Argentum Armor because it takes so long to get use out of it. And maybe a Wrath of God or the like as well. Some other creatures that would work well if interested are Elite Vanguard, Preeminent Captain, Precinct Captain, Mentor of the Meek, Veteran Swordsmith, and Veteran Armorsmith I do think that since you only have five equipments as well that Auriok Steelshaper seems underwhelming here. Anointed Procession and Mobilization are also great here as well. The main questions I have are, is budget an issue at all and what is your meta like and also how is the deck performing? Because knowing that could change the above quite drastically. What do you think?

SavannahLion91 on Defend The Parish

3 months ago

Dude I love White Weenie decks. I play something similar, and it does decent on FNM.

I would defiently add a playset of Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. It does wonders against control decks, and Storm.

I would also add a playset of Imposing Sovereign. This card does work against other aggro decks. It gives your creatures a pseudo haste. Which is something white doesn't have.

You can play Elite Vanguard if you want, but I would run something like Mardu Woe-Reaper, Soldier of the Pantheon, and only two Kytheon, Hero of Akros. Reaper and Soldier might not look like much of an improvement, but they give you more options. Reaper has saved me a couple times from people trying to go infinite by taking out a piece of their combo out of the graveyard. Soldier just can get through or block multi colored creatures all day.

I'd also throw in a play set of Honor of the Pure. It just buffs your creatures a little more. Also, four Path to Exile is some of the best removal you can have. It's pretty much a must have.

Then I would add two more Brave the Elements. This card is bonkers. It's an I win now card, or a counter spell. It's literally why you would want to play the deck and what pushes the deck over the hump.

Then maybe two Gather the Townsfolk. It's not that great of a card but helps you get wide, and puts two 1/1 counters on Champion of the Parish on turn two.

I would probably cut one of the Fiendslayer Paladin. It's actually a pretty good card, and something I haven't thought of. In a heavy burn meta that card is really good. The card that I run over him is Mirran Crusader, but both have their upsides and are definitely worth swapping out for the other depending on the meta. The reason I would only run two is because I try to keep my mana curve low. Before I switched to Crusader I use to run Silverblade Paladin. It's a good card that can win you the game on the spot, or give you the push you need to start winning. The only problem with it is. It was fragile and died to removal easily.

Yeah thats pretty much it. If you go to my site you can find the humans deck I was talking about for a good list.

SynergyBuild on Ultra-Budget: Teenage Mutant Ninja Wizards

3 months ago

So far none of these Ultra Budgets have been very competitive in modern, considering the speed of the meta I can't imagine them working to well. I want to build a more competitive one. I do really like the idea, and some (Like the elemental fling one) were still very good. The issue was that they were around 40+ dollars, rather than 20-10 dollar price range.


I tried to make one using the Heroic keyword, building it around cantrips that target creatures (like Bandage and Defiant Strike) along with good heroic abilities like Phalanx Leader and Favored Hoplite, filling the mana curve out with Lagonna-Band Trailblazer, Fabled Hero, and Vanguard of Brimaz, and it works suprisingly well, winning turn 4-5 on average, but I did have a game with a turn 3 kill, just because of the synergy that can be acomplished with the strive mecahanic of Launch the Fleet, targetting my two Phalanx Leaders, two Vanguard of Brimaz, and a Fabled Hero to get a board of giant (3/3 & 4/4) cats, and a giant Fabled Hero (5/5 Double Strike) for a big win.

Another Idea for a super budget is a combo deck, one that uses 2x Zombie Infestation & 4x Treasure Hunt, 4x Reliquary Tower and finishing the deck with 25x Swamp and 25x Island, I will let you imagine hoe the deck wins!

Another powerful budget deck is Kithkin! They have one of the cheapest good lords with Wizened Cenn and have Ballyrush Banneret, Rustic Clachan, Goldmeadow Stalwart, and a bunch of other great tribal elements at a cheap price. That kind of deck is also able to be easily upgraded for a still small price, with cards like Knight of Meadowgrain, Honor of the Pure, Militia's Pride, and Thoughtweft Trio for not extreme prices.

An easy deck to build is mono-white "2 for 1", its a deck I built a while back around just dropping cards like Expedition Envoy, Dragon Hunter, Dryad Militant, Mardu Woe-Reaper, Savannah Lions, Elite Vanguard, etc. backing them up by using Brave the Elements, and Honor of the Pure if you want. For a cheap version, you don't need to, and even for one that runs Isamaru, Hound of Konda and Kytheon, Hero of Akros, the deck cost less than 30 dollars.


The point of the comment is that I feel that though these decks are interesting and fun to play with, if competitive decks for a low cost are required, I think more competitive decks for a cheaper (or equal) cost are possible.

In the case of this deck (similar to neg counters), it requires the opponent to be playing creatures, and also be playing slowly enough, or with out removal, for you to steal them. This deck also doesn't have any way of dealing with the graveyard, has no sideboard, can't remove creatures, enchantments, lands, or artifacts opponents control, and though the deck is slow, it doesn't have the control elements like counter spells to support it, even though it is in the colors... It also can't speed the deck up with ramp or draw even though it is in the colors! Blue/green card draw could also help with Lorescale Coatl and ramp could make Nimbus Swimmer a seriously viable option.

If you do want ramp/draw, Explore is a super cheap option. More cantrip buffs could also help with the deck consistency, and I could go on and on, but it just seems like you didn't look at the deck for play-ability, but instead based on random cards you thought would be cool. I can't help look through every card to try and make this a viable option, because in the end I don't think it is an option, against pretty much any meta modern deck, where as my Heroic deck beats Naya Burn more often than not, and can stand to fight Affinity and Death's Shadow too. It doesn't stand a chance against Tron or make other decks, but this one can't stand against pretty much any.

PlaneswalkerCasper on Mono-White Soldiers

4 months ago

Kyle_Munzy, Aether Vial is a great card, but I don't think it'd be a good inclusion as the deck is. 1 drop creatures are quite important and the full value of Vials is when you play them turn 1. I think this deck can be built with Aether Vials, it would play very diffrently and would have to be re-built from ground up.

ShaharRyu, thanks for the Disenchant replacments. Yes, I had considered Elspeth, Knight-Errant, she can be a great addition to the deck but I prefer Brimaz, King of Oreskos as a repetetive token maker.

Mandalorian, the Archetype of Courage takes opponents first-strike, but you're right, since in modern thers not a lot creatures with first-strike he is not necessary. Elite Vanguard is just a worse version of Soldier of the Pantheon, and Kytheon, Hero of Akros is just a removal magnet in my meta, full of Terminates and Abrupt Decays, from witch Soldier of the Pantheon has protection from. Elite Vanguard looks very good but I prefer having more utility in Icatian Javelineers.

ShaharRyu on Rise of the Legion

4 months ago

Hey LegoAztec, am glad you liked it. If you have some soldiers around there are many good ones i havent included. For you can get Dryad Militant, Elite Vanguard, Thraben Inspector, Cenn's Tactician or something that benefits from soldiers like War Falcon. For cmc 3 Veteran Swordsmith and Veteran Armorsmith are solid choices. Archetype of Courage might come in handy or you might prefer Rhox Pikemaster. Benalish Commander is also a solid choice and most Lords can find a place in the deck. Pacifism and some other cheap removal might sound good if you are looking for budget. If you like more the idea of tokens there are many spells out there which bring forth 1, 2, 3, or X soldiers to battle, also if you spash some for Assemble the Legion, it is a lot of fun.

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