Elvish Vanguard


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

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Elves vs. Inventors (DDU) None
Eternal Masters (EMA) Common
Onslaught (ONS) Rare

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Elvish Vanguard

Creature — Elf Warrior

Whenever another Elf enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on Elvish Vanguard.

Elvish Vanguard Discussion

Gefetter on

7 months ago

Great combo potential! Tolaria West might be of interest to get Minamo, School at Water's Edge out of your library for further untapping.

Bold question: How are you going to win the game? You might want to add some big creatures or perhaps Elvish Vanguard since you have quite a lot of Elves..

BlueDragon18 on Ezuri Budget Elves

9 months ago

You could add Marwyn, the Nurturer it’s a better version of Elvish Vanguard and could possibly replace Farhaven Elf which is a downgrade from Wood Elves

Dango on All that Elves

11 months ago

Elvish Vanguard is not modern legal

Jagg3r5 on

1 year ago

Removal Suggestions:

Quirion Ranger It has some combos, but you have more than enough other cards for this, and most are more durable

Caller of the Claw Too situational

Elvish Vanguard It lacks utility and is relatively vanilla for the deck

Arcane Adaptation most of your creatures are elves, and the ones that aren't don't necessarily need the buffs. Not a guaranteed removal card, but it's only going to be useful on rare occasions

Overrun Not really necessary, you have other cards to achieve the same or greater effect.

Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen other than the buff the second ability isn't incredibly helpful and it won't trigger Ezuri

Protean Hydra It's not likely to die in combat, so it's pretty much just a big creature. Your other hydras are better

Swan Song, Counterspell, Disallow; With so few counters, these cards are more likely to show up when you have absolutely no use for them rather than when you need them. You're better off cutting them out to slim down the deck.

Stroke of Genius You have enough draw and the other draw is better

Uncage the Menagerie way too specific, and way too much of a gamble. your best search would be 3 and you would only search through 3 cards.

Urza's Incubator Most of your elves are pretty cheap, so this may end up being pretty dead, as you may just end up with a bunch of unused mana. Your call on it though, as it's still somewhat useful

Door of Destinies This is slow and honestly the lack of other utility makes it somewhat dead. still has potential, so up to you.

Braingeyser You have other draw, and not being instant speed or triggered off creatures means it may not be as useful

Gilt-Leaf Ambush Not a fantastic card, low and just a dead draw late game

you have a plethora of low drop mana dorks, so you may want to slim those down a bit

Possible additions:


Wild Beastmaster

Caerwyn on Elf army

1 year ago

Think how strong it is alongside Wild Pair - not only could you cast Wild Pair quicker, but then you could bounce all your elves, cast them again, and search your library for another copy of each elf you already had in play.

Elvish Vanguard works well with the combo, and can serve as a win condition if you can somehow give it trample.

You could also combine it with Vanquisher's Banner, Lifecrafter's Bestiary, Primordial Sage, or Glimpse of Nature so you can draw your entire deck and play each and every one of your creatures.

Caerwyn on Elf army

1 year ago

Welcome to Magic!

Consider Wirewood Symbiote. It's not an elf, but its synergy with elves is quite nifty. Combined with Elvish Archdruid and a low-costed elf, you can produce infinite mana or an infinitely large Elvish Vanguard.

If it is in your budget, Craterhoof Behemoth is a great way to top off your curve, as it gives your creatures trample and an incredible boost to power.

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Elvish Vanguard occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Green: 0.12%