Emperor's Vanguard


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

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Rare

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Emperor's Vanguard

Creature — Human Scout

Whenever Emperor's Vanguard deals combat damage to a player, it explores. (Reveal the top card of your library. Put that card into your hand if it's a land. Otherwise, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature, then put the card back or put it into your graveyard.)

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Emperor's Vanguard Discussion

Pandajka on Exploring intensifies

3 weeks ago

yebvas it's an interesting deck, I made a few playtests. The only creature I think is a bit slow for the deck is Emperor's Vanguard unless you find a way to make it gain trample or something, maybe with Rhonas's Monument (which I was thinking for my deck as well

Darsul on Explore Your Options

3 weeks ago

So the whole "dies to removal" discussion isn't does it dies to Doom Blade if so it's bad but, it's risk and reward. If you tap out 5 for creature X your opponent spend 2 of there open 5 mana to remove it your now done playing magic till your next turn where as your opponent has 3 mana left on your turn and at least 5 more the next. There's 3 criteria that should pass one of if not more to see play, A) how does it stack up vs removal on curve B) what does it do when it his the field C) can it win the game (how does it stack up vs a Everdawn Champion). In short a card like Emperor's Vanguard doesn't make the cut because, ease of removing it doesn't out weight the gain of sticking on the field, even if it doesn't get hit by removal is a 4 CMC do nothing that can't get by something like the everdawn to even trigger it ability. All in all it's not that "dies to removal" its not with the risk of the removal it dies too for the cost to run it out.

Hope that helps.

Side note:

even in this deck Ravenous Chupacabra > Lurking Chupacabra

Darsul on Explore Your Options

3 weeks ago

+1 for not jamming in Winding Constrictor.

Emperor's Vanguard, is broken and unplayable. As 4/3 he dies to all removal but like Shock if it was printed a 3/4 he would see play 8( .

Enter the Unknown, supper risky if they in response kill your target you just get 2 for 1

Queen's Agent, Why? I don't think it's playable in limited much well standard. Archfiend of Ifnir has sweet synergy with Tomb Robber.

Any ways GL HF

reaperofcakes on Dora the Explorer

1 month ago

Emperor's Vanguard seems very weak with this deck. I don't know how often you'll be allowed to swing in with a 4/3 on turn 5 at the earliest. Journey to Eternity doesn't seem all that powerful either, I think you'd be better off putting 4 Path to Discovery's in. Maybe an Inventors' Fair or 2, doesn't hurt too much.

djnewellmit on The Ex-Wife Strikes Again

1 month ago

Leon9358, this is definitely a different tactic than my build with Rashmi, Rashmi's Foggy Summonings. I did a couple quick games against each other, and yours won consistently thanks to River's Rebuke.

I feel like Rashmi, Eternities Crafter isn't really being used to her fullest potential here, although paired with a late game Nissa, Steward of Elements or River's Rebuke she can generate some good value. You have zero instants, so you can never take advantage of her ability on your opponent's turn. I would consider dropping a pair of Kefnet's Last Word and putting in an instant-spped card draw like Glimmer of Genius or Hieroglyphic Illumination to help you dig for your Rashmi or other finishers.

Similar to Rashmi, you are only taking advantage of half of Majestic Myriarch's abilities as none of your creatures have any keywords. Emperor's Vanguard is easily my first choice to cut. Dreamcaller Siren would be a good swap since flying will benefit your Myriarch, and flash will also enable Rashmi. You might instead consider swapping in a pair of Dreamcaller Sirens in place of a pair of River's Rebuke to lower your average CMC. Ramunap Hydra is another option to replace the Vanguard, as it come loaded with a bunch of keywords. Siren Stormtamer is another option to give you the flying keyword, while also protecting you and your creatures from some removal. Vizier of the Menagerie could also be a good idea in this deck since you are running so many creatures; the Vizier also pairs with Rashmi and Nissa very nicely.

backinajiffy on Winding Wildgrowth

3 months ago

My opionion on Emperor's Vanguard is that its a horribly weak card unless you can somehow manage to give it some evation to get in to actaully hit. In this case, it looks like you'll only be hitting with him if for some reason your opponent either doesn't have creatures or doesn't have removal - and we both know that's not going to happen.

There are other cards you can put in to make him work but it would be a bit of a sacrifice to have to remove other good peices of the deck.

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