Forerunner of the Empire

Forerunner of the Empire

Creature — Human Soldier

When Forerunner of the Empire enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a Dinosaur card, reveal it, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.

Whenever a Dinosaur enters the battlefield under your control, you may have Forerunner of the Empire deal 1 damage to each creature.

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Set Rarity
Rivals of Ixalan (RIX) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Pioneer Legal
Historic Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Limited Legal
Arena Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal

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Forerunner of the Empire Discussion

multimedia on Welcome to Gishathic Park

4 weeks ago

Hey, nice Scroll Rack Invention :)

Some budget cards to consider adding:

Sol Ring and Command Tower are some staple budget cards in Commander. At TCGPlayer you can find Sol for less than $3 and Tower for less than $1. Congregation at Dawn is a good budget creature tutor with Gishath. Cast it the same turn you want play Gishath or the turn before to tutor for and arrange the top of your library with any three Dinos to cheat onto the battlefield. Forerunner of the Empire is a Dino tutor (puts the Dino on top of your library) and a repeatable enrage enabler when a Dino you control ETB.

Quartzwood Crasher is one of the better budget Dinos since it can be a repeatable source of Dino tokens since many other Dinos have trample especially with Ghalta. Crasher combines well with Garruk's Uprising which can be a repeatable draw source and can give all creatures you control trample. Ripjaw Raptor has a powerful enrage ability to draw a card when it takes damage. Rhythm of the Wild makes all creatures you cast uncounterable and it gives nontoken creatures when they ETB the option of haste or make it bigger with a +1/+1 counter.

With Orcish Lumberjack sacing a Forest you control can make four mana since you can tap the Forest for mana before you sac it which can be a quick way to ramp into Gishath or other Dinos. Farseek is two drop land ramp that can search for a dual land such as Stomping Ground, Canopy Vista, Cinder Glade. At TCGPlayer can get Vista and Glade for less than $2 each.

Cards to consider cutting:

Good luck with your deck.

Red_X on Dumpster Dad

4 months ago

I think you may be better served by either using stuffy doll/boros reckoner/mogg maniac or the enrage creatures. Reckoner is often played with Blasphemous Act and Volcano Hellion because they do a lot of damage at once and act as combo pieces. With that deck you generally want to run prison cards like Blood Moon and Chalice of the Void to slow your opponent down, but that gets pretty pricey. Your current damage suit seems to more favor the enrage creatures, since it pings creatures and then lets them live. If you do decide to go that way, I'd go all in. Marauding Raptor and Forerunner of the Empire are good enablers, and Frilled Deathspitter gives you reach.

I'd also consider adding some good red and white cards. Things like Lightning Bolt and Path to Exile, or cheaper options like Lightning Strike, Galvanic Bombardment, Wild Slash, or Oust. Things like Blood Moon, Sunbaked Canyon, and Sacred Foundry are definite upgrades, but they are all a bit pricey and may not be worth it to you. There's also plenty of opportunity for a good sideboard, but I'm guessing you don't play sideboarded games and don't want to drop $60 on a playset of Grand Abolisher.

Mortlocke on The Predator of Predators

4 months ago

ScionsStillLive, Enrage is a sub-theme within the deck, having multiple creatures and enablers that make the subtheme a thing alongside Dino tribal. The main reason why I've stuck with Enrage is because of Polyraptor - it is a valid alternate wincon that can easily swarm and stomp the board with one of the many different Enrage enablers in the deck e.g. Huatli, Warrior Poet, Forerunner of the Empire...really you could just read my primer and get more than enough in terms of an explanation. The point is, it's a legit subtheme of this deck - and it would only benefit the deck more to have more spells that can help enable triggers in a reliable fashion. What would really be best is if Wizards printed mo' betta Dinosaurs with Enrage. But I won't hold my breath.

Lordeh on Dinosaur Combos

6 months ago

However if you use Marauding Raptor instead of Forerunner of the Empire with Polyraptor it is infinite which can just draw the game if you have no damage outputs as per the above mentioned by TypicalTimmy, instant speed removal or a sacrifice outlet.

PhilHam on I Am Gishath, Hear Me Roar

7 months ago

You could replace Marauding Raptor with Forerunner of the Empire and that way you can chose to stop it. Also helps get all the enrage triggers each time you play a dinosaur.

Silverdrake on Primal Dinos

8 months ago

Out of curiosity, why not make this a Pioneer deck? Every card you're running is pioneer legal, and you'd get to play with not-quite-as-powerful opponents to greatly increase your chances of winning.

As for actual suggestions - I'd pick a direction you want to go in and stick with it. Do you want to slam the big legendary elder dinos? Cool, increase your ramp and cost reducers, and cut the self-damage dealers. Do you want to do all kinds of Enrage craziness? Cool, cut some of the big splashy legendary dinos and increase your self-damage stuff. They feel like two distinct strategies and you're trying to do both here, which is just going to make the whole deck weaker. Forerunner of the Empire and Marauding Raptor are really good options if you want to go the Enrage route, whereas Carnage Tyrant is a really good option if you want to go the big stompy route.

Whatever you decide to do, good luck and have fun!

Bobonob on Dinin' RAAAAWWWW

8 months ago

(It's a-me. Marauding Raptor - 0.49 Forerunner of the Empire - 0.37 Runic Armasaur - 1.26 Congregation at Dawn - 2.50 Boros Charm - 3.03 (other copies as low as 2.23) Cleansing Nova - 1.75)


igknighted on Dinosaur Hub/Primer

8 months ago

Thoughts on Forerunner of the Empire? I've liked using it as basically a tutor to get the exact dino I wanted when I needed it, plus bonus enrage triggers and wiping out small creatures on the opponents side if it hangs around. It doesn't seem like it gets much use so I'm wondering what I am missing.

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