Forerunner of the Empire


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Rivals of Ixalan (RIX) Uncommon

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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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Forerunner of the Empire Discussion

stensiagamekeeper on Dino G/R Ixalan block & Dominaria

6 days ago

I'd second the opinions of those before me that sitting on the fence so far as the enrage mechanic is concerned is unwise. If you swap out all the enrage support in this with cards like Commune with Dinosaurs, Glorybringer, Abrade, Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Rekindling Phoenix and even Jadelight Ranger you have a deck commonly referred to as "red-green monsters" which is actually a relevant part of the competitive meta (although usually not so dinosaur focused). If you went with the enrage mechanic I'd suggest slightly more creatures with enrage (Needletooth Raptor, Frilled Deathspitter and Raptor Hatchling probably being contenders) and possibly some different enablers. I personally prefer Reckless Rage and Savage Stomp over Rile or Dual Shot. Forerunner of the Empire is super fragile but is insane if you can get an engine going. If you are interested I have an all-in enrage deck you could look at You Won't Like Them When They're Angry. although it's more fun than good tbh.

Shane on Angry Dinos

1 week ago

DankStompy, bzach211

That's still not infinite. The most I could get off one loop before I start to kill off the Polyraptors is 15 copies. To truly be infinite I would need Bellowing Aegisaur with Shield of the Realm or just 2 aegisaurs. But then the math gets crazy and all the copies would have various amounts of +1/+1 counters. I don't think it's worth trying to include any sort of combo. Currently Forerunner of the Empire into Polyraptor ends up being 3 copies. 7 if I kill the forerunner. That's enough value to usually end the game. Thanks for commenting!

DankStompy on Angry Dinos

1 week ago

nvm i see now the Shield of the Realm would go on the Forerunner of the Empire

DankStompy on Angry Dinos

1 week ago

bzach211: if you think thats an infinite combo, its not. if Shield of the Realm is equipped to Polyraptor, Forerunner of the Empire won't be able to damage the Polyraptor

OwnedbyCow on (Updated) Indestructible Breeding Jurassic Bunnies

1 week ago

TheKamikazeBagel, that is one of the reasons that I love Supernatural Stamina. Sure, the creature will have summoning sickness, but I have found more uses for it than just keeping a creature alive. I think using that combo with Supernatural Stamina it creates a total of 60 or 61 Polyraptor after a few of them die. The big reasoning for using it over Without Weakness (which I also like), is that it causes a creature to "Enter the battlefield." Forerunner of the Empire would give me a chance to search for another dino or if I used it on a dino, it would activate Forerunner of the Empire's deal damage ability and it would let my creatures Enrage abilities activate. This works great in many different circumstances.

TheKamikazeBagel on (Updated) Indestructible Breeding Jurassic Bunnies

1 week ago

For your Polyraptor, Forerunner of the Empire and Supernatural Stamina(SS) Combo, I would replace Supernatural with Without Weakness(WW); because Forerunner will deal damage to itself and then die, it will come back with SS, but from my understanding it will only come back once, I may be wrong about that though. Where as with WW it would gain indestructible thus it won't die from it's own damage, and with Polyraptor you get infinite* Polyraptors.

*Some of the Polyraptors die, but it becomes a large number of them. Someone had done the math, but I forget the exact number.

x12721 on T H I C C

1 week ago

Your lands could be improved by using the untapped dual lands (Rootbound Crag, Clifftop Retreat, Sunpetal Grove) and replacing the taplands you're currently using. Some dinosaur all-stars are Ranging Raptors (also fixes your mana!) and Ripjaw Raptor. Forerunner of the Empire also deserves a mention here as both an enrage enabler and a tutor. Otepec Huntmaster is also surprisingly good, as it both ramps your dinosaurs and can lead to a nasty surprise when you do cast them. Finally, I'm surprised to not see any Regisaur Alpha. That card is really good in any dino deck.

Blessed Light is not a great card, so I'd start with removing that. In the same vein, Temple Altisaur, Sun-Collared Raptor, Raptor Companion, and Knight of the Stampede are rather lackluster cards. If you need a sideboard as well, please let me know, I'd be happy to add something for that as well. I hope this helps!

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