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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Rivals of Ixalan (RIX) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Forerunner of the Empire occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Forerunner of the Empire Discussion

Bobonob on Dinin' RAAAAWWWW

1 week 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 Pioneer Dinosaur Hub

2 weeks 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.

AceGamer on List of all infinite combos 2.0

1 month ago

Infinite turns: Time Vault + Kiora's Follower

Infinite tokens with infinite power and toughness: Polyraptor + Bellowing Aegisaur + Forerunner of the Empire + Either a second Aegisaur or something to give the first Aegisaur indestructible.

Also, for the infinite untap combos, some of them only work if you have infinite mana, does that still count?

K1ngMars on Worth it or not?

1 month ago

One good interaction with Atla's ability are tutors that put creatures on the top of your library. If your budget allows it, I'd suggest Brutalizer Exarch , Conduit of Ruin , Sylvan Tutor , Worldly Tutor , Congregation at Dawn , Forerunner of the Empire (in case you run dinos), Mwonvuli Beast Tracker (situational). Pick and choose the ones that fit your deck better, if any.

Damek57 on Zacama, Primal Calamity EDH

2 months ago

Deck Update 12/11:

I reduced the mana count by 1. But in return added a little more cost reduction and do not see too much of an impact from this particular change. Removed Karametra, God of Harvests , Archangel of Thune , and Aurelia, the Warleader due to them being a bit pricey and slow. Added Wilderness Reclamation , Shifting Ceratops and Atla Palani, Nest Tender in their place. As these cards are faster and synergise a bit better with the deck. Forerunner of the Empire was replaced by Marauding Raptor as it fits into the tribal portion of the deck better and has again more synergy. The Immortal Sun was dropped due to being to pricey and slow as well. Replaced by Urza's Incubator , a cheaper cost reduction. Thornscape Familiar replaced by Knight of the Stampede . This is due to Knight being a bit better of a cost reducer. Rhythm of the Wild added due to being a better weapon against control and has the option to make the dino's bigger or have haste.

sevro_b on Endless Waves of Dinos

2 months ago

Thanks snacktruck! The Forerunner of the Empire dies after 3 triggers, though, since it also takes damage - but 7 Polyraptors is nothing to sneeze at!

iNinjy on Zacama, Primal Calamity

5 months ago

Forerunner is fun, though his damage is an optional trigger, when multiple Polyraptors enter due to previous multiple raptors triggering, you can have only 1 of these activate Forerunner’s trigger (though yes, I’m aware he can still only trigger 3 times before death).

He’s primarily there currently as a means of tutoring for a dinosaur card (usually one of the 2 Raptors though also useful if I need a dino for a different purpose).

He used to be the Forerunner of the Empire + Polyraptor + Rite of Passage combo that both makes infinite Polyraptors and beefs them up (and most often Zacama as well) with +1/+1 counters

TypicalTimmy on Zacama, Primal Calamity

5 months ago

And I see you run Forerunner of the Empire as well. There is a grave misconception floating around online that this creates you infinite Polyraptor tokens as well.

It does not. Unless you have a way to give Forerunner indestructible, it dies on the third trigger. It creates you 11 of them. Here is what happens.

Yes. MTG Arena is WRONG. I know there is a video on YouTube of the combo going off as infinite. IT IS WRONG. Forerunner deals damage to herself. That's an error in the programming code.

  • Forerunner of the Empire is on the battlefield
  • Polyraptor original enters the battlefield
  • Forerunner deals 1 damage to EACH creature - including herself
  • Polyraptor (Original) is dealt 1 damage
  • One token (A) is created
  • Forerunner deals 1 damage to EACH creature, again
  • (Original) and (A) are each dealt 1 damage
  • (Original) and (A) create one token each; (B) and (C)
  • Two creatures entered, Forerunner deals 1 damage for each to EACH creature
  • Forerunner has now been dealt 4 damage, and she has a toughness of 3
  • Forerunner DIES
  • (Original) is dealt 2 damage
  • (A) is dealt 2 damage
  • (B) is dealt 2 damage
  • (C) is dealt 2 damage
  • (Original) creates 2x tokens; (D) and (E)
  • (A) creates 2x tokens; (F) and (G)
  • (B) creates 2x tokens; (H) and (I)
  • (C) creates 2x tokens; (J) and (K)

You are now left with the following;

  • 1x Polyraptor who has 4 damage marked on it
  • (A) who has 3 damage marked on it
  • (B) who has 2 damage marked on it
  • (C) who has 2 damage marked on it
  • (D), (E), (F), (G), (H), (I), (J) & (K) who have no damage marked on them

End the turn and you have 1x Polyraptor and 11x tokens.

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