Imperial Recruiter


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

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Set Rarity
Masters 25 (A25) Mythic Rare
Masters Edition II (ME2) Rare
Portal Three Kingdoms (PTK) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Uncommon

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Imperial Recruiter

Creature — Human Advisor

When Imperial Recruiter enters the battlefield, search your library for a creature card with power 2 or less, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

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Imperial Recruiter Discussion

Pikobyte on Linvala Stax, Vannifar‘s worst Nightmare

6 days ago

Same goes for my Animar-deck ShreddedByCrows. I absolutely loved it but in slowly became a super-fast combo deck with winning as soon as the first tutor grabbed Imperial Recruiter , so the deck finally gave his cards to other decks.

I will for sure take a look, I already have. But as far as I can see they are pretty well tuned already and I need some more time to have a more detailed look. Seems like you are almost like me and like deckbuilding the same if not more than playing it ^^

Lanzo493 on Animarniacs!!!

2 weeks ago

I agree with the above comment to include Primordial Sage . You can't have too many of those effects (I mean, you even have Garruk's Packleader ). Also, you have Man-o'-War , but I'd like to let you know that there are 2 other creatures which do the same job for less mana: Shrieking Drake and Dream Stalker . Also, put Rattleclaw Mystic back in the deck. He morphs for 0 with your commander at 3 counters, and goes infinite with Cloudstone Curio and any other morph or artifact creature. His unmorph cost also nets you extra mana. He's fantastic.

If you're up for it, I have a couple of suggestions for combo lines. I can tell you like combos, because of the cards you have in your deck, so here's some ways to make winning more reliable.

Fierce Empath --> Brutalizer Exarch --> Spellseeker / Trophy Mage

Now Spellseeker --> Weird Harvest --> Ancestral Statue + Walking Ballista / Purphoros, God of the Forge and you win on the spot

Or Trophy Mage --> Cloudstone Curio Because who doesn't want the curio every game? Throw in either Ulamog and you can kill everything.

If you have Imperial Recruiter you can skip straight to Spellseeker or Trophy Mage without having to go through multiple tutors or relyingon a draw effect to draw Brutalizer Exarch 's tutored card.

But there's more! Imperial Recruiter can tutor Phyrexian Metamorph when becomes the recruiter and tutors Kiri-Onna which can combo tutor. Let me explain. Kiri-onna bounces phyrexian metamorph, which comes into play as a copy of Kiri-onna and bounces kiri-onna. Then play kiri-onna to bounce both the metamorph and imperial recruiter. Now you have a repeatable tutor and can search up Palinchron and play your deck.

But only do these if you feel like they help you win.

Gelectrode95 on Insert Coin To Play - [[Primer]]

2 weeks ago

Noire_Samhain: Mirror March could be a great card in this deck, thank you!

The only problem is that I don't play a lot of nonlegendary creatures... Spellseeker , Solemn Simulacrum , Trinket Mage , Snapcaster Mage , Imperial Recruiter and Dualcaster Mage are the only viable creatures to copy... but some of them, like the recruiter or the dualcaster, can be game winning.

Which card would you replace for the mirror?

Pikobyte on Animar, Souless Eldrazi Commander

2 weeks ago

If you can get your hands on a copy, Imperial Recruiter can win you the game alone in a 1vs1 and is extremely good in multiplayer too. Also Deepchannel Mentor is a nice evasion Card for your commander and others.

SaberTech on Ancestral Animar

3 weeks ago

You know, while I realize there is no reason for a Kiri-Onna Animar build to run Fierce Empath , in my less optimized build I frequently use the Empath as a way to grab Primordial Sage to combo with Ancestral Statue and draw into Walking Ballista . Having Empath, along with Imperial Recruiter for grabbing Beast Whisperer and Spellseeker for fetching Glimpse of Nature , just seems to help hit that consistency threshold where I can usually have access to an enchantress effect by turn 5 in around 70-80% of my games. The Empath has been particularly relevant in my last few rounds of testing.

I don't currently have the cards or cash to upgrade my deck's mana base to something more suitable for running Kiri-Onna, so at this point I'm just tinkering around with small changes to my Kiki build.

Lanzo493 on Annihilation

1 month ago

I myself play Animar and this is how games normally go. Either you go for value and go wide, meaning you just brawl it out and win, or you go for combo. Here's the combo lines I run and you may be interested in them too, seeing as how you have several of the pieces already.

Fierce Empath --> Brutalizer Exarch (stack the triggers of Beast Whisperer so that you draw the card you tutor)--> Trophy Mage / Spellseeker . If you have Imperial Recruiter you can just skip straight to Trophy Mage or Spellseeker.

Trophy Mage --> Cloudstone Curio . Cloudstone curio will win games (especially with either Ulamog in play. You get to remove literally everything). If you end up comboing off with cloudstone curio, drawing your deck and generating infinite mana, you'll need some kind of haste enabler. Haste is very special to Animar.

Spellseeker --> Weird Harvest --> Purphoros, God of the Forge + Ancestral Statue . I bet you see why those are the 2 creatures you search for.

Also, you need Primordial Sage and Soul of the Harvest . Together with Beast Whisperer you will have three of those effects in your deck ( Glimpse of Nature bumps it up to 4). You need as much as you can get.

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Imperial Recruiter occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.04%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Red: 0.11%

Rakdos: 0.05%

Boros: 0.07%

Temur: 0.12%

Mardu: 0.05%

Naya: 0.03%

Jund: 0.04%

Rainbow/All: 0.01%