Inspiring Captain

Inspiring Captain

Creature — Human Knight

When Inspiring Captain enters the battlefield, creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Set Rarity
Jumpstart (JMP) Common
Core Set 2020 (M20) Common
Magic Game Night (GNT) Common
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Common

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Format Legality
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Frontier Legal
Pioneer Legal
Arena Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Highlander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Leviathan Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Historic Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper Legal
Unformat Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Heirloom Legal

Inspiring Captain Discussion

SlitherySnek on Winota, Human Tamers

2 months ago

Master Splicer seems a bit slow and out of place. Trying to cast it normally without a Winota trigger seems to always put me off curve. When I have been play testing this deck, it's always the first card I sideboard out. Maybe cutting it and looking for another human instead like Ardenvale Tactician that way you could send use it for its adventure spell first. Also, maybe a card like Bounty Agent would give you more utility against all of the legendary creatures coming in Ikoria. Apostle of Purifying Light might make for a good sideboard against black. Maybe even cards like Fervent Champion, Fresh-Faced Recruit, Ghor-Clan Wrecker, Haazda Marshal, Hero of Precinct One, or Inspiring Captain might help you curve out a stay aggressive a little better than some of your other choices like Agent of Treachery. Just suggestions.

D00m13rInger on Syr Gwyn Voltron

6 months ago

I can definitely see her as a go wide Commander, I personally prefer to go tall though. I don't think I would have to change the 99 a lot to switch to a go wide strategy, although just adding the Knight Exemplar , Inspiring Captain and/or the Midnight Reaper won't suffice. I have most of the pieces for a go wide approach in the Maybeboard already. I just can't bring myself to switch :D

RNR_Gaming on Syr Gwyn Voltron

6 months ago

I've always felt this commander functioned better as a go wide commander as opposed to a go tall commander; sure the commanders ability lends itself nicely to voltron but if you're able to spread out your equipment you'll net yourself quite a bit of card advantage and that'll make the deck flow much nicer. "Whenever an equipped creature attacks draw a card and lose one life" is such an important line of text. Your equipment suit is nice but if you did a more low to the ground strategy with more creatures youd be surprised how much pressure you can lay on. I suggest putting Knight Exemplar , Inspiring Captain , and Midnight Reaper I see a few of them in the board.

TheDuggernaught on

2 years ago

With your limited card pool, I would suggest sticking to mono white weenies. This means cutting your big creatures (I would say anything over 4 cmc), and just sticking with the small creatures that are low to the ground. This strategy utilizes a "go wide" approach where you simply spit out too many creatures for your opponent to block. Things with flying are also very good with this strategy as once your opponent has creatures, they still might have difficulty blocking the ones with flying. The artifacts can also go. Artifacts generally cost a lot of tempo to both play and then equip. It is usually better to just play another creature. I would also consider adding the following cards from your collection: Bygone Bishop, Fiend Hunter, Bonds of Faith (acts as a pump if you need it, or pseudo-removal if you need it), Doomed Traveler, Steadfast Guard, Inspiring Captain, Steadfast Cathar, Kor Scythemaster, Kor Castigator, Mardu Hordechief, Fiend Binder, Elder Cathar, Dauntless Cathar, Cliffside Lookout, Nearheath Chaplain, Courageous Outrider, Sanctifier of Souls, Retreat to Emeria, Chapel Geist, Kor Bladewhirl. Serra Angel can be a good top end finisher. Most things with flying, produce tokens, and/or pump all creatures are good additions to a weenie deck.

I would up your lands count to 22, and I would try to have about seven 1-drops, about fifteen 2-drops, about twelve 3 drops, about five 4/5-drops. 22 lands will mean that you will hit your third land drop on turn 3 90% of the time when you are on the draw, and 85% of the time on the play. I would aim to have about 28-30 creatures creatures, and about 8-10 instants/sorceries/enchantments. This gets you to exactly 60 cards -- which is important. I could get into a lengthy mathematical explanation into why 60 cards is always the best -- but it essentially boils down to increasing the chances of drawing your best cards when you need them. It increases the consistency of the deck.

PipPipMagulager on

3 years ago

I agree with pretty much everything said! It looks like you're going in the right direction, here's some more options to choose from incase you want more:

Allied ReinforcementsCaptain's ClawsOath of GideonDesolation Twin would be pretty sick as a finisher if you make it that long, probably not a good idea, but thought I'd mention if your local meta is slow.Ethereal Guidance or an instant equivalent could be sideboard-able in my opinionI also like me some one or two of's Unruly Mob and Inspiring Captain for the same reason, but don't let ANY creatures distract you from token generation, that is number one, any synergies that don't generate tokens are just icing on the cake. Focus on tokens FIRST.If you find you have great early game life gain Felidar Sovereign is an option as a one or two of.Call of the Bloodline Shamble Back From Under the Floorboards and Gisa's Bidding are all things in standard.

I'm not saying any of these will be the answer to your problems, but options are always a good thing, and you can mess around to see what works for you! Can't wait to see what you do!

Nightange1 on Sigarda's Angelic Assistance

3 years ago

Depending on how you want to approach the deck and how much you want to polish a lot can be done to improve your deck. The biggest thing regardless of how competitive you want to take it is taking out cards that don't do anything but look good because they are efficient in standard or something. For instanceFaithbearer Paladin being played on turn 5 when everyone else is setting up a combo or cheating much bigger creatures into play looks pretty meek compared to them. Find cards that immediately seem to create an effect or such a strong effect it's worth it.

Cards I would take out...

Veteran Armorer, Timberland Guide, Primal Druid, Obsessive Skinner, Nightguard Patrol, Kessig Recluse, Intrepid Provisioner, Inspiring Captain, Hanweir Militia Captain  Flip, Elder Cathar, Byway Courier, Ironwright's Cleansing, Equestrian Skill, Conclave's Blessing, Pollenbright Wings, Fists of Ironwood, True-Faith Censer, Crown of Convergence, Briarbridge Patrol, Grapple with the Past, Leave No Trace, Long Road Home, Wildsize. A lot of cards I know but here come some budget or more expensive replacements...

Expensive options(see if your playgroup is cool with proxies if money is an issue)

Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, Containment Priest, Recruiter of the Guard, Akroma, Angel of Wrath, Gisela, the Broken Blade, Mirari's Wake, Sylvan Library, Earthcraft, Linvala, Keeper of Silence, Knight of the Reliquary, Aura Shards, Hero of Bladehold.

Cheap alternatives(though some may be annoying to find from others or stores)

Bruna, the Fading Light, , Mentor of the Meek, Silverblade Paladin, Somberwald Sage, Thalia's Lancers, Swords to Plowshares, Day of Judgment, Werebear, Mikaeus, the Lunarch, Mother of Runes, Riders of Gavony, Honor of the Pure, Intangible VirtueFiend Hunter, Goldnight Commander, , Knight of the White Orchid, Aegis of the Gods, Archetype of Courage, Deranged Outcast, Return to Dust, Angel of Jubilation, Tireless Tracker, Bastion Protector, Sun Titan.

Anyways my gawd what a long message hopefully this helps later!

PipPipMagulager on

3 years ago

Hey chairborne33!

Honestly, I made this set back before Eldritch Moon came out, so that's literally the only reason why Heron's Grace Champion Isn't in there! However, I still do prefer Intrepid Provisioner to it because the +2/+2 really helps the ramp feel this deck kind of adopts.

(I guess I should have explained my strategy of playing this deck)

My success with this deck as been attributed to both it's Horizontal and Vertical Growth. With all of the 2 mana creatures it is decently easy to have a creature advantage by 4 and 5. Then if my opponent decides to stick back with one of two huge creatures to try and keep me from attacking, I can counter that with a Bound by Moonsilver or stack one of my humans with a Hope Against Hope. If all else fails or the Gods of RNG and Chance aren't smiling down on me I can settle for double blocking with multiple medium sized creatures. (This is fine but not preferred because of the obvious tribal nature, you always want to have humans on the field, and lots of them)

One thing about this deck is I think it has great synergetic recovery. So long as I am not COMPLETELY board wiped I've always been able to get a firm footing again after I make one or two more "necessary" trades.

Why I prefer Intrepid Provisioner is his ability can so easily force aggression with little repercussions. Very few times has his enter the battlefield ability not been key to better tempo-ing than my opponent, if that makes any sense.

For example I can pump a turn one Thraben Inspector and have it kill a Thalia, Heretic Cathar or have it trade with a Vildin-Pack Alpha  Flip and be one clue token all the better for it!

However, I did mention Inspiring Captain was a filler and I think you make a great point, that with the release of Eldritch Moon, I would definitely trade those two copies for the Flash Aspect. I might even switch a copy of Unruly Mob just because of how awesome that card is, but that gets into messing with the mana curve, soooo it's up to you!

-Thanks for your advice, and I hope this helped

hipkej5975 on Ordic give everybody everything

4 years ago

Haunted Cloak is in there for when Odric is out and he can give vigilance, trample, and haste to everyone. Take out 2 Inspiring Captain for Thalia's Lieutenant, and Dauntless Cathar and Obsessive Skinner for 2 Odric, Lunarch Marshal. You think Sigarda, Heron's Grace and Kytheon, Hero of Akros  Flip are good at just 1 a piece?

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