Loyal Retainers


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masterpiece Series: Amonkhet Invocations (AKHMPS) Common
Commander's Arsenal (CMA) Uncommon
Masters Edition III (ME3) Uncommon
Portal Three Kingdoms (PTK) Uncommon

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Loyal Retainers

Creature — Human Advisor

Sacrifice Loyal Retainers: Return target legendary creature card from your graveyard to play. Play this ability only during your turn, before the combat phase.

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Loyal Retainers Discussion

Mandalorian on Why Even Bother?

2 weeks ago

Looks like you got most of the major players minus these-

Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker


Hua Tuo, Honored Physician

Yavimaya Hollow

Ive seen some list run Gisela, the Broken Blade+Bruna, the Fading Light if that's something that interest you.

Glissa Sunseeker or Kataki, War's Wage can help with artifact hate if you're worried about that.

Other good stuff

Loyal Retainers

Return to Dust or Sylvan Reclamation

Mirari's Wake

You can also search up planeswalkers now as well since they are legendary. That opens up a whole other aspect of deck building depending on what you want to do. Hope this gives you some more ideas to brew with!

Grahamatica on SISAY'S HOMBRES

3 weeks ago

Loyal Retainers are great recursion and work well with Sun Titan. Aura of Silence has worked wonders for me too (also works amazing with sun titan).

I would also add some Wrath of God effects too. Token decks can swarm you plus you can give your stuff indestructible.

Lightning Greaves is a MUST. Swiftfoot Boots are great too. Add both, do it now! :)

Akroma's Memorial is awesome too. Lets your damage get through and haste everything!

TheRoflCoptr on Captain Sisay's Hate Crew

1 month ago

There seems to be a lot of synergy, but I was thinking of a few additions, like legendary creature with landfall if such a thing exists, maybe a Scroll Rack to get the fatties out of your hand when you're trying to ramp, Yisan Chord would makes it a toolbox within a toolbox, also Loyal Retainers is stupid in this deck.

mentor6 on Markov Pebbles

2 months ago

Love the defense grid idea,I'm very skepticpe on blood moon effects, since we use contamination so much better. I run mostly black though.

I think that if you go the necropotence/razaketh build(which I'm very excited to see) than you should use more vamps. And Cartel Aristocrat cuz it's another sac outlet and Carrier Thrall cuz it provides another body.

Yeah, it's definitely important to figure out which stax/interactions are most efficient for us.

I love the academy rector package. Overall I'd say add that ( Humility )?, and drop ad naus? Your version is just getting really high in cmc, vs mines is running the straight storm suite. I think yours is coming out more resilient tho. I'm still wiffing if I get a shitty hand or countered.

If you run sneak attack//Kiki and razaketh. Than Loyal Retainers and Karakas

Hc_Clan on Emrakul's Beacon (Bruna, The Fading Light)

2 months ago

Oh yeah, you're totally right about Iona, that's good to know!

If I didn't have a budget and wanted to upgrade the deck further I would probably add more ramp (Mana Crypt, Mana Vault), the swords would be really good to have as well (Sword of Fire and Ice, Sword of Feast and Famine). I would also definitely add some of the really old, broken white cards that are on the reserve list like Argivian Archaeologist and Loyal Retainers. I may also add more control elements like Peacekeeper. Basically, with the exception of the artifacts, the goal is to play cards that we can recur with our commander, Emeria, The Sky Ruin, Karmic Guide, etc. in order to get more value out of those cards since we're dealing with a color that has limited card draw.

Profet93 on Competitive Captain Sisay

3 months ago


Interesting, I suppose our metas are different and we run the decks differently. Nevertheless, I love what you did with your list.

Do you run Bow of Nylea for the "tuck" effect. If that is the case, then you could always use Mistveil Plains (although it enters tapped, so the tempo loss might not be worth it). Nevertheless, I thought I should mention it as it could free up a spot.

Thoughts on Land Tax for this deck? It could also work well with scroll rack and you have such few lands.

Loyal Retainers is amazing (although with Wheel of sun and moon, maybe not so much) with survival of the fittest as you can search for a bomb, discard it and bring it back immediately.

Joshuya on legendary toolbox

3 months ago

Thank you for your valuable input CaptSillva. I did a bit of tweaking keeping your suggestions in mind and I'm hoping this decklist is looking more consistent now.

I've added essentially all the creatures you've suggested and it helped a great deal with graveyard interaction as well as well as help me shut out my opponents bigger combos.

I also added Eladamri's Call for extra tutoring as well as Vessel of Endless Rest and Bow of Nylea which can send cards from my graveyard to the bottom of my library in addition to their other uses. Which Sisay will easily be able to tutor back to my hand.

For ramp, I added Nature's Lore and Wood Elves. I wanted to add more but my decklist is getting really tight, everything in it seems essential to me and I hope this is enough.

One awesome card I found out about recently was Loyal Retainers which is just so fun to play either along with Saffi and Zendikar Resurgent/Reki to draw as much as I want; or in the dream situation, to play the two along with Reveillark, Karmic Guide, and Food Chain for playing nearly my entire graveyard and infinite mana. heck, I could even use the two with just Earthcraft for infinite mana.

I couldn't find room for Squirrel Nest though... if you see a hole where I could trim fat for it, please let me know. Thank you again for taking the time to comment and to help me make my deck better.

vadesatana on Rhys the Redeemed: The Token-ing...

4 months ago

Out goes Weathered Wayfarer in comes Loyal Retainers. Weathered Wayfarer more often then not is a dead drop any time after turn 4 since this deck doesn't rely on any land tricks. It's a powerful card for sure, but I just find I don't need it unless I get it on turn one or two. With Loyal Retainers I figured I could use it as a way to recur my prime hate targets of Preators and Avacyn when they are killed off or milled; plus a few other legendaries as there is six in total not counting the commander. We'll see how this works in the deck, but at least its a shiny Invocation if nothing else.

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