Loyal Retainers

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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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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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Loyal Retainers occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Loyal Retainers Discussion

Zhugo12 on Karadorable [cEDH Primer]

1 month ago

smackjack yes. Loyal Retainers +Saffi Eriksdotter is the only combo in th that can get out from under Torpor Orb and the related effects.

enpc on Saffi Eriksdotter

1 month ago

Nillstan: You'd be surprised, my list was actually built for a competitive setting (which is where most of the testing came from too). While it doesn't sport the boonweaver line, it still can (and has) played turn 5 wins, which is what most competitive Saffi lists aim for and the deck is "goldfish lethal" generally by turn 4. Please don't think this is me trying to undermine you list but I don't personally buy into the turn 2 hypothetical win - while it can happen in a vacuum you need to either get a god hand or you have to mulligan much more aggressively than you would in an actual game. To some extent, this is also applicable even for turn 3-4 wins, though these start moving into the realm of actually game possible.

Ultimately the whole deck speed decision comes down to the inclusion of the boonweaver combo - adding it into the deck definitely gives you the benefit of a potentially more explosive staret and quick combo assembly. The tradeoff here is however that you end up having to devote a lot of card slots to making it viable as the primary combo in the deck. Unfortunately, a lot of these cards don't really serve much of a purpose outside of the boonweaver line. I made the call not to include the line in my list and instead devote all of the slots to card advantage instead. Yes, it makes the deck a bit slower but it also helps with consistency.

Omega505: a few recommendations I would make here:

Either add Altar of the Brood or cut Loyal Retainers. Because the Retainers/Saffi loop doesn't actually use a sac outlet, the only card in the deck which the loop currently works with is Soul of the Harvest. You could add Skullclamp (which I would recommend doing anyway) but I just don't think you need retainers.

I would also cut Selesnya Sanctuary - you run enough other ETB tapped lands and this card is just too slow for anything outside of a casual list. Personally I would also drop the Dryad Arbor. You don't run Protean Hulk, nor do you run the Skullclamp + Crucible of Worlds draw engine. You also don't have enough fetches to take advantage of Lotus Cobra properly. As for it's place in the boonweaver combo, just add Inquisitor Exarch instead. Not only does it work with Reveillark and any sac outlet, but it cuts down the number of cards required in the chain, making it overall more resilient.

Coward_Token on Kick Start My Heart | Winota, Joiner of Forces EDH

1 month ago

Surprisingly few bomb Humans to cheat out in -.

Fireflux Squad: Token polymorph. I'm aware attack triggers won't immediately work with stuff cheated out by Winota.

Moggcatcher: Some more inter-tribal support

Misc CMC 3-: Loyal Retainers, Magus of the Moon, Magus of the Balance, Combat Celebrant

Misc CMC 4+ : Academy Rector, Ranger of Eos, Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker, Dragonscale General, Arena Rector, Aladdin, Zealous Conscripts

Guess you're not up for giving Valduk, Keeper of the Flame the support he needs? I'll also assume Helm of the Host is implicitly in the maybeboard along with Godo

cubemaster123 on Hulkweaver 3.0

2 months ago

This is probably a stupid question but how do you win with the Loyal Retainers if you don't have Saffi Eriksdotter.

ShreddedByCrows on Offenza is the Best Defenza

3 months ago

Lots of subthemes you got there, that's some interesting challenge. All in all, you're running way too many high-costed cards for a Commander that generally revolves around more of an aggressive strategy. I'll further provide you a personalized list of adjustments, trying my best to keep it at the lowest budget as possible.

Very first thing, 37 lands is too much for an Anafenza deck imo. You can easily go down to 35/34 in order to feel more proactive. That being said, the mana base of your decklist is pretty unstable, and you'll need better mana rocks, around 5/6 good rocks should do it helping you stabilizing.

The second thing to bring up is that you play loads and loads of creatures with actually specific abilities that don't always combine altogether well. Like, for example, in which way would Slimefoot, the Stowaway help Anafenza, the Foremost being consistent? My answer, without another kind of appreciation than logic: not any single one. If you need cheap legendary to keep it up with your theme, there are better options, but remind that this was only a little example.

Finally, you lack reactivity because of very few instant/flash spells. It's not as necessary as some think, but still have a way to protect dutifully your creatures is a key for aggro/midrange decks in EDH. Being able to answer what your opponents bring up to the tape is moreover essential, and I don't see enough removals/tricks in there.

So, let's take a closer look from now on. I'll make some different categories starting with the cuts to make it easier to read.

1.) Back to 100 cards:

2.) Cheap Improvements:

2.1.) Mana Rocks:

2.2.) More removals:

Those are the classical ones you surely know. They are easily affordable and would give your deck a small lift at controlling the board state.

2.3.) Better Legendaries:

  • Mikaeus, the Lunarch > not the cheapest already, but really effective, almost a staple for your deck style

  • Hope of Ghirapur > underrated card, does a lot, insane with recursion to lock down a combo player at low cost

  • Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit > certainly a staple / and somewhat a reason to get rid of the token subtheme which is maybe a bit too much

  • Syr Faren, the Hengehammer > also certainly a staple / aggressive, good interactions with Anafenza, better than lords already in your deck

  • Kethis, the Hidden Hand > Yawgmoth's Will for legendaries? I'll take that. It could also be a nice alternative commander when you face more control-ish decks you're stuck against, enabling you to have an efficient late game on its own once made your commander.

  • Mangara of Corondor > Legendary creature which works as a nonsituational removal. Really good. Even if you can't always activate it when it hits the table, your opponents have to get rid of it using their hand resources and you make 1 for 1.

  • Masako the Humorless > Underplayed card / can be a game-changer / and it's a legendary creature.

2.4.) Voltron Outlet:

2.5.) Other cool cards to look at:

3.) Medium Budget Improvements:

3.1.) Mana Rocks:

3.2.) Even more removals:

3.3.) Legendaries' Staples:

3.4.) Neverending Voltron Outlet:

  • Konda's Banner > Yeh, it's a little bit expensive money speaking, but it does everything you're searching for, like a bridge between your Cats, your legends and your Voltron strategy.

  • Skullclamp > staple

3.5.) Cool cards:

4.) Expensive Improvements:

5.) Some other cards you could try (which I mostly haven't, or for which I have a doubt about their efficiency):

BMHKain on (cEDH) #GerrardKillsUrzaButLikesAngryBirds? WHA??

3 months ago

@GhostChieftain: & I thought a Well-Received MTG Youtuber stated something about Etrata, the Silencer able to attack unimpeded, & not need to put a Hit Counter on anything, even if the opponent has no creatures regardless, & the Counter still counts anyway. I NEED to watch his vid again; I must be un-hearing him while he does a Deck Tech. XL Loyal Retainers goes back in; & whatever other combo pieces does the same; IF they can last.

Profet93 on Karador, Legend of Legends

6 months ago

Loyal Retainers is SO OP. Get legendary bomb with survival, drop it in yard to find Retainer. Play retainer to get back legendary creature. With Volrath's stronghold, the effect is repeatable. I would cut Heroes' Podium as cost to play and use are expensive with a minimal payout.

Maybe add a High Market for additional sac outlet?

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