Phalanx Leader

Phalanx Leader

Creature — Human Soldier

Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Phalanx Leader, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.

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Set Rarity
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Uncommon
Theros (THS) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Pioneer Legal
Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Legacy Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Custom Legal
Limited Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal

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Phalanx Leader Discussion

lpeters82 on Heroic Mono-White

2 months ago

Not super familiar with the non-pauper builds of this deck, but it seems like you would want more enchantments to target your heroic creatures. The pauper deck runs: Cartouche of Solidarity, Ethereal Armor, Hyena Umbra, and Sentinel's Eyes. I actually found your deck because the above comment mentioned Wingsteed Rider. I really wish there was another heroic card to add to the deck, but I'm not sure Wingsteed Rider is going to be good enough. A downshifted Phalanx Leader would be killer for the pauper build.

FounderX on Amazonian Enchantress

5 months ago

Who says commander cost a lot of money! Nice Ultra budget build. Since you are aiming on cheap cards maybe add Phalanx Leader. An almost free card and perhaps in the free bulk box at a local game store. Targetting him with one of the instants in your one time effects poule, buffs the whole team. The Gideon spellbook version of Shielded by Faith is also cheap, bought mine for 50ct. Both cards mentioned synergizes well together.

king-saproling on Plains & Mountains Destroyer

7 months ago

Hey Alvatariano. Wow it's been a while since I've seen a 60 card deck haha. I'm assuming the list is cards you already own, in which case it looks like a decent start. You have a lot going on here though and I think the deck would flow better if you focus on one particular strategy.

For example, you could do a dedicated aura strategy: Thran Golem, Brilliant Halo, Tragic Poet, Dawn Evangel, Tethmos High Priest, Squee's Embrace, Mesa Enchantress, Chained to the Rocks, Prophetic Flamespeaker, Hero of Iroas, Akroan Crusader, Phalanx Leader.

Or spellslinger style: Blaze Commando, Rile, Feather, the Redeemed, Reckless Rage, Zada, Hedron Grinder, Launch the Fleet, Guttersnipe, Twinflame, Ephemeral Shields, Fists of Flame, Charmbreaker Devils.

I buy single cards on since they're usually cheapest there. I've found you get more bang for your buck when buying singles rather than booster packs (even though packs are fun to open haha). For example you could get all of the cards mentioned above for about $7.

Kogarashi on Does Bond Beetle Trigger Phalanx …

7 months ago

As others have mentioned, Phalanx Leader triggers off of a spell you cast targeting it. This means the object targeting it must be a spell on the stack. It can't be an ability.

Bond Beetle has an ability that triggers when it enters the battlefield, and it's this ability that targets a creature. Since it's an ability and not a spell, it won't trigger Phalanx Leader.

Something that would trigger Phalanx Leader would be an instant like Colossal Heroics, a sorcery like Desperate Stand, or an Aura like Flickering Ward (since Auras always target while they're on the stack).

One way to tell if something is a spell targeting a creature or not for the purposes of the Heroic ability is to look at the wording. Triggered abilities always start with (or contain, in the case of delayed triggered abilities) "When," "Whenever," or "At" (like the Heroic ability on Phalanx Leader and the ETB on Bond Beetle). Triggered abilities will not trigger Heroic. This is also why Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger's first ability doesn't work, because it is an ability that triggers on casting; it's not part of a spell resolution.

Boza on Does Bond Beetle Trigger Phalanx …

7 months ago

The only spells casts with a target are instants and sorceries that have the word "target" on them and auras always target the relevant permanent when cast. There might be exceptions to this general rule, but none I can think of right now.

Even if Bond Beetle's ability were an on cast ability like Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger's ability, it would still be an ability, not a spell, which Phalanx Leader is looking for.

WaggyTheGeek on Does Bond Beetle Trigger Phalanx …

7 months ago

If I cast a Bond Beetle while Phalanx Leader is out, and target phalanx leader, would leader's effect trigger? I'm worried about how beetle's ability activates on ETB rather than on cast.

SamuraiNinjaSpy on $10 Deck Series: Boros Heroic

8 months ago

Phalanx Leader could be a good cheap card to add, maybe replacing some instants to bring the creature count up. I would also consider Righteousness as a potential option to act as removal for big threats.

ursamaul on [Primer] Feather EDH: The Inevitable

10 months ago

Have you considered Phalanx Leader it's a power house in my feather deck if left unchecked.

I also really like having Crowd's Favor and Ephemeral Shields go get free cast triggers.

Also Fiery Gambit is always a fun card to cast every turn.

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