Thorn Lieutenant


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2019 (M19) Rare

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Thorn Lieutenant

Creature — Elf Warrior

Whenever Thorn Lieutenant becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, create a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token.

: Thorn Lieutenant gets +4/+4 until end of turn.

Thorn Lieutenant Discussion

abby315 on Devastation Elves (WAR)

2 months ago

Some sideboard suggestions that might be useful: Carnage Tyrant , if it's not too expensive, would be good against control as a 1 or 2 of. Path of Discovery might be good in conjunction with Shapers' Sanctuary to give all of your creatures a lot of resilience and card draw. Vivien Reid is extremely good against some decks, like Izzet Drakes. Blinding Fog helps against some damage-based boardwipes and removal, but it might be too expensive (I miss Heroic Intervention !).

God-Eternal Rhonas is a really good lategame finisher that might be better than End-Raze just because it's cheaper (for tutoring with Finale). I also feel like people forget about Thorn Lieutenant as a really good elf in standard!

Murphy77 on bant elves

3 months ago

I think that you are half way there for a strong elf counter deck. Evolution Sage , Incubation Druid and Biomancer's Familiar (for multiple adapt effects on your Druid and Guardian) can really get the counters flowing. Hadana's Climb  Flip could add to this theme, then Simic Ascendancy for an extra win-con.

I like Steady Aim , Tower Defense and Stealth Mission but they normally end up in the side-board.

To make room for the counter theme, the first cards that I would drop are Thorn Lieutenant , Pelt Collector and Chart a Course . In my Simic Elf Counter deck, I ended up dropping Elvish Clancaller for Evolution Sage .

stensiagamekeeper on Simic Hydroid Ramp

3 months ago

Nice! I can see why you wreck control but die to aggro however. Trouble is all of your cards individually (except maybe Quench ) I'd describe as anti-control and not great in faster matchups. Taken together however and you have a real problem.

is notorious for having hardly any removal so my suggestion would be to find alternatives to the cards you currently have that fill the same roll but with a slightly greater anti-aggro slant. For example, Chemister's Insight -> Dryad Greenseeker and Pteramander -> Thorn Lieutenant .

Lathaen on Gruul Midrange

3 months ago

musicman3310 - I agree. I have put 3x Lava Coil instead of 2x Merfolk Branchwalker and Banefire for the sake of having more creature removal. And finally decided to put 3x Rekindling Phoenix in, instead of 3x Skarrgan Hellkite . Don't know how much good this idea was as I have not tested it yet.

Feridia Thank you for suggestion, but I think my Domri, Chaos Bringer fits in my deck a little bit more. I really like the idea of either having something enter the battlefield with two (or even more) instances of Riot or drawing for creatures.

andriygoblin I think that Dire Fleet Daredevil will be best left in the sideboard for me as I think that it's a very situational card for this type of deck. As for the Thorn Lieutenant , I'm not sure it fits this deck more than Merfolk Branchwalker , who could be 3/2 instead of 2/3 or at least give me a land.

Thank you all for your suggestions though, much appreciated.

Flawless_Sin on Gruul Midrange

4 months ago

I would mainboard the Dire Fleet Daredevil instead of Merfolk Branchwalker and remove Merfolk Branchwalker from sideboard to put in Thorn Lieutenant .

luispsalles on Ravnica allegiance - Gruul standard reactive deck

4 months ago

Hey, you asked my opinion. One time I read about consistence of decks composition. There is a lot of single copy cards, this make the game very unpredictible for yourself, lack of a solid strategy. My advice is to focus in more 3 and 4 copies of a single card and lass 1 and 2. But is a great selection o of card for a Gruul deck.

Flawless_Sin on Unsealed Gruul

4 months ago

I would take out Ravager Wurm and instead I would recommend to try Thorn Lieutenant which is a pain in a butt for mono red. Maybe drop Merfolk Branchwalker for 4 of those. Try it out, I had some success with these.

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