Thorn Lieutenant

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.

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2019 (M19) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Thorn Lieutenant occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.1%

Thorn Lieutenant Discussion

lagotripha on Pioneer GW Convoke Tokens

2 months ago

I'd like to see more token generation in the lower slots- convoke payoffs are amazing, but cutting a few to get a threat on the board that can scare 3 mana plainswalkers is essential for pioneer. More raise the alarm, more marshal.

In terms of 1 drops, Legion's Landing  Flip Hunted Witness , Cartouche of Solidarity , Skymarcher Aspirant / Snubhorn Sentry , Thraben Inspector exist. If you make bigger tokens, Wake the Reflections can work. Springleaf Drum helps power out low-mana creatures.

Voice of Resurgence is the strongest 2 drop available for this list.

Further up the curve, Launch the Fleet , Countless Gears Renegade / Servo Exhibition , Dwynen's Elite , Animation Module / Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit , Hero of Precinct One , Lovestruck Beast , Murder Investigation Precinct Captain , Thorn Lieutenant , Westvale Abbey  Flip and Hanweir Militia Captain  Flip

In terms of sidebord, we'll see how the meta shapes up, but Alive / Well , Dryad Militant are worth looking at beside standard options. Druid's Deliverance if vannafar combo takes off. Sundering Growth as an artifact answer.

NileMTG on Mono Green Stompy

3 months ago

Added Thorn Lieutenant for Barkhide Troll

Sorin_Markov_1947 on Boros Feather

4 months ago

In the sideboard, maybe, but other than that and lands I'm only losing Reckless Rage and Thorn Lieutenant .


5 months ago

Nice deck!

I'm currently brewing Najeela Warriors for 1vs1, have you considered Thorn Lieutenant , Bloodbraid Elf , Adaptive Automaton or Metallic Mimic ?

These are more aggressiv cardchoices than, let's say Herald of Dromoka or Chief of the Scale ,which i'd cut for them.

abby315 on Devastation Elves (WAR)

8 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

9 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

9 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

10 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.

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