Creature — Goblin Soldier
Battalion — Whenever Legion Loyalist and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control gain first strike and trample until end of turn and can't be blocked by tokens this turn.
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Legion Loyalist Discussion
1 month ago
Nice deck on a budget, really good job keeping your avg. cmc down. I do have a few suggestions and I'll try to keep it budget(ish) friendly.
Must Have: Feed the Swarm should allow you to drop Meteor Golem. I know Chaos Warp/Feed the Swarm aren't as easily reusable but you should be prioritizing removing problematic enchantments like Solemnity or Rest in Peace anyways.
Attack Away From Throne: Drana, Liberator of Malakir allows you to attack who you need to when you need to. Thanks to first strike, the rest of your team will get their counters before regular combat damage.
Surprise: Legion Loyalist is a stud here thanks to haste. Only for a surprise first strike, trample, and tokens can't block for my whole team is amazing. Just don't play him like a typical 1 drop but rather with the goal of activating Battalion that turn.
Finisher: Jokulhaups will clear out everything except enchantments while your creatures all come back at the end of turn to wreck face. It can be a dick move but it'll end games.
Feel free to check out my list for inspiration. It's one of the top rated Marchesa lists on this site, it has a huge maybeboard to help people, and there's also over 100 comments to sift through for more ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Got 99 Upvotes And A Bitch Ain't One - Marchesa
4 months ago
So I put together a Marton Stromgald deck together focusing on pumping out lots of tokens and then going in with a big swing after Marton makes them big and getting them through with cards like Legion Loyalist or Goblin War Drums... but after I built it I started wondering if I should just turn it into a goblin tribal deck with Krenko, Mob Boss at the helm and Marton just in the 99 as a finisher... so I just wanted an outside opinion before I did anything
5 months ago
I think to make your deck faster and more consistent, you would need to make the mana curve lower and/or create better synergies with your cards.
First, I would address your mana curve. As a mono-red deck, you rely on speed to gain advantage, but you only have 8 cards that you can play turn one (Theoretically, you can play others with Simian Spirit Guide, but I will get to that). Legion Loyalist is an amazing 1-drop. However, to get out your 3-drops, you rely heavily on SSGs and Infernal Plunges to ramp up, both of which require you to essentially get rid of one or two cards respectively. SSG takes up a card in your hand, Infernal Plunge takes a precious creature and a card in your hand. Then, if your 3-drop is removed, then you basically get 2 or 3-for-one'd, losing a LOT of value. So, if you want to pursue this ramp style, you need to utilize more cards that give you card advantage before turn 3. Dragon Fodder or Goblin Instigator would give you a body to sac while leaving one to attack, though have CMC 2. These cards would also later take more advantage of your lords' +1/+1 because they would be 2 bodies instead of 1. Even adding one or two lands would also help with this build.
If you are not set on the sac playstyle, I would suggest increasing your 1-drops and 2-drops and lands. Goblin Bushwhacker is a great 1-drop that has advantages to playing later with its kicker, and Weaselback Redcap can be useful for its combat trick to get extra chip damage while still playing your cards. Goblin Guide is also a popular 1-drop. Some great 2-drops include Warren Instigator (which you have only one of), Conspicuous Snoop for card advantage, Goblin Wardriver for his pseudo anthem, and of course the 2-drops I mentioned earlier. Having 1 and 2-drops will take advantage of your lords right away, and adding more lands would make it simpler for playing cards each turn, thus making your deck faster and more consistent.
As for your synergies, some of the cards are interfering with other cards in your deck or not taking the full advantage of their potential, making them weaker cards. For example, Vexing Devil, while it is an amazing card, does not take advantage of the Goblin theme and is sacked right away 9/10, thereby making it not useful for both themes of the deck. The Simian Spirit Guide and Infernal Plunge, while can be useful to get out a 3-drop, are not enough to consistently get each 3-drop out of your hand, filling your hand up with unplayable cards. The Temur Battle Rage does not benefit from the Ferocious ability most of the time, and is a win-more kind of card in this deck. Even if you ramp into a Krenko, Mob Boss Turn 2, you would lose 2 cards and risk losing your 4-drop, for one or two 1/1s that can't attack for another turn. Having a ton of lords is not helpful when there are no underlings to take advantage of their boosts. Some other 3-drops you should consider would be Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin, Legion Warboss, and Pashalik Mons.
I wrote all this out because I don't want to take away your decision making as a deck builder; I want to bring up considerations for you to make your own decisions. However, I'll leave a suggestion for additions and subtractions that you can adjust to your preferences.
-4x Vexing Devil
-3x Infernal Plunge
-3x Simian Spirit Guide
-2x Goblin Grenade
-2x Temur Battle Rage
-2x Krenko, Mob Boss
-2x Goblin Warchief
-2x Goblin Rabblemaster
1x Goblin Chieftain
1x Goblin King
3x Warren Instigator
4x Goblin Bushwhacker
4x Conspicuous Snoop
2x Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin
2x Legion Warboss
5 months ago
Looking at some party cards, the problem I'm coming across is lack of synergy but I'll recommend some anyway. You really want your commander out early with as many ETBs as you have and being how aggressive he is.
Grenzo, Dungeon Warden: Rogue. Gives you a decent body with repeatable card advantage.
Grenzo, Havoc Raiser: Rogue. Either card advantage or point the biggest (or weakest utility) creature at another player.
Rankle, Master of Pranks: Another rogue. Less synergistic but he has three modes and haste. Plus, you can choose as many modes as you like.
Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion: Warrior. Red ramp and card fixing.
Priest of Forgotten Gods: Cleric. Potential card advantage and removal plus ramp.
Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs: Warrior. Provides plenty of deathtouch chump blockers with your commander.
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed: Cleric. Allows all of your creatures to die once and come back. Plus, kills any human that gets through.
Gonti, Lord of Luxury: Rouge. Neat. Not the greatest in a vacuum but replaces himself, normally with something good.
Anarchist: Wizard. If you get more spells then maybe.
Cinder Seer: Wizard. Not the best pinger but a pinger nonetheless.
Coffin Queen: Wizard. Playable effect.
Dismissive Pyromancer: Wizard. Decent rummage affect and can take one guy out.
Embermage Goblin: Wizard. Not the best pinger but possibly playable. Hits any target.
Fervent Paincaster: Wizard. Hits creatures.
Fireslinger: Wizard. Best pinger so far at 2 cmc. Hits any target.
Nezumi Graverobber: Rogue/Wizard. Starts off as a graveyard hating rogue and turns into a grave stealing wizard.
Going through cards and the party subtheme seems a bit sad. Some of the above are decent but there isn't a ton to go on in my opinion.
On the first strke though, there are a million cheap red spells that grant first strike temporarily as an instant or as an enchantment. I would recommend running 1 or 2 of the instants to keep opponents on their toes when they think about blocking you.
As for creatures,
Soul of Shandalar: Mana wise, not the best. But can ping and has built in first strike.
Sparring Collar: Cheap first strike and can be attached instant speed to either dissuade blocks/attacks or murder something.
Sword of Vengeance: I don't think its as good as above due to not being able to move at instant speed, but it grants vigilance as well. It is nice to keep a first strike flying blocker up after it attacks.
Akki Coalflinger: Way to help out the team.
Legion Loyalist: Way to help out the team. (My favorite of the team helping bunch).
Bloodmark Mentor: Way to help out half of the team.
Akroma's Memorial. Expensive but a classic.
I think a couple or few first strike options would work out. As for cards that I think you could do better than,
Endbringer: Potentially a great card but I wouldn't count on using his other effects with as little colorless mana sources that you have.
Master of Cruelties: Can be good but typically best if saved for kalia combos. He shuts down attacking with everyone else which limits you to dealing with one opponent at a time.
Rakdos Firewheeler: Not bad but repeatable effects may be better.
5 months ago
Cavern of Souls Protects against counters from blue. With the number of creatures in this deck, this should be a high priority!
Lastly, being creature heavy, I understand Mogg War Marshal, but Dragon Fodder or Krenko's Command offer the same number of creatures, and power, but you get to keep both creatures without ever having to pay additional mana.
6 months ago
Desolation Twin Yeva, Nature's Herald Sigarda, Host of Herons Vexing Shusher Neheb, the Eternal Rampaging Baloths Caller of the Pack God-Eternal Rhonas Nylea, God of the Hunt Karametra, God of Harvests Quartzwood Crasher Proud Wildbonder Swiftblade Vindicator Champion of Lambholt Bloodbraid Elf Forgotten Ancient Vigor Selfless Squire Gyre Sage Scute Mob Managorger Hydra Legion Loyalist Dragonmaster Outcast Feldon of the Third Path Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker Bramble Sovereign Thornscape Familiar Garruk's Packleader Runic Armasaur Sakura-Tribe Elder Wood Elves Springbloom Druid Birds of Paradise Whiptongue Hydra
6 months ago
I don't want to seem overly critical but you really need to lower the avg. cmc of your creatures by a LOT. You're currently at 4.62 avg. cmc on your creatures which is astronomically high.
You have a total of 5 creatures that cost or less and by comparison you have 17 creatures that cost to mana. This will result in VERY clunky opening hands where you consistently aren't doing anything for the first several turns and you'll hardly ever reach that sweet spot where you're able to chain multiple spells on the same turn.
Here's a list of all the and under creatures in my Marchesa list and her maybeboard that are $5 or less. Baleful Strix, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Grim Haruspex, Legion Loyalist, Liliana's Standard Bearer, Midnight Reaper, Oona's Blackguard, Sage of Fables, Vigean Graftmage, Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Burglar Rat, Chasm Skulker, Fulminator Mage, and Judith, the Scourge Diva. I would cut from the top of your curve and work you way down.
Like I said, just trying to help. Feel free to check out my list for inspiration, it's one of the top rated Marchesa lists on this site and there's also a decent sized maybeboard and over 90 comments to sift through for more ideas. Upvotes are appreciated Got 99 Upvotes And A Bitch Ain't One - Marchesa
6 months ago
So basically you want to get good bodies down as quick as possible.
If you go pure aggro you want the very aggressive powerful 1-2 drops. If you go more midrangey you want more value 1-2 drops.
So for aggro I would look at cards like Goblin Guide, Legion Loyalist and Goblin Bushwhacker. Kytheon, Hero of Akros Flip is a legendary but he is also a 2/1 who can easily flip into a 4/4. And because he is a 1 drop you want to see every game and who can flip into a useful walker play him at 4.
For 2 drops Burning-Tree Emissary is a free creature and you can chain a bunch of them togther then use spare mana for Goblin Bushwhacker for a huge quick hit. Other 2 drops you might want are Thalia, Guardian of Thraben who slows down removal and board wipes.
You sort of want to cap out at 3. If you go in on the 1 drop goblins Goblin Rabblemaster can be useful as it goes wide and can get big itself which will be reelvant when I get to non creature spells. Seasoned Pyromancer can loot cards you dont need like excess lands or creatures that are out classed and gives you a mini army and some draw. If you are hellbent he is a draw 2.
You dont really want to go higher as you are aiming to end the game as quickly as possible.
For non-creature spells Lightning Bolt is a must. Its removal. Its burn. Its amazing. If you need more burn add Lightning Helix. If you want more burn some protection and some reach Boros Charm as a 2 off.
Finally Embercleave. It can easily be a 3 cost and the fact you can flash it post blockers means you can ensure you win combats or force in max damage. Helps get them dead. Play 2 or so copies.
You could also play cards like Path to Exile but it sort of negates any value you might get from Thalia and while clearing the way does leave you a little more open to a boardwipe off the top. But there is also an arguement that if you are getting them dead fast enough removing a body will be worth it. But that is also why I prefer Bolt as generally it does the same job while also blastint someones face