Phantom General

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt (DDK) Uncommon
Return to Ravnica (RTR) Uncommon

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Phantom General

Creature — Spirit Soldier

Creature tokens you control get +1/+1.

Phantom General Discussion

Tylord2894 on W/B Teysa Commander

4 months ago

Okay, so after looking at this deck for a while, considering its sideboard, and adding some cards that I use often for similar strategies, I've come up with a list of edits (well, actually three lists).

Before I get to those, I would like to explain what I found. Firstly, I like the idea behind the deck. Token strategies are always a great way to make a casual deck that can scale to be for optimized. I love the afterlife keyword as it lends itself to this optimization really well. But there were several less-than-savory card choices in here. The two biggest issues that I saw are ones that I see a lot (and full into too). The first of these is that many cards have a very high cost-to-value ratio. That is, there were several cards that cost too much (mana) and do too little for it. Elgaud Inquisitor is a fantastic example. While Elgaud Inquisitor is on-theme with their on-death triggered ability, that is all they have going for them. The lifelink isn't super useful, and the CMC is WAY too high. They are only a 2/2 too boot. Second off, theme isn't the same as function. I understand that there is a vorthos element to this deck, but since this deck isn't a full tribal deck, I think it's better to focus on ways to make the good parts of the theme work great.

I saw lots of cards that were life gaining cards ( Pontiff of Blight , Impassioned Orator , Riot Control , etc). This deck can make a lot of tokens which Tesya gives lifelink. You need not worry about life gain card. The strength of your creatures that make tokens when they die is that you can easily recur them in W/B. In the lists below, there are many cards that give added value to dying creature or make killing your creatures more ways to die. Lastly and most importantly, you had ZERO ramp and ALMOST NO card draw. THESE ARE THE TWO MOST FUNDAMENTAL ASSPECTS IN EDH!!! You NEED to have them!!! You can not rely solely on the one land drop and card draw. I've listed several cards that assist the main strategy and draw you cards (things like Dredge and Altar's Reap ). As for ramp, there is almost no good ramp outside of green. That only means that you have to look harder. Mana rocks are a must. I only have three in the lists, but they are absolute must-haves. Next, I put in several cards that give you mana in other ways. Most of them align themselves with the main strategy ( Ashnod's Altar , Soldevi Adnate , and Pawn of Ulamog to name a few). Similarly, I added cards that draw you cards from creatures dying. There is one card that I would like to point out in particular, Erebos . The important part of Erebos is his last ability. You pay and 2 life to draw a card. Life is a resource, and you'll be making plenty of it. Be sure to spend it. There are lots of cards that help you turn life into various things, like Bolas's Citadel (which I almost put in and still think has a place here). I would encourage you to look into them. Lastly, I would remove 6 lands. You have other ramp now and don't want to be flooded all of the time.

Here is the list of cards that I would remove:

I understand that there is a budget to this deck, so I've split my suggestions into two lists. The first is all cards that are cheap and should keep you under budget. The second list of cards is for later edits. If you want to spend more money on this deck, those are the cards that I would recommend buying.

As you're read through these, you might notice that a lot of these came from your sideboard. There are lots of good cards in there.

I hope you enjoy these changes. Just remember that casual decks don't have to be un-optimized.

5dollarMTG on I Feel Sick...

4 months ago

You might try Celestial Crusader in place of Phantom General . I would also try to find some alternatives to Last Breath and Ghostly Possession - maybe Pacifism or Collective Effort ? (Not spirit cards, but still spooky looking.) You could also try a few copies of Intangible Virtue with all the spirit tokens.

Nanande on Trostani lifeparty!

8 months ago

I would definitely add these cards: Phyrexian Processor , Phyrexian Rebirth , Slime Molding (better than it looks since paying 11 mana will give you a 3 mana 10/10 each turn after), Vitu-Ghazi Guildmage (populate mana-sink late game), Parallel Evolution , Illusionist's Bracers (populate twice, for the same price!), Acidic Slime (just an awesome green staple), Sakura-Tribe Elder , Phantom General , Angel of Sanctions (INFINITE REMOVAL EACH TURN!), Beast Within (staple removal in green), Budoka Gardener / Dokai, Weaver of Life (mana acc and lategame big tokens in one)

I would consider these also: Worldspine Wurm , Parallel Lives (awesome, but a bit $$$), Rootborn Defenses (stops a board-wipe and pops), Trostani's Judgment (high cmc, but good value), Overrun (probably wins you the game if you have a few creatures out), Hydra Broodmaster , Austere Command (wipes opponents' boards, but a bit $$$), Elspeth, Sun's Champion , Elspeth Tirel (both Elspeths have great board wipes for token decks), Oblivion Ring , Yavimaya Elder , Ajani Goldmane / Ajani, Caller of the Pride (both have great synergy with big lifegains), Baloth Cage Trap (P.S you can play this and populate as combat trick!), Beast Attack (the flashback makes this a good comeback-card in case of board wipe and you need to get the pop-engine going), Blade Splicer (very powerful early-mid game)

I would 100% cut these cards: Take Heart , Centaur Healer , Healer's Hawk , Parhelion Patrol , Candlelight Vigil , Conviction , Noble Purpose , Flight of Equenauts , Siege Wurm , Bounty of Might (no trample=hard to use)

I would also consider cutting these: Lone Rider  Flip, Sumala Woodshaper , Sunscorch Regent , Verdant Eidolon , Scatter the Seeds , Wake the Reflections , Ajani Unyielding

Cereal_Killer on Let's make token competitive again

9 months ago

First of all, thanks for the advices you gave

Then, Apollo_Paladin, Phantom General doesn't convince me much: it is, as you said, heavy on mana cost and it does basically the same of Intangible Virtue and Honor of the Pure. Plus, another downside is that it is a creature, so it's also easily destroyable in comparison to the other 2 enchantments

Not pretty sure about Teysa, Orzhov Scion, I'll playtest it and see if it fits in the deck

dragonforce60, thanks for sharing the article and for calculation that my deck is a 22-21 lander, I'll make those changes

Apollo_Paladin on Let's make token competitive again

9 months ago

I'm a big fan of a lot of these cards. I don't have a lot to suggest except perhaps Phantom General. He's a little heavy on mana cost for my liking, and of course the Intangible Virtue you have in there is superior in almost every way, but his effect of course stacks with Virtue and he's also affected by Honor the Pure for what it's worth. Either way, nice deck! +1

Apollo_Paladin on Oops, All Dragons (Budget casual)

10 months ago

Neat deck. - Have you thought about using token lord (and lord-like) options such as Intangible Virtue, Aven Wind Guide, Phantom General, or even Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer?

  • I definitely think Intangible Virtue would be a good fit at least, possibly even over Leyline of the Meek since you've only got one copy in there anyway.
  • The other suggestions may or may not work for you on mana costs for their yield depending on how the deck plays, but I think beefing up the tokens even before they all become dragons (at which point they're still tokens too obviously) is a solid move.

Saljen on Sacrifice deck

1 year ago

I'd run 4x Zulaport Cutthroat and 4x Grim Haruspex. Merciless Executioner pairs really well with Dictate of Erebos type effects, so might be worth running more of.

Phantom General probably isn't worth running. Kheru Bloodsucker isn't very good, you don't have many things to trigger it. Geist-Honored Monk is okay, but doesn't really fit into what you're trying to do. Doomed Dissenter is okay as sacrifice fodder, but that's all he does. Not a huge fan of the instant / sorcery spells except for Bone Splinters.

Children of Korlis is a cool human that can sac itself ot trigger Xathrid and its effect negates damage for a turn. Benevolent Bodyguard can be sac'd to save one of your important guys from removal, like Xathrid; and he's also a human to trigger the effect.

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