Thraben Standard Bearer
Creature — Human Soldier
, , Discard a card: Put a 1/1 white Human Soldier creature token onto the battlefield.
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Thraben Standard Bearer Discussion
3 months ago
Good Afternoon, Hope everyone is doing well.
I've amassed the following cards for specifically a soldier-themed deck, but I'm having trouble narrowing down the list for an appropriate deck, so I'd like to request advice and assistance. The general idea was to summon a bunch of soldier tokens, buff them, defeat opponents, but I keep stumbling into cards that would be 'cool' or 'awesome' with the theme. Here are the cards I am looking at:
Legendary Cards (Potential Commanders) Akroma, Vision of Ixidor (Synergy with Odric) Baird, Steward of Argive (Good delay) Brimaz, King of Oreskos (Cheap commander that produces soldiers) Darien, King of Kjeldor (decent way of making soldiers, expensive) Keleth, Sunmane Familiar (only for partner) Lena, Selfless Champion Mikaeus, the Lunarch Nahiri, the Lithomancer Odric, Lunarch Marshal Odric, Master Tactician Prava of the Steel Legion Thalia, Heretic Cathar Trynn, Champion of Freedom
Normal Cards Abzan Falconer (synergy with Mikaeus) Adaptive Automaton (buffs soldiers) Ainok Bond-Kin (synergy with Mikaeus) Ancestral Blade (2 for a 2/2 creature seems good, especially if I can re-assign it to Auriok Steelshaper) Angel's Feather (Life gain) Angel's Grace (emergency + synergy with Darien)(Isochron Scepter) Anointed Procession (Double tokens, yes) Anointer Priest (life gain for tokens, seems good) Auriok Steelshaper (seems like good synergy with the equipment in the deck, if they're included. Otherwise, might toss this out) Aven Brigadier (Might toss this) Aysen Crusader (P/T based on soldiers? Yes please) Ballyrush Banneret (cheaper soldier spells) Basri Ket (Synergy with Abzan Falconer and Ainok Bond-Kin)(Produces Soldier Tokens) Benalish Commander (Roundabout way of producing soldiers) Bounty Agent (Neat way of dealing with certain cards) Call the Coppercoats (Produces soldiers) Captain of the Watch (Produces soldiers, buffs soldiers) Captain's Call (Produces soldiers) Catapult Master (Neat way of exiling enemy creatures) Cenn's Enlistment (produces soldiers, retrace) Commanding Presence (roundabout way of producing soldiers) Conclave Phalanx (can easily be a free creature + free life gain) Congregate (good life gain) Conqueror's Pledge (produces soldiers) Coordinated Barrage (meshes with soldiers well. Isochron Scepter) Crusader of Odric (can get really tough and powerful, might be worth cutting though) Daru Stinger (Could be really potent) Daru Warchief (cheaper spells, buffs soldiers, seems good) Dawn of Hope (good synergy with life gains, produces soldiers with lifelink) Daysquad Marshal (produces 1 soldier token, only really good with other buffs/cost reductions) Decree of Justice (mostly just to cycle it) Deploy to the Front (Great way of expanding ranks of soldiers) Devout Invocation (This is basically a win condition) Door of Destinies (buffs soldiers) Elspeth Tirel (makes soldiers, gain life, emergency nuke) Elspeth, Knight-Errant (makes soldiers, indestructable emblem) Elspeth, Sun's Champion (produces soldiers, cool emblem) Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis (makes soldiers or gain life, neat concept) Enlistment Officer (Good way of thinning the deck) Entrapment Maneuver (produces soldiers while protecting yourself, smidge situational) Erase (cheap removal. Isochron Scepter) Evangel of Heliod (produces soldiers, potential for lots of soldiers) Even the Odds (Nice way of getting emergency troops) Fairgrounds Warden (cool removal) Field Marshal (buffs soldiers) Fiend Binder (cool removal) Finale of Glory (basically a win condition) First Response (Nice way of benefitting from small attackers, I think) Garrison Cat (produces 1 soldier token, effectively replacing itself, might be worth cutting) Gideon, Ally of Zendikar (only really here for the emblem and possibly getting buffed on attacks) Gift of Estates (Land is always a problem for me, good deck thinning) Glorious Anthem (buff) God-Favored General (produces soldiers, albeit a bit expensive) Haazda Marshal (neat soldier producer, makes lifelink soldiers) Hero of Bladehold (battlecry + soldier producer, great with Haazda Marshal) Holy Day (defensive spell, Isochron Scepter) Honor of the Pure (buff) Hunted Witness (replaces itself with a soldier, cheap, might cut though) Intangible Virtue (buffs tokens) Intrepid Hero (Great removal, lots of great memories, nostalgic for me, etc) Isochron Scepter (Keep using certain Instants as needed) Join the Ranks (a bit expensive but makes soldiers) Journey to Nowhere (removal) Keeper of the Accord (really cool card, definitely helps with soldiers and lands) Knight-Captain of Eos (basically a holy day by sacrificing a soldier, seems really good) Land Tax (Land is always a problem) Launch the Fleet (produces soldiers, great with Odric, Haazda Marshal, Hero of Bladehold, Brimaz, etc) Leyline of the Meek (Neat little buff) Lieutenants of the Guard (neat mechanic, might cut) Loxodon Partisan (battlecry, might cut) Loyal Sentry (neat concept, cheap) Makeshift Battalion (diet battlecry) Marble Diamond (might be good) Marshal's Anthem (neat card, might be beneficial in a pinch) Martial Coup (great removal + producing soldiers) Mentor of the Meek (card draw from soldiers) Militia Bugler (decent deck-thinning, might cut since its only top four) Militia's Pride (produces soldiers, lots of good synergy) Mobilization (decent buff, built-in soldier producer, tad expensive) Mother of Runes (utility, might cut) Murder Investigation (neat little way of producing soldiers, depends) Ninth Bridge Patrol (neat way of benefitting from tokens getting destroyed) Nomads' Assembly (huge potential) Oath of Lieges (Land is always a problem) Oathsworn Giant (expensive, but decent buff) Oblivion Ring (Removal) Omen of the Sun (produces soldiers, little life gain, scry later, flash, generally good) Palace Guard (cool card) Paragon of New Dawns (buffs soldiers) Path to Exile (Removal) Patrol Signaler (roundabout way of producing soldiers, might cut) Pay No Heed (cheap defense, Isochron Scepter) Pearl Medallion (cheaper spells is always better) Pennon Blade (make something huge, kinda expensive though, might cut) Phantom General (buffs tokens) Precinct Captain (cheap, produces soldiers for attacking, decent synergy) Preeminent Captain (free cast, depending upon circumstances, decent synergy) Proper Burial (decent life gain) Raise the Alarm (cheap soldiers, Isochron Scepter) Ranger of Eos (only useful if I have a lot of cheap creatures) Reborn Hero (neat concept, can bring it back) Rebuff the Wicked (neat counter) Recruit the Worthy (cheap soldiers, Isochron Scepter) Recruiter of the Guard (decent search) Remember the Fallen (might cut, decent card) Resurrection (decent way of bringing back an expensive creature) Return to the Ranks (potentially free method of bringing cards back) Reverent Hoplite (potentially lots of soldiers) Rhox Pikemaster (Decent buff) Righteous Cause (Decent buff, tad expensive) Riot Control (neat life gain, defense) Rootborn Defenses (defense, makes a soldier, neat) Safe Passage (defense) Selfless Squire (interesting utility, might cut) Sergeant-at-Arms (can create soldiers, seems expensive though) Shielded Passage (neat little defense, Isochron Scepter) Sol Ring (obvious reasons) Soul Parry (decent defense, Isochron Scepter) Soul Snare (neat way to keep up devotion + have something on hand to deal with a creature) Soulmender (cheap creature, life gain, might cut) Standing Troops (decent card, might cut) Stormfront Riders (expensive way of producing soldiers, flying, might cut) Strata Scythe (make something huge, might cut) Strength of Arms (decent way of making soldiers, Isochron Scepter) Sword of the Meek (decent way of bringing it back from graveyard, might cut though) Sworn Companions (lifelink soldiers) Terminus (nice clutch card) Thraben Standard Bearer (cheap soldier, can be good for creating defenders in a pinch) Timely Reinforcements (neat for emergencies) True Conviction (huge buff) Unified Strike (exile based on number of soldiers, isochron scepter) Unruly Mob (might cut) Valor (easy way to get first strike) Veteran Armorer (buff, might cut) Veteran Armorsmith (buff, might cut) Veteran Swordsmith (buff, might cut) Veteran's Armaments (decent synergy, might cut) War Report (good life gain) Wing Shards (neat card, might cut) Worship (synergizes with Darien)
Lands Drifting Meadow (cycling) Emeria, The Sky Ruin (awesome card if I can get 7 plains) Karoo (neat little card, not sure if worth it) 28x Plains New Benalia (neat card, not sure if worth it) Nykthos, Shrine of Nyx (white deck, probably a good call) Secluded Steppe (cycling)
Thank you for your time and attention.
2 years ago
I'm not sure just how tight your budget is, but I can see a number of easy ways to make some little improvements!
If you only go for a single nonbasic land, then Emeria, The Sky Ruin is an excellent choice for providing late-game value. Kjeldoran Outpost and Daru Encampment are also good options, as are Secluded Steppe and Drifting Meadow if you draw them late game when you don't need any more lands.
Djeru seems like a very... odd choice if you don't have any planeswalkers. I think that Thraben Doomsayer, Riders of Gavony or Devout Chaplain could all serve you better. By the way, are you sure Hada Freeblade and Kazandu Blademaster are worth it if they are the only two allies in the deck? You might be better off with Champion of the Parish and Hanweir Militia Captain Flip - or Elite Inquisitor, if you liked the Blademaster's abilities. Thraben Inspector or Thraben Standard Bearer could also be run over Champion of the Parish if budget is an issue.
3 years ago
Looks like a fun deck! A few things, you're really going to want to address the mana base, you're heavier on the white than green, so I'd run more white sources than green. Lands like Horizon Canopy, Fortified Village, and Temple of Plenty are great budget lands. Since you're running 6 drops, I would strongly recommend going up to 24 lands as well.
Some soldiers to consider would be
Thraben Inspector, great stats for the cost and the clue lets you replace her whenever you need to.
Thraben Standard Bearer, which just lets you turn dead cards into soldiers.
Thalia, Heretic Cathar Fantastic soldier that can mess up your opponents plans and let you win.
Sergeant-at-Arms the versatility this guy offers is very nice.
Archetype of Courage is a kind of pseudo-lord
Sunblade Elf A cheap soldier that turns into an anthem later in the game
Bishop of Rebirth while not a soldier, allows you to return your dead soldiers to life
Other cards to consider
Elspeth, Sun's Champion a bit pricey, but an incredible game ender
Elspeth, Knight-Errant the Sun's Champion's little sister
Declaration in Stone Removal is pretty important to staying alive and winning the game.
Ulvenwald Mysteries A card that punishes your opponent for killing your dudes and refills your board
Harmonize Straight up card draw
Heroic Intervention Save your dudes
Ajani Unyielding His plus will almost always get you at least one thing, and his other two abilities are good too
Hope this was a little helpful
3 years ago
4x Thraben Doomsayer is in my human deck and I highly recommend it.
It's better than Thraben Standard Bearer at any rate. :)
3 years ago
Thraben Standard Bearer make human soldier tokens, but discarding a card is what I am trying to avoid. Aegis of the Gods may help slow down cards like Inquisition of Kozilek. I'm not entirely married to the swords if there are cheaper (both money and mana cost) options to buff and even protect creatures. But Rebuff the Wicked and Dawn Charm would be good to try out until I have money to buy the swords.
3 years ago
Shane Oh, no problem. Pauper and Peasant are really similar. A small number of uncommons are allowed in Peasant but not Pauper. As far as your other suggestions, I had considered Deadly Grub and Beetleback Chief previously and determined that their CMC was too high for their intended purpose.
Deadly Grub would be used as sacrifice fodder or free blocks so he would be going away rather quickly. The 6/1 shroud that it leaves behind is definitely not something to be laughed at, but I felt like Dragon Egg (which is the card that takes the grub's spot) was more useful #1. because it can block small threats, and #2. it creates a flier that guarantees a higher chance at getting in damage. But he can definitely contend for that spot depending on whether your meta is flier-heavy or not.
Beetleback Chief is essentially 3 triggers for 4 mana in this deck. and yes, one of them is a 2/2 body, which is nice. The tokens are created on entering the battlefield, it allows Undying Evil to do some serious work as well, but I think it just comes down to the mana cost at 4 total with double red.
As for Empty the Warrens and Captain's Call, it's the same kind of deal. Empty the Warrens is at best, in this deck, 4 tokens for 4 mana at sorcery speed. I very rarely will have the opportunity late-game to take advantage of storm. Captain's Call just seems underwhelming to me. I think that if you want a heavy hitting token maker like that, you'd want to go with something like Battle Screech or Triplicate Spirits. They have similar CMCs due to Triplicate Spirits' ability, and they have the possibility of creating many more tokens because of flashback, or because of convoke allowing you to cast Triplicate Spirits fairly early. Oh, and they're fliers too so that might come in handy, although it is meta dependent.
Icatian Crier didn't work for me for similar reasons. This deck is meant to take over the game around turn 5 or 6, so even if you were able to get her down on turn 3 or 4, you could only probably use the ability once or twice at best. I tend to find myself low on cards in the late game, and finding one to discard might become a problem. Perhaps if you had more card draw in your deck such as Tormenting Voice, she could work for you. Or if you planned to bring the deck into the late game, you could include cards like Terminate and Cenn's Enlistment. Thraben Standard Bearer is a good card to compare to as well.
Thanks for taking time to help with some suggestions!
3 years ago
First: Thraben Standard Bearer is honestly terrible in this particular deck setup. You have nothing to discard for it other than useless lands.
Second: This looks like a token deck, so you should probably have Rhys the Redeemed as your commander instead of just a random creature. You want to have it on the field as much as possible, and it's so easy to kill that you won't have it on the field for more than a turn cycle or two.
Third: I would personally love it if you added more squirrels to it :)