Tribal Soldiers by buhhhu on MtGO

Creatures (29)
1 Aerial Responder
3 Captain of the Watch
3 Daru Warchief
4 Enlistment Officer
1 Mirror Entity
2 Palace Jailer
4 Preeminent Captain
3 Recruiter of the Guard
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Non-Creature Spells (12)
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Chrome Mox
4 Suppression Field

Lands (19)
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Cavern of Souls
2 City of Traitors
2 Flagstones of Trokair
1 Karakas
6 Plains

Sideboard (15)
2 Armageddon
3 Cast Out
2 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Holy Light
2 Rest in Peace
4 Warping Wail


Tribal decks in Legacy have always come in a couple of different forms. Goblins, Merfolk, and Elves have all had their moments in the spotlight, with Elves most recently being the dominant tribal deck in the format. Other tribal decks have barely appeared at all, but the deck we’re featuring today tries to bring a new tribal deck to Legacy, not with a tribe, but with a class: Soldiers.

Despite not being a real “tribe” throughout Magic’s history, Soldiers do have a lot of interesting payoff cards. Daru Warchief helps the deck gain a mana advantage while pumping up creatures, Enlistment Officer keep the flow of cards going when you start to run out, and Preeminent Captain brings in a soldier for free every turn that it attacks. What these three cards all have in common is that they want, collectively, to make soldiers cost less mana and bring as many of them into play as they can.

The big payoff for Preeminent Captain is Captain of the Watch. The 6 mana creature puts 9 power on the board when played, including 4 total soldiers. Along with the other pump effects in this deck, Captain of the Watch frequently wins the game when it hits the field. For a slightly less powerful, but still very valuable, soldier to put in off of Preeminent Captain, this deck has Palace Jailer. Due to the lack of Commander cards in Legacy, the enters the battlefield effect is almost always permanent (I’ve never seen it not be unless both players have a Jailer).

The common issue of this deck is that it’s rather mana hungry and has little to no interaction with the opponent, but this is solved through a few cards. Firstly, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Thalia, Heretic Cathar are soldiers that both meaningfully disrupt the opponent. Secondly, this deck plays the full playset of Chalice of the Void and Suppression Field, which are both incredibly powerful cards against Legacy, due to the glut of 1 drops in the format and the ever presence of fetchlands, respectively.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Mirror Entity

+1 Aerial Responder


-2 Warping Wail

+2 Rest in Peace

This is day 248 of’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 247 here, where we featured a Legacy deck that aims to take advantage of a powerful 4 mana enchantment.

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