• Liam Maiher

    White imperial recruiter. Ok?

  • DJ Pad

    This card is AWESOME. An alternative to Imperial recruiter that’s different but creates so many more deckbuiding options. I imagine foils with be super expensive.

    • DJ Pad

      Some General cards this can find that Recruiter cannot:
      Bloodbraid elf, flickerwisp, flametongue kavu, fleshbag Marauder/ Merciless Executioner, Geralf’s messenger, Glissa Sunseeker, Hero of oxid ridge, Thalia 2.0, Kitchen Finks, Nova chaser, Ranger of Eos, Sakashima the imposters etc.

      • Tiron Ford

        Also Vendilion Clique

  • Spacecat Runner

    This just made my Brago EDH deck very happy. Excellent counterpoint to revillark. Strionic Resonator paired with Sol Ring, Brago goes infinite, gimme all the things. Cloud/lightform are fun and amazing, but this tutors Glen Elendra arch, mulldrifter, archeomancer, and any given shapeshifter. Two toughness critters are just stupid easy to play in edh anyway, and if you counter/eat one? That’s fine, there’s always more.

    • Robert FakeLastName

      just add a palinchron and it is pretty much game over.
      EDIT: or cloud of faeries. that is even fetchable with this :P

  • Rekecko

    Wouldn’t this work with like, any creature that shows 0/0, primarily Hydra’s?

    • DJ Pad

      Yes

  • Tiron Ford

    This card will almost certainly see play in legacy Death and Taxes. It fetches almost everything in the deck

    • Zombie

      But what would Death & Taxes take out for this?

      It’s just a 1/1 for 3, sure it tutors a creature but that kind of CMC-for-body is pretty trash in Legacy and it can’t tutor anything large.

      • Tiron Ford

        Death and Taxes has a lot of flexible spot. Vryn Wingmare, for example, could easily be replaced with this card. The effect of tutoring up a card and getting a 1/1 body is extremely potent in Death and Taxes since it can fetch any creature in DnT and can carry a sword, batterskull, or jitte. There were many variants of Death and Taxes that splashed red for imperial recruiter, so it wouldn’t surprise me if regular death and taxes played this card, which is a white imperial recruiter

      • Shagoth

        D&T is a deck with cards that maybe versatile, but they do work better in some situations and against some decks, to a larger extent than most other decks. D&T uses cards that were probably meant to be in sideboards, and that’s a large weakness of the deck, it’s situational. You don’t want to end up with Leonin Arbiters and Old Thalia against Eldrazi, and you don’t want New Thalia against burn. Recruiter of the guard allows a higher chance of winning with a matchup/hand like that game one pre sideboarding.

      • Henry FS Evans

        Death and Taxes has always had free spots.
        23 lands, 1 Sword, 1 Batterskull, 1 Jitte, 4 Swords to Plow, 4 Aetherviel, 4 Stoneforge, 4 Mothers, 4 Thalias, 4 Revokers, 4 Flickerwisp, and then here is when the build gets slightly loose. There are commonly 2 Mirran Crusaders and at least 2 Serra Avengers. People will run Wingmares, Brimaz, or Mangara of Corondor, but I can definitely see myself filling those last 6 spaces with 2 Crusaders, 2 Avengers, and 2 of these.

        • Zombie

          I don’t see this ever being more relevant than Brimaz or the new Thalia.

          • Henry FS Evans

            You being unable to see how powerful this little white cards is… is kind of the point of Death and Taxes.

          • Zombie

            I play primarily Deathblade variants in Legacy so D&T is pretty much a joke deck to me at the moment.

            And D&T in Modern is even more hilarious since I play either Burn or Blitz Zoo, both of which consistently kill on Turn 3 and don’t really care about anything D&T is trying to do.

          • Henry FS Evans

            I think objectively speaking though Death and Taxes is a better performing deck than any Blade variant. It has a higher number of good match ups with more of a linear plan against each, and those plans are now more easily executable due to this card. There is also the available space in Death and Taxes to incorporate this without any real sacrifice to the build.
            Discussing Death and Taxes in terms of Modern is somewhat irrelevant as this won’t be legal in Modern.

          • Zombie

            Not really. Deathblade and Stoneblade are two of the most consistent archetypes across all of Legacy. They always perform reasonably well in nearly every single tournament

            They’re strong decks in nearly every single imaginable meta because of their base deck structure.

            Death & Taxes abuses certain metas to gain an advantage. It’s also a popular archetype because it contains no ABUR Dual lands in the base deck structure, making it leagues cheaper to play than any Stoneblade or Deathblade deck.

          • Henry FS Evans

            Sorry, I’m not really sure where you’re trying to steer this conversation. It seems like you’re attempting to win a debate that’s unrelated to the original topic. You asked what D&T would take out to make room for this, and said that you thought it being a 1/1 for 3 mana made it trash even with its tutor effect, specifically because it doesn’t tutor anything large.

            Myself and others are saying that there is room freely available to incorporate this card already, and that it’s tutoring effect will be very relevant (as seen in Imperial Taxes) and that the idea of Death and Taxes is not to play large things but to play small seemingly weak creatures that effect the board state.

          • Zombie

            People were already steering the conversation away when they tried to justify and glorify D&T as an infallible toolbox deck that answers everything, when that couldn’t be further from the truth.

            A deck that crams denial and silver bullets that it can only hope it draws only functions in certain metas it can abuse.

            Taking out things it needs to compete with better decks just to make it more consistent with Recruiter of the Guard won’t help D&T. Making it weaker to make it more consistent doesn’t actually accomplish anything.

            Replacing valuable threats with the ability to tutor irrelevant threats past Turn 3 will only hurt D&T’s matchups. It will still counter the same builds it already counters, but it will be run over like a retarded squirrel on a highway against decks it already had shaky matchups against, namely Blade variants – which is a popular Legacy staple archetype.

          • Evan Dischinger

            Then explain why moon and taxes runs 4 imperials.

          • Zombie

            Explain why a fringe build that barely represents even a fraction of the archetype’s playerbase runs a card?

          • Henry FS Evans

            One year later and….it seems we were right.

          • Evan Dischinger

            D and T is still really quite expensive. 1k+

          • Zombie

            Which is about average for competitive Legacy decks, hence why the format playerbase is stagnating

          • Zombie

            Well, you have to consider the general price of Legacy.

            There’s only 2 competitive “budget” decks in Legacy, and that’s Manaless Dredge and Burn.

        • Vizzerdrix

          I feel like of every deck ever played d+t always has flex spots and a lot of them have pet cards. so yeah they could easily put 1-2 prob in here. the ability to flash this in on vial grab litterally anything and then flash that in is exacly what the deck does to begin with if they have the needed card in hand and now they can go find that card

          • Henry FS Evans

            Exactly. This also fetches a lot more efficiently than Imperial Recruiter since it can find your flickerwisp. This card fixes the main problem I find when piloting my D&T build in that it relies heavily on lucky draws, if you have situational requirements. I’m so excited for this card taking that away.

          • Vizzerdrix

            I know my friend played d+t and he end up throwing something like revoker into play with no real targets he mostly played against the only other person who played legacy and it was always control or show and tell something of that nature with effectively nothing to name putting this out instead grabbing a 1 of spirit of the labyrinth or ethersworn cannonist instead, I would say you could go up to 4 of these and cut down some of the more conditional cards that wouldn’t be bad

        • Evan Dischinger

          As a d/t player, the deck has always had a ton of flex slots, even revokers a flex slot. This guy lets you run your more situation cards as less than 4 ofs.

  • Shagoth

    The new card that will assuredly see play in Competitive Eternal formats.

  • Robert FakeLastName

    This is a serious powerhouse. At least one card of note that the other recruiter can’t get is vendilion clique. not sure if that particular interaction is useful but it is there. Bloodbraid elf, Flickerwisp, Kitchen Finks, Spirit of the labyrinth, Thalia, Heretic Cathar, and True-Name Nemesis are a few other notables.

  • Anon

    Still grabs Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.

    • Vizzerdrix

      so grab kiki jiki tap kiki copy it grab pestermite cast it untap kiki and win? sounds good to me just a lot of mana

  • Terd

    How’s it going, Man’o’War, Whitemane Lion and Aluren?

    • Happy The Cat

      pretty good, just chilling with snapcaster Kiki-Jiki, and almost every hydra ever printed

  • Coulter Baker

    All of my yes! I was hoping that white would get conditional tutors as a new subtheme for edh. this + thalia’s lancers/enter the armory seem to be indicating a pattern. I still want the old recruiter though :(

  • wwww

    A counterpart of Imperial Recruiter. Very good!

  • Adam Malekhedayat

    Ugh, chaining these and Flickerwisps together is just disgusting, especially in combination with Aether Vial on 3.
    I think that basically guarantees it being a staple in D&T for the rest of time.

    • Raznaak

      Ugh, I know right? This is gonna be REALLY annoying

  • Blahblahblahbla

    Mm.. This is a big one. Gonna really enjoy finally getting to use a recruiter card for < $200. Way to go, WotC.

  • Jakob Schneider

    A planeshifted Imperial Recruiter with a relevant creature type, at least for Commander.

    This should also be able to find a place somewhere in Legacy.

    • wwww

      Death and Taxes, can search for Flickerwisp (Imperial Recruiter can’t) and combo well with this card too.

      • Evan Dischinger

        Also hits new Thalia.