Soldier tribal has good support in standard, but a competitive soldier deck has not developed. With the arrival of The Brothers’ War set, the options for the deck will grow. Valiant Veteran is the lord of the soldiers’ deck. For a colorless and a white mana, you get a 2/2 kor soldier who gives other soldiers you control +1/+1 and after Valiant Veteran dies you can exile him from your graveyard for five mana to put a +1/+1 counter on each soldier you control.
A competitive version of soldiers has not been developed yet because it is unclear what direction the decks build should go. One possibility is to use all the soldiers available in standard, but this version is underwhelming. Another option is to create a soldier token deck, but the creature cards that create tokens have conditions that sometimes are hard to meet.
One reason a playable version of soldiers has not developed is the lack of a playable one drop. The Brother’s War has at least one playable one drop in Recruitment Officer.
For a white mana, you get a 2/1 human soldier that can for four mana allow you to look at the top four cards of your deck and select a creature card that costs three mana or less that you get to put in your hand. This is a fantastic ability to use in the mid- to late game when you are in top deck mode because it usually will give you access to a creature to continue building your board each turn. Hopefully, we will get another one drop soldier to make the deck functional.
Finally, King Darien XLVIII gives other creatures you control +1/+1. For a colorless, a green, and a white mana, you get a 2/3 human soldier.
For five mana, you can put a +1/+1 counter on King Darien XLVIII and create a 1/1 white solider token. The overall high cost of this ability makes it generally unusable. You can sacrifice King Darien to give all your token creatures hexproof and indestructible until the end of the turn. Darien’s abilities push him towards a token deck which makes him less valuable in other decks. We will have to see if King Darien XLVIII finds a good home once we get The Brothers’ War.
That’s it for this week. I’ll see you next time!