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Preeminent Captain

Reviewed April 10, 2008

Constructed: 2.70
Casual: 3.22
Limited: 3.20

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Preeminent Captain

It's a 2/2 first strike, and that first strike really helps since you need to attack to get any use out of him, and you need good Soldiers in hand. If you can get him to attack and survive twice or more, then you're ahead on tempo, but that's difficult. I recommend either having something to power him up with, like Veteran's Armaments, or just having a few really expensive Soldiers you want to cheat out, and I can't think of any. Veteran's Armaments is pretty good in a Soldier deck anyway though, so he's worth a try. You could also put Field Marshal out with him, so the Captain is a 3/3 first strike by the time your opponent can declare a blocker.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 2.5


Preeminent Captain

Constructed: The Captain is the Captain for any Kithkin tribal deck. He comes in the PreMade deck so he is easy to get. Other constructed formats he is okay but not that great. A 2/2 with First Strike is solid for 3 mana.

Casual: He is THE Captain. Again he is used with Kithkin decks all over the place.

Limited: Sealed deck he is really good but you will need at least 6 to 8 or more Soldiers, plus some shapeshifters to build a good deck around him. Kithkin Soldiers are good on their own, but one Captain can really turn the games around if played right. Draft he would be a first pick on the first pack and I will try to get as many Kithkin Soldiers or any Soldiers as possible. Second pack if I am not set in my colors I would try to change to it or hate draft it. For the third pack I might pick it first. LLM draft I would grab it first unless I was heavy with removable and I knew what I have already drafted could handle it and there was sometime better to help my deck.

I have seen this card played in mainly Kithkin decks. I plan on making a deck with four Captains and using no Kithkins. Some other Soldiers just in Standard, I did not have time to go threw all of the cards printed.
Veteran of the Depths, Merfolk
Field Marshal
Jotun Grunt
Aven Riftwatcher
Stormfront Riders
Jedit's Dragoons
And this is just a few white creatures....

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Preeminent Captain

Another good-looking card that hasn't found a deck yet. The effect is arguably more powerful even than that of Goblin Lackey, who has terrorized Legacy for years, but the problem comes from the fact that most of his fellow Soldiers are cheaper than him. Try him out with Mirror Entity.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5

Preeminent Captain

Constructed: I want to say that there are a lot of great soldiers that you could build a viable deck around this creature, because I would very much like to. The ability to drop a creature from your hand into play and attacking is a powerful effect that could give some aggro decks a great boost to attack power, letting them put multiple creatures down and into the opponents face. Unfortunately soldiers in standard right now are lacking in the power department and there are only three really good ones I could see using with this card, being: Jotun Grunt from coldsnap, the 4/4 for 2 mana makes it a viable play in a cheap WW deck to begin with and getting to attack with it a turn before you have to pay the upkeep the first time is a benefit worth looking at. Number two would Field Marshal to give a glorious anthem effect to all your soldiers including the captain itself. The last creature I could see using with the Captain is the Chameleon Colossus. A third turn captain attacking on turn 4 means that you can drop a Colossus into play attacking and have 4 mana to pump it’s attack power up to 8 right away. In dedicated Kithkin decks I could also see uses for Thoughtweft Trio and Kinesbale Bordergaurd.

Casual: A lot more great soldiers to choose from makes the Captain a lot better at the casual table. Raksha the golden Cub, Zhou Yu Chief Commander, Avian Brigadier and Sisay are all really great choices for creatures to drop into play in addition to the ones that I listed above. The greatest bonus to a deck like that would be the fact that it can hit hard and fast knocking opponents who aren’t prepared down quickly, the disadvantage being of course the susceptibility to mass removal effects as you tend to dump your hand out really fast.

Limited: There isn’t a lack of soldiers in Lorwyn block limited environment, my only problem with them are that they aren’t really that strong, which means that you need to already be on the attack. As soon as a large creature appears on your opponents side of the board though the party is over pretty quickly though making this card not so hot past turn 4 or 5, after that he’s just a French vanilla 2/2 First Striker.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 2.5
The Missing Linc

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Preeminent Captain

Soldiers have always had a place in the quick weenie world. This is a great card for such a deck as it just makes things a little faster. I even like the options of the free huge soldier. Combine this with Darien from Coldsnap, or something like Jedit's Drangoons and you have maximized its use. There are plenty of options for this in limited...too bad it is a rare.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 4

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Preeminent Captain

This card could potentially pump out huge guys for free. Good soldiers don't cost that much, but this can get out Chameleon Colossus on turn 4, at which point you have 4 mana to pump it once for 8 damage. I doubt it'll be very useful though because there's not enough Soldiers / good Changelings to make this decent, unless Shadowmoor's elves, which are white green, contain a decent amount of soldiers.

In casual, this can pump out Daru Cavalier every turn.

In limited, a 2/2 first strike for 3 mana isn't horrible, and it can randomly pump out Changelings. Not a high pick though because it's tribal interaction is low.

Constructed: 1.5/5
Casual: 2.5/5
Limited: 2.5/5


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Thursday - Preeminent Captain

This card amuses me. He's not a card that most people would fear, but every time he hits the table, your opponent knows that they need to deal with it ASAP. I like the fact that he first strikes. You get a little more bang for your buck here. The tribe he's in (Kithkin) also have a ton of soldiers, so the odds of using his ability are pretty good. It's not something you play a 4-of, but two in a deck is probably just fine.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5

Thursday's card is Preeminent Captain. At 3 mana, you get a 2/2 body that has first strike and allows you to cheat out other Soldiers. This is a great card for Soldiers, making the battle math a little harder for your opponent. The only Soldier in your hand may be something you don't want attacking such as Field Marshall, but being able to play a card for free is good. This is a must have for those who plan on making a Soldier deck.

Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5

Jeff Zandi

 7 Time Pro Tour Veteran

Player since 1994

Level II DCI Judge

Member of the Texas Guildmages

Preeminent Captain

I like SOME things about this card. I like that it only costs 2W for a 2/2 Kithkin Soldier with first strike. In limited, I consider this a good pick if I am running the white/red Kithkin plan. He’s good in any limited deck with white as a primary or secondary color. I’ve just started playing a Kithkin deck in Standard Constructed and I like the deck a lot. Unfortunately, Preeminent Captain only helps you if your deck is full of Soldiers, and a lot of the constructed-worthy Kithkin are not Soldiers.


CASUAL:              3.0

LIMITED:              3.5


Preeminent Captain

In constructed, Preeminent Captain can be a devastating part of any Kithkin-based assault, especially when combo-ed with Mirror Entity (turn four kill). In limited, it could be amazing with 10-plus soldiers, but I doubt you could get that many.

ˇ         Constructed: 3

ˇ         Casual: 3

ˇ         Limited: 2



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