Legacy Tribal Wars: Samurai

My latest creation is an oldie but a goodie way back from Kamigawa block. The Samurai are a relatively small tribe but have solid synergy and can put together a nice swarm attack when backed by quality removal.

Note that Classic Tribal Wars is no longer a format. It has been supplanted by Legacy Tribal Wars, which is appreciated by those of us who don't feel like stuffing the likes of Library of Alexandria into every single deck we make. The homogenization of the format was already bad enough thanks.

The samurai tribe is comprised of 3 colors: White, Red and Black. White is the primary color of this tribe and making a samurai deck without it seems like you're tabling the best cards it has to offer. I considered going mono-white but the power level of the aggressive deck I was trying to create wasn't quite where I wanted it to be. I perused both black and red for filler and found red to be a better fit.

The deck:


4 Hand of Honor
4 Kondo's Hatamoto
4 Samurai of the Pale Curtain
3 Ronin Houndmaster
4 Brothers Yazamaki
3 Nagao, Bound by Honor


4 Lightning Bolt
4 Swords to Plowshares
3 Oblivion Ring
3 Wrath of God
1 Call to Glory


4 Plateau
4 Sacred Foundry
4 Arid Mesa
2 Rugged Prarie
2 Mutavault
2 Wasteland
3 Plains
1 Eiganjo Castle
1 Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep

This is a lower curve oriented creature rush as opposed to some kind of pricey control deck. Quick early drops are here: Hand of Honor, Kondo's Hatamoto and Samurai of the Pale Curtain are the earliest threats, followed by some legendary creatures that augment them. A host of removal is available: Swords to Plowshares for difficult threats, Lightning Bolt a versatile stopper of finisher, Oblivion Ring for utility and Wrath of God as a board reset.

This deck is simple in design but stands up nicely to annoying graveyard recursion and can give knight and vampire decks fits with both plow and Samurai of the Pale Curtain in the deck. The samurai can get out of hand quickly against decks lacking enough removal. Plenty of honor to go around here.

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