Resplendent Marshal – A Magic the Gathering Card Review

Resplendent Marshal is a mythic rare Angel Warrior creature from Magic the Gathering’s Kaldheim set. It costs 1WW to cast (1 generic, 2 White) and is a 3/3 creature with flying. Continuing a strictly tribal theme in Kaldheim, the Marshal has an interesting way of pumping multiple creatures at once.

The Marshal’s ability reads:

When Resplendent Marshal enters the battlefield or dies, you may exile another creature card from your graveyard. When you do, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control other than Resplendent Marshal that shares a creature type with the exiled card.”

The first thought that came to me was that Resplendent Marshal makes an Angel tribal deck even more powerful, based on the early Kaldheim spoilers. Also, while the Marshal doesn’t put a counter on itself, it could put a counter on another copy of Resplendent Marshal also in play. Other players saw this Marshal being powerful in a Green/White Warrior deck, especially if more +1/+1 counter shenanigans are released in the set.

While as a mythic rare this Angel feels a bit light, in the context of the Kaldheim set, and what it can do in the right deck, it could prove to be an invaluable complementary piece. It’s also worth noting that a 3/3 flyer for 3 mana is nothing to sneeze at. Having already reviewed several Angel cards in Kaldheim, it seems likely that a black/white Angel deck is going to need four copies of the Marshal. The cost of exiling a creature from your graveyard is potentially minimal, especially if it’s a subtype like Cleric, Warrior, or Berserker.

The obvious homes for Resplendent Marshal are Humans and Clerics, mono-white and otherwise. Likely, this card sees play beyond Standard, where exiling a one-drop or two-drop from your graveyard for a go-wide boost is hardly an issue. Even token decks can benefit from Resplendent Marshal, as long as those tokens share a creature type with the exiled creature.

Don’t sleep on Resplendent Marshal, as cheap Angel creatures tend to work their way into more places than you’d expect. In my experience, Angels continue to be one of the most popular tribes in Magic for a reason, as they continue to find their way to give competitive decks a versatile weapon.

Late into 2021, however, the only homes Resplendent Marshal has found are in Angel Tribal decks in Commander, including those led by Liesa, Forgotten Archangel and Firja, Judge of Valor. The Marshal has appeared in some White Weenie lists in Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Standard as well, including this Weenie White Clerics list piloted by KeeperX on Magic Online.

How would you play Resplendent Marshal?

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