Magic Tribes: The Pirates
This article brings the history of Pirates, their apparition on Magic's Lore and their presence and decklists throughout the years.Edit Article
Rise of the Pirates
Name OriginThe first to name the individuals who looted on ships and in villages near the sea were Homer, in Ancient Greece. The Greeks began to practice piracy against the Phoenicians and Assyrians as early as 735 BC, but even though they have ancient records, pirates became much more popular between the 16th and 18th centuries, as it was exactly at this time that there was a huge increase in the circulation of ships in the Atlantic Ocean, which brought a social mark to the pirates. As we said, the pirates were mostly Europeans, and they mainly attacked the seas of the Atlantic Ocean, from the coast of Europe to the Caribbean, closer to the American continent, since in this route there was a lot of trade due to the discovery of the new continent and the invasion of Portuguese, English, Spanish and Dutch. Valuable goods such as gold, jewelry, food, food, weapons and even more valuable ships crossed the Atlantic. It was in this that the pirates saw the opportunity to enrich themselves and increase their power and fame. In the beginning, pirates only attacked ships with gold and silver, which took many items from Europe to the Americas, in addition to the riches they discovered on the American continent, and took them to the countries of the settlers. But with the reputation of piracy, these ships of more valuable cargo began to be accompanied by warships as escorts, so the looters migrated to any other type of cargo they could use or sell. Pirates generally acted on their own, not being loyal to a government or following other types of orders, but some received offers to attack cities in other countries, with the aim of weakening defenses, receiving rewards for these jobs. Of course, this work was not well regarded by most pirates, who were considered traitors to the piracy code. The best known pirate in history was the Englishman Edward Teach, the
Blackbeard, who lived 38 years, two of them being the most feared of the seas. Despite what many believe, he was not a violent pirate, using force only when it was necessary, as the image of him alone was enough to instill fear wherever he and his crew arrived. A curious fact about pirates is that they actually buried the treasures that were the result of their looting because the captain, if he lost his ship to another vessel, would not see their treasure in the hands of another captain — pirates were not murderers, they took prisoners and slaves. It was also common that when a ship was taken, its sailors served a new captain, and the old one, if he survived the looting, was not killed: he was thrown overboard or imprisoned. If he managed to get back from the sea somehow, this captain could
go backwhere he left the hidden treasure.
Pirates at Cinema
Pirates in Magic: The Gathering
Important PiratesIn Magic, pirates are fighters who sail the seas and skies and plunder ships and port cities for riches and power. Among its organizations, the Brazen, The Thalakos and the Rishadan stand out.
Mirage, in 1996. The merchant subtype is now considered a pirate, too. In all, there are currently 116 pirate creatures. Most are blue, but black and red also have many of this creature type, with the most varied effects.
ModernIn Modern, there are a total of 77 pirate creatures, with emphasis on Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, which reached the format through Modern Horizons 2, being considered one of the best additions in recent years and reaching very high monetary values.
LegacyIn Legacy, 115 of the 116 pirates creatures are legal, leaving out only Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, a card that made decks that used it much faster than they already were, playing in virtually all decks that had access to red. It still spawned numerous new decks, and in some cases, decks that only had the color to have access to four Ragavans — so, even though it took a little longer than it should have, this rogue pirate was banned. As in Modern, Legacy never had a really relevant Pirates deck to the point of being competitive or even appearing as a highlight in any major championship. This is probably due to the small number of creatures of this type available today.
CommanderFor Commander, there are 115 legal pirates, and it's not that difficult to assemble a tribal, considering that these creatures are divided into only three colors, black, blue and red. Best of all, we have commander creatures available in exactly these colors, and a deck seems to assemble itself almost automatically. Malcolm, Keen-Eyed Navigator.
StandardStandard doesn't currently have Pirates, but there have been times with creatures good enough to build an entire deck. It was only after the release of the Ixalan block, as in the two collections of the block there were great options from the tribe. So decks in the Izzet and Grixis color combinations appeared in some local tournaments and even the top 8 of a PPTQ, in 2018.
Betão, professor of Physics, enthusiast of all formats, has dedicated himself solely and exclusively to Pauper since 2019 and recently to the PDH.