Elspeth, Knight-Errant


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica: Mythic Edition (GRNMED) Mythic Rare
Modern Event Deck (MD1) Mythic Rare
Modern Masters (MMA) Mythic Rare
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret (DDF) Mythic Rare
Shards of Alara (ALA) Mythic Rare

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Elspeth, Knight-Errant

Planeswalker — Elspeth

+1: Create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token.

+1 Target creature gets +3/+3 and gains flying until end of turn.

-8: You get an emblem with "Artifacts, creatures, enchantments, and lands you control are indestructible."

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Elspeth, Knight-Errant Discussion

franknot.19 on Atraxa, legendary Voice,

1 week ago

Both of you are right magnusactor and PapaC83 about Zur the Enchanter and Oath of Ajani .

I've tried Avacyn, Angel of Hope and Privileged Position it hasn't worked too much, specially indestructible.

For Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon I never thought about him, but with Captain Sisay and Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign could be an interesting addition.

Knight-Captain of Eos could be good, but I'm quite satisfied with Spike Weaver probably better than indestructible. I truly need to test with the combination of Elspeth, Knight-Errant

I don't think that Sword of Body and Mind would work fine in this deck, but it gives me the idea of trying Umezawa's Jitte .

Grafted Exoskeleton it's a personal choice and every time it hit the table this equipment had the job done.

Cant wait to see the new set War of the Spark. I'm pretty sure I'm going to see something good for my deck.

HunterClaise on Karlov the Undying (Life Gain Deck)

1 week ago

Hey Ripwater! Thanks for the kind words. I've been playing Karlov since he was released back in Commander 2015. I've spend the last four years tweaking this deck and editing it, and as you can see from my edit history I still make edits when need be. Let me kind of explain my thought process behind why this deck is the way it is. I've been meaning to put this in yhe description of the deck but I just haven't yet. Then let me give you my thoughts on the cards you suggested to me. Here it goes:

Ever since I got big into magic back in RTR I've loved Orzhov and Life Gain strategies. Up until 2015 I spent a majority of my time playing MTG and hearing about how life gain is a bad strategy. Then Karlov was spoiled and my Obzedat, Ghost Council deck was forever changed! I of course looked at Karlov and thought Voltron. Honestly, who doesn't? Here's one of my problems though, I hate Voltron. I just do. My other problem was that V oltron ISN'T life gain. Yes you're adding life gain to the deck to make Karlov beefy, but you aren't gaining life for the purpose of winning. Celestial Convergence , Felidar Sovereign , and Test of Endurance are all ways I win with life gain. Yes this deck runs Aetherflux Reservoir , and I'd be lying if I said I didn't win with Karlov. Plus I'd be stupid not to try and win with him. That's why I run Rogue's Passage , and Elspeth, Knight-Errant . One makes him unblockable and the other makes him a huge flying boy. I'd also be lying if I said that the orginal version of this deck was good. I first made this deck when I fourteen years old. I didn't know much about previous magic cards. I didn't research cards all that much. The first draft of this deck was AWFUL. It wasn't until about a year after I built the first draft and play tested it and made a ton of changes that this deck kicked ass. I started sitting down at tables in gamestores and have people laugh or scoff of me when I told them it was a life gain deck. Then I'd leave them stunned after I won. In conclusion, Voltron isn't my style and wasn't what I wanted to create when I started building this deck. I wanted to make a Business Casual life gain deck what could win consistently and effectively, and I think that's what I've done. Even if Karlov isn't on the field. I can win. If he is on the field and I can't attack with him I can exile creatures. Karlov is only a resource in this deck. Not the centerpiece.

As for Your suggestions. These cards aren't bad suggestions and may find a way into the deck: Contemplation , Tablet of the Guilds , Archangel of Thune , and Ajani, Caller of the Pride . My only problem is that I have a hard time cutting things from this deck haha. It took me three days to finally decide my last batch of cuts! Let me explain why I dislike the other suggestions.

Let me start with Elspeth, Sun's Champion . Elspeth is my favorite planeswalker, and this card specifically is my favorite planeswalker card ever printed. The original version of this deck actually ran Sun's Champion; however, I found that Elspeth, Knight-Errant 's two plus ones were so much more useful. Making one dude isn't nearly as good as making three, but it can still trigger Soul Warden , Soul's Attendant , Suture Priest , and Auriok Champion . Her other plus one works amazing with Karlov, but also works well with creatures like Serra Ascendant and Divinity of Pride . Nine times out of ten you won't get a Planeswalker's ultimate off, so honestly all the ultimate abilites of the planeswalkers I use are irrelavent. Another thing is that Sun's Champion minus ability had the potential to kill large bombs like Karlov and Serra Ascendant .

As I said earlier, Karlov isn't the centerpiece of this deck so I feel like Mother of Runes and Eight-and-a-Half-Tails would take up space that could be filled by other cards.

I feel like Sunscorch Regent costs to much for an ability that doesn't do much for the deck. There are better turn five plays. This card just isn't that good. I probably would've played this when I was on a budget four years ago.

The fact that Flickering Ward flickers back to your hand is cool, but mono colored EDH decks aren't the most common thing and the fact that this can't be casted at instant speed makes it not worth my time. Yes multicolored cards still cant target whatever creature has this enchantment attached to it, but there are plently of ways to get around this card. There are also other, better one drops I'd rather play in this deck

Lastly we have Whispersilk Cloak this card is decent, but as I said, Karlov isn't the main focus of this deck. I ran this card for a brief period about two years ago, but ultimately cut it for Mana Vault . Whispersilk just wasn't doing what I needed it to do, and the only creature I found it useful on was Karlov.

Once again I thank you for your suggestions, and if I do end up adding the cards I liked from your suggestions making cuts will be very hard! Also thank you for the engaging comment, and for the upvote. My opinion on your deck is this: I personally think it could use more tuning, but it's a grrat start. Here's the other thing I have to say, it's not my deck. It's yours. You built it. If you like it then good. What I think is irrelevant. There's no right or wrong way to build your deck. Voltorn is your deck's main style, and mine is using Life Gain to win. We all have our own ways to play, so as long as you enjoy your deck that's what matters!

Ripwater on Karlov the Undying (Life Gain Deck)

2 weeks ago

Hey HunterClaise

Cool version of this Karlov build! I enjoyed a bit of different perspective on it!

I'm currently playing Karlov for nearly a year now and did a lot of tweaking and tuning. I did find out that he kicks as in a more Voltron role. Before I also played all the "if you have X or more life you win the game effects" but those turned out way to weak and often they were removed before I could get into my upkeep. So I've decided to drop all of those and give Karlov a whole range of protection spells, so often he is unblockable and as you already know it's very easy to get Karlov big. Swing in and go for commander damage, its much more effective than the other effects. Also Karlov does not really care about big heals, he wants small heals and lots of em. Bellow ill post a list of cards wich really benefits my deck.

Also if you are interested this is my take of Karlov ([[Primer]] Karlov's Will)

  • Contemplation
  • Tablet of the Guilds
  • Eight-and-a-Half-Tails
  • Mother of Runes
  • Sunscorch Regent
  • Flickering Ward
  • Whispersilk Cloak
  • Archangel of Thune
  • Also I would take Elspeth, Sun's Champion over Elspeth, Knight-Errant . Elspeth is one the few planeswalker who can win you a game by herself. Other planeswalkers are often in a more supportive role.

    Maybe Ajani, Caller of the Pride might be interesting as well. Let's you swing with karlov with flying and double strike, often resulting in a game end for one player.

    Hope that it helps! And I would love to know what you think of my deck :-)

    Zakkaery on Orzhov tokens no bitterblossom no expensive lands

    2 weeks ago

    Sorin, Lord of Innistrad is a cheaper Sorin and produces tokens for its +1. The Elspeths all produce tokens ( Elspeth Tirel , Elspeth, Sun's Champion , Elspeth, Knight-Errant .) Lastly Fatal Push would be a good addition, being able to take care of most threats in the format and doesn't ramp the opponent. Also Gideon of the Trials helps control the game a bit and works well with the other Gideon.

    DrkNinja on DEUS VULT | Aurelia Mentor EDH

    2 weeks ago

    I like what I see but... I have some opinions

    Your creature selection is weak, there are better cards at your desposal than what you are using.

    And since most of my suggestions, and most of your creatures are either soldiers or humans...

    You also have a tokens subtheme, all of which are soldiers or humans:

    Also I feel like you are missing some really good creature/boros cards

    If you are going to play Equipment tutors, you should be playing these;

    Maybe not all of them but one or two for sure.

    Lastly I think you may have just two too many mana rocks, you aren't playing 3 colors.

    Dango on The Deckwatch [Home Base]

    2 weeks ago

    The Mythic Edition Elspeth, Knight-Errant looks so good. At least we know she's okay roaming the Theros underworld. It would be amazing if we got an Orzhov Elspeth in a future set when she comes back.

    Also, I think I might scrap my New Kozi draft in favor of Karn, Silver Golem . I imagine some Mycosynth Lattice combo with Karn and enough mana equates to some mass land destruction. Voltaic Construct with Karn and any rock that taps for three or more mana is a sweet tech that generates infinite mana as well. Yeah, sorry Kozi. I think I'm drafting this.

    jwalk110 on Lavinia Land Hate

    3 weeks ago

    Thanks for the tip TheNocholas. I do agree that Emeria, The Sky Ruin will be hard to pull off, but with how the deck is structured at the moment I feel that I need some graveyard recursion in the case a win-con like Laboratory Maniac or Sun Titan gets counter. To counteract the large number of plains needed I did try and add a fair amount of land tutoring via Solemn Simulacrum , Thaumatic Compass  Flip, Burnished Hart , and Land Tax . If have any ideas on what I could replace it with I would be happy to hear them.

    As for your second question, I do believe a budget version is possible. The first things to replace would probably be Mana Crypt and Mana Vault , which can be about $150 by themselves, with some cheaper mana rocks, or maybe a Treasure Map  Flip, for those treasure tokens and extra card draw. Another card to go would be the Land Equilibrium . Other than that, I believe developing a cheaper land and getting rid of Teferi, Hero of Dominaria and Elspeth, Knight-Errant will also help to achieve your goal price as they are not necessary, just nice to have as teferi will help you leave mana for counter spells and Elspeth's -8 gives your lands indestructible so they do not blow up.

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    Elspeth, Knight-Errant occurrence in decks from the last year

    Commander / EDH:

    All decks: 0.03%

    White: 0.39%