Exemplar of Strength


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet Uncommon

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Exemplar of Strength

Creature — Human Warrior

When Exemplar of Strength enters the battlefield, put three -1/-1 counters on target creature you control.

Whenever Exemplar of Strength attacks, remove a -1/-1 counter from it. If you do, you gain 1 life.

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Exemplar of Strength Discussion

Variux on Abzan Solemnity

2 days ago


Well, you can remove Fatal Push and use something like Dead Weight as that's the poor man's Fatal Push. Most of what you can remove with Push, Dead Weight can probably hit as well. You can remove Rhonas the Indomitable and Gideon of the Trials pretty easily and replace them with really anything you like that fits the scheme. I used to just run 4 copies of God-Pharaoh's Faithful in their place because you can drop your counters from Channeler Initiate or Exemplar of Strength. You can add Crocodile of the Crossing in as well.

The majority of the cost comes from Concealed Courtyard and Blooming Marsh which can be replaced with Foul Orchard or Forsaken Sanctuary if you want super budget, but they won't be anywhere near as good. Good lands are some of the first things I would recommend buying in a format, especially since these ones won't rotate until the end of 2018. Both of the lands are also used quite frequently in Modern, so they're a two for one.

You could also probably go down a few Solemnity if you wanted, but I wouldn't recommend that at all. They're pretty cheap as is.

Brownkid09 on Abzan Solemnity

3 days ago

Vizier of Remedies works kind of like an early game Solemnity. For example: If an opponent would cast a spell this would normally trigger placing a -1/-1 counter on your Ammit Eternal. However, if Vizier of Remedies were also out on your field, you would removes a -1/-1 counter minus one. This completely negates having to place a -1/-1 counter on your Ammit Eternal. This works with the other creatures involved in the deck as well. Channeler Initiate, Exemplar of Strength, and Plague Belcher

PloughedJester on -1/-1 Counters Everywhere (under $20)

1 week ago

While Blowfly Infestation is a good, somewhat more costly card for this deck, it's honestly not worth it imo. Looking at the deck as is, I'd find space for 4 Channeler Initiate and work the Grind / Dusts in instead of the Splendid Agonys, so you can pop white occasionally to board wipe if you've hit all their creatures with -1/-1 counters, and since Liliana's Influence can tag all their creatures and grind/dust says any number, only your creatures and their untargetables are safe, so it's safe for you and great in multiplayer too.

I feel like Exemplar of Strength doesn't fit well, synergistically, in this deck. It's a great card but what else does it mesh with besides 1 snake gain and a few life at best. I just don't think there's room, whereas a little extra ramp, plus any color mana (white) lets you sub in a boardwipe for no real loss other than 2 instant speed -1/-1s which you still have as sorcery speed, plus the deck feeds better off black critters than green ones, so being mono green means it better bring a ton of punch to the table. Not really sure Exemplar does, or at least I don't see it.

Honestly, if you're looking to spend extra, I'd say just aim for the pricey yet better dual lands. It's really all this theme needs. Therefore... Upvote!

mdenil on -1/-1 Counters Everywhere (under $20)

1 week ago

This deck really misses a 2 drop Exemplar of Strength

camarouge on Abzan Solemnity

1 week ago

I'm currently looking at Solemnity as a build-around because I see it much the way people see God-Pharaoh's Gift, a new noncreature permanent that can generate lots of value if built with the right cards.

I do like your inclusion of Exemplar of Strength as I feel like it's a great two-drop that can also be a decent threat in the late game.

I would add in Claim / Fame as your deck has an abundance of creatures you can reanimate with it, and channeler initiates can cast the Fame half without swapping land to splash for it. I would also find a place to add in a Skysovereign, Consul Flagship or two because finding pilots should not be a problem with so many 3/4s and 4/4s costing two mana available, and it is aslo a flying creature.

mdenil on And Another One

1 week ago

Since it is a midrange deck, i feel like it fairs very poor against control.

You should sideboard out small removal and sideboard in small creatures.

The only way i have won games against control is being on the play and having 2nd turn Exemplar of Strength, because the control player has one mana he normally cant do anything and it should outright kill him.

The controldecks i played didnt use unsummon.

A strong one drop against control is probaly Frilled Sandwalla

camarouge on Abzan Solemnity

1 week ago

I was thinking of making a deck exactly like this because solemnity is pretty powerful. I would recommend adding in 4x Exemplar of Strength and Claim / Fame because with 4 Exemplars, 4 Viziers, and 4 Channeler Initiates, there are 12 targets for Claim, rarely making it a dead card. As for fame, if you can manage to get a Channeler to keep a single -1/-1, you can cast it.

cesario- on Reoccurring Nightmare

1 week ago

Have you considered Nest of Scarabs, Exemplar of Strength, or Defiant Greatmaw? Plague Belcher also synergizes a well with Ammit and Festering Mummy.

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