Exemplar of Strength


Format Legality
Standard Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Vintage Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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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

revanmtg on Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons

2 days ago

Hey cool deck, I actually also have a Hapatra deck in the works and it's been through many revisions. Here are a couple of suggestions I have.

Not sure that Rhonas's Monument truly belongs here, for the simple reason that more than half (11/18) of your creatures aren't green (Hapatra is gold). I like the Monument but not sure for this particular deck.

Shed Weakness, I toyed with using this card, and decided that removing -1 counters from my creatures wasn't really a priority- most of them have a mechanic to remove em themselves or you're just dropping them onto a Festering Mummy (or Soulstinger). If anything Hapatra's Mark is definitely better.

I found Splendid Agony to be a bit weak, so I would recommend putting in Murder or some other budget removal because it always comes in so handy- compensate for the lost -1/-1 synergy by including more creatures that drop them when they enter the battlefield. Defiant Greatmaw, Exemplar of Strength, Soulstinger could all potentially fit your curve. Maybe you could even find a way to use Decimator Beetle.

What I found was that for this deck to be as powerful as you'd like it to be, it needs to be a bit heavier on creature count, so I'd recommend anywhere in the 22-24 range.

I'd love if you checked out my deck, called 'Call The Exterminator'. You might get a couple ideas from looking at that especially for what to think about in the sideboard.

ArcueidToo on Wither Hither and Thither

2 days ago

Hi, maybe you can replace it by Exemplar of Strength ?I see you cycling combo, but with 8 cards that benefits of cycling (Archfiend of Ifnir, Ruthless Sniper), and no cards that enjoy being cycled or discarded, it not be much proficient ...May I suggest you to think about -1/-1 counter only cards like Festering Mummy ?

KuraiU on How you gonna play that 100$ Gideon with no lands?

1 week ago

I suggest you take out some land removal and put instead some creature removal/ another set of creatures because I found it quite easy to beat your deck using B/U Counter Tempo when the only creatures I have to remove are your small mana making creatures while you end up forced into waiting to play your Gearhulks and Glorybringers. A suggestion for adding is Exemplar of Strength, it refills your Channeler's Initiate and a 1/1 on turn three that gets bigger is something I wouldn't want to deal with, much less a 4/4 two drop on a turn after you've used up all of Channeler Initiate's counters

vexingozar on A Token of My Appreciation

1 week ago

cool deck! try Exemplar of Strength. It is a human so it has synergy with Thalia's Lieutenant and you make enough tokens to be able to dump the -1/-1 counters easly while getting 4/4 for 1G. you can even dump them on t1 Thraben Inspector. I use it like that in my other counters deck - have a look.

soreu7 on other counters

2 weeks ago

This looks pretty good. I suggest putting a play set of Festering Mummy in so you can put the -1/-1 counters on your weak creatures. Festering mummy is good because it can convert the counter to an opposing creature. Notice that if you play Blisterpod on turn one, then Exemplar of Strength turn two, you can place all three counters on Blisterpod, then Blisterpod becomes a 1/1 where you can place more counters on and you have a 4/4. That is why you want the one-drops, they can be very useful with your -1/-1 counter distributing cards. If you are going to go for this strategy I suggest taking out the Hapatra's Mark for the Festering Mummy's because you won't be placing the -1/-1 counters on you big creatures. Yesterday I made a similar decklist (lol), it is called BG -1/-1 Counters.

quetschfleisch on Decay by Negatives

2 weeks ago


BlueBallsMgee I though about it, but I took Exemplar of Strength. It is only 2 mana, then I can drop Cartouche of Ambition or Splendid Agony turn 3.

5_Emmas_in_Main hmm, yeah Never//Return is 3 drop, why is this happen? You cant play Yahenni's Expertise + Heroic Intervention, because you creatures die, too. Yahenni's Expertise says ALL. Lost Legacy is nice.

LBosca on

1 month ago

I don't like Exemplar of Strength. You should replace them by 4 Scrapheap Scrounger and remove 1 blisterpod to add 1 hydra.

You can also think about Manglehorn, Mouth / Feed and Grapple with the Past for your sideboard.

multimedia on Where the Wild Things Are

1 month ago

VeggiesaurusRex, I think you're really on to something here with Hidden Herbalists and the new -1/-1 counter creatures, looks great +1.

Hidden Herbalists revolt ramp ability is really acting like an engine because with it you can cast just about any other card. Having more ways to trigger revolt I think will be beneficial. Attune with Aether seems out of place because you're not using an energy strategy. I recommend replacing Attune with Unbridled Growth. It's a green one drop revolt enabler which you can sac for free. Growth will also give you some draw since you currently don't have any.

I recommend increasing Evolving Wilds to a 4 of. It's one of the best revolt enablers and due to the large number of Forests as well as the very low average casting cost I don't see 4x Wilds as a problem by slowing down your land drops.

Like Attune, Greenbelt Rampager seems out of place I would cut him to increase the numbers of some of your other cards who have more synergy with the rest of the deck: Blisterpod, Exemplar of Strength and Hapatra's Mark (which by the way is in the card database now). You can simply move them from the sideboard back into the main deck. This would clear up sideboard space for other cards such as Manglehorn and Dissenter's Deliverance.

Primal Druid is nice to ramp when it dies, but I don't think you really need ramp. Defiant Greatmaw is another strong -1/-1 counter creature who has 5 toughness for three mana.

Good luck with your deck.

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