Honor of the Pure


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

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Set Rarity
Modern Event Deck (MD1) Rare
2012 Core Set (M12) Rare
2011 Core Set (M11) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Honor of the Pure


White creatures you control get +1/+1.

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Honor of the Pure Discussion

Cereal_Killer on B/W Knights

1 week ago

If you want to go mono-white then Path to Exile could replace Fatal Push and Cast Down (I'd put 4 copies) and, if you do so, Day of Judgment could replace Reprisal

A good card you could consider, if you want to be mono-w is Honor of the Pure

hydrothermia on In the Sky

1 week ago

I believe Honor of the Pure would be more suitable for this than Intangible Virtue, even though you lose Vigilance on your token creatures. Brave the Sands and Shalai, Voice of Plenty are other ideas.

Cereal_Killer on Mono White Life gain

1 week ago

Why not some Serra Ascendant?

And could you please me explain what are your win cons? Only Crested Sunmare? (Ajani Goldmane's ultimate only creates an easily destructible or blockable creature, so for me it isn't a win con)

You have no removals, no counters and no draw cards spells, meaning you just play on the draw. In my personal opinion you are underestimating too much your opponent's deck.

Cards you could consider are: Path to Exile, Oblivion Ring, Auriok Champion, Archangel of Thune, Ranger of Eos, Sun Titan, Emeria, The Sky Ruin, Elspeth Tirel, Elspeth, Knight-Errant, Spectral Procession, Martyr of Sands, Baneslayer Angel, Honor of the Pure, Chalice of Life  Flip, Windbrisk Heights

Edzew on Nensou's Knight Tribal

3 weeks ago

NensouHiebara says... #56 Why should I use Honor of the Pure? Please elaborate, because all I see it a suboptimal card:

It's doesn't have a body like the Knight Lords.
It's not a value champion like Gideon.  
It's less impactful than History of Benalia.
It's can't even buff every creature.

But you could have two Honor of the Pure for the price of one gideon, also they are a bit harder to get rid of

Honor of the Pure are also cheaper than history of benalia, they last longer as well. now they don't give you lil tokens but your deck should not rely on tokens anyways so...

Why the hell do you even have mutavault??? your deck should not need it at all, its a total waist in this deck. and that's also a lame excuse for not wanting to use Honor of the Pure

@DragonKing90 dont worry he refuses all feedback unless its overflowing him with praises. i just wish i knew how to make it stop sending me notices when people reply in here on this deck.

p.s. flyers will still beat this deck

NensouHiebara on Nensou's Knight Tribal

3 weeks ago


Why should I use Honor of the Pure? Please elaborate, because all I see it a suboptimal card:

There's no place for traditional Anthems in this deck anymore. More powerful, synergistic options have been created, and they improve this deck far better than Honor of the Pure.

DragonKing90 on Nensou's Knight Tribal

3 weeks ago

you keep using the word "objectively", but i dont think you know what it means. using Honor of the Pure is not "objectively" wrong. there are plenty of "conceivable" ways to make it work.

NensouHiebara on Nensou's Knight Tribal

3 weeks ago


There is a real cost when it comes to colourless lands. You can only have so many before you start running into mana problems. This deck demands White sources as its first two land drops every single game. Opening hands that do not meed this demand are unkeepable. More colourless lands won't do my -costed creatures any favours and will lead to more frequent mulligans. The set of Mutavaults is this deck's hard limit of colourless sources.

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is inherently win-more. It's only going to be beneficial when you have a board set up and aren't experiencing disruption. If the best it can do is level up Student of Warfare or allow me to needlessly burn through my hand, I can perfectly live without it.


History of Benalia has been growing on me in the past several weeks. Dominaria offered a much needed boost for Knight Tribal, and I shouldn't ignore this boon.

I'm planning on dropping the curve in this deck a bit for space. Eight 4cmc cards are no longer necessary.


Modern has a plethora of quality removal options. Opponents relentlessly killing off all of my creatures is a reality I must accept.

The major problem I have with Kinsbaile Cavalier is its 2/2 body. A 4cmc "game-ending haymaker" shouldn't fold so easily to commonly used burn effects. Valiant Knight is a better 4cmc option than Cavalier. It doesn't give double strike right away, but it has the Lord boost and a more resilient body.


I say Flagstones of Trokair 'does nothing' because it has no tangible utility. Its selling point involves being removed from the field, which most decks can't do outside its own interaction with the Legend Rule. More often than not, said ability is pulling off a very poor Fetchland impression.

Flagstones doesn't offer anything relevant for this deck, so it's never going to be a part of it.


Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is the choice between an Anthem, an endless legion of Knights, or an indestructible 5/5. Honor of the Pure is only ever an Anthem. He may cost twice as much, but that mana is well spent considering his flexibility and raw strength.

Honor of the Pure's smaller cost doesn't really help, as there's never an ideal time to cast it:

  • Turn 2) If I have a Student of Warfare on board, it's leveled to Lv2. Otherwise, a 2cmc Knight is cast. Leveling up Student is better than casting Honor of the Pure. A 3/3 with first strike beats out a vanilla 2/2. Casting Honor of the Pure instead of a 2cmc Knight prevents me from attacking next turn.
  • Turn 3) Aside from a Turn 1 Student, this is the earliest this deck can begin attacking. My options now include a Knight Lord or History of Benalia. Playing a Knight Lord is an additional body to develop my board presence and may be giving Student/the 2cmc Knight indestructible. History of Benalia begins setting up a power play on Turn 5. I'm also experimenting with Sigiled Paladin, a creature that boosts the lone attacker on this turn while leaving mana open.
  • Turn 4) At this point, I'll have two available attackers. This would be the first turn I would consider casting Honor of the Pure, except Gideon is now active to either drop his Emblem or stonewall my opponent with Knight tokens. Another Knight Lord or activating Mutavault to conserve resources are also options.

Of course, if my opponents have interaction to disrupt this curve, Honor of the Pure becomes a much weaker play with my board kept small. Gideon can still function in games with heavy attrition, repopulating my board and clocking my opponent by himself.

Gideon, along with the influx of new Knight support this year, has antiquated Honor of the Pure. Any conceivable way to add it into this deck would be an objectively wrong decision.

DragonKing90 on Nensou's Knight Tribal

3 weeks ago

"being cheaper isn't enough of an edge to be considered over an objectively more powerful card".

yes it is. even a single mana can make the difference. the difference is even bigger when comparing 2 mana to 4. its literally double. in the case of gideon vs Honor of the Pure, you're forced to use gideons +1 first if you want it to live when you create the emblem. otherwise you've just spent 4 mana on an emblem you could have spent 2 on. there are 2 problems with using gideons +1 on his first turn in play. the first is he doesn't have haste. the second is that he can just be attacked, preventing you from even getting an emblem at all.

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