Kinsbaile Cavalier


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
Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons (DDG) Rare
Morningtide (MOR) Rare

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Kinsbaile Cavalier

Creature — Kithkin Knight

Knight creatures you control have double strike.

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Kinsbaile Cavalier Discussion

Silverdrake on Modern Knight Deck

2 weeks ago

Valiant Knight, Metallic Mimic, Benalish Marshal, and Kinsbaile Cavalier are all excellent knight lords that could find their way into this list.
Oust is nice, but you might try Condemn in it's place. Oust is a more temporary solution at sorcery speed, but it can hit creatures before they attack and has the potential to gain them less life. This is more of a preference and meta call, but I'm partial to condemn.
Brave the Elements is cute to push through the team for a final swing or protect against an Anger of the Gods effect, but I don't know if you want 3. If I were you I'd go down to 2 and use that third slot to run a 20th land.

Whatever you decide to do, good luck and have fun!

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

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx isnt a colorless land as long as your devotion is at least 3. and you don't need high mana cost cards to benefit from it. you could just as easily play multiple lower cost spells in a single turn. or pump the Student of Warfare you love so much. as others have pointed out, History of Benalia is too powerful to not use. you also contradict yourself when you say that Flagstones of Trokair "does nothing", then say the effect is "miniscule". "miniscule" may not be much, but its more than nothing. decks win by giving themselves every possible advantage, no matter how small. i'm not sure how you think giving everything double strike with Kinsbaile Cavalier is "bad". it can be a game ending haymaker if the opponent isn't just relentlessly killing off all of your creatures. hence where History of Benalia comes in. multiple bodies from a single card, and then on the turn it buffs your whole army you drop a Cavalier for the win.

BjarneAlmighty on Knights of Abzan

1 month ago

For the sake of redundancy with Kinsbaile Cavalier, Kwende, Pride of Femeref would not be bad with all the first strike. I usually pair him with Archetype of Courage though.

Eladamri's Call and Congregation at Dawn help dig them out or keep the heat coming late game.

Tribal is always a win in my book.

jpsuchecki on Light up the knight

3 months ago

Good_knight Well I really don't know what you have so that makes things harder. I can offer some suggestions but that kind of depends on your meta. What is your playgroup like or are you talking about local game store? Do you play 1v1 or more?

If your 1v1 I suggest more spot removal. This should help you buy time to get your engine online. There are a ton of cheap options as white and black are good for this. If you have a local game store near buy, you might be able to do get these pretty easy. Afterlife, Swords to Plowshares, Blazing Hope, Crib Swap, Mortify, Profane Procession (this would be a good card for this deck even when you move beyond it simple trickets). Unmake, Walk the Plank, Go for the Throat. You get the idea.

Ok so some ideas for improving your creature pool. I tried to keep this pretty cheap. Dauntless Bodyguard, Chieftain en-Dal, Fiendslayer Paladin, Kinsbaile Cavalier, Knight of Dusk (A great cheap card for this deck. Just make sure you always have the mana up to destroy. Since it can be played at instant speed you can kill their creature after blockers are declared and damage is done. This is one of the reasons you should wait until second main to play nonessential spells. Lightwielder Paladin, Knight of Sursi, Mirror Entity, Pentarch Paladin.

Some enchantments to help out: Glorious Anthem, Behind the Scenes, Archetype of Courage, Archetype of Finality, Brave the Sands, Intimidation, Knighthood.

Artifacts and lands: Whip of Erebos, Fellwar Stone, Rupture Spire, Path of Ancestry Unclaimed Territory . If you want to splurge a little bit get an Isochron Scepter and put something like Go for the Throat on it.

This are just suggestions. Take all or some. On August 10th the new preconstructed Commander decks come out. In the past these have been pretty awesome for right out of the box. You can always tailor make them. They are normally worth well over the MSRP.

Also don't let the prices here scare you too much. They are just a generalization. You could go to tcgplayer and get better values. Even after you choose, they can optimize your cart to get a lower value.

420Liliana69 on Nensou's Knight Tribal

4 months ago

knights already have Kinsbaile Cavalier as their 4-drop.

zMeco on Aero Knights

4 months ago

Nice deck, you should consider replacing Kwende, Pride of Femeref with Kinsbaile Cavalier. It gives you double strike on every knight, even if they don't have first strike.

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