Knight Exemplar


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons (DDG) Rare
2011 Core Set (M11) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Knight Exemplar

Creature — Human Knight

First strike (This creature deals combat damage before creatures without first strike.)

Other Knight creatures you control get +1/+1 and have indestructible. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy them.)

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Knight Exemplar Discussion

zaerox12345 on Balan, The Wandering Voltron

4 days ago

Yea, Ward of Bones and Arbiter help me control the game and keep it going at my tempo. Definitely consider running them. I will check out Knight Exemplar and Bastion Protector for sure, but I have equipment to make him indestructible and they are harder to get rid of like Darksteel Plate and Shield of Kaldra.

StolenVHS on Balan, The Wandering Voltron

4 days ago

I forgot how good Silent Arbiter is. I'll probably have to find a place for him in my Balan deck. Ward of Bones is really neat, and something I'll probably try in my Neheb, the Eternal deck. Holy Mantle and Crackdown were 2 others in particular that wouldn't have crossed my mind, but are awesome inclusions. Check out the equipment base in my Balan deck to see if any of the niche stuff in there tickles your fancy. I tried to put in as many viable haste enablers as possible, like Haunted Cloak (which you have) and Fleetfeather Sandals, so that as soon as Balan comes down he can activate his ability and swing. Some other cards that are great for Balan that aren't in my build yet are Knight Exemplar and Bastion Protector. Sweet build, dude! Glad to see someone else running this dude. He's a house. P.S. Grafted Exoskeleton flat out kills people.

NensouHiebara on Sram, Senior Edificer | Equipment Voltron

1 week ago


Balan, Wandering Knight will become the Commander when I next update the deck. I don't change things the instant new cards come out and keep the deck on a set update schedule. The next update should be sometime in October.


Additional Mana Rocks - Not going that route. I don't need to rush Balan onto the battlefield, so the early game will be designated to preparing the board like it was with Eight-and-a-Half-Tails as the Commander. Additionally, Sword of the Animist is my first choice from an early tutor.

Reliquary Tower - It's currently an experiment, pairing it with Sword of Fire and Ice to keep me from discarding when the Sword overloads my hand.

Sram, Senior Edificer - Will probably still have a place in the deck. Waiting for Ixalan to be completely spoiled first.

Knight Exemplar - This is a Tribal card. It's not suited for Voltron.

Bastion Protector - Tried it when Commander 2015 came out and didn't really like it. It doesn't do anything if Balan is out of commission and its 3/3 body doesn't allow it to work with Reveillark and Recruiter of the Guard.

Fountain Watch - I don't like shroud for Voltron. At all. Most notably, it completely shuts off Armory Automaton.

Ogre's Cleaver - Too dull. I prefer Equipment that have some form of additional utility beyond P/T boosts. Equip is also a pretty high for what it does.

Boomstick022 on Twenty Horsemen of the Apocalypse

3 weeks ago

Lame_Duck - I would keep Knight Exemplar as it bolsters your Mirran Crusader to a much higher threat especially if you're playing against black or green, however Always Watching is not really my thing (personal option) as you can get vigilance (not the +1/+1) from Brave the Sands and lets you block an additional source, plus it costs one less than Always Watching.

Lame_Duck on Twenty Horsemen of the Apocalypse

1 month ago

Thanks for the suggestion, Boomstick022. Mirran Crusader is a powerful card that would fit the deck and I already own some, so the price isn't an issue, but I'm pretty wary of running too many 3-drops in a deck that wants to destroy all of the lands and I'm not sure that it's a better fit than either Knight Exemplar or Always Watching . What would you remove to include it?

CaptainGalvanic on What does white bring to ...

1 month ago

White offers some good anthems, like Glory of Warfare, Dictate of Heliod, Tempt with Glory, and Campaign of Vengeance to name a few.

I like the aristocrat/Lifegain substrategy, and since some vampires get extra value from Humans dying, I think there may be room for some high value Humans, such as Cartel Aristocrat, Odric, Lunarch Marshal, Odric, Master Tactician, and Knight Exemplar (for protecting Edgar from removal before he hits the field). Since not enough vampires have lifelink, Angelic Skirmisher could also be used in some builds.

As for Athreos, I'm kind of on the fence. He has awesome value with aristocrats, but he isn't a vampire, he is unlikely to do much for the first few turns he is on the board (other than make you a target), and half of your creatures won't get anything off of his ability, because they are tokens. Only time will tell, but for now, I'm using his slot to complete the combo with Ashnod's Altar, Deathrender, and Heirloom Blade ([Heirloom Blade] is shown here: (

redknight44 on

2 months ago

Another problem is, if I have a 10/10 creature with first strike, I want Lure in order to force them to block it. I need some way to force them to block my attacks, or some other way of wiping the field. I was thinking I could just go for more Wrath of God, but then that forces me to rely too much on Knight Exemplar's indestructible, plus the 4 mana cost.

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