Knight Exemplar


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual 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

sperrone1224 on Knight Lights

1 week ago

I would definitely put in 4x Cavern of Souls if you can afford it. People love counter spells and this combined with Aether Vial will give you a natural defense to control decks. Id also take out another 4 plains and replace with Flagstones of Trokair this will allow you to mini ramp as well as thin out your deck whenever you have enough land cards on the field. These land changes are extremely pricey so if you cant afford it, I get it.

Moving on, if youre going to use Aether Vial Id generally run 24 creatures and 22 at the least to get the most out of vial. 20 creatures isnt terrible but I feel like vial wont shine as much as it should.

Benalish Marshal is interesting. Let me know how that works out. I personally like Mirran Crusader and Fiendslayer Paladin because its extra damage and lifelink on the board. Not just that but their natural abilities make them hard to remove and they can generally stick around until Knight Exemplar hits. Also Fiendslayer will put burn decks at a natural disadvantage .

The Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx seems like it would work to get out Light from Within quickly. Not a bad idea.

If youre wanting permanent removal I would splash blue (unless youre determined on mono white) and add Detention Sphere instead of Oblivion Ring and I would simply remove Journey to Nowhere since you have Path to Exile Of course Id say keep your paths mainboarded and only bring in the other Removal as a sideboard. Mainboard more creatures so vial shines. The goal of the tribal deck is to overwhelm them in numbers and tribal buffs. Non-creature Permanent removal isnt generally a huge threat on game 1.

I essentially look at Knight of the White Orchid as land cards since they help you if youre getting mana screwed. So Id probably put my land base to 20 if youre going to run 4. Its worked consistently for me.

All in all not bad, but could use some tweaking.

Saint_Charles_VII on White Knights Unite

1 week ago

Ah yes, I forgot about Knight Exemplar. Perhaps it would be good as a 1-of in the sideboard for the instances where exiling creatures is important, if you care about those.

Icbrgr on MTG Soundtrack

1 week ago

@Composer2000 Just checked out some of your work...Nice job!

I really enjoyed the emotion captured in Knight Exemplar that regal preparation for battle feel and the embodiment of bolstering fellow knights in a test of bravery/courage.

Mana-Charged Dragon has a really awesome [email protected]$$ feel going on that i think totally fits the cards art as well as a growing and unstoppable force of destruction.

I look forward to seeing what else you come up with. Great work keep it coming!

Disciple_of_Doran on M'lady

2 weeks ago

If you're laning hard into knights, I'd consider Knight of the Holy Nimbus. It is hard to remove for your opponent, gets to attack for free into X/1 creatures, and gets buffed by Knight Exemplar still.

Also, Brave the Elements is a must-play in mono white creature decks. save your stuff from removal, or swing in unblockable for the kill!

Scaradrah on Invincible Knights

2 weeks ago

Angelic Overseer isn't useful at all. Yes with humans it becomes an untouchable flyer, but otherwise it has no synergy with the other cards. Also, Privileged Position and Knight Exemplar together accomplish the same thing for ALL your creatures, while Angelic Overseer plus whichever human accomplish only one untouchable creature. Angelic Overseer is also a larger mana cost than almost all of your other cards, so replacing a lower mana cost card with a higher one will only slow you down.

And on that note, a good way to speed up this deck would be to add 4 Path to Exile or Unmake in any combination. I'd cut both True Convictions, one Shielded by Faith and one Privileged Position to make room for them. They will give you control over your opponent's field plus give you more short game playable cards.

NensouHiebara on Nensou's Knight Tribal

4 weeks ago


In my opinion, Hero of Bladehold and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar set the bar exceedingly high for White Weenie 4-drops. Every other current 4-drop can't measure up to what they can accomplish:

  • Light from Within: Gideon trumps it by being an anthem or a threat depending on the situation. Light also can't boost Mutavault or tokens.

  • Wilt-Leaf Liege: Hero attacks harder with multiple bodies and can similarly pump other Knights with its battle cry trigger. Not every deck uses discard. Liege's replacement effect won't be relevant every game.

  • Kinsbaile Cavalier: I like to have my 4-drops to be effective by themselves so that they can still keep me in the game if my earlier creatures are hit with heavy removal. Cavalier requires other Knights, otherwise it's an unimpressive creature. Compared to what Hero and Gideon are capable of, Cavalier isn't that great. Silverblade Paladin also curves better than Cavalier after a leveled up Student or a 2-drop Knight.


Student of Warfare is the one of the best White Weenie 1-drop ever printed. It may take an additional mana investment, but it's worth having a flexible creature for every stage of the game:

  • It becomes a 3/3 first striker on Turn 2, putting heavy pressure on opponents early game.
  • It acts like a 3 mana creature after the first few turns.
  • It can be a lone, double striking threat in the mid-late game.

The same can't be said for Knight of Meadowgrain.


Aether Vial will never be a part of this deck. If you look at the top Vial strategies:

  • 5c Humans is an all-creature deck that uses Vial to spam bodies.
  • U/x Merfolk is loaded with 2-drops and uses the mana not spent on creatures to cast countermagic, Spreading Seas, and other forms of disruption.
  • Legacy Death and Taxes uses powerful utility lands to stranglehold their opponents.

This deck doesn't do any of that. My creatures' CMCs are too varied, there aren't enough creatures for Vial to begin with, and this deck has a low amount of disruption. Shoehorning Vial isn't going to make the deck better, and changing the deck to accommodate Vial isn't the deck I want to play.


Using sweepers in a Weenie Aggro deck is insanity. Knight Exemplar is in the deck to boost my Knights, not an excuse for questionable card choices. If Exemplar is left unanswered, then it takes over combat.


Another thing, why so many 2-ofs? Mono-White has the worst card draw and selection. All of those 2-ofs would lead to an inconsistent mess.

LunarEntropy on Nensou's Knight Tribal

4 weeks ago

I have a similar deck and love it. Although a main card I use is Light from Within as a 2-of.

Also Wilt-Leaf Liege as a 2-of at the top end really helps against decks running Lilliana of the Veil as well as having an immediate impact on the board compared to Hero of Bladehold

Kinsbaile Cavalier as a 2-of over Silverblade Paladin seems like a no-brainer, and one other main addition is to cut a 2 lands, a Fragmentize, and a Dismember for 4 Aether Vials. Being able to instant-speed drop a liege, Calvallier or a Knight Exemplar really can mess things up for the opponent.

Personal perference but I've found Knight of Meadowgrain to be a nice 2 of instead of 2 Student of Warfares. Students are the only 1-drop but the mana needed to invest in them doesn't seem worth it especially how easily they get killed right after. Adding Aether Vials really helps having a turn-1 play, and cutting down to 2 Students still gives Vial on 1 to have a chance to hit.

Also consider having a board wipe such as a Wrath of God if you can manage to stick a Knight Exemplar it's just bonkers.

geojedi on Black Knight

3 months ago

You may also loo into some of the hybrid mana creatures that came out of the Shadowmoor/Lorwyn block, such as Ashenmoor Liege, Kulrath Knight, and Stillmoon Cavalier. Ixalan also has some interesting adds that are nice with Board Wipes, such as Bloodcrazed Paladin. Another way to add to the knight strength is even using Metallic Mimic. However, most knight decks, including my own, use white for the access to Knight Exemplar, Kinsbaile Cavalier, and Mirran Crusader.

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