Knight Exemplar


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander 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

geojedi on Black Knight

1 month 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.

CaptainBlue7 on Stand Your Ground

1 month ago

I like the concept. Mono-white angels is a favorite of mine.

Id suggest trying to focus in more on a particular archetype. One of the things that make a deck powerful is focusing in on one or two specific mechanics and building the entire deck around it, exploiting that mechanic as much as possible so each card pulls value from another. They combo off each other, so to speak.

Currently, you have about 4 different themes working, for the most part, independently from each other: Knights, life gain, angels, and control spells. Try to focus in on your favorite themes more while removing the others.

For example, say you wanted to focus on knights, you could remove a lot of non-knight cards like Ghostly Prison & Scroll of Avacyn and replace them with more cards like Knight Exemplar. Because knights tend to be cheap costing with a lot of them hitting the board early, you can take advantage of that speed and how many creatures you have out with cards like Honor of the Pure or Always Watching which are more effective with each additional creature you have.

If you wanted a life gain focused deck you could focus on cards like Angelic Accord, Lone Missionary, Blessed Alliance, Faith's Fetters, Serra Ascendant, and Felidar Sovereign. This way you gain life as often as possible but that life gain is also going towards triggering other powerful effects that will help you finish your opponent.

So basically Id try to focus down the mechanics more if I were you. You might actually want to split this into multiple different decks so you can still enjoy each of those themes individually focused, just not all together at once.

Make sure you try the Playtest feature as well. Its very helpful at wrapping your head around how your deck is going to feel, which cards work and which ones dont.

JaredUnzipped on Unironic White Knights

1 month ago

I considered the Silverblade Paladin, KumaLKS. Ultimately, I went with Skyhunter Skirmisher, despite its lower power and toughness. Why? Because it already has double strike, as well as flying. When I cast it, it will more than likely receive a buff from Metallic Mimic, Always Watching or Knight Exemplar. Having that extra flying power really helps against creature-heavy decks.

Catalog9000 on Are there any decklists build ...

2 months ago

I love Tribal decks and I was wondering if anybody made a Modern decklist that features all of the Lords?

Also, while on the subject, I understand creatures like Knight Exemplar are Lords because they give all other Knights +1/+1, but are creatures such as Kinsbaile Cavalier also Lords (Since there's no +1/+1)? I wasn't sure to the extent of that definition.

Thanks :)

Pheardemons on From the grave my knights will arise. HAIL HAAKON!

2 months ago

TupaCuba Thanks for the comment and the upvote. Actually, Knight Exemplar doesn't give the tokens indestructible either. It specifically says Other knight creatures indestructible. The tokens are just extra damage that will keep being pumped out with Hero of Bladehold who WILL have indestructible.

Not sure why I would include Hot Soup here. This is a midrange deck that has the possibility of continuously wiping the board with Haakon, Stromgald Scourge and Nameless Inversion so the unblockable aspect doesn't really matter. Unless you're talking about adding it onto an indestructible creature. I see some synergy there, but it probably won't get included.

Tireless Tracker is NOT something I had considered for this deck, however, that is a serious possibility. With Knight of the Reliquary it can definitely help me to draw. Thanks for the thought!

Lastly, doesn't matter how old the deck is, it's always nice to hear compliments. Thanks again man!

multimedia on Help me upgrade my Mono-White ...

2 months ago

Hey, consider building deck like this?

My suggestion is Brave the Elements because it can help to push through damage as well as protect Knights from removal if you don't have a Knight Exemplar or two in play. It also has potential as a huge alpha strike with lots of unblockable Knights.

Another Knight to consider is Hero of Bladehold it's expensive price, but could be very good as a top-of-curve must kill finisher.

TupaCuba on From the grave my knights will arise. HAIL HAAKON!

2 months ago

Siiick deck, +1! I know this is old but I see you have Knight Exemplar giving the Soldier tokens from Hero of Bladehold indestructible when they actually don't get any buffs from Exemplar since they are just Soldier tokens and not Knights.

Any thoughts on running a few Hot Soup or Tireless Tracker in the SB?

Dagger311 on Help me upgrade my Mono-White ...

2 months ago

Hey everyone, first post here, so I apologize if this is the wrong place. I built this deck out of cards I had in my collection and a few singles.

It works really well at the kitchen table, especially if I manage to get a turn 3 Mirran Crusader into turn 4 Armored Ascension across the board. I've been thinking of upgrading it to make it a lot more aggressive, and was looking for suggestions that won't break the bank. Here's what I'm thinking of now:

-2 Leonin Sun Standard, +2 Honor of the Pure: I usually have better things to spend my mana on than the Leonin Sun Standard, and a lot of turns go by where it's not used. Honor of the Pure is passive and a nice buff.

-2 Armored Ascension, -2 Journey To Nowhere, +4 Path to Exile: Armored Ascension is slow and useless if the creature it's attached to is destroyed, and Journey To Nowhere can be removed. The only downside to Path To Exile is giving my opponent a land, but hopefully the game will be over before that's an issue.

-2 Armored Ascension, +2 Oblivion Ring: Again, Armored Ascension is slow and only buffs one creature, which makes it vulnerable to removal. Oblivion Ring is amazing for utility, since it can remove creatures, planeswalkers, enchantments, and artifacts.

-4 White Knight, +4 Knight of Meadowgrain: Protection from black comes in handy occasionally, but I feel like having the lifelink would let me play more aggressively without being very risky.

-2 Pentarch Paladin, -2 Plains, +4 Student of Warfare: Pentarch Paladin is very slow, can only remove one color, and has to tap himself to do it. I have a feeling that trimming the curve will let me get away with running two fewer lands than I normally do, and Student of Warfare is a really great card at any stage in the game.

I'm also looking into running Knight of the White Orchid. Not only is he decent by himself as a 2/2 First Strike for 2 mana, but he has the chance to give me an extra land, and I'm seeing him combo really well with Path To Exile, or even just playing him on curve in a match where I go second. Not really sure what I would get rid of for him though. Maybe Knight of the Holy Nimbus?

Aether Vial would be absolutely amazing, but too rich for my blood.

Can anyone give me some advice? Would these changes be good? Any other reccomendations? I also really need to work on a sideboard for it, I just haven't done it because I mostly play casual and no one else I play against runs one.

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