Lionheart Maverick

Lionheart Maverick

Creature — Human Knight

Vigilance

(4)(White): Lionheart Maverick gets +1/+2 until end of turn.

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Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons (DDG) Common
Guildpact (GPT) Common

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

Lionheart Maverick Discussion

xyr0s on Mono White Angel

2 years ago

I assume it's supposed to be a modern deck, right?

then you need to make it more boring. That is "consistent": Decide on which cards are the best - are there some you really want to see in your hand every time you start a game? those you need 4 of. That's stuff like Path to Exile - it's just better when you have it. And you need to decide on how you are going to win. If the winning is to be done by big fat lategame angels, you need a plan for surviving the early game (stall until turn 4, then play Day of Judgment, perhaps). All this means: Remove all the one-ofs you don't really use to win games with, and bump up the number of those, you use for winning, and keep an eye out for replacing cards with something better. Why play Steeple Roc when you could play Flickerwisp instead? Same body, flying, but Flickerwisp has a strong ability and costs less mana (and lacks first strike). Voice of the Provinces is soooo overpriced - 6 mana for a microsize angel and a human token.

Also... eh... many of your cards are somewhat underpowered. There are reasons you don't see many Lionheart Mavericks in modern. Crusader of Odric is also on this list - it's only good if you are winning anyway. Court Street Denizen... all your enchantments (avoid playing auras on creatures without hexproof - opponent shoots the creature, and that's a 2-for-1 right there). Nav Squad Commandos. And several more (in general, assume that creatures for 4 or 5 mana should have a strong impact on the game, not just be random attackers). Instead, add cards like these: Restoration Angel, Baneslayer Angel, Gisela, the Broken Blade, Bruna, the Fading Light, if you can find the money for them.

A general note on creatures in modern: Lightning Bolt is a very popular card. Therefore, you have to watch out for creatures with toughness 3 or less and their casting cost. Guardian of the Gateless is an example of a real no-no in that regard; most likely you'll spend a full turns mana just playing it. Losing it to a 1 cmc spell just feels bad.

gcocksucker on

2 years ago

Student of Warfare is better than Lionheart Maverick, Thraben Inspector is a good value one drop, i think the honor the pure makes up for the lack of +1/+1 lords, I don't like the brave the sands(need room for more creatures) or eland umbra(too high a mana cost), i think Mirran Crusader is better than Dawnstrike Paladin

Heroslayer56 on Defend the Pure, Destroy the Wicked (Mod Knights)

3 years ago

Thanks carpage! Knights seem like a very underrated tribe and I just want to give it some love! The Oblivion Ring is there as a way to deal with any possible non-land permanent that is in the way, whether it be a irritating enchantment, artifact, creature, plainswalker, etc. I can't seem to find any other enchantment or spell that can take care a permanent that easy. I know of the ones for creatures and the like, but if you have any suggestions, I would like to hear it!

There are only 4 knight 1-drop creatures, three in white and one in red (The red one is only legal in eternal formats, Agent of Stromgald) and that was what Champion of the Parish was for (Even though he is a soldier type). I'm thinking of playing Lionheart Maverick as the budget one drop as the Caravan Escort does not have really any effect until Level 5 and Student of Warfare is a bit pricy.

Denial048 on

3 years ago

To be honest I have not played this deck at all, I am still trying to get all the pieces together.

I agree that Lionheart Maverick is not great late game, though between 4x Honor of the Pure and 4x Knight Exemplar I should be able to buff him better. But I plan on replacing him with AEther Vials once I have the rest of the deck together. It will let me get more Knights on the field faster, and bring them out on my opponents turn too.

blizzz on

3 years ago

How is Lionheart Maverick working out for you? I feel like his abilities are rarely useful. Vigilance is nice, but without first strike less useful. Compared to Student of Warfare he is a bad mana sink for late game. 5 mana gives you +1/+2 until end of turn, while 5 mana pumped into Student of Warfare gives you a permanent +1/+1 and double strike, assuming it is already at level 2.

Have you considered running Champion of the Parish as an alternative 1 drop? It doesn't get indestructible from Knight Exemplar, but you get +1/+1 counters from most knights including Knight Exemplar.

Denial048 on

3 years ago

Thanks for the suggestions!

As mentioned above, I will be adding in Knight of the White Orchid again, and most likely fit Knight of Meadowgrain in again too.

Spectral Rider looks good. It and Leonin Skyhunter are both evasive, so it might be worth trying to fit them both in.

Sigiled Paladin is okay, but most of the time the Exalted wont do anything.

Lionheart Maverick was originally in this deck. I agree that I need more 1 drop creatures though.

I will be trying to run Cavern of Souls down the line, the only reason it isn't listed yet is cost and obtainability

Sceadugenga on

3 years ago

A few Knights that I think would merit attention: Knight of the White Orchid, White Shield Crusader, Knight of Meadowgrain, Spectral Rider, Sigiled Paladin, Lionheart Maverick

You're running a lot of 3 and 4 drops for an aggro deck, and I don't think any of those cards will do much for you. Mirran Crusader should be a sideboard card without euqipment to save it from dying to Lightning Bolt--and that's a different deck. Kinsbaile Cavalier is 4 mana for a creature that doesn't do anything and needs to be cut. Sure he gives knights double strike, but he requires you to have a board presence in order to impact the board in any fashion and since Modern is a removal and creature heavy format, that probably won't be happening all that often. Every other non aggro deck will be saving threats and picking off every creature of yours they can until you're out of a board and out of a hand (usually by/around turn 4-5) at which point your Cavaliers won't be great. Move to more 2 drops/1 drops.

You're aggro deck is also very light on 1 drops, which is probably why a tribal white weenie deck isn't a thing in Modern tiered lists. Lionheart Maverick helps with that problem, has a mild immediate upside, and late game can get you something to do with your mana.

Finally, you have zero reason to not run at least 1 mainboard Cavern of Souls unless acquiring one is a problem.

Denial048 on

3 years ago

Thanks Gemini, I actually didnt notice how creature-light my lower end was getting.

I'll drop the AEther Vial for now, since I'm probably gonna take a while to acquire them anyway.

Do you think I should put in Lionheart Maverick for more 1 drops, or Leonin Skyhunter for Flying?

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