Student of Warfare


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Student of Warfare

Creature — Human Knight

Level up {{W}} ({{W}}: Put a level counter on this. Level up only as a sorcery.) [1/1]

Level 2-6 First strike [3/3]

level Double strike [4/4]

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Student of Warfare Discussion

RedmundR2 on The Only Things Certain: Eldrazi & Taxes

3 weeks ago

Looks like it could use some one drops and more utility/removal type cards.

Kytheon, Hero of Akros  Flip could work well with a creature heavy strategy. Student of Warfare is another I might consider. Dryad Militant also mostly for the stats. Doomed Traveler is solid too.

Honestly, I feel the eldrazi temple is difficult to run with so many cards requiring specific colors. Tidehollow Sculler could be hard to cast with this mana pool.

Could help to run some more removal too. The obvious pick would be Fatal Push.

EspioNova on Angels Delight

3 weeks ago

I need to check on the other discard cards but for wall of omens it's still a 2 mana creature

So instead I think that Student of Warfare works well. If I don't have another creature on my hand I can still level it up to make it stronger and works with auras as well as knights all together if I want to build a knight set.

I also purchased Angelic Page

Cheap and works great with other angels I think. What is your opinion on that?

Gostgun on White Knights Unite

2 months ago

I 2nd Dauntless Bodyguard it will protect you whole board from board wipe with Knight Exemplar plus i feel like the deck needs more 1 drops than just Student of Warfare it would help it run better and put early pressure on it as well as give you protection while you build up your board state. As for Benalish Marshal im not saying its the best but i was thinking it was a good replacement for Honor of the Pure since it will do the same thing but also act as another body that benefits from your other buffs and can swing for you

SynergyBuild on White Knights Unite

2 months ago

Benalish Marshal is a good knight, but I don't think it is the best or anything, but Dauntless Bodyguard is up with Student of Warfare in terms of how awesome it is. History of Benalia is right up there with some of the best three drops in white in Knights (Next to Mirran Crusader, Knight Exemplar and the like), but that is about all from Dominaria in terms of knight tribal in mono white.

Oh yeah, and good on you n0bunga for standing up for yourself to Talltail.

KINGofORESKOS on Azorius Humans

2 months ago

Nice deck! Thraben Inspector is always a nice card, and Thalia's Lieutenant would be amazing in this deck. Expedition Envoy isn't awesome, but it's a 2/1 for , which is pretty convenient. If you decide to make the deck non-budget, Hero of Bladehold could make by formidable, and Student of Warfare can get pretty intimidating if you put a little mana into it. And by the way, if you want to get rid of the other colors on your color wheel () that come from Unclaimed Territory, enter those colors when you're editing your deck in the "Exclude Colors" section. Keep up the good work, definitely a +1!

Duke.Fleed on Green/White Counter Mayhem

2 months ago

Definitely like where this is going, there are a few non-synergies in the deck I would suggest you address: Most of your deck is low to the ground 1 and 2 drops, Managorger Hydra and Kalonian Hydra are both a little off theme here. While both powerful cards in their own right they both are easily removed and are highly costed compared to the rest of the deck (especially with 20 lands and no mana dorks). Furthermore, they are both green creatures and are therefore not protected by Brave the Elements. Something I would recommend as a replacement to these is Collected Company. Instant speed and very synergistic with a creature heavy deck, this can often swing games heavily in your favor. (though it is notable that this does not work well with Hangarback Walker.

Something I really like about this deck is the different mana sinks youve got in Student of Warfare and Mikaeus, the Lunarch. A very synergistic card, that would ramp these cards to 100 is Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Since all your creatures have heavy devotion to white, this land will hopefully be tapping for a butt load of mana which you can then dump into mikaeus or the student.

Finally, though Hardened Scales is super dope, and believe me I love that card, I don't know if you need it. It can often be a win more card that is good when you are ahead and really really bad if you are behind. Imagine late in the game, you need to draw an card with impact on the board and you draw this. As a general rule of thumb, if a card is ONLY good in my opening hand, it is probably not good enough for competitive play. That being said, this is your deck, if you want to go ham with the counters you should go full ham with the counters and maybe drop the human synergies in the deck. (here is my deck tech video of a +1/+1 counters focused modern deck

NensouHiebara on Nensou's Knight Tribal

3 months 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

3 months 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.

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