Student of Warfare


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

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Set Rarity
Rise of the Eldrazi (ROE) Rare

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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 7+: Double strike [4/4]

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Student of Warfare Discussion

NensouHiebara on Valor & Vanity | Foil Knight Tribal

1 month ago


There is a real cost when it comes to colourless lands. You can only have so many before you start running into mana problems. This deck demands White sources as its first two land drops every single game. Opening hands that do not meed this demand are unkeepable. More colourless lands won't do my -costed creatures any favours and will lead to more frequent mulligans. The set of Mutavaults is this deck's hard limit of colourless sources.

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is inherently win-more. It's only going to be beneficial when you have a board set up and aren't experiencing disruption. If the best it can do is level up Student of Warfare or allow me to needlessly burn through my hand, I can perfectly live without it.


History of Benalia has been growing on me in the past several weeks. Dominaria offered a much needed boost for Knight Tribal, and I shouldn't ignore this boon.

I'm planning on dropping the curve in this deck a bit for space. Eight 4cmc cards are no longer necessary.


Modern has a plethora of quality removal options. Opponents relentlessly killing off all of my creatures is a reality I must accept.

The major problem I have with Kinsbaile Cavalier is its 2/2 body. A 4cmc "game-ending haymaker" shouldn't fold so easily to commonly used burn effects. Valiant Knight is a better 4cmc option than Cavalier. It doesn't give double strike right away, but it has the Lord boost and a more resilient body.


I say Flagstones of Trokair 'does nothing' because it has no tangible utility. Its selling point involves being removed from the field, which most decks can't do outside its own interaction with the Legend Rule. More often than not, said ability is pulling off a very poor Fetchland impression.

Flagstones doesn't offer anything relevant for this deck, so it's never going to be a part of it.


Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is the choice between an Anthem, an endless legion of Knights, or an indestructible 5/5. Honor of the Pure is only ever an Anthem. He may cost twice as much, but that mana is well spent considering his flexibility and raw strength.

Honor of the Pure's smaller cost doesn't really help, as there's never an ideal time to cast it:

  • Turn 2) If I have a Student of Warfare on board, it's leveled to Lv2. Otherwise, a 2cmc Knight is cast. Leveling up Student is better than casting Honor of the Pure. A 3/3 with first strike beats out a vanilla 2/2. Casting Honor of the Pure instead of a 2cmc Knight prevents me from attacking next turn.
  • Turn 3) Aside from a Turn 1 Student, this is the earliest this deck can begin attacking. My options now include a Knight Lord or History of Benalia. Playing a Knight Lord is an additional body to develop my board presence and may be giving Student/the 2cmc Knight indestructible. History of Benalia begins setting up a power play on Turn 5. I'm also experimenting with Sigiled Paladin, a creature that boosts the lone attacker on this turn while leaving mana open.
  • Turn 4) At this point, I'll have two available attackers. This would be the first turn I would consider casting Honor of the Pure, except Gideon is now active to either drop his Emblem or stonewall my opponent with Knight tokens. Another Knight Lord or activating Mutavault to conserve resources are also options.

Of course, if my opponents have interaction to disrupt this curve, Honor of the Pure becomes a much weaker play with my board kept small. Gideon can still function in games with heavy attrition, repopulating my board and clocking my opponent by himself.

Gideon, along with the influx of new Knight support this year, has antiquated Honor of the Pure. Any conceivable way to add it into this deck would be an objectively wrong decision.

DragonKing90 on Valor & Vanity | Foil Knight Tribal

1 month ago

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx isnt a colorless land as long as your devotion is at least 3. and you don't need high mana cost cards to benefit from it. you could just as easily play multiple lower cost spells in a single turn. or pump the Student of Warfare you love so much. as others have pointed out, History of Benalia is too powerful to not use. you also contradict yourself when you say that Flagstones of Trokair "does nothing", then say the effect is "miniscule". "miniscule" may not be much, but its more than nothing. decks win by giving themselves every possible advantage, no matter how small. i'm not sure how you think giving everything double strike with Kinsbaile Cavalier is "bad". it can be a game ending haymaker if the opponent isn't just relentlessly killing off all of your creatures. hence where History of Benalia comes in. multiple bodies from a single card, and then on the turn it buffs your whole army you drop a Cavalier for the win.

Cereal_Killer on Unstoppable knights

1 month ago

What's your budget? Cause if you have money to spend on it you could add Cavern of Souls

Other knights you could consider: Student of Warfare, Accorder Paladin, Knight of Meadowgrain, Knight of the White Orchid, Mirran Crusader

Also Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, History of Benalia and Honor of the Pure would fit well here

And I don't understand so much what's the point of making tokens since you have tons of knights already ready to attack your opponents, but you want it, so here's my suggestion: why don't you add Secure the Wastes? I know it doesn't put knights, but you can decide how much warriors make and it's also an instant

Cereal_Killer on B/W Knights

1 month ago

First of all: what's your budget? Cause this is a tribal deck and if you have money you could add the best land for tribal decks: Cavern of Souls

You could also add Marsh Flats, Godless Shrine or Shambling Vent and increase the number of Isolated Chapel up to 2/3

Aren't 23 lands too much? Maybe could this be why you can't find as many creatures out as you need?

Other knights you could consider: Student of Warfare, Accorder Paladin, Knight of Meadowgrain, Knight of the White Orchid, Mirran Crusader

Also Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and History of Benalia would fit well here

FlintSR on Make an Exemplar Out of You

1 month ago

Very surprised no History of Benalia, especially over something slow like Student of Warfare

JeranF on Order of the Black Sun (B/W Knight Tribal)

2 months ago

@hydrothermia I see good use in Dauntless Bodyguard or Student of Warfare as early drop. Stromgald Crusader might be a good option to get something flying for blocking. Personally I like the possibilities of Haakon, Stromgald Scourge, but I'm unsure about it, since I would have to put in some means to get him into the graveyard first. Overall those are some nice suggestions, thanks a lot.

hydrothermia on Death Knights

2 months ago

Welcome to Tapped Out!

You could adjust your mana production, you have more than you need on and need more unless the deck gets more black spells. I'd run four of Authority of the Consuls, Edge of the Divinity and Novice Knight. Not sure about keeping Demonic Vigor since you can't reuse the Aura.

Arvad the Cursed | Haakon, Stromgald Scourge | Bloodcrazed Paladin | Student of Warfare | Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

  • You may not have a need for Arvad the Cursed considering he's has a cmc of 5, but if you get a few more legendaries it might be worth it.
  • Haakon is interesting since you can graveyard cast knights with him on the battlefield. You can use him as a discard card.
  • Bloodcrazed Paladin is good when a creature wipe happens and gives it a number of +1/+1 counters, even on the opponents turn.
  • Student of Warfare is a great early card that can be leveled up with on your turn.
  • Since you have a large number of permanents, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx could be useful on having large amounts of mana to cast multiple spells or quickly leveling up the Student of Warfare.

hydrothermia on Order of the Black Sun (B/W Knight Tribal)

3 months ago

Caravan Escort, Dauntless Bodyguard and Student of Warfare are all . There aren't any knights in existence. Some out there, Stromgald Crusader, or Craven Knight and Bloodcrazed Paladin. Haakon, Stromgald Scourge would give an interesting synergy. If you get a few more legendaries, you could always use Arvad the Cursed with Mirror Gallery.

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