Benalish Marshal

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Benalish Marshal

Creature — Human Knight

Other creatures you control get +1/+1.

TheOfficialCreator on Heliods army

4 days ago


Aegis Angel is a good card, don't get me wrong, but currently given the low number of Angels in the deck as a whole and with no Angel tribal, it might be worth looking into Avacyn, Angel of Hope or, some more budget options, Indestructibility, Gift of Immortality, Kindred Boon, Shielded by Faith, Spirit Bonds, or Timely Ward. All of these grant a single creature indestructible for a lower cost, albeit they are not attached to a big flier.

Nothing for Ajani's Pridemate. It's just a good card. If you're interested in other similar cards, Light of Promise, Archangel of Thune, Gideon's Company, Cleric Class, Heliod, Sun-Crowned, Cradle of Vitality, Celestial Unicorn, and Nykthos Paragon are some good ones.

Archetype of Courage seems a bit weak to me personally. Enchantment creature cards with the same mana value that are white and better for your deck (at least from my POV) include Eidolon of Countless Battles and Heliod, Sun-Crowned.

Banisher Priest is good.

Blinding Souleater could easily be replaced by Law-Rune Enforcer, or, if you'd prefer an artifact creature, Burnished Hart is just better in general.

Captain of the Watch and Cataclysmic Gearhulk are both good cards, though the latter doesn't seem to work too awfully well with your deck. I would consider putting in another destroy boardwipe such as Wrath of God or Fumigate.

Chardalyn Dragon is pretty bad, even for an artifact flier. Other fliers with the same mana value include Adarkar Valkyrie, Admonition Angel, Ancestor Dragon, Angelic Skirmisher, Archon of Coronation, Aven Brigadier, Empyrial Storm, et cetera... white is ton of amazing fliers! Put 'em to good use! XD If you specifically want an artifact creature to replace it, Wurmcoil Engine is a good one.

Consul's Shieldguard... see the Aegis Angel comments.

Court Street Denizen... see the Blinding Souleater comments, though this one is better so it's definitely worth keeping around if you want.

Drillworks Mole is a cool card. Basri Ket, Felidar Retreat, and Cathars' Crusade are good too.

Eldrazi Devastator is actually a card I used to run in my decks as a finisher. I would recommend something like Finale of Glory as an alternative that you can really sink your mana into.

Felidar Cub is nice, but War Priest of Thune is strictly better.

Glint-Sleeve Artisan is interesting, and I see how it plays into a bit of your artifact synergies, but if you want that, just use an artifact creature like Adaptive Automaton, Cloudsteel Kirin, or Etched Champion.

Heliod's Pilgrim has a good effect and it's flavorful, just keep in mind you only have two Auras in the deck.

Inspiring Overseer and Knight of the White Orchid are good.

Kozilek's Channeler is a decent card, but given you like small creatures I'm not sure that paying extra for a big body is a great benefit. Worn Powerstone, Thran Dynamo, Arcane Signet, and if you want to splurge Pearl Medallion are all good ramp in white.

Lagonna-Band Elder can be replaced by one of the cards I told you about in my previous comment.

From there, all your cards are great until Soulmender, which again can be replaced by one of the cards in my previous comment, or even Fountain of Renewal. Same with Stone Haven Medic and Sungrace Pegasus.

Toolcraft Exemplar is a really cool card that I have NEVER seen before. If it's working well for you, you should try out Serra Ascendant as well. It runs in a similar vein.

Welcoming Vampire is good too.

Celestial Flare could be replaced by Silence.

Dauntless Onslaught could be replaced by Charge, Bastion Protector, Benalish Marshal, Ethereal Guidance, Glorious Anthem, Guardians' Pledge, or Path of Bravery.

Divine Verdict could just be replaced by plain removal, like Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Journey to Nowhere, Cast Out, Conclave Tribunal, or Oblivion Ring.

Feat of Resistance is nice.

Gideon's Reproach - see Divine Verdict's feedback.

Gods Willing is good.

Kill Shot - see Divine Verdict's feedback. Actually, for the rest of these cards see that and Dauntless Onslaught's feedback.

Aligned Hedron Network is good.

Cloak of the Bat and Hero's Blade - see Dauntless Onslaught's feedback, but also Commander's Plate.

Spidersilk Net doesn't make a whole lot of sense. If you want another 0-mana artifact, look no further than Mishra's Bauble.

Font of Vigor - see previous comment

Siegecraft - Eldrazi Conscription is one of the best auras in the game, but Battle Mastery is nice too

Not Forgotten - Rest in Peace, Ashnod's Altar

Sunlance - any other removal that I've mentioned

Also consider Sphere of Safety.

I hope all this helps! ^^" it took a bit to write up but I think it'll help introduce you to some staples and ways about thinking about deckbuilding and power level. I sent you a friend request so that we can keep in touch and so that I can see and help you with your future decks!

lespaul977 on All the King's Men (Human Soldier Deck)

1 month ago

Squee_Spirit_Guide, good call on Honor of the Pure. It would be another great anthem card to have alongside Always Watching and Benalish Marshal. Admittedly, I wasn’t 100% sure about Serra's Embrace; I think I wanted it in there more out of nostalgia than anything else, but it does feel like filler compared to everything else I have going on.

I’m definitely going to look into options for replacing Deftblade Elite. With this being a soldier deck, I feel like I’ll need to put in one-drops to replace it so the deck can play fast enough (although White Knight does look pretty sweet). However, I think this deck could benefit from abilities given by larger creatures. What are your thoughts on this?

Thank you very much for the feedback!

lhetrick13 on For Honor and Glory!!!

1 month ago

Lankhmar - Been a bit since this deck has gotten any love. Glad you reached out!

To answer question, I have played a fair share of games with the deck as it currently stands and you are not wrong, an early board wipe does slow it down for sure but it does reload pretty quick thanks to Collected Company usually hitting reliably, Acclaimed Contender grabbing me a knight to play after it, and the combo with Thalia's Lieutenant + Worthy Knight to pump and create additional bodies. Unless the opponent has a way to prevent me from reloading, a single board wipe is not usually an issue.

I feel like this deck struggles the most against burn/control. Almost everything in the deck has synergy and builds with no one card being capable of really winning a game for me (makes sense given the low CMC of all the cards) and stuff like Lightning and Counterspell that just remove or bounce any major piece like Knight Exemplar, Benalish Marshal, Worthy Knight, etc. limiting me to like a single Dauntless Bodyguard or something similar describes the rough games. Flying can also be an issue...especially when the flying creature has an ability that triggers when I am dealt damage by it like causing me to discard, sacrifice, or exile cards that the opponent can then play.

Overall, this is a very aggressive deck that is fun to play and can just steamroll opponents. Nothing better than playing Collected Company on turn 4 with a few knights already out and getting to flash in 2xKnight Exemplar :) For being my first deck, I am pretty happy with it and the suggestions the community had. I really got a lot of exposure to some cool stuff.

lhetrick13 on The Perfectly Polished Armor Army

3 months ago

Worthy Knight seems like an odd choice for this deck as you don't have anything in the deck to power up the humans created since you are not running Benalish Marshal. I would suggest taking her out in exchange for something like White Knight unless you have a reason for the extra 1/1 humans. I do run her in my "tribal" knight deck but pair her with Thalia's Lieutenant to get some synergy between the two and the fact most knights are humans to boot. Otherwise, I really like the deck!

lhetrick13 on For Honor and Glory!!!

4 months ago

Squirrelbacon - I came to the conclusion that just in terms of making the deck better, adding in Thalia's Lieutenant along with Worthy Knight was better than Wilt-Leaf Liege and Knight of the Reliquary. I do like Wilt-Leaf Liege but even with only the two copies present, I pulled it once or twice with the Collected Company which was disappointing. Decided to keep all creature costs below 3 CMC based on that experience and Benalish Marshal can pump the human tokens created with Worthy Knight while Thalia's Lieutenant can pump anything on the board when it comes in play and get pumped when anything else is played with a good potential for additional +1/+1 counters due to if at least one Worthy Knight is present.

The whole point of this exercise was to be objective with the deck and see what others would do with it and why so really interesting to see where the deck started vs where it is now. Thanks again for all your thoughts and advice along the way!

Squirrelbacon on For Honor and Glory!!!

4 months ago

I don't think it's necessary, but I don't think it would hurt you. It would greatly help with the mana base and allow you better access to mana heavy cards (such as Benalish Marshal if you choose to go down that path. Without running fetchlands, three colors can be hard to consistently balance out. You could also play a few utility lands for yourself then such as Mutavault or Gavony Township. Might be worthwhile.

Also, I had another thought whilst prepping for pioneer play this weekend!! If you cut out and go more white based knights, the vast majority of them will also be humans--this makes Thalia's Lieutenant a realistic option that might help to pack some additional punch. I know it's not a knight, but it seems like it might be sweet to at least think about.

Niko9 on Frontline Guardians (Mono-White Soldier Deck)

9 months ago

What's more fun than playing a lot of creatures? This looks like an awesome deck. There were some really good additions to white creature strategies in the Ixalan sets if you were looking for things.

Legion's Landing  Flip plays so well in low cmc creatures. It gives you a token, becomes ramp, and gives you something to do with your mana late game if it's flipped.

Adanto Vanguard always feels more powerful than it looks. Sometimes this creature can just beat up your opponent, and it becomes an excellent blocker if you have lifegain somehow.

Castle Ardenvale can a lot of the time be just a better plains. It's way overcosted to activate, but every now and then it actually does something.

Benalish Marshal is a great pump effect on a big body.

Resplendent Marshal Can sometimes be better and sometimes be worse than benalish. Getting flying is really nice, but it depends on your opponent having killed some of your stuff.

Just some random things I thought of. Your deck looks great, and I love seeing some of those cards from the pre-made decks.

philosopher on Modern Mono-white Humans

11 months ago

Hey CoolDude678,

I too built a pioneer to modern deck, so you can use this as inspiration:

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is too slow for modern because decks try to win on turn 3 or 4, so I recommend removing it and adding two more Thalia, Guardian of Thrabens because she slows down your opponent's removal spells and she slows down any combo decks, see Living End or Crashing Footfalls decks for more information.

I recommend swapping Benalish Marshal for Rally the Ranks because with Gideon and the Marshall gone, you can put a Lurrus of the Dream-Den as your companion, which will allow you to be more aggressive with your Dauntless Bodyguard's ability because you can get him back on your next turn.

Mono white modern decks are rare in modern, so please see this video for sideboard suggestions because modern decks need different sideboard cards than pioneer:

I hope this helps and welcome to modern.


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