Elspeth, Knight-Errant

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Elspeth, Knight-Errant

Planeswalker — Elspeth

+1: Create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token.

+1 Target creature gets +3/+3 and gains flying until end of turn.

-8: You get an emblem with "Artifacts, creatures, enchantments, and lands you control are indestructible."

GofyTomcat1 on Benevolent Goodstuff

1 month ago

An alternative to playing this as a control deck is to run it as a slightly more aggressive midrange build. Add something like Geist of Saint Traft as an additional hard-to-kill threat, along with Snapcaster Mages to recur all your burn and removal. Maybe replace Serra with something like The Wandering Emperor or Elspeth, Knight-Errant.

legendofa on When did you start playing, …

2 months ago

I started playing with the first Portal, kinda. That was the first set I got cards from. I spent the next few years off and on, getting bits and pieces of collections from people who were leaving the game or offloading bulk commons and uncommons. (I managed to get both Pardic Firecat and Diligent Farmhand and had no idea what Burst meant. I thought it was some action, like untapping, that the rules later dropped.) I started digging in a little deeper in Time Spiral block, then really jumped in with Alara. Since then, I've been either in deep or sitting out.

Favorite block is Alara. It was the one that I really got in with (if you missed that two sentences ago). I usually prefer multicolor builds to monocolor builds, and I wasn't in for most of Apocalypse and Ravnica. It has a unique and deep setting insert Return to Alara screed here. And the cards are just cool: Maelstrom Archangel, Godsire (Secretly pandering to the OP? Never!), Progenitus, Wall of Denial, Conflux, Sphinx of the Steel Wind, Lich Lord of Unx... Add in stuff like Ad Nauseam, the Cascade mechanic, and Noble Hierarch, and the introductions of Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, Sarkhan Vol, Tezzeret the Seeker, and Elspeth, Knight-Errant, and it had something for everyone. Planeswalkers were still brand new, and colored artifacts were a shocking and semi-controversial twist.

I don't like the one-set model. I understand that the three-set model and even two-set model had general dropoff after the first set, but the current model is too much, too fast. The mechanics are underdeveloped and unsupported. (In agreement with "it's always been that way" doesn't make it a good thing. I'm still waiting for Provoke to come back.) The planes are either shallow, limited in scope, or "open for exploration when we return" which may or may not happen.

The biggest and most disappointing change for me, though, is the official website. It used to have multiple articles a week: Making Magic, Savor the Flavor, From the Lab, Building on a Budget, Arcana, Card of the Day, theme weeks, it was all fun. Now, it's a couple of third-party articles, occasional short stories for the lore, and a bunch of promotion and self-advertising.

With my "it was better in my day" out of the way, I think the fundamentals of the game are in good shape. Aside from some cosmetic differences and minor rules updates, it's still the same game I was playing fifteen years ago, and there's a lot to be said for that. Sure, there's been some power and complexity creep, but aside from a couple of high-profile missteps that aren't totally without precedent (Urza block -> Mirrodin Affinity -> Zendikar Caw-Blade -> Throne of Eldraine/Ikoria), it's been well controlled compared to other popular TCGs. A deck from five, ten, twenty years ago can still find a home at least at the casual tables.

LandoLRodriguez on Gorgeous Girls Deck(list)

4 months ago

I think Elspeth is lookin pretty good, in this art especially

DemonDragonJ on Innistrad: Crimson Vow

7 months ago

A new vampire noble has me hoping that there shall finally be a card of Runo Stormkirk, the patron of house Stormkirk, since the heads of the other three vampire houses have been depicted in cards, but not him.

enpc, I really hope that there never is a way to remove emblems, because the entire point of emblems is that they represent a permanent change to the game; the original wording on Elspeth, Knight-Errant's ability was "for the rest of the game, artifacts, creatures, enchantments, and lands that you control are indestructible," so emblems were created as a way to simplify that wording.

depthcharge2 on Would you rather die to Najeela or Ultimates?

8 months ago

i would highly recommend The Elderspell because you can blow up your lesser planeswalkers to ultimate one of the more powerful one like Elspeth, Knight-Errant Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh or Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

adrian8520 on Death & Taxes

9 months ago


I love the look of that BW list, I'll definitely look into giving that a shot. Right now across Vic I've ran into a lot of Thoracle decks, burn, RDW, Medium Red, Seeker time walk, Recall control, and general low-curve aggro. What are your thoughts on the best cards for mono white D&T to run into a meta like this -- would you ever consider cards like Porcelain Legionnaire which we can quickly get out on turn 1 fairly easily, or even cards like Fairgrounds Warden over Fiend Hunter so that we can more consistently play our O-Ring creatures? I have found two white to not always be super consistent, especially on the play, and tend to mull pretty aggressively to guarantee two white (sometimes to a great disadvantage, but maybe I'm piloting poorly)

I've also been very curious on your thoughts around Serra the Benevolent and Elspeth, Knight-Errant which are two cards I see a great variety of mono white d&t pilots play extensively across different metas. They seem to be high impact cards that really work well with all of our ways to create two colorless, and I think in a D&T list that wants to go slightly wider these two cards could be powerful inclusions, but I am sure you've already considered that.

Thanks for the BW list! I look forward to trying that out :)

PalaCannito on Kykar Polymorph

11 months ago

In my opinion, you need more token generators for the theme of the deck. You have plenty of ways to poly into a big beater, but you only have three and a half generators of which all are 4 MV or above:

My suggestion would be to change two of the filter draw cards for token sorceries:

Other suggestions that may make this more consistent:

If you follow through with these, you may need to rebalance the number of Islands you have in comparison to Plains, maybe a two-for-two swap.

I do not believe that these changes will overpower your deck, but it should let you durdle more successfully.

Heliogabale on One Card is Enough (Losheel) **Primer**

11 months ago

I like a restrictive, casual theme, and how it pushes the boundaries of deckbuilding abilities. I did have a hard time reading the blue text on orange background, you may want to adjust the font color for legibility.

First, what I would cut:

  • The Birth of Meletis is quite underwhelming.
  • Dragon Throne of Tarkir is so slow, you are out 9 mana for the first activation.
  • Elspeth, Undaunted Hero; I don't understand its purpose in here. Any of the other Elspeth would be far superior in here, I would go with Elspeth, Knight-Errant .

My suggestions:

I would use Reconnaissance , which will allow you to attack without worrying about blockers in case your commander gets in trouble. You can also trigger it after combat damage is dealt, before the end of the combat phase, effectively giving all your creatures vigilance.

All That Glitters is an inconspicuous card that would be sick in this deck.

You are correct that flash IS busted with this deck. I know you said to mind the budget, but a Vedalken Orrery would greatly increase the output of your commander's draw ability, if you can afford this one splurge.

Winds of Abandon is a nice asymmetric board wipe that can turn into a wincon.

Hope you find this inspiring!

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