Elspeth, Knight-Errant


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Standard Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica: Mythic Edition (GRNMED) Mythic Rare
Modern Event Deck (MD1) Mythic Rare
Modern Masters (MMA) Mythic Rare
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret (DDF) Mythic Rare
Shards of Alara (ALA) Mythic Rare

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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."

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Elspeth, Knight-Errant Discussion

Gleeock on Marisi, C-C-C-C-Coil Breaker

7 hours ago

Well this wknds bulk playtest with Marisi showed some allstars. Gingerbrute was hilariously effective. Selvala's Stampede was unsurprisingly strong (just generically good). Sunforger of all things totally locked a game down in my favor. I wasn't seeing any need for mass-creature wipes to be honest, so I second not loving the Sunny Elspeth - the thing about this is that, in my meta, everyone else will be more desperate than me to get rid of all creatures, I prefer to use them as a resource: (I can just let my opponents do the sweeping for me & goad until someone is forced to wipe) the wipes that REALLY shined for me were the mass enchantment/artifact hate. I do LOVE your Elspeth, Knight-Errant suggestion, I now agree that it should windmill slap into my version of Marisi. Evasion + power & fast sweeper recovery or just an extra body are really nice to have on one walker. Actually will probably include Xenagos, the Reveler for some of those same reasons.

TypicalTimmy on Suns_Champion

3 days ago

So I just learned something about Emblems and Elspeth, and I know she is your favorite Planeswalker. I wanted to share with you what I found out, in the event you did not know.

Apparently emblems were created in response to the original printing of Elspeth, Knight-Errant 's final ability. There was no marker or indinication to tell players that this was an on-going effect. It SPARKED (Booo) confusion among players because when she would leave the battlefield it was unclear if the effects were still taking hold.

As a result, Planeswalkers from that point on received the "You get an emblem (...)" text to rectify this situation. Additionally, all subsequent printings of her are now updated with the Emblem text - Elspeth, Knight-Errant .

: )

RicketyEng on Theros: Beyond Death (Rumors/Speculations)

1 week ago

We will almost certainly be seeing Elspeth in the Theros underworld. There are advertisement cards in Eldraine packs which show Elspeth holding her golden mask. Elspeth, Knight-Errant shows us what her mask looks like. I also just now noticed the hole in her chest too as a second identifier. We can't know for sure yet if she will get rescued or if she even still has her spark or not, but we can safely assume we will see her.

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incontrastofsin666 on Proliferate/Token

2 weeks ago

I would start by upgrading your token generators. Enchantments like Parallel Lives , Anointed Procession , and Doubling Season should be a must. If you need a budget alternative for Doubling Season, go for Primal Vigor . The problem with the latter is that it also affects your opponents' tokens. As far as planeswalkers go, Ajani, the Greathearted does not really work in this kind of deck. You should think about other options like Elspeth, Sun's Champion , Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury , and even Elspeth, Knight-Errant would perform better than Ajani. The deck also seems to lack removal, so I would consider adding cards like Return to Dust , Song of the Dryads , Lignify , Aura Shards (this one should be a must), Swords to Plowshares , and Path to Exile . A budget artifact that I would consider adding is Throne of the God-Pharaoh because you will constantly be tapping your creatures, so it'll trigger. It's won me multiple games. Other enchantments to consider are Mirari's Wake , Smothering Tithe (ramps you up big time), Cryptolith Rite , Divine Visitation (a must!), and Sylvan Library . In the creature department, definitely add Craterhoof Behemoth because that's the main win con for token decks. Other creatures you can add are Avacyn, Angel of Hope (adds protection to your board/ends games. If you can't afford this angel, then I would go with Akroma, Angel of Wrath because it'll do nicely if you are running Tooth and Nail ), Avenger of Zendikar , Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite , and Voice of Resurgence . Your artifact section seems to be spot on; if anything, I'd just consider Akroma's Memorial , Ashnod's Altar , and Eldrazi Monument . As far as sorceries, you could add Wrath of God , Finale of Glory , Tooth and Nail (if you resolve the entwine it's game over), and Natural Order . Maybe, Triumph of the Hordes if you have a large board. Once you have some of those pieces, you can start working on your mana base. If you cannot afford a Gaea's Cradle , then definitely go with Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip (not as fast as the cradle, but since you are running a token deck, it should flip the turn you cast it). Fetches are always nice, so anything that can fetch for a forest or plains will come in handy. I would also add Temple Garden , Razorverge Thicket , Canopy Vista , Wooded Bastion , and Bountiful Promenade . Other cards that will tutor things are Green Sun's Zenith and Chord of Calling . Overall the deck looks good!

Sorin_Markov_1947 on Black White Tokens

3 weeks ago

Twilight Drover , Eldrazi Monument , Teysa Karlov , Murder Investigation , Elspeth, Knight-Errant (or any Elspeth really, they're all good for/with numbers). I have all these cards in a BW token deck that's really more a "come at me bro" deck. It has a lot of "when this creature dies" effects (so obviously Teysa is the key here), so it plays very differently than this one, but there is some overlap in the styles of play and the cards used.

Tzefick on Elspeth in Theros: Beyond Death

3 weeks ago

With the coming of Theros: Beyond Death, it is very likely that we will get back to the story arc of Elspeth, as she was betrayed by Heliod, who considered her a potential threat to his dominion of Theros.

So this thread is basically ideas for what Elspeth could look like if we get one in Theros 2, which is most likely to happen.

I know not everyone likes Elspeth as a story arc, because she is either having a mental breakdown, pushing away help and advice, flies into a rage, or rallies people to a course. Her story arc has been a bit bumpy. When things are going great she can encompass the values of a knight, but as soon as shit hits the fan, there's a short fuse until a mental breakdown due to her troubled past. She's very human in that regard, but as a main protagonist I figure it can be a bit tiresome to frequently revert back to a hopeless and fearful child.

Anyways my ideas:

Elspeth, Clad in Gold

Legendary Creature - Zombie Knight

Whenever a legendary creature or planeswalker enters the battlefield, put 2 loyalty counters on Elspeth, Clad in Gold. Then if Elspeth has 4 or more loyalty counters, transform Elspeth.



Elspeth, Resolute Judicator

Legendary Planeswalker - Elspeth

+2: Create a 1/1 white soldier creature token.

-2: Creatures you control gets +2/+2 and vigilance until your next turn.

-X: Choose one -

  • Exile target artifact or enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.

  • Return target creature card with converted mana cost X or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.

(No initial loyalty - it's gained through her creature ability)


The idea is to play on the art from Elspeth, Knight-Errant mythic edition, where she is close to donning a golden mask, used by the dead people of Theros as a way to return to the mortal realm.

She loses her identity and therefore is just a hollow shell reminiscent of a vanilla creature. She may be upgraded to a french vanilla by stapling any white evergreen keyword ability on her.

She can be returned to her true self when she encounters legendary beings who can help her (only on your side); during a Theros revisit some of these will be people she have met in the past.

An alternative trigger could be whenever creatures you control dies, to reference her desire to protect her people.

The reasoning behind the hybrid is that it would be easier to summon her from the Returned (living dead on Theros) if you utilize black mana from Erebos, but it can be achieved through sheer power from white.

Her front side being a creature, means her planeswalker side cannot be too crazy either, because of Commander. However, I think this hits a decent balance between good in constructed and decent but not main Commander-worth in Commander formats.


There are arguments to be said about her not adhering to the rules of Theros and therefore don't have to don a golden mask to return, the next suggestion will reflect such a design.

Another theory could be that Ajani and/or Daxos (somehow regaining his memories) will venture to the Underworld to rescue her.


As for the abilities on her planeswalker side, she is always fond of making friends and armies.

Initially her second ability was +1; look top 7 of library for an equipment or aura, but it was too wordy.

Her ultimate is designed to be her blow against Heliod, who cast her out after he started perceiving her as a threat and eventually killed her.

The story aspect might fit better on an actual sorcery that exiles an enchantment with reference to Elspeth's nature of fighting against those who misuse their position or power - something Heliod is definitely guilty of. I would be surprised if there is not going to be some sort of comeuppance for Heliod, done by Elspeth's hand in that set.

To avoid the ability being just a very bad Revoke Existence it can also return creatures, such as Daxos. She has done it before with Aran, her squire, on Bant, but we have never seen that ability on a card.

And then for a straight Planeswalker card not dealing with the story of how she returns.

Elspeth, Renewed Hope

Legendary Planeswalker - Elspeth

+1: Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal a creature, equipment or aura from among them and put it into your hand, then put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order. If you don't reveal a card create a 1/1 white soldier creature token.

-2: Return a permanent card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.

-7: You get an emblem with ": Target creature gets +3/+3 and gains flying until end of turn."



The first ability is basically Elspeth venturing about, trying to find help to her course to overthrow a selfish god. If she doesn't find it in your library she recruits some random soldiers.

The second ability is reminiscent of her knowledge of the Underworld and however she got out. Like previously said, she has before restored Aran, her squire, to life after his death on Bant. It would not be too far of a stretch to think she could restore enchantments or lands as well.

The ultimate is Elspeth, Knight-Errant 's second ability on an Emblem. It's weak in the sense that you need to invest into it for the benefit, it is strong because it's an everpresent mana sink and combat boost with evasion tacked on it and it doesn't take too much time to achieve.

You could spice her up a little bit more like;

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So, what would you expect or like to see from Elspeth in the Theros: Beyond Death set? Or would you rather she stays dead?

Coward_Token on Marisi, C-C-C-C-Coil Breaker

1 month ago

Think I'm going to have to pass on Earnest Fellowship . I might be getting sidetracked by the commander damage subtheme, but I dislike the conflict with colored buff sources like Goblin Motivator & Elspeth, Knight-Errant . However, I can easily see a purer token deck where those cards have been replaced.

Coward_Token on Cats off the Lawn!

1 month ago

Re:evasion voltron subtheme: How do you feel about Elspeth, Knight-Errant ? Can bump up Marisi past 7 or make extra tokens as needed.

(I strongly considered it myself but ended up being won over by Elspeth, Sun's Champion 's backup board wipe.)

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Elspeth, Knight-Errant occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

White: 0.39%