Kinsbaile Cavalier

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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
Vintage Legal

Kinsbaile Cavalier

Creature — Kithkin Knight

Knight creatures you control have double strike.

lhetrick13 on Immortal Knights

5 months ago

Yogei - I apologize for the short message earlier. I was at work :)

My pleasure on the feed back. If it is not to self-serving, I would love to have your thoughts on any of my three knight themed decks (For Honor and Glory!!!, Beyond the Grave (Abzan), Beyond the Grave (Mardu)). I would appreciate another knight enthusiast insights!

Sigiled Sword of Valeron is an expensive card for vigilance, especially given you are running Brave the Sands for a fraction of the cost to play/equip Sigiled Sword. Hopefully History of Benalia meets expectations. I love that card but actually just removed it in For Honor and Glory!!! for Guardian of Faith based on some input from Lankhmar. Have not done enough playtesting to comment on that yet though.

I really like the play of Knight of Malice and Knight of Grace for your deck. Provide some evasion from popular removal colors, first-strike, and they pump each other a little. Very nice! I think you would not be disappointed with running either Knight of the White Orchid or Acclaimed Contender. Orchid's ability is so good that I try to get him into anything knight related as I love that ramp. Contender is also nice as it pretty much gives you a knight card back into your hand. I have found with knights I often struggle keeping enough cards in my hand so Acclaimed Contender helps with that a bit. I also think you will like Kinsbaile Cavalier over Kwende, Pride of Femeref. Kwende swings wider as he does not discriminate by creature type but since you are running tribal knights, can not beat Kinsbaile.

I also feel you on the protection from a color. It is so satisfying when it works out but so annoying when it is useless...Makes a good sideboard option though :)

Anyways, I like the deck and appreciate the thought and effort that went into it. Happy brewing and good luck!

lhetrick13 on Immortal Knights

5 months ago

Another option for double-strike instead of Kwende, Pride of Femeref is Kinsbaile Cavalier. Kinsbaile Cavalier hits all knights for the same cost as Kwende, Pride of Femeref.

Metroid_Hybrid on Affinity for Knights..

7 months ago

Thank you for the upvotes & comments. I actually haven't updated this list in years..

lhetrick13: The reason for running Kwende, Pride of Femeref over Kinsbaile Cavalier is because there is also a minor Human sub-theme here as well (note the Equipments). As far as The Circle of Loyalty, I simply don't like the conditionality of the card, and it doesn't do enough on it's own to justify the cost..

lhetrick13 on Affinity for Knights..

7 months ago

Metroid_Hybrid - As a fellow tribal knight lover, I can say I really like the deck. I am waiting to get my hands on Puresteel Paladin so I can make a equipment knight deck as well and you definitely provided some ideas.

The only thing that stuck out to me as odd is why run Kwende, Pride of Femeref in a tribal knight deck that does not include The Circle of Loyalty over Kinsbaile Cavalier? Kwende gives double strike to any creature you control that has first strike for 4 CMC. Kinsbaile gives any knight double strike for 4 CMC. Since you are running all knights and not of whom have first strike, seems like Kinsbaile would be the better choice.

Happy Brewing!

lhetrick13 on For Honor and Glory!!!

8 months ago

wallisface - You have a point about Silverblade Paladin. He replaced Kinsbaile Cavalier based on your suggestion that Kinsbaile Cavalier was lackluster for a 4 CMC. I will play with taking him out and replacing him and although I do like Mirran Crusader for his excellent states and double protection, I have lost most all my ability to gain life with this deck so was thinking maybe swapping Silverblade Paladin for Fiendslayer Paladin to get some lifelink back into the deck. Taking out Knights' Charge, Smitten Swordmaster, and Knight of Meadowgrain make every life point count!

Good point about the lands. I updated them with a recent change when I added back in the Wilt-Leaf elves and Knight of the Reliquary but did not look at them again after their removal. I will take a look at the lands again based on your suggestions and see if I can get something to better suit my current needs.

Thanks again!

wallisface on For Honor and Glory!!!

9 months ago

Some thoughts:

  • your land count feels pretty liw considering your quantity of 3-and-4 drop cards. I would have thought you’d need 23 as a minimum, and probably 24 to function well.

  • Blackmail feels really out of place here. You’re unlikely to be able to use it to snatch the opponents best cards, and you generally have no reason to be mainboarding discard effects here.

  • Heliod's Intervention is a sideboard card, at best (its barely even worth having there, tbh). It has no place mainboard.

  • You’re running 3 colours, so i’d suggest Prismatic Ending over Path to Exile. In any case, whichever one you choose, you should be running a playset of the card.

  • Kinsbaile Cavalier feels pretty “meh” for 4 mana. I’d say ditch it, and run the full playset of Collected Company.

lhetrick13 on Neverending Knights: Haakon Knight Tribal

9 months ago


First off, I love the deck as I am trying to make something very similar so it was interesting to see another person's thoughts on the same concept. My only criticism would be seems odd to only have a single Knight of Autumn with the only lands that can cast it being Cavern of Souls. Maybe drop that or play with the lands to add in a bit more of a green splash and a few more Knight of Autumns to make it worth it.

In terms of suggestions, you are running four Aether Vials so I would recommend dropping Silverblade Paladin for Kinsbaile Cavalier. For one extra mana ALL knights you control would have doublestrike compared to only two.

Otherwise, really like the look of the deck. I might actually learn from you and add Damn and Discerning Taste into my version.

TheVectornaut on Knight Deck

1 year ago

If you can afford it, I highly recommend Knight Exemplar for almost any knight deck. It makes even the smallest squires obnoxiously difficult to deal with, especially if you can get two copies in play. When I ran it in mono-white knights way back when, I found that I'd sometimes get into big board stalls, but Curry Favor on Smitten Swordmaster is a great way to win from such a position. You could also just try to go even wider with more Worthy Knight , History of Benalia , Call the Bloodline , Hero of Bladehold , Gideon, Ally of Zendikar , Sigiled Sword of Valeron , The Circle of Loyalty , or some combination thereof. With enough knights in the deck, I'd want the full 4 of Tournament Grounds and possibly some Unclaimed Territory / Cavern of Souls if your pockets are deep. If I was cutting something, I think I'd start with the Basri planeswalker deck package. With the possible exception of the Lieutenant, those cards are just not that efficient.

As an aside, I love the cheeky combo with Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale and Colossus Hammer . It's probably too narrow to be effective right now, but I can totally see a world where that dream becomes a reality. Big dumb equipment like Helm of the Host , Moonsilver Spear , and Godsend supported by knights with equip synergy like Danitha Capashen, Paragon , Puresteel Paladin , Armored Skyhunter , Balan, Wandering Knight , and maybe even a Kinsbaile Cavalier for maximum overkill.

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