Knight Exemplar

Knight Exemplar

Creature — Human Knight

First strike (This creature deals combat damage before creatures without first strike.)

Other Knight creatures you control get +1/+1 and have indestructible. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy them.)

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Knight Exemplar Discussion

TheVectornaut on Mono White Human Knight

2 months ago

4 Thalia's Lancers just to find 1 Odric, Master Tactician feels excessive. Maybe adding some other legendary targets could make Lancers a more versatile tutor. The Circle of Loyalty immediately comes to mind, but I could see Kwende, Pride of Femeref or Gideon, Ally of Zendikar working too. I'd also want at least 1 knight to play on turn 2. That would let you curve into Knight Exemplar or Silverblade Paladin better. Knight of the White Orchid and Knight of Meadowgrain would be more classic suggestions, and Worthy Knight is a newer option great for going wide with anthems. A final card I'd name would be History of Benalia as a haymaker that's particularly good in aggressive 1v1 scenarios.

TheVectornaut on Hot Women Card Collection

2 months ago

I actually made an entire deck around this concept that works surprisingly well. Steve Argyle is a particularly great resource for this topic. In addition to Liliana of the Veil and Chosen of Markov  Flip, he's also done Deadly Allure , Guul Draz Vampire , Naya Battlemage , and Night Revelers . Other notable artists are Jason Chan ( Deathpact Angel , Fires of Undeath , Kiora, Master of the Depths , Mayael the Anima , Maul Splicer , Treasured Find ) and Volkan Baga ( Elspeth, Knight-Errant , Korozda Gorgon , Stoic Angel , Student of Warfare ). I ended up going with vampires + knights and some other cards I included are Hero of Bladehold , Knight Exemplar , Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts , Elenda, the Dusk Rose , and possibly the most ridiculous piece of Magic art ever created: Soul Collector . Some cards that came close to making the cut are Angel of Despair , Bloodflow Connoisseur , Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief , Knight of Dusk , Magister of Worth , Avacyn, Angel of Hope , Vampire Hexmage , and Veteran Cavalier .

Other cards that I like (sorted by type) include Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch , Lyzolda, the Blood Witch , Kemba, Kha Regent , Sunspear Shikari , Elvish Champion , Gaea's Herald , Quirion Dryad , Nimbus Naiad , Dreamborn Muse , Mistral Singer , Shipwreck Singer , Siren of the Fanged Coast , Akroma, Angel of Wrath , Archangel of Strife , Basandra, Battle Seraph , Razia, Boros Archangel , and Ire Shaman . Looking at this list now, it's clear I've spent far too much time researching this subject.

TheVectornaut on Knight Deck

3 months 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.

Tzefick on Kimni, Life's Reflection

6 months ago

There's a slight problem in the templating that allows for infinite combos by itself and an outlet. If you have the token copy Kimni her-/himself, there's another ETB of creating a token put onto the stack. State based actions tells you to scrap one of the legendary creatures, so you scrap the token. The ETB of creating a token is then resolved on the stack, rinse repeat. Put any kind of death-trigger synergy card in there and you have an infinite combo outlet.

Can be corrected by having the token only copy non-legendary creatures or if the ETB have you choose another creature (than Kimni), then create a token that's a copy of that creature.

Another slightly different solution is to change it from an ETB to an on-Cast trigger. Like the Eldrazi.

The ETB-variant also enables any kind of ETB-flicker to go infinite. Like Felidar Guardian. Perhaps it is best to have it an on-cast trigger after all.


Why is Kimni a shapeshifter if she/he doesn't do any actual shapeshifting her-/himself?

Wouldn't she/he rather be an elemental, an avatar or god that creates these tokens that are copies of other creatures?


As for power level: 5 CMC for a 2/4 is rather harsh, but the weight is attributed to the token and the Populate ability.

I would say that the Populate is slightly over costed considering we have Vitu-Ghazi Guildmage who does it at 4 and only 2 color pips. And there's Trostani, Selesnya's Voice who does it at 3 but by tapping.

However those are best when combined with something else that creates a strong token to populate. Kimni possibly provides that strong token and can populate it by themselves.

I would still say the Populate should be reduced to 5 mana and it still feels lackluster.

If you aren't sinking 6 mana into Populate, what does this Commander do? Most likely nothing. Sitting on guard duty should any smaller creeps seek to bash you in the face. Seeing as the only thing the Commander can do is utilize its Populate ability, I would say it should be more feasible to use it.

I would love to tie in a Convoke reduction in it. So if you use it to copy good-stuff creatures, you generally don't want to tap those creatures, and you have to pay up. If you utilize it on smaller self-synergistic creatures (like tribals) they can help you go wide with small creatures.

As is the way with cost reduction mechanics, the starting price goes up. So say 7 CMC for the Populate and a Convoke mechanic could be a choice as well. Additionally combining two of the Selesnya mechanics on one card.


To broaden this Commander, it could be considered to have the main body be a Changeling (every creature type) and have the tokens they create be Shapeshifters with Changeling in addition to the copied creature. (It could be considered to have the token be non-legendary.)

This opens up tribal benefits by having the Commander be within the relevant tribe, and the token copy can be used to copy strong synergy creatures, like a Lord-esque creatures or just strong creatures from that tribe.

Having Populate instead of merely making another ETB copy token, makes it harder to capitalize on the copy effect and makes it less flexible (for instance you cannot make redundant copies of multiple strong utility creatures without another way to generate those tokens in the first place), but it does keep the power level more in check.

Of course you can run token copiers or just flicker Kimni to more easily get those copies from the ETB.

You could also run multi-tribal goodstuff, so you select a variety of good tribal lords, and your shapeshifter army gets all benefits. Like include Lord of the Unreal, Lord of Atlantis, Joraga Warcaller, Knight Exemplar. Add some utility creatures like Voidmage Prodigy.



I see an interesting idea that could be utilized in a multitude of deck shells as long as it is kept in check.

Gans on Boros Knights of Rowan

6 months ago

Hi! I'm glad that my comment helped u :) I think that u can cut Rimrock Knight, 1 land (since u have Knight of the White Orchid) and maybe 1 or 2 copies of Maul of the Skyclaves.

Another card that u may like is Valiant Knight, another lord for Knights, not as good as Knight Exemplar but a lot cheaper. Also, be careful with Benalish Marshal, since it specifically requires 3 White, it would not be rare that u can't drop him on turn 3 because u had, for example, 2 White and 1 Red (personal experience haha). U can fix that by adding dual lands that doesn't enter tapped to the battlefield, like Sacred Foundry or Clifftop Retreat, the second one being more accesible due to its cost.

Have a great day!

Gans on Boros Knights of Rowan

6 months ago

Hi :) I also bought Rowan's deck and I'm currently building a Modern Boros Knights deck. Here are some suggestion based on what I've learned. I like Fervent Champion, Venerable Knight, Inspiring Veteran and Acclaimed Contender, they´re very good cards that i also run! Another 1 drop that u might like is Student of Warfare. On the other hand, i noticed that u are not running two really good cards for Knights in Modern: Knight Exemplar and History of Benalia. The first one, although quite expensive, is the best lord for knights. History of Benalia gives u board presence with Knight Tokens and then buff all of ur knights. I suggest running 4 copies of each, replacing Benalish Marshal, Bonecrusher Giant and Rimrock Knight. Some cards that u can check are Gideon, Ally of Zendikar (Knight Token generator), Path of Exile (removal), Knight of the White Orchid (mana fixing), Dauntless Bodyguard (creature protection), Sigiled Sword of Valeron and Embercleave (both good equipments, but I personally prefer Embercleave). Finally, in ur Maybeboard u have 5 copies of Basri's Solidarity, remember that u can only run a maximum of 4 copies of a card. Hope this helps u :)

MagicMarc on United Assault A Little Upgraded

7 months ago

I agree that Knight Exemplar would be a great inclusion. If you were going to go that route I would rethink any of the other non-knights in the deck and flip them where possible depending on what they each provide to the deck.

Apollo_Paladin on Mardu Knight Tribal

8 months ago

Hey I decided to peek around at a couple other of your decks just to see what you had going on.

I've got a devastating Mardu Knight build myself (on MTG Arena online, not a physical deck) but it easily took me all the way up to Mythic ranking (top rank) back when it was Standard Legal. I haven't played it a ton since then, but a couple of things

1) Worthy Knight is extremely powerful when combined with an array of 1 and 2-mana Knights 2) If you go the route I did with Worthy Knight above, you might consider Convoke mechanics to really play off the quick & cheap creature generation. Conclave Tribunal ends up being a free-to-cast spell at least 75% of the time in my deck; and then in my build I also use Venerated Loxodon who similarly is often a zero-mana spell even on Turn 3, and he's a reliable way to beef up all your creatures across the board while still leaving yourself a strong blocker (the Loxodon himself).

It looks like you've got a lot of similar base cards apart from missing (in my opinion) Worthy Knight. Also, I'm not much a fan of Stormfist Crusader because as a general rule I don't like giving my opponent extra cards unless my deck has some mechanic for targeted discard as well. There's just too much risk in a card like that in my opinion; it opens up opponent to a lot more possibility for removal and other things that can throw a wrench in your plans.

Take a peek at my Mardu Knight build here if you want some further inspiration and a bit of a breakdown on what I think is the most efficient Knight build (though on MTGA I don't have access to cards like Knight Exemplar so I suppose that's something to consider as well).

Here it is in case you want to have a peek, sir: Mardu Speed Knights (MTG Arena Build)

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