Knight of the White Orchid

Creature — Human Knight

First strike

When this enters the battlefield, if an opponent controls more lands than you, you may search your library for a Plains card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

lhetrick13 on Angels by my side

1 month ago

Just taking a quick look at the deck a few things jump out to me. With that said, it is not like I am an expert player so take my suggestions with a grain of salt.

First is I feel like unless there is a specific reason you are running more than 60 cards in a deck, it is a trap to do so. All that does it make it so you have less chances of drawing the cards you want to draw. Having 4 copies of a card in a 60 card deck give you a 1-in-15 chance of drawing one of them while a 70 card deck drops that down by an additional 15%. I noticed you are running a lot of single copies of cards and in a 70 card deck you will never see those. I know it is a challenge to do so but I would highly recommend you bite the bullet and shave this down to 60 cards.

Second thing I noticed is a lot of people have commented on your VERY high mana curve and recommended more lands to compensate. Your response is usually that you have cards to help with the mana situation in the deck. I quick look and I counted 7 cards like Land Tax, Knight of the White Orchid, Endless Horizons, Weathered Wayfarer, Extraplanar Lens. There were also like two cards to help drop the cost of your angels down but even with these cards, I would expect the deck really struggles to consistently get set up even in free for all games when you have extra time. I would recommend dropping some of these mana assist cards in exchange for actual lands as if you are running such a high mana curve you really need that 24-25 mana in a 60 card deck, let alone a 70 card deck.

Lastly, just browsing the angels you have in the deck, it looks like you grabbed a lot of your favorite angels. Again, this is going to be a challenge but I would highly recommend you remove some of these angels from the deck to cut things down. For example, you are running Sunblast Angel and Wrath of God which are very similar. It would be easy to cut out Sunblast Angel and just run Wrath of God.

Those are my initial thoughts. Hope they were helpful!

lhetrick13 on Feline Feelings

2 months ago

wallisface - I do not know if there is a way to upvote you but you recently gave comments on another of my decks (For Honor and Glory!!!) so thank you again for your thoughts! It really is helpful!

Your first point is definitely spot on that when the deck loses, it is mostly due to slow, cumbersome hands. I will take a look at the mana curve and see if I can get some lower cost cards in there. In regard to ramp, I do not have a nice ramping cat like Knight of the White Orchid like I did with For Honor and Glory!!!, so I am guessing I will have to add in some sorcery cards for that if I want to add in some ramping. Any in particular you find more useful that others?

My land count used to be 24 for this deck in earlier versions but I actually removed some based on what some mana calculators I found said was recommended based on the total mana count and each CMC of the cards in the deck. I will say shaving it down to 21 lands helps get in some extra stuff but it does feel like it is hard to get out the 4+ cmc at times...I will look into getting at least 23 lands back in.

Again, you are not wrong. The only stuff I have to mess with an opponent are Feline Sovereign's ability to remove artifacts/enchantments if I can do damage to a player mixed with Path to Exile and Reciprocate for removal and sometimes I can drop a timely Mana Tithe and ruin a turn for my opponent. Heroic Intervention is in place to help deal with disrupting removal/damage but that is all I currently got. Since this deck was mainly focused on creatures, I did not really think of trying to throw the opponent off. Any recommendations for ideas?

Thanks again for your thoughts!

lhetrick13 on For Honor and Glory!!!

2 months ago

wallisface - It has changed a lot over the last week or two! I can claim a tiny bit of the credit but mostly it is all due to others who have commented. As I mentioned, it has been really interesting to get other's perspectives on this so thanks for sharing!

I understand your feelings about Selesnya Charm. I needed something to take the place of Prismatic Ending so I added that mostly as a filler until I could find/think of something better. I liked how Prismatic Ending exiled any non-land permanent allowing artifact, enchantment, plainswalker, or creature removal but without the three colors, it lost all utility here. At least Selesnya Charm can rid the board of powerful creatures or provide me other options if not needed but I am not attached to it. Any suggestions (different removal cards, defensive spell cards, offensve spell cards, add more creatures instead, add more lands instead, etc)?

In regard to your second point, you are not wrong that I have games where I struggle with mana. Usually since I just need four or so to make the deck function, I do fine but sometimes I sit there and Knight of the White Orchid saves me! Assuming I keep 3xSelesnya Charm or something similar, how would you feel about adding in a few copies of Steward of Valeron. That would give me the ability to get that extra mana while still keeping at least the same number of creatures.

cac1212 on Teysa Karlov

2 months ago

Ok I messed up and can't edit my comment so I'll continue from where I left off:

...Of course all commander decks need some good card draw, and black gives us plenty of options. We have plenty of access to cards like Night's Whisper which is always good, but since we want to kill our creatures we generally prefer to opt for things like Village Rites or repeatable triggers (which Teysa doubles for extra value) like Midnight Reaper or Dark Prophecy. These will help us get to the pieces we need to win. If you start off a combo such as Reveillark + Karmic Guide (a well-known combo that many player will try to stop very quickly. Consider removing this if your opponents tell you that your degenerate deck is only played by beta cucks) with repeatable card draw on board, you'll run into what you need to win eventually.

I personally like to (or maybe need to) run LOTS of removal to make sure our opponents don't trample all over us before we can set up our finishing turns. Targeted removal is my drink of choice, but good board clears like Merciless Eviction (which unfortunately doesn't let our creatures die if we cant sac them all first) and Austere Command can be easily subbed in if you find yourself going against lots of wide boards.

We love our recursion in this deck. All of our petty fodder and nasty big-hitters like Kokusho, the Evening Star (a card that can be subbed out for a tutor for a more combo/high power deck. I decided to leave him to help cope with the loss of Yosei, the Morning Star . I just think they're neat!) and Vindictive Lich are practically begging to be brought back to life to once again experience the sweet touch of death. Killing our creatures once is good, killing them twice is better. Also, if one of your three essential components gets hit by removal early, your opponents with audibly moan when they come back later. Thus, take out some recursion if you become the one at the table who inspires fear and loating.

Combos

Our main combo that will win us the game every time it's out (even without Teysa) is Reveillark combined with Karmic Guide. If Reveillark is in your graveyard, put in karmic guide and bring it back, sac karmic guide, then sac reveilllark to bring back karmic guide, rinse and repeat. Of course, we need a sac outlet to kill our combo pieces and our Blood Artist-type cards or card draw death-triggers to get one out to make the most of this. Best of all, we have a tutor card, Final Parting, which tutors out BOTH of our combo pieces! Simply put reveillark in the grave and bring in karmic guide on the next turn, or the same turn if you have 10+ mana from all of our juicy ramp. As I said above, infinite combos are mean and unfun to play against, so be careful. This one at least needs 4 cards, none of which are our commander, to win the game so it's not nearly as bad as others, but if you need to take it out, don't worry! Teysa will still eek out massive value from all of our other cards and get you plenty of wins without tilting your playgroup. Other infinite combos not included in this deck include Nim Deathmantle + a token generator such as Ministrant of Obligation + Ashnod's Altar or alternatively Reassembling Skeleton + Phyrexian Altar + token death-trigger like Blight Mound. There are many variations of these which I won't go into depth here.

Early Game Strategy

In your opening hand, you ideally want to have a ramp spell or two (preferably a creature to be used as fodder later like Loyal Warhound), one or maybe two removal spells, some fodder, some card draw, and lands. We don't want too many basic plains in our hand or we'll stifle our creature ramp cards like Boreas Charger (keep in mind Knight of the White Orchid can tutor our double land Godless Shrine). We won't worry about board clears or heavy hitters until later. Hangarback Walker may not seem like a good opening card at first, but he can quickly become a big threat in the midgame if played on turn 2 (or turn one with sol ring) and used as a mana sink with his tap ability which adds a counter to him for one mana on future turns. Recursion we don't want at all until we start killing our creatures. Tutors can be good, but the tutors I have included in this deck (with the exception of Ranger of Eos who is great in our first hand) are more useful in the mid/late game since they either put things in our graveyard (Unmarked Grave) which requires we have recursion, give our opponents a tutor as well (Scheming Symmetry or Wishclaw Talisman), or scale off of how many lands we have (Beseech the Queen). We won't be needing a sac outlet until later and we can be reasonably sure well run into one eventually if we have card draw; if not we can always use our small sacs like Phyrexian Tower to suffice in the mean time. Our protection spells can come in handy, but only keep these if we have our other good early game cards in hand.

Mid Game

In the mid game phases (~turns 4-6), don't get too hasty and play Teysa early if you have something else that is part of our 3 essential components (fodder, sac outlet, blood artist-type) which you don't already have on the board. It's often advantageous to instead opt for more card draw or removal on these turns to prolong our window of opportunity to pop off our game winning turns instead of playing Teysa before she is needed. Even though she does double the value of nearly everything we do, we dont necessarily need her on board to win, and we really only need her on the turn or two before our winning turn.

Late Game

All that's left to do once we have our three basic components is to start getting out as many token makers as we can to start reaping what we have sewn. Ideally we want repeatable card draw and recursion to draw into more and more creatures that we can sac on every turn. Even without our infinite combo we can do massive damage just with our tokens and by bringing back our creatures. Graveyard hate from our opponents can really hurt us, but with any luck we can out-pace our opponents with our ramp/card draw.

Miscellaneous Mechanics

If you're about to have something exiled, sac it! Let no fodder go to waste. You can also sac a creature as it is about to take combat damage after blockers are assigned without having any damage go through to you.

Brought Back can be used on our fetch land Marsh Flats for extra ramp. Consider adding more fetch lands to up the power level a bit.

Closing Notes

Have fun with Teysa! Add your own spin to things and let me know what card you love/hate. This deck is still in developement and will be changing bit by bit in the future. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to get to them. This is my first deck that I've posted on any platform and I'm excited to see what y'all think!

plakjekaas on Weakest Mono Color

2 months ago

Sram, Senior Edificer, Puresteel Paladin, Mesa Enchantress, Mentor of the Meek, Welcoming Vampire, Land Tax, Endless Horizons, all the equipment tutors for Sword of Fire and Ice or Mask of Memory, if your only draw in white is cantrips, you're playing white wrong too.

White also has a lot of catch-up ramp like Knight of the White Orchid and Archaeomancer's Map and such, which white is uniquely equipped to profit from with stuff like Karoo, Path to Exile, Winds of Abandon and many more. On top of that, fetchlands + Sun Titan are a powerful engine to not fall behind in spendable mana.

And of course there's tons of Colorless stuff to help you out, but that would help other colors as well, so no real need to mention them.

You'll have to work a bit harder for white than for other colors, but the past 3 years have equipped white well enough to close out the gaps that started the 'white is bad'-meme. You'll lean more on synergy than power, which is why it falls behind competitively, yet the most powerful preemptive answers are in white, which is why many competitive decks will include it, but not be mono colored. Drannith Magistrate, Rest in Peace, Rule of Law, Aven Mindcensor and Stony Silence on the board together will prevent almost every deck from winning.

Tl;dr: white is the worst mono color, but not weak by any stretch. For the best results, combine it with other colors.

Rygalla on Angels Everywhere but There

3 months ago

This is pretty interesting deck, not going to lie. Though there are a few things about it that you could improve the deck with...

First of all is ramp, Mono-white absolutely sucks with ramp I know, especially with getting an 8 drop like Avacyn out, of course stuff like Land Tax and Archaeomancer's Map are good options, they may be a bit on the pricy side. Fortunately stuff like Burnished Hart, Solemn Simulacrum, and Monologue Tax exist and are relatively light on the budget, Knight of the White Orchid and Keeper of the Accord are also good options for mono-white to help get her out sooner. Also, since artifacts are the main source of ramp for mono-white, why not slip in Thran Dynamo, Gilded Lotus, or Semblance Anvil?

Secondly, there is a lot of removal in this deck, namely single target removal. Avacyn loves boardwipes and similar effects over single target removal as she can protect her allies from them. Worldslayer and Nevinyrral's Disk are great non-sorcery forms of boardwipe that work wonders for Avacyn and Fated Retribution can be quite the surprise. Speaking of, Vanquish the Horde and Hour of Revelation are very strong boardwipes in commander considering the chance you can cast them for cheap is very often. Also, since Avacyn will be a big target to everyone, consider adding in Swiftfoot Boots for redundancy with Lightning Greaves.

Next, the angels. For the most part, these are some pretty good choices, but there are a few issues I can see. Restoration Angel and Angel of Glory's Rise are the biggest whiffs in the deck. As of current, the only human/non-angel creature in your deck they could target/effect (excluding tokens) is Starnheim Aspirant, not bad, but both of these prefer to be in non-angel tribal decks, namely flicker and human tribal decks respectively. Aside from them, look through your angels and note any beatsticks, or angels that only exist just to hit face, and consider removing them, three of them that come to mind are Serra Angel, Seraph of Dawn, and Baneslayer Angel. Consider changing them out for angels like Angel of the Dire Hour, Herald of War, Emeria Shepherd, Serra's Emissary, or Angel of Serenity as they provide utility in addition to being a beatstick. Also consider switching Akroma, Angel of Wrath out for Akroma, Vision of Ixidor for some added oomph for your angels.

Your lands are also pretty solid, but you aren't running anything that can take advantage of all of those snow lands. You have The Book of Exalted Deeds, why not slip in Faceless Haven that can, technically, become an angel and thus receive the book's effects? Speaking of, Search for Glory and Scrying Sheets are great cards with these snow lands as one can tutor out either a snow land or a legendary card while the other works well with Herald's Horn. Emeria, The Sky Ruin is basically free recursion in mono-white while War Room and Bonders' Enclave are nice card draw options in a color that lacks it.

eliakimras on Breena - Silverquill Statement Upgrade

3 months ago

Hey, me again! I really like Breena, the Demagogue's premise. I want to build her in the future, since I'm cultivating a combat metagame. But I have some ideas that can make your deck funnier and stronger:

I imagine you're trying to keep the idea of giving gifts to your opponents for them to killing each other, while reaping benefits to you.

One way is to force combat. You might want to put Martial Impetus and Parasitic Impetus back to deflect attacks and get draws off Breena. (Too bad goad is a blue-red thing - come on Wizards, give us on other colors). Otherwise, they buff Breena to hit harder.

Another thing you should consider is protection for your creatures:

How about protection to you?

About recursion:

About card draw:

About your ramp:

Sorry for not commenting on your whole deck. Since I have not played her myself, I could only suggest more general things. I hope the suggestions have inspired you somehow. As always, have fun with the Demagogue!

DevoMelvminster on Bounce and Ye Shall… Bounce?

3 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions IHATENAMES!

A couple i’m already running, and quite a few had their time in the deck and didn’t pull enough weight, or weren’t working towards a game ending combo. This deck is in fact combo based, i rarely, if ever swing for a win, and if i do it’s with infinite tokens so evasion and whatnot become meaningless.

Guardian of Faith is definitely going in, in this next revision. Teferi's Protection on a body?! Yes. Absolutely, yes. Shame it only hits creatures though… i usually want protection for my artifact/enchantment combo pieces.

Ambitious Farmhand  Flip is great. It’s cheap, and doesn’t have the “if an opponent controls more lands than you” clause, which i honestly hate. Hence why Knight of the White Orchid and Loyal Warhound were cut some time ago.

I am planning on adding another piece of recursion, but it’ll probably be Emeria Shepherd (list is a tad outdated and already has emeria in it, but it got cut at some point] since i’m also adding the whole suite of fetches to make Scroll Rack more useful.

For draw we got Search Party Captain, Spirited Companion AND Priest of Ancient Lore in the recent sets so we are looking goooood.

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