The Circle of Loyalty
This spell costs less to cast for each Knight you control.
Creatures you control get +1/+1.
Whenever you cast a legendary spell, create a 2/2 white Knight creature token with vigilance.
, : Create a 2/2 white Knight creature token with vigilance.
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
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The Circle of Loyalty Discussion
2 months ago
smack80 Thank you!
First off, you're absolutely right about The Circle of Loyalty . I keep trying to convince myself that it is worth having in there. So that's one cut to fit in something you're suggesting.
As for getting Haakon into the yard, between the discard support, self mill, and Buried Alive and Entomb , I rarely have trouble getting him there. However, I didn't know Call the Bloodline existed, and will definitely find one to put in here. So there's my swap - Call in, Circle out.
As for the rest of your suggestions, the biggest problem is figuring out what to cut. There's definitely some lackluster Knights on the list, but they all share one important quality: low CMC. My biggest problem is mana curve. If I don't get a good mix from the beginning, it turns into a midrange deck without an adequate amount of disruption. In other words, not so good. As a result, it would seem like a no-brainer to replace Embereth Shieldbreaker with Mirror Entity , for example, but that one more mana in the cost might exasperate the problem. As it already is, pretty much all of the Knights that make the deck sing are 3 CMC. I have found that I rely heavily on the little guys in the early game, and don't really want to lose them.
Likewise, I don't know how to fit the tribal spells in here. I've been trying to figure that out for a long time, and can't decide which category to choose from to make room for them. There's a pretty solid balance of:
And the little space left over after all of that is taken up by a handful of ramp, and a little bit of artifact recursion. So what do I cut?
4 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.
5 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.
5 months ago
Thanks for the comment and suggestion. We will definitely keep The Circle of Loyalty in mind for potential replacement.
5 months ago
An activated ability I much enjoy abusing is Phyrexian Portal . It essentially draws a card.
Circle of Loyalty in particular seems rather slow and inutile for a non-Knight strategy.
1 year ago
1 year ago
I built a Mardu Knight deck on MTG Arena and I found that when using lots of cheap Knights (plus the tokens from Worthy Knight) that spells with Convoke abilities end up extremely powerful (and QUITE often; Mana-Free to cast in a deck with lots of low-mana creatures).
Conclave Tribunal and Venerated Loxodon are amazing for this. It's quite easy to pop a Worthy Knight out Turn 2, drop two 1-mana (or a 1 mana and a 2 mana) on Turn 3, and then play Loxodon for free, tapping them all, adding counters to all, and still leaving you with a 4/4 untapped elephant for blocking defense.
I also agree with the above comment that at least a couple The Circle of Loyalty can be really helpful.
You can give my Mardu Speed Knights (MTG Arena Build) deck a look if you want some more inspiration. Nice job either way though!
1 year ago
no The Circle of Loyalty? Even with no legendary spells, it has the potential to be cast for 2 mana to boost your knights while providing knight gen if you have no hand. One Shadowspear is always good too, incase you have to deal with any pesky hexproof or indestructible creatures, while also providing lifelink and trample.