The Hero always arrives last. Knights.

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I must say I havn't seen a mtg set I was this excited about since Shards of Alara. So many cool angels and knights.

Anyone ever notice that in the last few blocks, the first and second sets have hardly any knights. But as soon as things get desperate (or in Avacyn Restored's case, good begins to overrun things) Knights finally make their showing? Rider of Gavony is definitely going in my knight deck and there's a few other who have a chance at making the deck aswell. Love that card though.

It's also cool to see some non-white mono-color knights. Two red ones and a blue one is a pretty good showing. Seems like White and black have the most, followed by red and blue with green last with not a single monocolored knight.

I very much like the way it all falls into place. Knights thematically are undeniably a white character. Honor, chivalry and a martial but protective nature all fit well into white.

And of course the failures who could not uphold the high ideals of knighthood or serve evil masters/ideals are not uncommon and fit very well in black.

Red is also very fitting as a third place color I think. Knights were extremely aggressive in war. Their primary method was a charge straight into an enemy army. Historically many knights could also be reckless, and there's some historical accounts of knights being overcome with thoughts of glory and breaking formation to charge the enemy alone. Or making unwise tactical errors due to emotional reasons such as a percieved sleight or pride.

Blue is a good fourth color. Although not largely known for any great achedemic accomplishments, Knights have been known to enjoy bookish persuits. Writing poetry or historical accounts of battles. As noblemen they might often perform the role of strategist in warfare or even used as outriders and forward scouts. Seems like the blueish elements in war, though not exclusively as scouts and tacticians are perfectly fine in mono white.

Lastly green is kind of strange when it comes to knighthood. It has the second most multicolored knights but zero monocolored ones. I suppose it makes sense. Green has a few elements that benefit knighthood. An affinity for animals, physical strength, but none of the idealology. When combined with white, it makes for a very potent knightly mix. But without white influence it would seem to have no motivation for knighthood's style. (plus it's hard to make a unified heavy cavalry charge in the forest. having half a plain helps)

But yeah, very excited about Avacyn restored. 
You do realize that IRL knights were total tools, right?
You do realize that IRL knights were total tools, right?



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You do realize that IRL knights were total tools, right?



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No they pretty much were.
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You do realize that IRL knights were total tools, right?



^clueless



No they pretty much were.



Thirded.

They were profesional soldiers that existed initially because you had to keep them around to keep others of them out, and by the 14th century they'd turned warfare into a game of "kill the peasants so the other guy starves". 
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You do realize that IRL knights were total tools, right?



^clueless



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I must be candid, when I saw Cathars' Crusade the first thing that came to my mind was KnightOfSerra.

Good to see that we got some white cards this set that perfectly fit your ideal vision of white.
I must be candid, when I saw Cathars' Crusade the first thing that came to my mind was KnightOfSerra.

Good to see that we got some white cards this set that perfectly fit your ideal vision of white.



Yeah definitely another high time in magic for me. Just the thing to get my attention away from the A Game of Thrones LCG. My faith in mtg was pretty low after the return to mirrodin, but thishas largely revived it. And Ravnica is just around the corner!

 


They were profesional soldiers that existed initially because you had to keep them around to keep others of them out, and by the 14th century they'd turned warfare into a game of "kill the peasants so the other guy starves". 



Knights were far more than professional soldiers. Have you really read into any of this or are you just going by the stuff you read in A Game of Thrones? Because that series, although great, and well-written is purely fictional.

It's true in earlier years the before chivalry, knights often did simply just raid compedator's towns. That eas the early years. Not the later years. Knightood evolved. With the advent of chivalry and honor, knights became more than simple soldiers. Now for the sake of completness, this doesn't apply to all knights. Poorer landless knights might need to hire themselves out as little more than professional soldiers. Some knights didn't act chivalrously. Many did. They were a warrior elite, tempered by moral codes.
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