How to tweak this KNIGHT deck?

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Hi all,

Given Legacy format, are there any other cards that would benefit my deck, even if it's a marginally small benefit, which is either strictly better or more synergistic with my knight deck? This deck focuses on fast aggro and revolves around the Knight Exemplar, hence the Phyrexian Metamorph and Divine Reckoning which are excellent cards when I just have one Knight Exemplar from my hand and on the battlefield.

I can think of The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Karakas, and 4 Tundras to replace six basic lands, but I'm not sure how else to tweak this deck besides paying a small fortune to get those six lands. I have some other cards in mind, but they ended up as part of my side board (e.g. Lightmine Field and Aura of Silence).

As always, all thoughts are greatly appreciated!


Creature                                      Sorcery
Knight Exemplar  |  x4                   Wrath of God  |  x3
Phyrexian Metamorph  |  x4          Divine Reckoning  |  x4
Hero of Bladehold  |  x2                Swords to Plowshares  |  x3               
Kinsbaile Cavalier  |  x2                 
Mirran Crusader  |  x2
Knight of the White Orchid  |  x2             
Student of Warfare  |  x4                                  

Enchantment                              Instant
Honor of the Pure  |  x4                Disenchant  |  x2        
                                          
                                                      Land
                                                      Plains  |  x23
                                                      Flagstones of Trokair  |  x1         


My Exemplar makes Dead-Iron Sledge fun. Also Emeria, the Sky Ruin is a nice card for any mono white deck.
My Exemplar makes Dead-Iron Sledge fun. Also Emeria, the Sky Ruin is a nice card for any mono white deck.



My concern with Emeria, the Sky Ruin is that it comes into play tapped. I know I could get Amulet of Vigor if I play a lot of those "comes into play tapped" lands, but the opportunity cost is too much for this mono-white deck. Dead-Iron Sledge can be fun, but my hesitation with that artifact is in the case I only have one Knight Exemplar out in play. Another artifact that would be sweet is Blade of the Bloodchief, where I'd use Wrath of God after the blade is equipped to wipe the board and add that many counters to equipped creature, but again, it's contingent on having two Knight Exemplars out.

Come to think of it, Lightning Greaves would be a good idea to add, since it gives any of my creatures haste and shroud with 0 equip, so I can attack outright upon casting creatures. I'm not sure what I'd replace in my deck for it, though - maybe 2 Honor of the Pures for 2 Lightning Greaves, since Lightning Greaves allows for early aggro, while Honor of the Pure is most beneficial in my deck mid to late game. So, I see both as equals in this deck. If I had higher drop creatures, then I'd go for 4 Lightning Greaves. If I had lots of two and one drop creatures (e.g. White Knight kand Silver Knight, then I'd get 4 Honor of the Pures. But, I'm stuck with an average 3 drop creatures, so now I believe that I should get 2 Lightning Greaves. Do you all agree with this?
OK, I'm considering replacing all four of my Honor of the Pures with 2 Lightning Greaves and 2 Aether Vials. Good idea?

Creature                                      Sorcery
Knight Exemplar  |  x4                   Wrath of God  |  x3
Phyrexian Metamorph  |  x4          Divine Reckoning  |  x4
Hero of Bladehold  |  x2                Swords to Plowshares  |  x3               
Kinsbaile Cavalier  |  x2                 
Mirran Crusader  |  x2
Knight of the White Orchid  |  x2             
Student of Warfare  |  x4                                  

Enchantment                              Instant
Honor of the Pure  |  x4                Disenchant  |  x2         
                                          
                                                      Land
                                                      Plains  |  x23
                                                      Flagstones of Trokair  |  x1 
Also Emeria, the Sky Ruin is a nice card for any mono white deck.



My concern with Emeria, the Sky Ruin is that it comes into play tapped.

If I had lots of two and one drop creatures (e.g. White Knight kand Silver Knight, then I'd get 4 Honor of the Pures.



I think you really should reconsider putting at  least 2 emeria, the sky ruin in.  Yes it does come in tapped but as you said you only have 2-2drop creatures and 4-1 drop creatures. Playing emeria on the second turn will not hurt you. 

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honor of the pure seems out of place, your guys are too expensive for it really. aether is perfect, greaves bit less so - better as 1 of imo, maybe a 1of mind stone

disenchant bit risky as mainboard, id prefer oblivion ring

maybe cut wrath to 1 or 2. its decent here, and if you play motly vs creature heavy decks you should definitely keep it - but if its more mixed its risky.

im torn about emeria. Again it depends...if you play vs many control decks (usually the excact ones wrath would be weak against) emeria is almost a must...if you play mostly vs other combat decks its probably not worth it.

on a sidenote some alternative strategies for knights:
fast agro accorder paladin - potentially hero of oxid ridge
agro control  pentarch paladin
midagro light from within
control knights with blue added
recurring knight haakon, stromgald scourge
sweepknights like here.
Thanks for the toughtful responses!

I think that running 2 Wrath of Gods instead of 3, and substituting it by adding a one drop Swords to Plowshares instant will make this deck more well-rounded. I also replaced the Disenchant to Sundering Growth, since for this mono-white deck, it's an added benefit just in case I do have Hero of Bladehold out (however small the chances are). I think that adding 2 Aether Vials makes sense, and Lightning Greaves, too, to make this deck a quicker aggro.



Creature                                      Sorcery
Knight Exemplar  |  x4                   Wrath of God  |  x2
Phyrexian Metamorph  |  x4           Divine Reckoning  |  x4
Hero of Bladehold  |  x2                               
Kinsbaile Cavalier  |  x2                 
Mirran Crusader  |  x2                    
Knight of the White Orchid  |  x2             
Student of Warfare  |  x4                                  

Artifact                                          Instant
Lightning Greaves  |  x2                 Sundering Growth  |  x2         
Aether Vial  |  x2                             Swords to Plowshares  |  x4       
               
                                                      Land
                                                      Plains  |  x23
                                                      Flagstones of Trokair  |  x1
Should I replace 1 Hero of Bladehold with a planeswalker, like Ajani Goldmane or Elspeth, Knight-Errant?

I know that Hero of Bladehold is strong with the battlecry and 2 token abilities, but I'm trying to weigh the two. With a planeswalker, I can use Wrath of God and Divine Reckoning without having to worry about getting the planeswalker destroyed. Whereas, Hero of Bladehold is able to attack directly. Also, Elspeth would be synergistic with Sundering Growth (however small the chance of draw is), and Ajani would be like the Honor of the Pure I removed from my deck. Should I play both planeswalkers?

Any thoughts?
you could always pick up Gideon, Champion of Justice when gatecrash comes out ;)

if you're willing to replace Wrath of God with Day of Judgment then I'd still recomend Knight of the Holy Nimbus, otherwise he'll just get wrathed away like everything else.

Sundering Growth doesn't make much sense.  Someone above siggested Oblivion Ring instead, and I'd tend to agree.  It can serve the same purpose as Disenchant with the added bonus of working on creatures and planeswalkers as well.
you could always pick up Gideon, Champion of Justice when gatecrash comes out ;)

if you're willing to replace Wrath of God with Day of Judgment then I'd still recomend Knight of the Holy Nimbus, otherwise he'll just get wrathed away like everything else.

Sundering Growth doesn't make much sense.  Someone above siggested Oblivion Ring instead, and I'd tend to agree.  It can serve the same purpose as Disenchant with the added bonus of working on creatures and planeswalkers as well.




What should I take out and replace for Knight of the Holy Nimbus? I think this is a good idea, especially if I see myself drawing Wrath of God or Divine Reckoning often without Knight Exemplar. And for Sundering Growth, it's a "just in case" card that, to me, seems to make sense as a main deck selection, given that cards like Lightning Greaves, Basilisk Collar, the Swords and Jitte, and O-Ring are played commonly.
O-Ring takes care of ALL of those things you said, even O-Ring, with the added bonus of removing planeswalkers and creatures.  Something to think about ;)

I'm not sure what to replace with Holy Nimbus, honestly your decklist is pretty solid.  Maybe I'd take out Student of Warfare since Level Up is pretty slow, and at best he ends up with Double Strike which you can give all your knights with Kinsbaile Cavallier anyways.

and why only 1 Flagstones of Trokair? You should run 4 so you can legend bomb them and thin your deck by 2 lands.
Should I also be running 4 Mystic Gates? They would be for my 4 Phyrexian Metamorphs. I don't see the Mystic Gates hurting me too much because I will likely draw on average 2 to 4 lands, so I'll put a basic land down first.
if anything I'd run just one Hallowed Founain along with the 4 Flagstones of Trokair.  Then you can fetch it with the flagstones