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Knight of the White Orchard
Shards of Alara


Reviewed October 14, 2008

Constructed: 3.60
Casual: 3.20
Limited: 3.00

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Aethereal

Tuesday - Knight of the White Orchid

A really, really good card for white weenie. On the draw, you drop this on turn three before you play your land and then you get a free Plains, then drop land number four and play another two mana guy (or a few one mana guys). Once he's done his job, he becomes a 2/2 first striker that will help you win the game faster. There's really not much more to be said; I expect this card to see a lot of play in white weenie decks for the next two years.

In limited, you need to be playing a pretty big white component. If you are, I'd play him; even without the land search, a 2/2 first striker for 2 is still quite good.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 3
Limited - 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Knight of the White Orchid
 
In the old days of Land Tax, I used to see people hold lands for as many as three turns to try and prevent the Tax player from accumulating massive card advantage. Knight of the White Orchid is only a one-time effect and it's much smaller than even one use of Land Tax, but it gives you a 2/2 creature, which I consider well worth it. I expect this card to become quite popular in various kinds of white decks.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
The Missing Linc

-Balding for just over 5 years
-Playing MTG for just over 10

Knight of the White Orchard

I really think this is one of the best creatures of the set. It has an existing place in almost any aggro white deck and may even have a place in control. Just remember not to play your land before playing this guy. Many old weenie decks loved Tithe or similar spells. This is built in and it has first strike. Great in all formats

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Miguel

Tuesday 10-14-08

Knight of the White Orchid

 

Constructed: It is a land tax with power and toughness. Good for thinning your deck out, but after you play your first one the other 3 will become just another 2/2 for 2 white with first strike. This fits perfectly for a white wennie deck in Standard, especially with first strike.

 

Casual: Most use the pro colors Knights. Might be popular with some kitchen table folks.

 

Limited: Very good solid 2 drop. Will use it even if I am splashing white. Draft not a top pick, but if it was in the first pack I would take him 9 out 10 times.

 

Overall a good Knight for white wennies. Drop him out on your third turn before you play your land and play a Sigiled Paladin with your Akrasan Swuire waiting from the first turn to attack for three.

 

Constructed: 3

Casual: 3

Limited: 4

 

Later.

Miguel

BeJose Knight of the White Orchid White ManaWhite Mana
Creature - Human Knight
First strike
When Knight of the White Orchid comes into play, if an opponent controls more lands than you, you may search your library for a Plains card, put it into play, then shuffle your library.

2/2
 
The ONLY thing that holds this card back is that it isn't a Kithkin. I doubt that is going to stop it to much however. This basically negates going second, play it on the third turn and you've got your 4th land and can even lay another 2 drop. Add on first strike and you've got an excellent beater. Not only that but if you miss your third land drop this also negates that. Also in extended this can grab shocklands, just something to remember.
In limited its not so great as it demands a heavy white commitment to get full use of.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5

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