Arena Standard – Orzhov Knights!

Welcome back to Strictly Average MTG for some more Standard Action! Today we are checking out a sweet knight deck led by none other than Gideon Blackblade. I am more than excited to jump back into a new standard format that features War of the Spark. There has been a ton of hype around this set, and rightfully so. I don’t think anyone ever imagined we would have a Magic set that gave us so many new planeswalkers! Just in this deck alone we are featuring three of those newest planeswalkers and trust me when I say there will be many decks coming that have even more!

This Orzhov Knights deck offers an aggressive strategy with some mid-range elements. The deck features creatures such as Adanto Vanguard, Knight of Grace, and Knight of Malice for some early aggression. These creatures are not only aggressive two drops but are also resilient threats. Following this, the deck looks to close the games out with explosive cards like History of Benalia and powerful planeswalkers such as Gideon Blackblade and Liliana, Dreadhorde General.

Orzhov Knights

Creatures (15)
Adanto Vanguard
Knight of Grace
Knight of Malice
Midnight Reaper
Seraph of the Scales

Planeswalkers (7)
Gideon Blackblade
Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord
Liliana, Dreadhorde General

Spells (13)
Cast Down
History of Benalia
Vraska’s Contempt
The Eldest Reborn
Lands (25)
Godless Shrine
Isolated Chapel
Mobilized District

Sideboard (15)
Cast Down
Cry of the Carnarium
Karn, Scion of Urza
Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord
Vraska’s Contempt
The Eldest Reborn

War of the Spark has not let me down. Casting new planeswalkers like Gideon Blackblade and Liliana, Dreadhorde General was easily the most fun I have had on arena so far. Our opponents, to no ones surprise, were also rocking some planeswalkers both new and old. This deck didn’t give us the results we were hoping for, but it did leave me itching for more.


Overall, I think we had some good games against G/B Mid-Range and Grixis Control, but our deck struggled with closing out the game efficiently. I suggested some tweaks in the video, but generally speaking I think the deck is a bit confused about what it’s doing. Should we be more aggressive? or should we lean more towards a mid-range control type list with more bombs? Let me know which version you would like to see and leave suggestions here or come visit me at As always, if you mention my article I will be more than happy to pull up the deck and showcase some matches for you.

Happy Gaming!

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