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By: JXClaytor, Joshua Claytor
Jun 26 2015 12:00am
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Hi and thanks for checking out PureMTGO.com's spoiler for Magic Origins!  So far the set looks super exciting, what with the flip Planeswalkers, Spell mastery and revamped evergreen stuff in the set.  I know that I am not going to be missing cheap Hexproof creatures for sure! 

Speaking of the new set, we're looking at some cool "throwback" kind of cards. Dark Petition looks pretty cool right?  Languish is a new version of Mutilate, that will always minus 4 a team.  Demonic Pact and Day's Undoing both rang out alarms in the small bit of Johnny I have hanging out in me.  Bounding Krasis looks made for Tarmotwin decks, and Helm of the Gods looks like it could fit into a Strength from the Fallen style enchantment deck. 

I'm going to go ahead and get this out of the way.  We have a reprint to preview.  That's ok though.  The card has seen play in Modern as recently as April, when Dragons of Tarkir hit the digital shelves.  I also happen to think that this card is going to be best friends with a certain Planeswalker from this set. 

I'm the type of writer that is going to drag out a preview card for as long as possible, because I like talking history with reprints. 

Anyways, this card has been in a Pro Tour winning deck.  Paul Rietzl won Amsterdam with it in his deck.  While researching I noticed that the card had helped many players finish in the top eight of PTQs during that Extended season.


It recently popped back up with Dragons of Tarkir:


However, it had seen some fringe play this year in a neat Prison deck in the Modern format.  


By now I hope you have figured out the common thread that these three decks have had. 

If not here, is a picture of what we are going to working with in Standard for a bit. 

 

Welcome back Knight of the White Orchid

This 2/2 first striking Knight is a pretty fairly costed creature, but let's look at the rest of the text. 

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.

This helps to break a rule of Magic for you.  If you're on the draw, imagine the first few turns of your game like this in Standard. 

Turn 1:  Land, Kytheon, Hero of Akros
Turn 2:  Land, Raise the Alarm
Turn 3:  Attack with your tokens and walker, flip the Kytheon.  Make Knight of the White Orchid, putting you up to three lands, and play your land for the turn.  Turn three you have three creatures, a super neat Planeswalker and four lands.  You could flood the board with more dorks.  You could use the mana to protect your creatures with stuff like Ajani's Presence or Center Soul.

I'm not the greatest deck builder anymore, but I would start to look at a White Weenie deck with something like this. 

White Weenie
Post Magic Origins Skeleton
Creatures
3 Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
3 Preeminent Captain
4 Knight of the White Orchid
3 Kytheon, Hero of Akros
4 Soulfire Grand Master
4 Herald of Anafenza
4 Kinsbaile Skirmisher
18 cards

Other Spells
3 Return to the Ranks
3 Ajani's Presence
4 Raise the Alarm
3 Ajani Steadfast
17 cards
Lands
4 Flooded Strand
4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
10 Plains
4 Windswept Heath
22 cards
 
Knight of the White Orchid


We have protection with Ajani's Presence.  We have a late game threat with Return to the Ranks.  Multiple aggressive Planeswalkers!  A soldier subtheme.  It may not be the best, but it looks to take advantage of Knight of the White Orchid and the newest toys that have been spoiled so far! 

Welcome back to Standard Knight of the White Orchid, I look forward to seeing some busted draws with you in the format soon! 

17 Comments

That's a sweet reprint. Glad by BlastodermMan at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:04
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That's a sweet reprint. Glad it's back.

It's a lot harder to write by JXClaytor at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:11
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It's a lot harder to write previews about cards that we already know are good, but are not sure about being good in the new format.

I like it. It's a solid popular card, has a good effect, and can make your opponent play differently if they know you have it.

Ok, clearly everyone else is by longtimegone at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:35
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Ok, clearly everyone else is missing the most important question.

Why does that lion have hooves?

Because it's not a lion. It's by jay85 at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:40
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Because it's not a lion. It's a stallion...I'm done now.

In Bant, the lions are used by AJ_Impy at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 02:42
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In Bant, the lions are used as riding mounts.

Ok, that part I figured by longtimegone at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:41
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Ok, that part I figured out.

How did they get the lions to grow hooves on their front feet? Or is that something else?

Maybe they are shoes? by JXClaytor at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:19
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Maybe they are shoes?

Anyone trying to put kitten by longtimegone at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:03
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Anyone trying to put kitten mittens on a lion is going to go though a *lot* of squires.

Different species, common by AJ_Impy at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:45
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Different species, common ancestor. These are Leotau.

http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?name=+%5BLeotau%5D

Ah, that explains it, by longtimegone at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 10:06
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Ah, that explains it, thanks.

I guess I can't really be surprised by a feline/bovine hybrid in a game with a flying purple hippo.

Other feline-bovine hybrids: by AJ_Impy at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 10:40
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Other feline-bovine hybrids: Lammasu, Tarasque, Quilin, and certain chimerae.

Hmmm I always assumed the by Paul Leicht at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:45
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Hmmm I always assumed the Tarasque (through 36+ years of D&D) was a world breaking juggernaut of a lizard with no cow or feline parts at all...Maybe turtle and pachyderm...But apparently it is a real world myth...

Also aren't Lammassu Flying Oxen OR Lions with Human heads?

What does that say about the by AJ_Impy at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 14:31
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What does that say about the Lamassu species as a whole?

They are two species that by Paul Leicht at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 15:35
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They are two species that someone got mixed up.

That's it, I can't take it by jay85 at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:35
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That's it, I can't take it anymore. I'm building a white weenie deck in Standard again!

Happiness! by Plainswalker83 at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 12:17
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This makes me happy! I have been waiting to play a solid White Weenie deck again!

I've wanted to bust out my by Joe Fiorini at Sat, 06/27/2015 - 08:32
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I've wanted to bust out my white weenie and play with it for a long time, but since shock lands rotated it seemed like the deck wouldn't be able to keep up with the better decks

Maybe it's time for white weenies to rise up again! Death, taxes, and white weenies for life!