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Magic the Gathering Card Analysis: Knight of the Reliquary

Updated on March 4, 2018

About Knight Of The Reliquary:

Knight of the Reliquary” is a green & white human knight (creature) that is 2/2. It has two special abilities that play off each other.

Knight of the Reliquary is incredibly dangerous on its own.

When mixed with the right cards, Knight of the Reliquary is one of the most devastating cards to have at your disposal.

The card originally came out in “Conflux” which is the second expansion for the “Alara Cycle.”

Due to the colors green and white, Knight of the Reliquary is supposed to be used in a Naya or Bant-themed deck.

The casting cost of Knight of the Reliquary is one green mana, one white mana, and colorless mana.

At first, I was very skeptical of Knight of the Reliquary; this was because I'm not a fan of putting my land cards in the graveyard. I still am not on the basis of your lands providing the necessary mana to power up your spells.

When the “Zendikar” cycle came to be, especially with cards that have the “Landfall” ability, I realized how useful Knight of the Reliquary had become. I first came across the card was when an acquaintance got the card as his designated rare during a draft at a friend's house.

I was dismissive of the card at first and I would soon regret that.

I got slaughtered by that card during a draft tournament at a friend's house.

I lost so bad to that card it wasn't even funny. I lost painfully being on the receiving end of Knight of the Reliquary.

Before I talk further about the card, Knight of the Reliquary is a rare card in Conflux. It got reprinted as a rare for “Modern Masters.”

Then it got reprinted as a mythic rare for “Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons.”

What does Knight of the Reliquary do?

The first ability grants it +1/+1 for each land card in your graveyard. If you have three lands in your graveyard, then Knight of the Reliquary gets +3/+3 and becomes a 5/5 creature.

A 5/5 creature for three mana isn't that bad.

Its second ability makes the card dangerous.

By tapping Knight of the Reliquary, you sacrifice a Forest or Plains, then you search your library for a land card and put it onto the battlefield. After that, you shuffle your library.

Meaning, you have a chance to constantly pump up Knight of the Reliquary.

Knight of the Reliquary is very ridiculous, in a good way, when combined with the Alara and Zendikar cycle cards. When Alara was still legal in Standard format, I created an “aggro-mill” deck that relied on landfall and mill cards. That allowed me to win in two ways with one way getting rid of my opponent's library and the other way by overpowering my opponents with sheer brute force. It was one of my most fun and entertaining decks to date.

There are plenty of good cards to combine Knight of the Reliquary with.

Knight of the Reliquary - Iconic Masters
Knight of the Reliquary - Iconic Masters
For any deck that runs white and green, especially that operates on sacrificing land cards, Knight of the Reliquary is an invaluable card to have at your disposal. The card is potent on its own, but is a very devastating catalyst when it is combined with cards that have the Landfall ability. For this Bant-themed aggro-mill deck I created, Knight of the Reliquary was one of the top cards in my arsenal.

Knight of New Alara

“Knight of New Alara,” from “Alara Reborn,” is a 2/2 green & white human knight. It costs one green, one white, and two colorless. When that card is on the battlefield, each other multicolored creature you control gets +1/+1. As long as Knight of New Alara is alive on the battlefield, Knight of the Reliquary becomes a 4/4 creature. Make sure you have a couple of Knight of New Alara cards on the battlefield unless you are playing Commander or EDH.

Magic: the Gathering - Knight of New Alara - Alara Reborn
Magic: the Gathering - Knight of New Alara - Alara Reborn
Knight of New Alara is a card that is meant to be played in multicolor decks that run white and green. I liked using Knight of Alara because of its main ability to give other creatures under your control +1/+1 for each of their colors. Given how Knight of the Reliquary base strength and toughness are both at 2, Knight of New Alara does a good job of pumping it up. If you're going to have a few Knight of the Reliquary cards in your deck, have a few Knight of New Alara cards in your deck, too.

Avenger of Zendikar & Doubling Season

“Avenger of Zendikar,” from “Worldwake,” is a 5/5 green elemental creature that costs two green and five colorless. When the creature enters the battlefield, you get a 0/1 green plant creature for each land you control.

If you have six lands on the battlefield, then you get six of those creature tokens, but the Landfall ability makes Avenger of Zendikar dangerous.

When you trigger its Landfall, each plant creature you control gets a +1/+1 counter.

Say that you used Knight of the Reliquary's main ability and searched your deck for a “sac land.”

You bring that onto the battlefield and then sacrifice it for a basic land and put that one onto the battlefield. Due to the sac land being in the graveyard as well, Knight of the Reliquary gets an extra +2/+2.

Since you did Landfall twice, all your plant creatures get two +1/+1 counters. Those 0/1 plant creature tokens become 2/3 creatures.

If you have “Doubling Season” on the battlefield already, the combination of Avenger of Zendikar and Knight of the Reliquary is lethal.

Should you bring out Avenger of Zendikar onto the battlefield after you brought out Doubling Season, then the number of plant tokens brought onto the battlefield is doubled.

Triggering Avenger of Zendikar's Landfall, as long as Doubling Season is in effect, doubles the +1/+1 counters your plant creatures get. Using the scenario of two +1/+1 counters, it would be four instead of two.

Those plant tokens would become 4/5 creatures, giving you a bunch of strong attackers and defenders.

That would make most opponents think twice before attacking you.

Magic The Gathering - Avenger of Zendikar (135/356) - Commander 2013
Magic The Gathering - Avenger of Zendikar (135/356) - Commander 2013
If you want to generate a lot of tanks on your battlefield, Avenger of Zendikar is invaluable to have at your disposal as its Landfall ability goes great with Knight of the Reliquary's main ability. While you are pumping up your Knight of the Reliquary, you also end up pumping up your Avenger of Zendikar, too.

Emeria Angel

“Emeria Angel,” from Zendikar, is very useful when combined with Knight of the Reliquary.

You can use Knight of the Reliquary's ability to trigger Emeria Angel's Landfall, spawning a bunch of Flying creatures.

If your opponents have no defenses against Flying creatures, take full advantage of this creepingly devastating combo.

Make sure you have enchantment spells that grant all your white creatures +1/+1.

The combination between Emeria Angel and Knight of the Reliquary is pretty simple enough to understand.

Wizards of the Coast Emeria Angel - Foil - Iconic Masters
Wizards of the Coast Emeria Angel - Foil - Iconic Masters
Given how you need green and white mana to play Knight of the Reliquary, you should also consider playing Emeria Angel. At least you can gradually create an army of fliers to defend you. If you have a couple of cards that boost your white creatures, then Knight of the Reliquary and Emeria Angel make a great combo.

Hedron Crab

The combination of “Hedron Crab,” from Zendikar, and Knight of the Reliquary is my most favorite combination. You have to be a true sadist to use this combination. This is my most crucial combo when I had my aggro-mill deck. Hedron Crab is a simple 0/2 blue crab creature. It's good as a blocker; but, you don't want to waste the Hedron Crab that way.

It's useful because of its Landfall. When you trigger its Landfall, a target player mills the top three cards of his/her deck. If you have enough sac lands and a couple of Hedron Crabs on the battlefield, you will annihilate the opponent's deck. This is how I usually won with this deck; I made sure to have other ways to mill my opponent as well.

If you're lucky enough to play “Rite of Replication” and pick Hedron Crab, your opponent might as well concede the match.

Magic The Gathering - Hedron Crab (47) - Zendikar
Magic The Gathering - Hedron Crab (47) - Zendikar
Hedron Crab from Zendikar is one of the crucial cards I had to use when I created by Bant-themed aggro-mill deck. I liked being able to combine the abilities of Knight of the Reliquary and Hedron Crab, respectively, to pump up the latter while taking away my opponent's option. I also loved the combination when sac lands are also in play because I can do more damage. The Hedron Crab is a vital threat when it is used in the right combination.

Ob Nixilis, The Fallen & Wound Reflection

If you can pull off a green, white, and black deck, then “Ob Nixilis, the Fallen” is very valuable. These three colors rarely work with each other due to black being antagonistic to both green and white. This card is a 3/3 black legendary demon creature from Zendikar. Ob Nixilis, the Fallen is dangerous due to its Landfall ability. Whenever its Landfall is triggered, you can choose to have a target player lose three life points. Then, you put three +1/+1 counters on Ob Nixilis, The Fallen. If you use Knight of the Reliquary and get a sac land, you can make a player lose six life instead or make two players lose three life each. Then, Ob Nixilis gets six +1/+1 counters.

You don't need to imagine much if you have Doubling Season. But, a good black card to combine the two creatures with is “Wound Reflection.” If an opponent has lost life during your turn, then the life points lost is doubled. Putting together those cards together gives you a very evil way to dispatch all of your opponents.

Rampaging Baloths

“Rampaging Baloths,” a mythic rare from Zendikar, is my second-most favorite combo with Knight of the Reliquary. It is a 6/6 green beast creature with Trample. Whenever its Landfall ability is triggered, you put forth a 4/4 green beast creature token onto the battlefield. This is a valuable combination in which I brought out many green beast creature tokens to overwhelm my opponents with force. Rampaging Baloths was a must-have card for my aggro-mill deck. With enough sac lands, I was able to bring out two tokens each time I used a combination of those abilities.

Roil Elemental

Any Bant-color deck could use a combination of “Roil Elemental,” from Zendikar, and Knight of the Reliquary. Its Landfall ability, when triggered, allows you to take control of a target creature; that's as long as Roil Elemental is on the battlefield. Using a combination of the two allows you to snatch up your opponent's creatures. It's best to use this combination before your turn. Make sure you have a couple of sac lands in your deck before going with this combination.

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician

“Derevi,” a mythic rare from “Commander 2013 Edition,” is a 2/3 green, white, & blue legendary bird wizard creature with Flying. Its second ability allows you to tap or untap a target permanent whenever Derevi enters the battlefield. Furthermore, if Derevi or another creature you control deals combat damage to a player, you can tap or untap a target permanent. You don't have to think much on the potential when combined with Knight of the Reliquary.


Knight of the Reliquary is a very useful card on its own. You don't really need to combine this card with other cards, but where's the fun in that?

It's ability compliments the abilities of many other cards.

If you do plan on using Knight of the Reliquary, use cards that have Landfall and use cards that allow you to untap it.


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