“‘Tis but a scratch!” is probably one of the more quotable lines from the classic comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Today, in Throne of Eldraine spoilers, Wizards of the Coast has revealed a brand new MTG Arena card that references our favorite Black Knight from the film: Oathsworn Knight.
This card hits the ground running with 4 +1/+1 counters on it, effectively making it a 3 mana 4/4. As if that wasn’t enough, Oathsworn Knight also doesn’t just die in combat, thanks to his second ability. Any time he takes damage, he instead loses a +1/+1 counter and keeps fighting (similar to how the Knight in Monty Python kept fighting after he lost each limb). No matter how many times he is wounded, he simply shrugs it off and gets right back to combat.
Depending on the deck you’re playing, this card seems pretty great. The Knight is aggressive, it’s really big for its cost, and the drawback of attacking every turn shouldn’t matter much in an aggro deck. In MTG Arena Standard, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Oathsworn Knight alongside Knight of the Ebon Legion in an aggressive deck.
One really interesting thing about this card is that it has +1/+1 counter synergy. Cards that would add +1/+1 counters to Oathsworn Knight would allow it to attack more than just 4 times. That means this card has synergy with all the Proliferate cards we got in War of the Spark!
Overall, Oathsworn Knight seems like a great aggressive option in Black. While it won’t crop up in every MTG Arena Standard deck, it will probably find a home in aggro and maybe even midrange decks that run Black. If you want to see more great fairy-tale themed spoilers from Throne of Eldraine, be sure to follow out MTG news page!
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