Cavalry Charge Upgrade Guide

Do you want to make your new Esper Knight tribal precon better? If so, you’ve come to the right place, as in this Cavalry Charge Upgrade Guide you’ll find great suggestions about which cards to add to your deck in order to make it stronger and more fun.

Before We Start

This time around, I’m trying something new. I wanted to get these guides out as quickly as possible. However, it’s hard to do a proper deep-dive in just a couple of days. That’s why the article will go live with just the three best cards, that will significantly improve your deck, no matter which direction you build it in.

This way, you’ll quickly get some ideas in which direction you can lean with your upgrade. I hope that by the time the decks will be released in paper, this guide will be updated with other important information. (Such as which other cards to add, which ones to remove, example of an upgraded decklist, and so on.)

Since most players probably won’t play with Planechase variation, I won’t focus too much on that part of the deck. You can still play with the upgraded deck and Planechase cards, if you want – the upgrades won’t make it unplayable in that mode. It just won’t be the focus of this article.

Anyway, let’s check the decklist, to see what we’re working with:

Cavalry Charge Decklist

Commander (1)
Sidar Jabari of Zhalfir

Creatures (32)
Acclaimed Contender
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar
Arvad the Cursed
Aryel, Knight of Windgrace
Corpse Knight
Elenda and Azor
Ethersworn Adjudicator
Exsanguinator Cavalry
Foulmire Knight
Haakon, Stromgald Scourge
Herald of Hoofbeats
Hero of Bladehold
Josu Vess, Lich Knight
Knight Exemplar
Knight of the Last Breath
Knight of the White Orchid
Knights of the Black Rose
Liliana’s Standard Bearer
Locthwain Lancer
Midnight Reaper
Murderous Rider
Order of Midnight
Silverwing Squadron
Smitten Swordmaster
Syr Elenora, the Discerning
Syr Konrad, the Grim
Valiant Knight
Vodalian Wave-Knight
Vona, Butcher of Magan
Wintermoor Commander
Worthy Knight
Xerex Strobe-Knight

Spells (13)
Distant Melody
Fell the Mighty
Painful Truths
Path of the Enigma
Path to Exile
Promise of Loyalty
Pull from Tomorrow
Read the Bones
Return to Dust
Swords to Plowshares
Time Wipe
Unbreakable Formation

Artifacts (13)
Arcane Signet
Commander’s Sphere
Conjurer’s Mantle
Fellwar Stone
Fractured Powerstone
Herald’s Horn
Ichor Elixir
Maul of the Skyclaves
Mind Stone
Orzhov Signet
Sigiled Sword of Valeron
Sol Ring
Vanquisher’s Banner

Enchantments (2)
Chivalric Alliance
Knights’ Charge
Lands (39)
Arcane Sanctum
Bojuka Bog
Choked Estuary
Command Tower
Evolving Wilds
Exotic Orchard
Myriad Landscape
Path of Ancestry
Port Town
Prairie Stream
Shineshadow Snarl
Sunken Hollow
Temple of Deceit
Temple of Enlightenment
Temple of Silence
Temple of the False God
Terramorphic Expanse
Thriving Heath
Thriving Isle
Thriving Moor

Planechase (10)
Inys Haen
Mutual Epiphany
Orochi Colony
The Caldaia
Truga Jungle
Turri Island

Some cards’ images haven’t been added to the database yet. You can find them in our March of the Machine Commander Decks Guide.

Get the Deck

Cavalry Charge Commander Deck 2023

One final thing before we get to the upgrades: If you don’t already own the Cavalry Charge precon, you can get it on Amazon.

How to Upgrade Cavalry Charge?

When you’re in doubt on how to upgrade a deck, your best way to get direction is to look at the main commander, and try to maximize its synergies. After all, you’ll have access to it in every game you play.

Sidar Jahari of Zhalfir Commander 2023 Decks

With Sibar, it’s clear that you want to build a Knight tribal deck, thus you want to include even better Knights, and Knight synergy cards. Thankfully, there are quite a lot of them already included in the precon, but as always, there’s room for improvement.

For its first eminence ability, you’ll probably want to include some cheap, yet useful Knights, so you can start smoothing your hand quickly. Potentially, you could include cards that have synergy with being discarded, although you already have the payoff for discarding Knights thanks to its last ability.

Speaking of which, there’s a lot of power tied up in that one. That’s why you’ll want Knights that are powerful to “cheat” into play. As you can see, Sidar gives a lot of direction to which way you should upgrade your deck in.

Top 3 Cards to Upgrade Cavalry Charge

Sometimes it can be hard to upgrade a whole 100-card deck all at once. That’s why I like to highlight three cards, that will improve the deck the most. In this section, I only omit some of the most expensive cards, and I try to focus on on-theme cards, as opposed to general staples. With that said, let’s get right to it!

Kinsbaile Cavalier

Kinsbaile Cavalier Cavalry Charge Upgrade Guide

This seems like a fine Knight tribal card. All your Knights getting double strike is surely welcome, but that’s not the only reason why it deserves a Top 3 spot among the upgrades. That’s because it also has great synergy with Sidar Jabari.

Sidar triggers whenever it deals combat damage to a player. If it has double strike, it’ll be able to do that twice in one attack, meaning that you’ll get to bring back two Knights from your graveyard.

On top of that, since Sidar already has first strike, you’ll be able to attack with it, bring back Kinsbaile Cavalier, and since Sidar now has double strike, it’ll hit again, getting you another Knight. This kind of synergy just can’t be ignored, so if I were to add only a single card to the deck, it would be this one.

Guardian of Faith

Guardian of Faith Cavalry Charge Upgrade Guide

Protection spells are great, and there’s plenty of option to choose from. You’ve got cards like Flawless Maneuver, Unbreakable Formation, Teferi’s Protection, and so on. However, what I really like is a card that plays well with the deck as a whole, and that’s when Guardian of Faith comes into the equation.

It’s a Knight, so it’ll work with whichever Knight tribal synergies you include in your deck. It’ll protect your creatures, from any kind of removal. (Be it mass, targeted, sacrifice, destroy, or even exile.) You can bring it back with Sidar’s trigger, and make sure that all your other creatures will remain intact until your next turn.

I really like this card, and if you don’t already, just give it a chance. It’ll surely exceed your expectations.


Entomb Cavalry Charge Upgrade Guide

For the third card, I was unsure as to which one to pick. I finally narrowed my selection to two options, and then went with the one that does a lot of work for just a single mana.

Let’s say you’re pretty sure that you’ll be able to deal damage to a player with Sidar Jabari. In that case, you can play Entomb before the damage is dealt, and grab the best Knight you need in this situation, and put it into your graveyard. When Sidar connects, you’ll get it directly into play!

You practically paid a single black mana to get your best Knight from your library into play. That’s a rate that just can’t be beat, and getting an Entomb into your deck will certainly make it better.

Bonus Pick: The Circle of Loyalty

The Circle of Loyalty Cavalry Charge Upgrade Guide

Finally, let’s talk about the other card I was considering. It’s a legendary artifact, which is meant for a Knight tribal deck.

If things are going your way, you can cast The Circle of Loyalty for only two mana, which is a big draw to this card. Then it does a lot of small things very well. It buffs all of your creatures, it makes Knights whenever you cast legendary spells, and you can make a Knight by paying four mana and tapping it. The card is not broken by any means, but it certainly does a lot of work for its – potentially low – mana cost.


That’s the end of our Cavalry Charge Upgrade Guide. At least for now – make sure to check back in a week or so, to get the full upgrade with all the details you’ll need. Besides, if you already have a recommendation of your own, feel free to leave a comment below and share it with me and all other readers.

If you want to see the upgrades for the other four March of the Machine Commander decks, you can check them by following these links:

Until next time, have fun and win many games with your upgraded Cavalry Charge deck.

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