Essence Warden


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2014 Common
Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas Common
Planar Chaos Common

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Essence Warden

Creature — Elf Shaman

Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.

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Essence Warden Discussion

Funkydiscogod on White Lifegain

3 days ago

A buddy of mine once ran a similar deck, but he used Genesis Chamber and Saltskitter/Squadron Hawk to flood the board with tokens, and pump his life total. But, he also used green for Sigil Captain and Essence Warden; in mono-white your Archangel does the same job.

Anyway, so if you think this is a good idea, take out Wall of Reverence for saltskitters, and Honor of the Pure for Genesis Chamber.

Ajani Steadfast's emblem with Hedron-Field Purists or Thunderstaff could be amusing.

vPhoenix75 on Elf army

4 days ago

thank you Mardu_Charizard your advise helps a lot. I took most of your advise, the cards you mentioned were cards i either haven't heard of or didn't think of using. For now i decided to keep Might of the Masses because i like its finishing potential in its deck and it fits the low cost aspect of the deck. I also decided to keep Essence Warden just because its another 1 mana elf with a good ability for survival if my deck doesn't flow the right way in the beginning.

Also, you do think CoCo is necessary in this deck? i just don't like how it wouldn't come into play until turn 3 or 4

Mardu_Charizard on Elf army

5 days ago

The following are cards you should cut:Nissa Revane: this card is very bad, and it is only remotely playable alongside Nissa's Chosen. Life gain is pretty shitty in every matchup except storm and burn, and this card being four mana is just not worth it most of the time.Essence Warden: see the argument against nissa.Prism Ring:see above.Heedless One: big creatures aren't great in elves, which is typically a go wide strategy which would only be hampered by the addition of an expensive fattie that dies to removal. One of modern elves' biggest strengths is resilience to spot removal due to its swarm of little dudes, and this card goes against that completely.Might of the Masses: The above argument applies to this too, and might opens you up to too many 2 for 1s.Temple of Malady: Temples are far too slow for a deck trying to deploy dorks on turn 1. The scry is also usually not great since you get to see so much of your deck with Collected Company and Elvish Visionary. I would consider 4 Gilt-Leaf Palace or Overgrown Tomb instead as they are faster and more consistent.

I would consider playing 2 of either Chord of Calling or Eldritch Evolution as they would be very good while you are comboing off. Speaking of comboing off, your deck doesn't seem to be able to do so due to the lack of Heritage Druid, and to a lesser extent Nettle Sentinel. This 2 card combo( or just Druid alone) can allow you to power out your entire hand in a turn easily to just take over the game. I would not be opposed to 1-2 Ezuri, Renegade Leader either, as he can regenerate archdruids or pump your team.I'm not saying your deck is bad, I'm just saying elves in modern has so much explosive potential and I feel you aren't abusing it as much as you could be.

SteelSentry on Magic Art Pairs

2 weeks ago

You mentioned Essence Warden and Soul Warden, but a lot of the timeshifted cards are linked (Spirit Link and Vampiric Link, the Akromas, Crovax, Ascendant Hero and Ascendant Evincar)

Tsuru-Hime on Magic Art Pairs

2 weeks ago

My Google-Fu has failed me so I apologize if this question has been asked here before but I've been unable to find any answers. What I'm looking for is matched pairs of art.

Examples include Essence Warden and Soul Warden

The M10 versions of Holy Strength and Unholy Strength

Live Fast and Die Young

Anyone else have any other examples?

nimble_fox on

2 weeks ago

nice werewolf deck.

how about dropping Essence Warden? do you utilize the life gain somehow? also, it requires kind of a lot setup (even if you have lots of token generators) to be effective.

ZurBlue on Strength in Numbers (Brings the Horrors)

4 weeks ago

the only think I would suggest is dropping Essence Warden. I feel like most of the time if you go infinite, you've already won and there probably isn't need for infinite life.

Adamram1985 on Where are the Johnny Players...need ...

1 month ago

Essence Warden and Soul Warden then some sort of token producer. The wardens can be the wenches at the inn.

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