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|Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2)||Rare|
|Scars of Mirrodin (SOM)||Rare|
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Artifact Creature — Soldier
Metalcraft — Etched Champion has protection from all color as long as you control three or more artifacts.
Etched Champion Discussion
5 days ago
The core components of hardened scales are expensive because they don't have good replacements, but that doesn't mean you are out of luck.
The big secret to 'upgrade paths' is that its often cheaper to look at the expensive cards and see what decks you can build with them, then build an entire deck around the next bunch you get in rather than trying to keep running the same strategy.
If I was looking at starting with scales and foothills, I'd look at an Abzan Gavony Township / Karn's Bastion 'counters matter' deck- the golgari hydras list would be a good start for the kind of cards to look at- creatures that put counters on themselves. I feel that most of the hydras would not fare excellently in my current meta, so some scouting is advised.
However where you look should be different- cards recently in print but rotating out of standard are way cheaper, often to the point that modern archetypes are defined after a set rotates out of standard- as was the case with hardened scales. When combined with cards that 'didn't make the cut', or were one-ofs in nieche decks you get something pretty great.
A bunch of merfolk with a +1/+1 counter theme are rotating, and its worth testing sutai merfolk- I doubt it'll be great for you unless you are planning to build into full merfolk.
Marwyn, the Nurturer and Incubation Druid offer an interesting combo option with older cards like Viridian Joiner and Gyre Sage , that may become a playable archetype, and is notable because Umbral Mantle / Training Grounds /manland is already a thing.
I expect Vivien's Arkbow to retain some of its price as people realise how good it is in modern, which is neat as an artifact supporting the kind of midrange strategy you'd want to transition into an 'artifacts matter aggro' list.
Affinity tools like Springleaf Drum , Ornithopter , Signal Pest , Vault Skirge , Cranial Plating and Etched Champion are all still relatively cheap, Thoughtcast and Galvanic Blast and are likely playable in a more midrange strategy, even if that will likely leave you weak to all the affinity answers floating around.
All told, muck around with some decklists before going out and buying a bunch of cards- there is a lot out there which might work great, given tinkering time. If you want to play right away, jump in with the most budget list involving scales and constrictor you can find, then build out based on what you think is a good deal.
2 weeks ago
I love this deck you made. Defineitly have something going on just needs to be refined. I think you may need man lands like Mutavault Inkmoth Nexus Blinkmoth Nexus as if you do get field blown out you still have creatures who may have lots of counters on them from proliferating. I like most of the artifacts chosen but i think Arcbound Ravager and Etched Champion should squeeze in as they could be very good with this. Also depending on your preference you can have a minor infect package since you have lots of proliferate and counters to make smaller things lethal. Will prob proxy this deck soon to try out with my playgroup thanks for creating this!
2 weeks ago
But as I stated in the description I usually play with friends and the Champions really stand out against their decks. What do you think is best to take out if I wanted to keep the Champions and add the Skirges? (as you mentioned they are good against colored decks like Humans and Tribal stuff)
Thank you very much for your insights btw
2 weeks ago
In these times I would cut 2x Etched Champion . It's a fantastic card in the right matchups, but with the top 2 decks currently being tron (BAN IT NOW) and phoenix, Etched Champion is usually going to be a 2/2 for 3. Tron prefers Karn over creatures and phoenix never needs to block because if it is not attacking w/ it's hasty birdy bois it's not doing the right thing. Also, Steel Overseer feels like it should only be a 2 of. Just slow, and draws removal quickly, so you are lucky to get one activation. That being said, these are both meta-dependent cards, and you want them both back in (but keep Vault Skirge in still too) if humans and/or any tribal deck becomes the next big thing, which it very well could. Also, Whipflare is good from the SB against those style decks.
1 month ago
While I don't think Experimental Frenzy necessarily changed Affinity, I do think it is one of the best card for the slot. There have been times in Modern when the format was slow enough for Etched Champion , but these days it's very fast. The red enchantment functions better in Affinity than any other deck, and it doesn't hurt that, between Mox Opal and Springleaf Drum , Affinity is capable of casting Frenzy on Turn 3 or even Turn 2, leading to some truly nasty starts.
On that note, I haven't playtested it enough to make it my main grind at FNM, and I currently grind Green Tron, which I'll try to post this weekend!
1 month ago
Metalworker--> One with the Machine
Saheeli,the Gifted--> Karn, Scion of Urza
Sharuum the Hegemon--> Etched Champion
These are the ones I can think of right now. Also consider the War of the Spark Tezzeret, which has affinity for artifacts.
1 month ago
Hi TwoSkulls thanks for your Response.
Well Etched Champion was very good in previous Versions but i agree on the first view it might be somehow strange in this Deck. But the Card is definetly what i need. The Balancing between Creatures and Artifacts is not so easy to manage and Etched Champion fullfills this perfectly as i also need some Metalcraft Synergy. I used to have a Mox Opal but sold it ... anyhow Etched Champion in Metalcraft Mode with a Jitte put onto him is always very hard to deal with for the Opponent. Furthermore really good Competivte Knights i couldnt find anymore ... so if you have a good suggestion i could think about replacing Etched Champion with it... ?
1 month ago
Etched Champion occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.04%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%