Ethersworn Canonist


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters Rare
Shards of Alara Rare

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Ethersworn Canonist

Artifact Creature — Human Cleric

Each player who has played a nonartifact spell this turn can't play additional nonartifact spells.

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Ethersworn Canonist Discussion

Ohthenoises on God Sram It!

5 days ago

I'm not sure I want Ethersworn Canonist seeing as it stops my storm plan in it's tracks. Retract and Grapeshot are both non-artifact spells I need to cast to win.

Erayo, Soratami Ascendant doesn't provide a win condition. She just stalls the game to a point where they can't win and have to rely on poking them with a 2/2. Not very efficient.

Monastery Mentor Provides a very go wide win that can do a lot of work if Grapeshot is unavailable. Making 5-6 guys, untapping and then pumping them is usually enough to win the game. This plan gets boosted by Sigarda's Aid which I need to add to the SB since I can do this on the opponent's end step.

WhisperingBlade on God Sram It!

5 days ago

Have you considered Erayo, Soratami Ascendant over Monastery Mentor? It and Ethersworn Canonist can create a pretty mean lock on the board. Running 1 Erayo, 1 Ethersworn Canonist, and 2 Muddle the Mixture can be a great sideboard plan.

KailDaemon on Mono White Storm :O

1 week ago

Ethersworn Canonist will help you protect the combo on your turn. Even if they counter the reservoir, if your one nonartifact spell is that Frantic Salvage, you can continue and still go off. Their only choice is to kill the canonist or hope someone else has a counterspell also or kill sram but if he has hexproof or shroud it wont matter.

iamyoona on Paradox Engine Storm: cEDH Primer

1 week ago

Playtested a lot this weekend. I think Zhur-Taa Druid is unplayable. It doesn't have haste and there's no way to grant it haste in the deck. I think Dark Confidant is still a better card even if you're going off Turn 4 because there's a chance you can't and it lets the deck go through a lot of answers.

I think Carpet of Flowers is a meta call but if you have lot's of blue slingers, it's still a fit as it's basically a ritual.

I found Past in Flames too clunky. I'd replace it with Snapcaster Mage or something to get a cheaper hit. I still felt I needed a Toxic Deluge to deal with Hate Bears. When I was playing, rocks were much more important than the couple dorks I had and Deluge allowed me to get through things like Eidolon of Rhetoric, Ethersworn Canonist. I think Rakdos Charm or Natural State should deserve a slot to get through Null Rod / Stony Silence.

I'll keep testing and let you know what I find. Card's that felt worse were Vandalblast (it's sorcery, I think Natural State is better), Bring to Light (Never found it necessary for the investment), Reality Shift (no great way to recur it), Intuition (I might be playing this less correct but it's middling.).

Also, I'm now praying Paradox Engine isn't banned soon because this list is far stronger than anything else I've tested. Already got it on paper too. Boonweaver Giant combo, Doomsday combo, Food Chain combo are all pretty much less consistent/resilient.

Sgt.Pickles on Life gain never burnt so good!

1 week ago

One thing I can suggest is that maybe Searing meditation should go. The deck seems more than strong enough and I feel like it's just a dead card. I don't know what I would put as a replacement. Ajani's Pridemate is something that comes to mind. Or Maybe just a really solid card that doesn't necessarily go with the rest of the deck? A Gideon? Nahiri? Bonfire of the Damned? One card that I love that often goes overlooked is Harness by Force. It looks like it might be okay in your deck.

As for sideboard, you should look to cards that more directly counter the metagame as opposed to cards that already go in your deck. Keep the blasphemous act (or even mainboard it in place of searing meditation), keep the wear and tear, but maybe you should scrap brave the elements (cause you can already win with burn and your charms already protect some creatures) scrap the story circle (for the same reason; you already have lots of protection). I can't think off the top of my head what the staple boros sideboard cards are, but there's uh... Surgical Extraction, Grafdigger's Cage, Relic of Progenitus, Pithing Needle, Ethersworn Canonist, Stony Silence, Silence, etc. Unfortunately, modern staple sideboards are often expensive as you can see. I look forward to seeing how this deck evolves! I think it's really damn cool.

Omeros on Queen Marchesa

1 week ago

General comments:

  1. You've got far more lands than you need. Use artifacts for fast mana (i.e. ramp in early turns) and cut down to 33-36 lands.

  2. Stax is very meta dependent. I don't know what decks you play against most often so some card suggestions may be a poor fit. That said, general resource denial is staple of stax strategies and you're light on it currently.

Cards to cut to make room for recommendations below: Loxodon Warhammer, Balance (this is banned in EDH), Burning Wish (you have no sideboard!), Whispersilk Cloak, generally fewer MLD spells unless you build more heavily to make it one-sided. Stax wants to find ways to break parity in the mess it creates of the game state. Royal Assassin, Solemn Simulacrum, Windborn Muse, Devastating Dreams, possibly all 3 walkers as there are easier ways to "recur" small creatures to sac.

Artifacts to consider: Sphere of Resistance, Talisman of Indulgence, Thorn of Amethyst, Tangle Wire, Cursed Totem, Chrome Mox, Trinisphere, Uba Mask.

Creatures to consider (heavily dependent on your meta): Aven Mindcensor, Containment Priest, Ethersworn Canonist, Recruiter of the Guard, Spirit of the Labyrinth, Lodestone Golem, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Vryn Wingmare, Glowrider, Reassembling Skeleton, Eidolon of Rhetoric.

Instants and sorceries to consider: Reanimate, Swords to Plowshares, Wheel of Fortune.

Expensive (well above $15) non-land cards to consider: Mox Diamond, Mana Crypt, Chalice of the Void, Linvala, Keeper of Silence, Magus of the Moon, Vampiric Tutor.

Land recommendations: As many of the fetchlands in your colors as you can afford (Bloodstained Mire, Polluted Delta, Windswept Heath, Flooded Strand, Wooded Foothills, Marsh Flats, Scalding Tarn, Verdant Catacombs, Arid Mesa). Budget alternatives are the Mirage cycle of fetches, such as Bad River.

Ravnica Shocklands in your colors (Blood Crypt, Sacred Foundry, Godless Shrine) and the one relevant Tango land Smoldering Marsh as these four can be fetched.

Utility and other lands: Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Buried Ruin, Volrath's Stronghold, Ancient Tomb.

Gates88 on How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Storm

2 weeks ago

You definitely want Lashknife and you may want other free spells like Reverent Mantra just to increase storm count.

Getting Aetherflux Reservoir out seems like the biggest priority, so more artifact searching is necessary. Inventors' Fair is an obvious inclusion and Kuldotha Forgemaster may be good too. Recruiter of the Guard doesn't tutor for artifacts, but it does tutor for Puresteel Paladin, which is important to the combo.

Mana seems like an issue for the deck, so run Mana Crypt, Grim Monolith, and all the other good rocks. One option to explore is an Eggs package with Krark-Clan Ironworks, Second Sunrise/Open the Vaults/Faith's Reward, and a bunch of cheap cantrip artifacts (Chromatic Sphere, etc.). This would give you a huge storm count and let you cycle through your deck more easily while at the same time producing a lot of mana.

For a backup win condition, maybe consider the Bomberman combo (Auriok Salvagers+Lion's Eye Diamond). The only problem with it is that you don't really have an outlet for it (I mean I guess you could run Staff of Domination but that doesn't actually win the game). It generates infinite storm count for Aetherflux Reservoir though so it has that going for it, I guess.

As far as Stax goes, I think that adding some hatebears would do the deck some good. A lot of the better ones like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Spirit of the Labyrinth, and Stony Silence we won't be able to run because of the nature of our combo (playing lots of noncreature artifacts and drawing most of our deck), but we can still run a lot of other good stuff. Aura of Silence, Aven Mindcensor, Blind Obedience, Winter Orb, Containment Priest, Hokori, Dust Drinker, Linvala, Keeper of Silence, Grasp of Fate, Peacekeeper, Sanctum Prelate, Leonin Arbiter, Swords to Plowshares, Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Hushwing Gryff, Armageddon, and potentially even Ethersworn Canonist can all work in this deck.

You should also add Skullclamp, Sensei's Divining Top, Weathered Wayfarer, and Sun Titan because they're just good cards.

Looks like a neat little deck and I'm interested to see where you go with it.

TheGodofNight on

2 weeks ago


Memnite is an overrated card for Affinity/Robots. I get that it is used to enable "metalcraft" but more often not, after dropping it, it is rarely used for anything than chump blocking or being sacced to Arcbound Ravager. Yes, with a Steel Overseer it can potentialy get huge, but it doesn't have fly or other evasion, so it can be chump blocked all day long. Most Affinity/Robot decks have migrated away from Memnite in favor of flyers, such as Vault Skirge and Ornithopter. It is for the same reason, most folks will run 4 Etched Champion over Master of Etherium as he can be chump blocked all day long.


Bogles - Wear / Tear, Spellskite, an early Whipflare, Thoughtseize, and Ethersworn Canonist will shut this deck down.

Infect - Spellskite is your number one answer, Whipflare, Thoughtseize, and Ethersworn Canonist.

Bant Eldrazi/Tron - Blood Moon kills their land base, Ancient Grudge shuts down their ramp rocks, Thoughtseize, Ethersworn Canonist slows them down, and Torpor Orb stops some of their ETB triggers which buys you time.

W/R Prison - Pithing Needle for Planeswalker heavy versions, Thoughtseize to kill their win cons.

Abzan CoCo - Blood Moon kills 3 color decks in the face, Spellskite to redirect removal, Ethersworn Canonist to slow down their creature base.

Affinity - Ancient Grudge, Wear / Tear, and Spellskite.

Grixis Delver - Whipflare, Ethersworn Canonist, Blood Moon, Spellskite, and Thoughtseize, although this isn't usually a bad match up for me.

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