Ethersworn Canonist


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

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters (MMA) Rare
Shards of Alara (ALA) 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

freakingShane on Avacyn, Prison Warden

4 days ago

Okay, brace yourself. I'm going all out.

  • P.S. Sorry that my inner spike ignores price...

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rockleemyhero on Marath Says No

6 days ago

Ah, my bad for missing the crypt!

Chrome Mox is a cEDH staple. I used to feel that way in my rafiq deck which is also full of dorks, but the moxes just enable the most broken starts. Getting a 2 CMC stax piece on t1 can really set your opponents back quite a bit. I'd highly recommend testing it, you really can't go wrong with a 0 mana piece of ramp even if it's card disadvantage. The card disadvantage is less relevant when games are over quicker as well. Stax unfortunately needs all the speed it can get to keep up with fast combo.

Blood Moon is, in my opinion, one of the top 3 stax pieces in cEDH. It's an insane powerhouse, and you are in a perfect shell for it since you have dorks and can activate marath for colorless mana to wreck your opponent's dorks to keep them off colored mana. It's the primary stax piece in my version of marath stax here. If you have a bunch of mono green decks in your meta its probably not worth it, but it can still do a ton of work against 3+ color high tide decks. If you have any 4c partners in your meta giving you trouble, it's almost an auto include :)

Even though you rely on artifact wincons, I still think you are much less affected by Null Rod/Stony Silence than your non-green opponents. These pieces shut down a ton of storm lines; they almost can't go off with them down.

Ethersworn Canonist is a beast. If you are a stax deck you need access to rule of law effects, no question. They are the best catch all pieces. Marath can easily durdle around with his ability while your opponents sit there trying to sculpt their hands 1 ponder at a time, or ramp via 1 dork at a time. Seriously Canonist is a beast and I would really really suggest you try him out. One of the top 3 stax pieces I tutor for in any of my stax decks.

Other than that, a few of your pieces feel a bit slow. Devoted Druid seems weak outside of the vizier combo, GW selvala feels bad in a stax deck where you want to virtually decrease your opponent's hand size, not give them more chances to get out underneath your stax, and rishkar, harsh mentor, aura of silence (too slow, rocks are out before it lands usually) and teeg (who shuts off your own geddons) feel either too cute or not enough for the cost in my experience. But you know your meta better than I do :).

PS Thanks for checking out my cEDH decks and for even getting a topic going on cEDH on t/o! We really need to foster more of that community here as it is pretty sparse at the moment.

Kaleo42 on Marath Says No

1 week ago


Mana Crypt is in the list. Mox Diamond will go in when I get one. Chrome Mox I own but I have struggled with adding, this deck struggles on having enough cards and racing to the extra mana I am not convinced is worth the average card in my hand. I will continue to keep it in consideration though.

Blood Moon, Ethersworn Canonist and Stony Silence can be very prohibitive to my own game plan. Null Rod has the same problem but has been considered as it is easier for me to get rid of when I need to. If I was to run Blood Moon I would run Magus of the Moon instead as I can easily get rid of it if it stopping my deck more than theirs, my meta is a little basic heavy due to mono color and High Tide strategies.

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben was worse in the original draft but should definitely find a slot now. Thank you for reminding me to look at it.

rockleemyhero on Marath Says No

1 week ago

Hey nice list! I used to play something very similar. Is there a particular reason you've opted out on fast mana rocks in your decks? Mox Diamond, Chrome Mox, and Mana Crypt are some of the most degenerate things a cedh can do. You're missing some of the best stax pieces available too such as Ethersworn Canonist, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Blood Moon, Null Rod, and Stony Silence (still worth running at least one of these imo even if they turn off one of your own combos),

APPLE01DOJ on Storm Hate Help Needed

1 week ago

I agree with the above.

Just wanted to point out Ethersworn Canonist is prolly the best anti storm creature.

Hobbez9186 on Hobbez9186

1 month ago

New rotation means a lot of new deck building for Standard! Sometimes you have to get real creative and sometimes you get real messy trying out new things and using cards in new ways while looking at them under a new light. Today I've got 3 completely different builds that range from tightly synergized to chaotic. Let's have a look!

The first is an attempt to bring out the best of some overlooked Dinosaurs in fun budget Tribal build I call:

Next I've got a really weird mono-white Monument build that goes a lot of different directions but somehow actually works. Check it out:

Finally, I'm actually pretty excited about this mostly land deck that came together much more organically than the other two. This "Desert Tribal" shell works around a unique pair of cards that pulls out a pretty unexpected finish in a very interesting way. I don't want to give away too much, see it for yourself here:

Deserts After Dark

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Finally, I haven't put pen to paper with this Modern idea yet but playing around with Midnight Oil got me thinking of a really really bizarre combination of cards in Mardu colors. See if you can figure out where I'm going with this, I'll list the elaborate setup here:

Basically you get Midnight Oil down to 0 counters either by playing it that way with Solemnity or eating them with Vampire Hexmage. Then you Offer it to your opponent in a Harmless manner so that they have 0 max hand size. Orrery forces them to draw extra cards during their upkeep and Rhetoric makes it so that they can't play more than one spell per turn. If they draw land they can play extra per turn to reduce the number of cards discarded but it will cause the same 2 damage that Caress does for having discarded them. Essentially this combo is you building a box around your opponent and then gradually reducing the size of the box while they are still inside of it. I can see other cards that add value to this sort of machine and I might be using way more cards than necessary. I'm just spitballing here, I'll be looking for more efficient ways to accomplish my grand scheme. I know, it's all ridiculous :)

Ruw on Your hand is my hand sentriplets

1 month ago

Mycosynth Lattice will let you play anything from anyone. Also Ethersworn Canonist is great if you are going to run mostly of artifacts. Darksteel Forge in combination with Mycosynth Lattice make your things indestructible. I would also throw in Bribery and Acquire just to take more things from opponents. Blightsteel Colossus drop in with Master Transmuter is a good wincon also.

rockleemyhero on Rafiq midrange stax cEDH

1 month ago

hey jerimie.mcbrayer, thanks for the upvote and feedback!

With my tutors, i like to simply divide it into offensive and defensive plays. Sometimes there is a food chain player threatening to go off turn 3 or a storm deck threatening an eot turn 2 ad nauseum, in which case I will search up a defensive piece to slow the tempo of the game down to my pace. This is balanced with knowledge of my opponent's decks and hands, if I believe that someone else will play the control role and use a piece of interaction to stop the early combo, then I will go for a more proactive offensive threat.

My top Creature tutor targets:

First is Cold-Eyed Selkie and close 2nd is Linvala, Keeper of Silence. Occasionally Ethersworn Canonist, Serra Ascendant, Stoneforge Mystic or Sovereigns of Lost Alara if I'm going for the kill.

My top Enlightened Tutor targets:

First is Mystic Remora by a long shot in the early game. This card is insane and wins games on its own. Rest in Peace and Grafdigger's Cage are great proactive defensive maneuvers as well.

My top Mystical Tutor targets:

This one isn't as easy, but I'm starting to lean heavier into grabbing Hunter's Insight in my removal light meta. Late game I'm more likely to grab a Cyclonic Rift and rarely I will get a piece of removal or counterspell. Usually I'll get a counterspell if I think I have the game in the next turn and need to protect my board.

My curve is completely reliant on the board state. In my meta, turn 3 combo wins aren't only common, but expected. So therefore I typically play a stax piece sooner than rafiq. Rafiq acts as a pump spell on a hatebear the turn he comes down, which is a nice way to apply pressure without having to devote slots to providing him haste.

Ironically, Path to Exile is a card I've been reconsidering lately. It's historically been mediocore as it helps your opponent curve out or increase their tempo. It's also pretty bad on opponent's generals, except in an emergency. That being said, the deck goes for the long game and I've seen an abundance of reanimator strategies lately since Protean Hulk got unbanned and tymna+tana blood pod has increased in popularity. I would play Path to Exile here before I play Pongify/Rapid Hybridization/Reality Shift and even Beast Within because timely blockers can often act as a time walk against us (one of the biggest weaknesses of the deck).

I haven't played this staxier version of rafiq in a few weeks, I recently brewed up a version that utilizes time magic and wins with infinite Seasons Past loops to run away with the game. It's very tempo heavy and relies weightily on our friend and MVP Cold-Eyed Selkie. Here it is if you're curious. I'm 2-1 with it so far in competitive pods and may update this list completely if it continues to be successful!

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