Karn, Scion of Urza


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance: Mythic Edition (RNAMED) Mythic Rare
Dominaria (DOM) Mythic Rare

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Karn, Scion of Urza

Legendary Planeswalker — Karn

+1: Reveal the top two cards of your library. An opponent chooses one of them. Put that card into your hand and exile the other with a silver counter on it.

-1: Put a card you own with a silver counter on it from exile into your hand.

-2: Create a 0/0 colorless Construct artifact creature token with "This creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact you control."

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Karn, Scion of Urza Discussion

ChrisHansonBiomancin on Colorless Conclusion

1 day ago

Imho the best cards that are really going to be the ones that win games for this kind of deck are Steel Overseer , Karn, Scion of Urza , and Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge . I mean no disrespect by saying that a lot of the other cards really aren't that good; it's just the reality of the card pool you have to work with in Standard.

One thing that all 3 of them have in common is that they reward you for having as many artifact creatures in play as possible. So my recommendation would be to adopt a go-wide strategy to fuel your breadwinners, and the best engines for that would probably be Saheeli, Sublime Artificer and Dovin, Grand Arbiter . Sai, Master Thopterist could be good as well with enough actual artifacts in the deck, but it would be tough to strike the right balance between the different demands of Saheeli, Sai, and Steel Overseer, so if I had to pick one to leave out it would be Sai, since that will allow you to keep the mediocre artifact creatures to a minimum & focus more on the powerful planeswalkers that generate tokens. Since I mentioned Dovin, Depose / Deploy is another good White card that could contribute to this strategy.

MoonHollow124 on Ensoul Artifacts

1 week ago

Cards I run in affinity that could help you here:

Master of Etherium : would be a 5/5 then get the +whatever/+whatever, plus pump your team

Karn, Scion of Urza : Can either be card draw or create tokens that when enchanted become at least 6/6's

Springleaf Drum : Especially w/ Memnite , can make insane starts by going Ornithopter , Ornithopter , Memnite , land, Springleaf Drum Springleaf Drum , Signal Pest . Just allows for more explosive nut draws.

Memnite : See above.

Cranial Plating : Easy to make your stuff huge quick.

Thoughtcast : Usually 1 mana for 2 cards. 2/3 of Ancestral Recall .

Inventors' Fair : Keep your life high and be able to tutor for specific artifacts

Spire of Industry : Almost always a 50 cent Mana Confluence

Blinkmoth Nexus : Another artifact land

Cards you should consider cutting:

Skilled Animator : Just a more fragile Ensoul Artifact

Blackmail : This deck is leaning on the faster side and you already have 10 Thoughtseize effects. Blackmail is the worst of them.

Tezzeret the Schemer : Inefficient removal, and the ult will never happen.


This is just my 2 cents, I hope you take these into considerati

Scornful_Egotist on Skred Deck help and discussion

3 weeks ago

Icbrgr: I think metal-craft/artifact Skred is interesting with New Karn, Scion of Urza , I might want to try it out if we get more options going forward.

lukas96: What do you think then of Chandra? I feel if anything she can be removed for new Chandra, Awakened Inferno when she's released as a solid one of, despite the cost might be good for slower metas.

The sideboard I can also see cleaning out Dragon's Claw , what would you put in? SSG seems very good for exploding on slower opponents, and meeting matches against unfair decks, Its solid all around so I can't see dropping him.

Gidgetimer on Why Was this Formatting Changed?

1 month ago

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The only functional difference I can see between Karn, Scion of Urza 's tokens and Voice of Resurgence 's tokens is if something were to set base P/T. Voice's tokens would be whatever the new effect set the P/T to and Karn's would be new base plus the buff from the static ability. The minutiae of the rules makes lot of things that appear the same at first glance slightly functionally different. I'm not sure why design chooses one over another, I am just familiar enough with subtle interactions to know what the difference means. Also, you are correct about what CDA means.

DemonDragonJ on Why Was this Formatting Changed?

1 month ago

Last_Laugh, now I understand the difference, but what about tokens? Why would the tokens that Karn, Scion of Urza generates use the static ability rather than the CDA?

Chuckles24 on Mardu Superfriends

1 month ago

I changed out Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord for Chandra, Fire Artisan . Mostly because I have Chandras, not necessarily because she’s better than Karn, Scion of Urza . I’d rather play Board the Weatherlight than Ignite the Beacon . I don’t know why, but I’m not a big fan of Ignite.

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Karn, Scion of Urza occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%


All decks: 0.04%


All decks: 0.28%


All decks: 0.34%