Hi there,

stumbled over Etched Champion and thought this could be a fun card to play. The deck is real simple:

  1. Get out a land, possible plays: Ghostfire Blade or Steel Wall.
  2. While we wait for Etched Champion, get some of the equipment cards out there. Ethersworn Canonist could be a way to slow your opponent down from turn 2 on.
  3. Get your Champion out there. If not drawn already, go tutor it with Trophy Mage or Fabricate.
  4. Begin to attach Equipment and start attacking.

That's about it, as I said real simple but hopefully fun to play. Inputs and suggestions are welcome!



HarrisonHarry says... #1

Dispatch and Thoughtcast could be fun

April 13, 2017 2:15 p.m.

tschiller says... #2

Oh dear, didn't know these two.. ty very much, let's see where I can fit them in :)

April 13, 2017 2:23 p.m.

HarrisonHarry says... #3

Maybe drop a couple Rogue's Gloves for Thoughtcast and maybe drop 1 Trophy Mage and 1 Vapor Snag for 2 Dispatch? +1 from me!

April 13, 2017 2:27 p.m.

Jace74 says... #4

Shrine of the Forsaken Gods seems a little slow. If you want ramp may be better to cut the Shrine of Forsaken gods, for maybe locus lands. you could also run man lands like Blinkmoth or God's eye. Darksteel Citadel and Academy Ruins are two other good options since they work with affinity

April 13, 2017 6:08 p.m.

tschiller says... #5

Hi Jace74. Me so dumb, overread the part with 7 or more lands o_O... ty for pointing this out, gonna see what I'll switch it for.

April 14, 2017 3:28 a.m.

The7thBobba says... #6

This looks like a whole lot of fun! Well done. Barbed Battlegear could probably do a lot of damage :) stay frosty!

April 14, 2017 4:55 a.m.

tschiller says... #7

Hi Bobba, ty for the suggestion, but it's kinda to costly. Tried to stay at max. 2 mana per Equipment ;)

April 14, 2017 5:30 a.m.

The7thBobba says... #8

You're very welcome, mate. And I got ya, wouldn't want to break the mold.

April 14, 2017 5:37 a.m.

I'd toss in a set of Darksteel Citadel because it helps with metalcraft and Affinity for Artifacts, and buffs Cranial Plating. Perhaps Master of Etherium as another win con and maybe Loxodon Warhammer as another equipment. It is over 2 mana, but lifelink seems like it would really help you stay alive long enough for your Champions to close the game.

April 14, 2017 9:11 p.m.

tschiller says... #10

Took in Darksteel Citadel. Ty :)

April 22, 2017 4:27 p.m.

mattman856 says... #11

If you don't draw the Champion or any tutors, then you could play Ornithopter and/or Memintes. (Gosh this is eventually gonna turn into affinity isn't it xD)

April 25, 2017 7:54 p.m.

hubatish says... #12

If you aren't aware, when you stumbled on Etched Champion (and found Cranial Plating to go well with it), you in fact have discovered an excellent, tier 1 Modern deck! Named affinity after the mechanic on Thoughtcast even though they don't necessarily play any of those cards any more. Here's a list recently that split Etched Champion with Master of Etherium. Here's a list:

April 25, 2017 11:35 p.m.

_ENTER says... #13

This looks like a really budget affinity combo deck. I would advice using Cranial Plating, and believe me that racks up fast! To make it faster you might want to add Memnite and Ornithopter to stack up the Cranial Plating. you can also drop Springleaf Drum turn one and get a champion turn 2! you might want to speed things up by playing a Mox Opal to play champion turn 1! But that card might be a little bit to expensive. For now it is a solid deck, but if you want more power you need to read up on affinity, I have a budget build: or the full build:

April 26, 2017 2:51 a.m.

tschiller says... #14

Hey guys, thank you for your feedbacks and yeah, I know that this is kinda a budget version of affinity. I'll keep your suggestions in mind but first I got to get the chance to playtest this a little bit :)

April 26, 2017 5:49 a.m.

hungry000 says... #15

Mox Opal probably wouldn't be budget, but it could occasionally get a turn 2 etched champion out.

April 30, 2017 7:05 p.m.

kamarupa says... #16

1-2xBuried Ruin seems like a no-brainer in the mana-base. Maybe also 1xTomb of the Spirit Dragon.

Personally, between Thoughtcast and Fabricate, I'd drop Trophy Mage and add Ornithopter. That way you get another good target for Cranial Plating and an artifact to work towards metal craft and affinity. I also really like Myr Servitor. I think you may want to trim back the equipments in favor of more artifact creatures, so that could be a fun, low cost option.

Other artifacts to consider: Paradise Mantle, Springleaf Drum, Signal Pest, Memnite, Grand Architect, Godsend.

I'd add Ratchet Bomb and Pithing Needle to the sideboard. Maybe Elixir of Immortality, too, depending on your playing circle.

April 30, 2017 7:25 p.m.

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