Alright, I playtested this a few times, and, it's way too slow for Modern affinity. I wasn't getting enough land, and I found myself not able to cast Master of Etherium or Etched Champion consistently until turn 5 or 6. You seem to be able to afford the Glimmervoid s and the Blinkmoth Nexus , So What I'm going to suggest shouldn't be out of your price range.
Other good additions are Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas , Thoughtcast , Vault Skirge , Signal Pest , Springleaf Drum , and Arcbound Ravager . Although if you go the Ravager route, Don't overlook Disciple of the Vault .
Here's My Modern Affinity deck; deck:cranial-plating-is-bawssauce, Just in case you want to look it over and see something helpful I may have missed.
September 3, 2012 6:40 a.m.
Thoughtcast is a really key component of an affinity deck (It's actually the only card with the affinity keyword the deck usually uses, in fact) as it nets you a huge amount of draw for virtually free. In a deck like this you're going to be casting a lot of spells for completely free, so being able to draw more things to play faster is what wins you the game. Having said that about affinity, your Frogmites are definitely still a playable card if you're not going to go all out on Arcbound Ravagers, though if you can afford it ravager is the way to go.
If you're on a budget that allows you to do it I would also recommend running fetchlands, as they smooth out your deck - you grab your steam vents now which means you don't topdeck them later when you really need something else to win. While Scalding Tarn is the red/blue fetchland, it's also not been reprinted in a long time so it's $77, but since you're only running two colors anyway you can actually just use Flooded Strand or similar, since it'll grab steam vents either way.
Despite all the mana sources you have in your springleaf drums and mox opals I think you're running too few lands, especially if you're going to be using colored artifacts like master of etherium and etherium sculptor. I would run:
4x Darksteel Citadel 4x Glimmervoid 4x Blinkmoth Nexus 4x Flooded Strand 2x Steam Vents 2x Island
That's a total of 20 Land which is more where you aught to be. The basic islands are in there because Path to Exile exists. Just think, if somebody uses path to exile on one of your creatures and there isn't a single basic in your deck to fetch, they've just exiled a creature for free. You could run just one island if you feel that's enough but pretty much every white deck is going to be packing 4x path to exile so 2 is a safer number in my mind.
To make room for the land I would probably remove the 4x master of etherium altogether. As an artifact lord it's fairly impressive but it doesn't do anything that your steel overseers can't do, and in fact it's worse because while overseer's +1/+1 counters remain if it dies, the boost from the masters doesn't stick around. I also think that Ethersworn Canonist is more of a sideboard card to bring in against decks that it hurts the most, but if it counters your local meta hard or you just really love it as a card, that's a perfectly good reason to run it.
If you really want a big affinity beater I would recommend running one or two copies of Broodstar because most of the time it's going to do more work than the master of etherium would.
I know it's already been recommended but Vault Skirge is an absolute monster in affinity, this thing comes down turn 1 at the cost of just two life, and it has lifelink so you're gonna make that life back right away. Just swing once with it, that's half the life you spent covered, stick a cranial plating or an ensoul artifact on it turn 2, you've gained life overall.
Finally, sideboard cards to consider. This will vary greatly depending on what decks your friends or the people at your store (or the people on mtgo if that's where you play) play, but here's a few cards which are welcome in pretty much any sideboard:
Relic of Progenitus or Tormod's Crypt allow you to completely screw over any deck that relies on the graveyard, especially anything looking to us reanimation or flashback effects. Surgical Extraction can be played for 2 life if you don't have the black mana up and it ruins combo decks' day a lot of the time. Pithing Needle or Phyrexian Revoker can be used to shut off any annoying activated abilities that are giving you a hard time, most notably planeswalkers. They are extremely welcome here as they are artifacts, I would probably run 2 or 3 revokers in my sideboard since it's a useful creature too. Dismember is another sideboard card with a phyrexian mana cost. 4 life is quite a lot but if you're killing a 4/4 with it, you're saving yourself from 4 damage anyway, and getting rid of the creature so it can't keep swinging. It's not a direct destroy ability either so it kills indestructible targets, and it's great for getting rid of something big that's keeping you from winning. If you're having problems with combo decks then a few counterspells would definitely not be a bad choice either, Stoic Rebuttal is a decent one for affinity if you're not going for a true control deck with a lot of counterspells. Two of those in the sideboard could save the day.
I hope some of these suggestions are helpful to you and sorry if this is too much text, I couldn't really keep it short.
November 22, 2015 6:56 a.m.
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This deck is Modern legal.
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