Champion of the Parish

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed (DDQ) Rare
Innistrad (ISD) Rare

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Champion of the Parish

Creature — Human Soldier

Whenever another Human enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Champion of the Parish.

Champion of the Parish Discussion

ZendikariWol on Mono-White Prison

1 week ago

Authority of the Consuls is pretty dece against burn.

Blind Obedience is similar and would probably stall Whirza out a LOT.

Nyx-Fleece Ram is stunningly strong, gaining life and being able to bounce off anything short of a Champion of the Parish or Death's Shadow .

Just some unconventional suggestions, maybe they'll help, probably won't. But hey, it's something.

kamarupa on Orzhov lifedrain - Your life is mine

2 weeks ago

Declaration in Stone is pretty decent, but it is also a Sorcery. I think people have a misconception that Instants are better strictly because they allow for more immediate response. While speed is an undeniable advantage, in a deck without ramp, making use of mana on opponent's turns can also be more efficient. For example, with an Instant in hand, you can use untapped mana to remove a threat on an opponent's turn, then untap those lands on your turn, whereas a with a Sorcery, you have to wait until your turn and then choose between casting a removal spell or a creature spell. And then there's range - not all removal spells are equally useful, and in my humble opinion, Generous Gift is pretty solid - not only is it an Instant, but it works on everything. Of course, it also comes at the top of realistic CMC, vs stuff like Fatal Push and Path to Exile that are much narrower, but also allow versatility in casting more spells. I usually run 1-2x of a couple different removal spells that overlap, but also give me range. The added upside to singleton removals is that spells like Surgical Extraction etc that consider additional copies in hand/deck/graveyard, etc fizzle. The downside is against spells like Duress that reveal your hand, as singletons will make it easier for opponents to count your cards (as is true with land art). That's not something I usually care about, but I understand why other people do. I usually prefer white removal to black, so I might run something like 1x Blessed Alliance (versatile and works against hexproof/indestructivble), 1x Generous Gift (works against everything at Instant-speed), 1x Declaration in Stone (very strong against tokens and it exiles), 1x Cast Down (value of speed and application). I don't think this approach is favored in competitive play. Indeed, part of the reason for it is budget-related. If I could afford 16 copies of Path to Exile, it would be in a lot of my decks. And certainly, some of the same logic is generally reserved for Sideboards, which I also use to pad out my top removal spells along with other utilities like Pithing Needle , Ratchet Bomb , Nevermore , Celestial Purge , etc.

Yes, I think you should still try to lower the CMC. In a fast format like Modern, 5 mana on T5 isn't a lot! That's a total possible casting power of 15 over the course of your target game, and that's assuming you play a land each turn. (That also means you'll only be looking at a maximum pool of 12 cards, and 5 of those must be lands! So what 7 spells can you cast for 15 mana? That's only 2.14 mana on average!) If you consider the likely possibility that at least 2 of that 15 must be spent in preventing an opponent from winning, that leaves a maximum of 13 mana to cast other spells. If at least 1 of those other spells is going to be a wincon that costs 4 or more, that leaves 9. This is why spells like Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord are so difficult to use. If you cast him, you're left with only 5 mana total over the course of 5 turns to cast other creatures and spells. That's only 2x 2CMC creatures. Having 20x 2cmc creatures guarantees you'll get a couple, but it doesn't offset the price of trying to play bigger spells. If Sorin gets removed, or hit via evasion, trample, etc, you can lose a lot of limited resources, and because of spells like Generous Gift and Beast Within , opponents can remove any big threat for less than you can cast them. This can easily slippery slope into getting a combo and protecting it at all costs, which I think, while sometimes fun, is also not as good as a deck without a central/obvious threat. I'm big on value and synergy. Like, I think 30x Champion of the Parish and 10x Brave the Elements would beat just about anything. This all applies to your report on trouble with heavy counterspell/removal. Without a lot of disruption, you've got to be able to play creatures for less than opponents spend to remove them. That usually means no more than 4 spells at 3CMC and only 1-2 at 4+CMC. It also usually means at least 6 1CMC spells. Of course, you're constrained by the theme of the deck, which is all about life-drain, and I think you're way out in front of foolhardy decks trying to play Exquisite Blood+Sanguine Bond among a smattering of other 3CMC+ spells. That said, you still want to make your deck as competitive as possible within your budget, so anywhere you can make the deck faster, more efficient, and more consistent, you want to trade power all the way down to the minimum. Most games, you only need to get opponents from 20 life to 0.

To address Tron, I think it's worth going back to removal options briefly to point out that Generous Gift works on lands, which can be used to shut down Tron decks or at least slow them down. The great thing about GG is that it works on other stuff, too, making it considerably better than something like Rain of Tears , which is so specific and narrow, it's hard to justify even in a sideboard. Other stuff that's great against Tron: Ghost Quarter and less budget friendly, Field of Ruin . Damping Sphere is solid, too, and will favor your heavy-ish use of limited mana, as it's very possible you'll only have enough to cast 1 spell on many turns. To some degree, all this also depends a bit on what sort of threats the Tron decks you're facing are putting down, as it's a pretty broad archetype. Sometimes more removal or board wipes can be useful, but given the mana Tron produces, it's usually difficult to keep up with it once it's assembled. Oh. I got really carried away. Sorry about that. I hope some of this is useful.

THLombax on Sigarda Humans and Clues

1 month ago

I like the draw that Vanquisher's Banner gives you but for 5 mana, it's a big investment. I used to run Door of Destinies and Coat of Arms but I found that they just didn't help out as well as one would hope. The perks of Radiant Destiny is once you get the city's blessing, it can't be taken from you.

Champion of the Parish and Mother of Runes are great additions. Can't say enough good things about them.

But your passion for the two artifacts makes me reconsider them and I'll have to give them a second look. Especially having any of the doubling enchantments with Tamiyo's Journal can be solid.

From the Naya commander deck, I'm going to test out Song of the Worldsoul and Growing Ranks and see how they work.

My only concern with my deck is running so many enchantments lol

jotape42p on Sigarda Humans and Clues

1 month ago

Hey, thanks for the comment o/

Really Sigarda is a great commander for humans xD.

So, as for the cards, i considered Radiant Destiny over Vanquisher's Banner for its mana cost, but i really wanted to test the last because of the draw i have whenever i cast a human, but i'm willing to test Radiant Destiny to see if its better because of its early mana cost.

Oketra's Monument is there xD, the others are really good, but i don't have them at hand, ones i would definitely put are the Skullclamp , Champion of Lambholt and Increasing Devotion .

I did some modifications ( Haazda Marshal for Odric, Master Tactician and Impassioned Orator for Fiend Hunter ) but didn't tested yet, and i'm waiting for Thraben Doomsayer , Champion of the Parish and Mother of Runes , no idea what card i'll take off the deck for them xD.

As for Sword of the Animist , i really liked it because it's a mana machine both for the early as for the late game, it saved me when i got no mana. Tamiyo's Journal is a machine of draws and it helps being practically a tutor for a clue based deck (as i kind of tried to do but not enought xD), a late card but it played well.

Hope it helps o/

dragonstryke58 on Naban + Changeling + Champion ...

3 months ago

That is correct.

Mothdust Changeling has both human and wizard subtypes thanks to the Changeling ability. Champion of the Parish will trigger due to Mothdust Changeling being a human, and Naban, Dean of Iteration will cause Champion of the Parish to trigger twice due to Mothdust Changeling being a wizard. It is the same as if any other human wizard (like Prodigal Sorcerer ) entered the battlefield.

random_mage_X548 on Naban + Changeling + Champion ...

3 months ago

If, say, Mothdust Changeling enters the battlefield and triggers Champion of the Parish , am I correct to assume that Naban, Dean of Iteration will cause the Champion to trigger twice, because the changeling enters as both creature types? That's actually kind of self-explanatory, but I just want to make sure.

DashJovis1 on

3 months ago

Sorry, but I disagree with Plague Engineer not being maindeckable. I think people are thinking of it the way Engineered Plague is used in Legacy, which makes a certain amount of sense since it has the same ability. But in modern there are a LOT of 1 toughness creatures running around that this snipes. I love it when my turn 2 play kills my opponent's Noble Hierarch and keeps them from playing ANY of their Champion of the Parish , Thalia's Lieutenant , Thalia herself... And okay, that's a matchup where it's obviously good. But let's say you use pridemages to snipe any Hardened Scales and name Beast vs Hardened Scales, that feels really good too, just keeping opponents from playing Arcbound Ravager . Same matchup there are times you'll name construct or servo. Against control you usually name Wizards. Sure, they still get the ETB, but the reason Snapcaster Mage and Vendilion Clique are good is that they come with bodies. The effect itself isn't really worth the same cost, it's tacking it on to a body with flash that makes these cards so powerful. It comes out in game 2 vs control, my point is just that it isn't really dead most of the time, that even when its "bad" it can still be pretty good. Elves, Spirits, and Humans it's a strict hoser, but most matchups its at least a kill spell, sometimes killing multiple targets.

Yeah, the 7/7 on Gruul Spellbreaker is assuming exalted triggers. I've had it get bigger than that too, with Anafenza counters, but that's kind of the sweet spot, when it's a Carnage Tyrant with haste. On its own Gruul Spellbreaker is just another 4/4 the deck can drop on turn 2, but ideally, we're making several buddies for him. Could be that running Qasali Pridemage instead of switching the Spellbreakers for Knight of Autumn and running another 2 drop (scooze) is wrong. It makes me less flexible. But I think being able to destroy artifacts at instant speed is way better than sorcery speed vs Hardened Scales and Affinity, both of which can build a big creature at instant speed, and likewise, Gruul Spellbreaker's trample is often very relevant. Considering switching a 1 of Spellbreaker for a Knight of Autumn to make room for a Scavenging Ooze , but on the other hand Spellbreaker is doing his job. Hexproof saves him from instant speed lightning bolts, and occasionally allow him to charge in for the final blow, but that's not why you run him.

It could be that I should just be playing humans, but this deck does a lot of things humans doesn't, and attacks the format in a slightly different way, while still being a deck that creates a bunch of early 4/4s and attacks. I get what you're saying re my creatures dying to lightning bolts, but guess what humans creatures die to removal too. I'm willing to accept a slightly worse matchup against Burn decks and Tempo decks given that I see a lot more Path to Exile and Fatal Push than Lightning Bolt these days.

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