Etchings of the Chosen
As Etchings of the Chosen enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures you control of the chosen type get +1/+1.
, Sacrifice a creature of the chosen type: Target creature you control gains indestructible until end of turn.
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|Modern Horizons (MH1)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Etchings of the Chosen Discussion
1 week ago
Hey, your deck is missing it's Commander. If Alela is the Commander of this deck then you can make it official by tagging her with CMDR. In the deck editor put the CMDR tag after Alela, Artful Provocateur text.
1x Alela, Artful Provocateur *F* *CMDR*
What this does is it displays the card image of Alela in the deck list making her the official Commander of your deck.
Bident of Thassa is a good repeatable draw source with Faeries. Faeries have flying meaning that more times than not you will do combat damage to your opponents when you attack. For each Faerie who does combat damage to an opponent you draw a card. This can draw you a lot of cards. Consider cutting Festive Funeral for Bident?
Some upgrades within the budget to consider:
- Cloud of Faeries > Moonglove Changeling
- Faerie Conclave > Safe Haven
- Faerie Swarm > Glen Elendra Pranksters
- Faerie Formation > Nightshade Schemers
- Latchkey Faerie > Fencer Clique
- Etchings of the Chosen > Always Watching
- Favorable Winds > Eel Umbra
- Counterspell > Spell Syphon
- Open the Armory > River's Grasp
- Generous Gift > Mortify
- Brainstorm > Cerulean Wisps
- Ponder > Advice from the Fae
- Mask of Memory > Winged Words
- Detention Sphere > Prison Realm
- Chromatic Lantern > Mana Geode
- Exotic Orchard > Rupture Spire
- Caves of Koilos > Vivid Meadow
- Sunken Hollow > Dimir Aqueduct
- Esper Panorama > Evolving Wilds
Good luck with your deck.
2 weeks ago
Looks good overall. I would personally try to cut some more expensive cards and add some more artifacts or enchantments to help out your game plan.
Spirit of the Spires is possibly low impact. Giving one extra toughness isn't a huge boost, and you may be able to fit something more useful in that spot.
Dromar's Cavern I personally wouldn't run this card, it just feel really bad when you're behind and I don't think that the fixing it gives you is work sacrificing a land. Path of Ancestry is a good, semi-budget alternative.
I'm not 100% sold on Etchings of the Chosen. Since you have a few different types of token generators it may be difficult to have whichever creature type you need. It might be great, I'm not totally sure!
In terms of additions, I've been on board with trying to play 38 lands in most of the decks that I have so maybe add an additional land. I would try to sneak another piece of graveyard hate, perhaps Nihil Spellbomb or Relic of Progenitus?
Also consider moving some enchantment removal to more efficient instant/sorcery removal. I understand it goes against the theme of the deck, so I'd only do so if you find yourself struggling.
4 weeks ago
I used to play upgraded Vampiric Bloodlust a lot. You need either a lot of cheap vampires (1 and 2 CMC) + some card draw and play as much vampires as fast as possible, or a lot of recursion, since there usually is a lot of wraths. I recommend these cards (I consider them to be Edgar staples):
- Dusk / Dawn - serves as wrath & recursion
- Reconnaissance - gives vigilance to any (your) creature you want & helps in combat (you may withdraw your creatures from combat) (read errata, because the card now works differently from the original text)
- Shared Animosity - the best anthem for vampires! if you have a lot of cheap vampires on the battlefield, this enchantment wins the game!
- Etchings of the Chosen - anthem & protection for your important vampires
- Anguished Unmaking - I know it's about 5 USD, but it's completely worth it, my favourite removal/wrath
- Wear / Tear - great art. & ench. removal
- New Blood - must have in vampire deck
- Skullclamp - the best card draw for your deck!
4 weeks ago
If you really want to power up your faeries, take a look at anthem enchantments. Glorious Anthem is a good start, but there are many others (most of which have fairly useful side-quirks) like Radiant Destiny, Force of Virtue, Gravitational Shift, Favorable Winds and Etchings of the Chosen. Cathars' Crusade isn't technically an anthem, but it can be no less hilarious if you can set up a turn of enchantment / artifact storming. If you have the budget for it, and you aren't too opposed to artifacts, The Immortal Sun is a pricey piece, but it has a lot going on, especially if you don't run any of your own planeswalkers. A fair bit of warning on this anthem route: Skullclamp absolutely will not work the way you want if you play anything that offers toughness bonuses to your tokens unless you have some kind of sacrifice outlet. Some seem to consider that alone as reason to not anthem your faeries into the stratosphere, even if it's very possible on even tight budgets. Others tend to avoid anthem spamming because it makes you look far more dangerous than you're likely prepared to be, and impromptu archenemy is no fun to be on the wrong side of.
For space, I'd take out Ancestral Blade, as I've never been a big fan of that card when you can get far faster, cheaper, and overall more robust power-ups from anthem sources. (It's more of a knight tribal / white weenie card.) Also you may want to tone down your sizable nonland permanent hate. Oblivion Ring type effects are fine in the short term, ideally if you're ready to swing for lethal if not for that pesky Ghostly Prison in the way, but eventually you could get your enchantment answered and be right back where you started. For long-term answers, you're better off with Swords to Plowshares and Mortify (or arguably even better, Counterspell) effects that can straight up remove the problem for good, especially if exiling is involved. No sense tying someone's arm behind their back when you can just shoot them in the head.
If you wanted to win on commander damage, Cranial Plating is a fairly-priced budget piece that can play well into smashing face with Alela, especially if you can spare the mana to attach at instant speed. Shadowspear is a fairly expensive piece, as you would expect from something that not only confers trample (a bit hard to come by in Esper colors), but can strip hexproof and indestructible.
You don't have a lot of ramp sources. Ramp can be tricky to come by outside of Green, so you probably want a good 8-12 artifacts, probably closer to 12. You already have the big two (Arcane Signet and Sol Ring), Heraldic Banner, and most of the Talismans. You can also look into Signets (Azorius, Dimir, Orzhov), Diamonds (Sky, Marble, Charcoal) and Myrs (Silver, Gold, Leaden). Mind Stone and Worn Powerstone aren't terribly expensive for colorless artifacts, and Everflowing Chalice, Thran Dynamo and Gilded Lotus aren't much more expensive than that. And last but not least, particularly if you're leaning more heavily into enchantments, the newcomer Nyx Lotus from TBD is a fantastic choice if you plan to have a lot of colored non-token permanents on board. Alternatively, you could lean massively into artifacts given how much Alela likes them anyway, though it's worth pointing out that (1) artifacts have some of the widest ranges of cheap and commonly played answers and (2) the vast majority of them do zilch for your color devotion.
It might seem counter-intuitive to include board wipes in a deck designed to go wide with faeries. My take is that eventually you're going to be on the wrong end of a wipe at some point, so you want to have some wipes of your own ready to go just in case someone rebuilds quickly or you start getting jumped on by the rest of the table. This is especially important as Alela decks' bodies mostly come in the form of tokens that get wrecked outright by the ever-popular Cyclonic Rift. Speaking of which, it's worth pointing out that Cyclonic Rift has a cousin card in white, Winds of Abandon. Less good admittedly, but it's a lot more budget friendly, and even overloads for less mana. Speaking of budget, Time Wipe and Kaya's Wrath are other classic wallet-friendly wipes, while the flat out best one (after Cyc Rift) seems to be Toxic Deluge. Another reason to have wipes in Esper: they have some of the strongest ones in the game.
1 month ago
I know it's minor, but I like two-drop mana rocks over three-drops when I can get them-- Talisman of Hierarchy and Orzhov Signet and Star Compass. Bontu's Monument is kind of like ramp for your black creatures and also gives you incidental life gain/drain.
Bojuka Bog is a nice graveyard-hate piece with little downside and Tainted Field comes in untapped and will usually give you colored mana. Caves of Koilos is also nice coming in untapped and Silent Clearing gives you the option for card draw when you need it.
Working in some on-theme card draw will help you find your threats and answers. Dawn of Hope synergizes nicely with what you're doing. Icon of Ancestry is pseudo-card draw that buffs your creatures. With all the life you're gaining, Underworld Connections is a nice source of card draw that doesn't really hurt. I also like Marchesa's Decree since you're already running enchantments to discourage your opponents from attacking you and the monarch is a fun mechanic.
Triskaidekaphobia could be an interesting alternate win-condition.
Suggested cuts: Arvad is kind of expensive and has payoffs with only 4 cards in your deck (including the commander) Cast Down doesn't let you deal with your opponents' commanders. Life gain that doesn't do anything but gain life like Sanguine Sacrament and Beacon of Immortality. Impale (Murder is cheaper, Mortify is more versatile, exile effects might even be more efficient)
1 month ago
Seems like quite the fun deck. Methinks it could use some hand refilling, though. To that end I'd go for actual draw with Distant Melody and Brass Herald, Icon of Ancestry, and Sylvan Messenger to get more elves in your hand. Also Etchings of the Chosen and Steely Resolve are great ways to keep your dudes around.
1 month ago
Looks good! You might like these: Spark Double, Bag of Holding, Bone Miser, Forgotten Creation, Alhammarret's Archive, Sunbond, Cradle of Vitality, Syr Konrad, the Grim, Carnival of Souls, Drake Haven, Undead Alchemist, Anointer Priest, Tunnel Vision, Etchings of the Chosen, Callous Dismissal, Lazotep Plating
1 month ago
Joe_Ken_ I agree Thank you for the suggestions. Fumigate is definitely better and cheap too so I could pick one up. I have been looking to drop some cheaper mana rocks in as well.