Ethersworn Canonist

Ethersworn Canonist

Artifact Creature — Human Cleric

Each player who has played a nonartifact spell this turn can't play additional nonartifact spells.

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters (MMA) Rare
Shards of Alara (ALA) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Ethersworn Canonist occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%


All decks: 0.03%


All decks: 0.01%

Ethersworn Canonist Discussion

Dango on Anafenza "Raz-Bear-y" Jam

4 days ago

Noobzaurs thank you for your response. I also realized shortly after my post that Deafening Silence doesn't necessarily stop consultation oracle lines while Ethersworn Canonist does which is really something to consider in this new shift in the metagame.

rdean14 on Card creation challenge

4 days ago

In making my Sygg, Tollfolk and Governor-Goddess Ephara Decks, I became very interested in turn-related effects, and that inspire this card, as well as Klothys, God of Destiny, who switches the way usually work, whereas most Gruul cards use green's might to accomplish red's free spirit, She uses Red's fury to express nature's law which green cares about.

Based on (GerĂ°r)[] in Kaldheim.

Khyrteh, Goddess of Polar Winter

Legendary Snow Creature - God

Protection from instants

You may cast Khyrteh, Goddess of Polar Winter

Whenever a player casts a spell at a time they couldn't cast a sorcery, that player loses 5 life.

At the beginning of your endstep, if you cast no spells this turn, search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it and you gain 5 life.


This deck would use Eidolon of Rhetoric, Rule of Law, Curse of Exhaustion, Ethersworn Canonist, Oppression, Uba Mask, Tainted AEther, Desolation, Angelic Arbiter, Nullstone Gargoyle, and Painful Quandary effects to force my opponents to make difficult decisions. Bloodchief Ascension, Strionic Resonator, etc. would also give you more advantage from this ability.

Tax effects, like Thorn of Amethyst, Sphere of Resistance, Trinisphere, Lodestone Golem, Trinisphere, Nether Void, Glowrider, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Aura of Silence, Spelltithe Enforcer, Chancellor of the Annex and Feroz's Ban

Decree of Pain, Decree of Justice, Astral Drift, Death Pulse, Dirge of Dread, Eternal Dragon, Gempalm Avenger, Gempalm Polluter, Renewed Faith, Stir the Sands, Sunfire Balm and Abandoned Sarcophagus & Archfiend of Ifnir, also Oketra's Attendant, Undead Gladiator, Bloodsoaked Champion, Dread Wanderer, Nether Spirit, Nether Traitor, Reassembling Skeleton, Bloodghast, Angel of Sanctions,Anointer Priest, Sacred Cat, Dark Depths, Thespian's Stage, Shambling Vent, etc. to avoid 'casting' spells.

grand arbiter synergizes well... yeah...

I'm a stax player who got into the deck because of Death and Taxes, especially Mother of Runes, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben (Her printing got me into standard/formal play), Gaddock Teeg, and Iona, Shield of Emeria.

I really just made a card I wish existed...

I'd like to see another Kaldheim God!

Dango on Anafenza "Raz-Bear-y" Jam

1 month ago

KayneMarco Kunoros isn't asymmetric like Anafenza is, nor does it stop Flash Hulk, which is precisely why someone would want to run Anafenza as a more niche anti-meta commander. More often than not you'd want to land Anafenza out on turn 2, and Kunoros is just a worse alternate redundant piece that affects you as well.

Kambal is fine for incidental lifegain, and I think it is a strong barrier for storm players to have to work through, but we have better options to consider in Eidolon of Rhetoric, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, and Ethersworn Canonist for that matchup.

Speaking of which, I've been piloting a nearly identical list for a few months now. I've since cut Ethersworn Canonist in favor of Deafening Silence, mainly because Canonist wasn't stopping the Elsha player from comboing off in my meta, and Deafening Silence specifies noncreature, so the bulk of our deck can still play around it. It's definitely worth considering in my opinion.

hungry000 on Armageddon & Taxes

1 month ago

All good ideas, I'd probably make that a whole different deck though. An artifact based Kirin combo with stuff like Thorn of Amethyst and Lodestone Golem and Ethersworn Canonist would be cool, maybe have Karn+Liquimetal Coating to lock their lands completely.

dingusdingo on Counterpoint: White doesn't need ramp ...

3 months ago

I totally agree. While it would certainly make mono white commanders far more viable, white already has enough going for it to make it a sought after color for wedges or dual colored commanders.

White sees lots of play in stax decks, as it packs the most hatebears of any color. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben Leonin Arbiter Aven Mindcensor Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite Grand Abolisher Hokori, Dust Drinker Ethersworn Canonist Kataki, War's Wage are all cards that see competitive play. You have far more fringe cases like Vryn Wingmare Alms Collector Thalia, Heretic Cathar Loxodon Gatekeeper and others which are seen on the fringe. The hatebears become a secondary wincon for competitive by pressuring life totals while also stopping the game.

White also gets a BUNCH of incredible supporting effects for stax builds. Armageddon and the expensive Ravages of War close games. Smothering Tithe plays great under stax. There are also numerous enchantments are shut off combos or lines of play, such as Rest in Peace Stony Silence Leyline of Sanctity Suppression Field and all kinds of less effective variants.

White also gives some of the most efficient 1-for-1 removal. While you will fall behind with 1-for-1's in a 4 player pod, its still important to pack StP and Path. White also gets sweepers for EVERY SINGLE PERMANENT TYPE. You read that correctly kids. You can do A-lot-for-1 trades with cards like Wrath of God Austere Command Cleanfall Paraselene and others.

White also gets one of the best pieces of combo protection available, Silence . White has a few tutors that are playable, Enlightened Tutor Steelshaper's Gift Open the Armory Academy Rector Stoneforge Mystic . You get card advantage via effects like Land Tax Tithe Weathered Wayfarer and more.

True, white doesn't have very many cards with the word "Draw" explicitly on it. You're able to accrue advantage, but its mostly incremental. What white lacks in raw draw you make up for with value. The sweepers are the best example of this imo. The opponent may have drawn more cards than you, but trading 1 card for 10 creatures on the board is effectively 9 card advantage.

I personally enjoy most duals or wedges that include White + Black or White + Blue. I find it to be similar to Green, in that I don't feel bad with having it as a secondary or tertiary color, and that it solves a lot of problems and gives me access to cards I want to run.

multimedia on Kemba's glorious army

3 months ago

Hey, good start with Kemba.

Consider cutting creatures? You don't need so many creatures because Kemba creates creatures, but she only creates creatures with equipment not other creatures. If you get a hand full of creatures you can't really utilize Kemba's abilities. You're right to include creatures who have interaction with equipment or protecting Kemba, but you've expanded too much on both of these ideas.

An example of a streamlined creature base (using cards you have and some suggestions within the budget, sorted by CMC):

  • Mother of Runes: protection.
  • Stoneforge Mystic: equip tutor, cheat equip.
  • Puresteel Paladin: repeatable draw, 0 equip.
  • Sram, Senior Edificer: repeatable draw.
  • Grand Abolisher: protection and disruption.
  • Leonin Shikari: instant equip.
  • Armory Automaton: backup for Kemba, creature for equipment.
  • Mentor of the Meek : repeatable draw when you create 2/2 Cats.
  • Bastion Protector: protection.
  • Sun Titan : Kemba or equipment reanimation.
  • Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite: finisher and anthem effect for Cats.

If wanting opponent disruption then consider Ethersworn Canonist ? It doesn't stop you from casting all equipment, but it prevents your opponents from casting most cards they have. Aven Mindcensor is a staple white card for opponent disruption in Commander. It even stops Fetch lands and it has evasion which is good with equipment.

My advice is less creatures, focus more on equipment and add some instant removal ( Swords to Plowshares , Generous Gift ). Repeatable effects from Planeswalkers ( Ajani, Caller of the Pride , Gideon Blackblade ) can be good with an equipped Kemba and Gideon holds equipment well. I offer more advice. Good luck with your deck.

Bad_Dog on Kaalia The Killer

4 months ago

Dragon2559 Deafening Silence is interesting and as you've noted parity can be broken on it with LRW. I think if you want to bring it in as a meta call it's a super solid option but I wouldn't run it before bringing on Ethersworn Canonist .

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