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Auriok Champion 
Fifth Dawn Rare

Reviewed May 21, 2004

Constructed: 3.3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Mmmmm.... what an amazing early drop for White Weenie!  Auriok Champion flips the bird to black and red, and gains you some life in the meanwhile.  A very solid creature that begs for a very solid deck to find a home in for tournament constructed.

In casual, though an amazing solid card, it lacks the pizzazz to showcase in a deck. still may find it's way in disguised as a casual support card.  She'll be more than up to the task. She'd be really fun with some token engines, like Mobilization, Soul Foundry, Riptide Replicator, etc.

In limited, a very decent drop.  Her downfall is the double White casting cost, which might make her hard to get on the board early when she'll be most effective.  Still, a solid card, and if you're going medium to heavy white, you include her.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5
   Current Price:
Auriok Champion - Fifth Dawn - $6

   Combos Well With:
Mobilization - Onslaught - $3.72
Soul Foundry - Mirrodin - $6.11
Riptide Replicator - Onslaught - $2.12

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Auriok Champion
Ah, Soul Warden. How many players in many formats loved you.
Now, we get the new and improved version. For one more white mana, you get protection from the two colors most likely to be able to get rid of this guy. And if they can't get rid of him, he'll get very pesky very fast.
Trade for these guys tomorrow, as they'll be a card that a lot of casual players will want, and I have a feeling this will make an impact in the competitive constructed scene too.
And he's not bad in limited, putting your life total on a very high number, which is very hard to deal with.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 5
Limited: 4

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Auriok Champion


This guy seems to be a case of Wizards of the Coast trying to combine every good early drop into a two drop. He’s a Soul Warden that has Protection from Red and Black. The only think that makes him bad is the fact that he costs two mana. Two of the same color mana at that. So he’s not a splashable drop, and he just isn’t what one would consider a “beat stick” at a raging power and toughness of 1/1. While I am sure this guy will see play, especially in draft and in casual games, I don’t see him as being strong enough to stand up to the current type two format. Maybe if he had Protection from Red and Artifacts….


Constructed:                 2

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        3


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Auriok Champion


I would have killed to have a creature of this quality in white weenie years ago; as it is, this is going to make an impact in a number of formats, showing up as the new champion of aggressive white decks for quite some time to come.  If white creature decks were any good, this would easily be the best creature in them; as it is, we can only hope that changes to the current formats help to make him more playable.


He’s a little too efficient and purposeful to bring a whole lot of fun to the table, but he definitely should be noted if you want to maximize your fun Clerics deck.  He’s also probably the best WW creature for Mental Magic that you could wrangle up.


He’s going to be a high pick in limited, and well he should be.  Dropping him on turn two probably guarantees that you’re going to end up netting anywhere from three to eight life during the course of a game at the very least.  The protection abilities will get in a few damage as well as ensuring that you have a very annoying blocker for the entire game.  Solid as a rock, though maybe not necessarily a first pick (depending on how important the rarity is).


Constructed:  3.5

Casual:  2.5

Limited:  3.5



* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Auriok Champion
We all seem to like Silver Knight.  Lots of people liked Soul Warden (especially the casual crowd).  Black Knight wasn't too bad.  And clerics are a pretty neat tribe.
I guess if we could roll all of those things into one card, it would look like this.  That's OK by me though.  This card is more than acceptable and should see a lot of play in all formats.
Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 3.5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Auriok Champion
Silver Knight and White Knight are the two big brothers to lil Auriok
Champion. Like the Champion, they cost WW and each only give you protection
from one of these two colors, but they are 2/2 and have first strike while
this card has much less to offer in the combat category at 1/1 and no first
strike. However, he basically has protection from MOST targeted removal
spells, and can block red and black creatures all day long while gaining you
a life point each time another creature comes into play. This card is good
enough to be quite useful in constructed and limited decks alike, but I
don't think it's good enough to get too excited about.
CASUAL:           3.5
LIMITED:          3.5

 Van Zandt

Auriok Champion
This may replace soul warden in Alluren decks... and may see some other odd deck placement too.  A good "wall+lifegain" in limited.  I'd rather it was a mana more and had another point of power, I think,  but she's still interesting (and obviously funny against red weenie).
constructed 2.5
casual 3
limited 3.5

Soul Warden was great because it was a solid 1 drop. The new Soul Warden, Auriok Champion unfortunately costs 1 extra mana. This begins to compete for space with other good 2 drops in White Weenie. Even so Pro. Red and Pro. Black are both desirable and life is always good.

Constructed - Not broken, maybe not even as good as Soul Warden, but still solid - 2.5

Limited - Even with double White I would consider this as a strong pick for Protection and Life - 3.0

Casual - Great card for group games with all those extra critters and the ability to avoid removal - 3.0


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