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Etched Champion
Scars of Mirrodin

Reviewed December 21, 2011

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.90
Multiplayer: 3.67

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Etched Champion

I know it's intended as a homage, but Etched Champion's art looks an awful lot like its ancestor Etched Oracle's. I guess as long as you don't play both of them in the same deck, it won't be a problem. Where the Oracle acted as a card advantage engine for slower, artifact-heavy, multicolored decks, the Champion is an unkillable threat/defender for faster decks. Like Glint Hawk yesterday, the Champion needs a linear deck to be at its most powerful, but can also be played in decks with slightly lower density of artifacts as a cheap late-game card: who doesn't like a three-cost creature that's better on turn six than on turn three?

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Etched Champion which is a three mana 2/2 with a Metalcraft effect that grants it protection from all colors while you control three or more artifacts. Having two other artifacts is a reasonable request for the protection it gains, particularly if equipment cards are used to increase the offensive threat of the Champion. In a primarily artifact deck or White/Artifact deck, possibly with a soldier theme, this is a very strong choice and competitive enough for any level of play.

For Limited the high number of artifacts available actually weaken the value of Etched Champion somewhat as it becomes more of a defensive card when an opponent has options to deal with it. It can still be a first pick in Booster as a colorless creature with a reasonable cost and useful effect, it just isn't likely to win games by itself like other rare or mythic level cards. For Sealed including this is an easy choice as it helps balance out multicolor decks and has no real drawback to speak of.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0


Welcome to the card of the day section here at Pojo.com! Today we are looking at Etched Champion from Scars of Mirrodin. Etched Champion is a rare artifact creature that costs three generic mana, is a 2/2, and as long as you have Metalcraft (control three or more artifacts) Etched Champion has protection from all colors.

Etched Champion is a great card, hands down. The fact that you need just two other artifacts (since he himself is an artifact) means gaining Metalcraft and giving him protection from all colors should be a breeze. Then, he cannot be targeted by colored abilities, dealt damage by colored spells, or be blocked by colored creatures. And should you be using him defensively, he can block a huge creature, and survive!

The best part is, you can still target him with artifacts, so equipping him to astonishing proportions should be a breeze! One Trepanation Blade is all it will take to start laying down some serious damage. And throw in a Darksteel Plate to ensure he cannot be destroyed by the pesky world effects of cards like Day of Judgment. And while you are pumping him up, remember that each pump ensures his Metalcraft hangs around even longer.

Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

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