Friday Mar 13, 2020

Build a Better Enchantress

Theros Beyond Death, Episode 9: Setessan Champion

 

The notion of an Enchantress deck has always held a certain timeless allure. Play an enchantment, draw a card. Play an enchantment, draw another card. Maybe your enchantments are enticing mana rampers, or strong prison lock pieces, or possibly even auras that boost your lethal attacker. What's not to like?

 

If you go looking for these mythical Enchantress decks in the wild, however, you will find they are the rarest of species. Just based on tournament results, you could reasonably argue that Enchantress decks have been extinct at the competitive level for a decade or more. Reasons for this are manifold, and pointing in various directions. It's tricky to strike the right balance between enablers and payoffs; enchantments as a category tend to be a mismatched and underpowered group of cards; and the payoffs (the "Enchantresses" themselves, or equivalent "enchantments-matter" effects) have not been costed aggressively enough to overcome these barriers.

 

Undaunted, with Theros: Beyond Death and the constellation mechanic, Wizards has gone back to the enchantments fold. What choice do we have but to follow them boldly into the unknown? This week, we take on Setessan Champion, the latest entrant in the "play an enchantment, draw a card" class of payoffs, but with slightly more combat-ready stats than her predecessors. Will she prove her worth as a Setessan Enchampion? Let's find out!

 

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Flashback: Emry, Lurker of the Loch

 

Modern

 

Breach Station (Damon): 5-0 league

https://scryfall.com/@nukelaunch/decks/01149f33-4af4-4e1c-a24d-d438849227cd

 

 

Pioneer

 

Jeskai Owl Ascendancy (David): 4-6 leagues

https://scryfall.com/@FaithlessMTG/decks/70be8426-0b03-437f-ba1d-4b07b962b3df

 

Simic Steel (David): 2-3 league

https://scryfall.com/@FaithlessMTG/decks/6dcaba9c-66ed-447f-8447-823208ec1416

 

Scion of Whirza (Dan): 3-2 league

https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2697842#paper

 

 

Brew Session: Setessan Champion

 

Pioneer

 

Selesnya Enchantress (Sketch)

https://scryfall.com/@FaithlessMTG/decks/622cc97d-33ff-41e9-adec-cdfb38d51455

 

Golgari Valakut (Sketch)

https://scryfall.com/@FaithlessMTG/decks/4b36100d-d809-4d04-93d3-aaa5ddfd5991

 

Modern

 

4c Tallowisp Enchantress (Sketch)

https://scryfall.com/@FaithlessMTG/decks/0c5cffef-8b3f-4fb7-acfd-1a1a257e3518

 

 

 

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