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Breaking into Legacy - Affinity - Jesse Inman (6/21/2011)

Welcome back to Breaking into Legacy. In case you are new, this series is all about the deck options out there for those looking to start playing Legacy (or start doing better) without going broke. Last time we looked at Burn and this time we will check out the artifact creature strategy: Affinity. Today’s list comes courtesy of Dominik Chlorowski who was able to win a “grinder” and then make day two of Grand Prix Providence with his army of little robots:


Affinity

Land (12)
4 Ancient Den
Ancient Den
Ancient DenSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
278
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Ancient Den isn't a spell.) T: Add W to your mana pool.

4 Seat of the Synod
Seat of the Synod
Seat of the SynodSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
(Seat of the Synod isn't a spell.) T: Add U to your mana pool.

4 Vault of Whispers
Vault of Whispers
Vault of WhispersSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
286
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Vault of Whispers isn't a spell.) T: Add B to your mana pool.


Creatures (27)
4 Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound RavagerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager. Modular 1 (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it's put into a graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

4 Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the VaultSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from play, you may have target opponent lose 1 life.

3 Etched Champion
Etched Champion
Etched ChampionSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
154
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Metalcraft — Etched Champion has protection from all colors as long as you control three or more artifacts.

4 Frogmite
Frogmite
FrogmiteSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)

2 Memnite
Memnite
MemniteSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
U
Number:
174
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
1
Toughness:
1

2 Myr Enforcer
Myr Enforcer
Myr EnforcerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
211
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)

4 Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

4 Signal Pest
Signal Pest
Signal PestSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Pest
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Battle cry (Whenever this creature attacks, each other attacking creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.) Signal Pest can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach.


Other Spells (14)
4 Cranial Plating
Cranial Plating
Cranial PlatingSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control. BB: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control. Equip 1

4 Dispatch
Dispatch
DispatchSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Tap target creature. Metalcraft — If you control three or more artifacts, exile that creature.

4 Mox Opal
Mox Opal
Mox OpalSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
M
Number:
179
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Text:
Metalcraft — {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Activate this ability only if you control three or more artifacts.

4 Springleaf Drum
Springleaf Drum
Springleaf DrumSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
261
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Text:
T, Tap an untapped creature you control: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

1 Thopter Foundry
Thopter Foundry
Thopter FoundrySet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Text:
{1}, Sacrifice a nontoken artifact: Put a 1/1 blue Thopter artifact creature token with flying into play. You gain 1 life.

4 Thoughtcast
Thoughtcast
ThoughtcastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Draw two cards.


Sideboard
4 Ethersworn Canonist
Ethersworn Canonist
Ethersworn CanonistSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Each player who has played a nonartifact spell this turn can't play additional nonartifact spells.

4 Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R

1 Sword of the Meek
Sword of the Meek
Sword of the MeekSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact - Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+2.
Equip 2
Whenever a 1/1 creature comes into play under your control, you may return Sword of the Meek from your graveyard to play, then attach it to that creature.

2 Thoughtseize
Thoughtseize
ThoughtseizeSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
145
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

4 Tormod's Crypt
Tormod's Crypt
Tormod's CryptSet: Chronicles
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt to remove all cards in target player's graveyard from the game.



General Explanation
So this is one of the cheapest competitive decks in Legacy. The only cards costing 10 dollars or more in the entire deck and sideboard are the 4 Mox Opal
Mox Opal
Mox OpalSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
M
Number:
179
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Text:
Metalcraft — {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Activate this ability only if you control three or more artifacts.
s (16.99 on Cardshark), 4 Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound RavagerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager. Modular 1 (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it's put into a graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
(14.44) and 2 Thoughtseize
Thoughtseize
ThoughtseizeSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
145
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.
(17.35) Furthermore, there are only eleven other rares needed and none are more than two dollars. Everything else is literally commons or cheap uncommons. So how does a deck this cheap compete with $1000 monsters? Affinity has arguably the most synergy of any deck in Magic’s history. Since almost all of the cards in the deck are artifacts (including its lands), some of its creatures (Frogmite
Frogmite
FrogmiteSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)
and Myr Enforcer
Myr Enforcer
Myr EnforcerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
211
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)
) and its powerful blue card draw spell (Thoughtcast
Thoughtcast
ThoughtcastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Draw two cards.
) are able to be played for free or one mana. Similarly, cards such as Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound RavagerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager. Modular 1 (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it's put into a graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
and Cranial Plating
Cranial Plating
Cranial PlatingSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control. BB: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control. Equip 1
are able to create very large threats quickly simply by playing permanents. Think about it like this, imagine an aggressive deck like elves except every land also reduced the cost of its creatures and/or gave all its creatures plus one power and toughness. Let’s take a minute and break the deck down into threats and support and you’ll see what I mean.

Threats
Frogmite
Frogmite
FrogmiteSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)
may only be a two power creature, but when it is played on the first turn for no mana it still has to be respected. Similiarly, Myr Enforcer
Myr Enforcer
Myr EnforcerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
211
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)
’s 4/4 body shows up on turn two, before many decks are prepared to deal with a threat that size. Etched Champion
Etched Champion
Etched ChampionSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
154
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Metalcraft — Etched Champion has protection from all colors as long as you control three or more artifacts.
may only have two power for three mana, but his metalcraft ability makes him next to impossible for most decks to kill. Signal Pest
Signal Pest
Signal PestSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Pest
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Battle cry (Whenever this creature attacks, each other attacking creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.) Signal Pest can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach.
may have no power by himself, but he pumps all your other creatures while being essentially unblock able. Cranial Plating
Cranial Plating
Cranial PlatingSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control. BB: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control. Equip 1
is one of the most powerful equipments of all time since it routinely gives creatures (hopefully the last two unblockable ones mentioned or the flying Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
) an additional seven or more power and can be equipped at instant speed. The two most powerful cards in the deck though, are probably Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound RavagerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager. Modular 1 (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it's put into a graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
(which can convert all of your permanents into +1/+1 counters for itself or another creature) and Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the VaultSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from play, you may have target opponent lose 1 life.
(which can make an opponent lose one life whenever any artifact is put into any graveyard). These two really put the deck over the top since they force an opponent to have multiple removal spells but also punish them for fighting back because the disciple “pings” them each time they are able to successfully destroy one of affinity’s artifacts. Of course, if Ravager and Disciple are left unopposed, they will simply “combo” out by making one very large creature and sending eight or nine points of life loss at an unprepared foe as early as turn three.

Support
The artifact lands are the heart of what makes the deck tick since they tap for mana while upping the count of artifacts for all its tricks. Mox Opal
Mox Opal
Mox OpalSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
M
Number:
179
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Text:
Metalcraft — {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Activate this ability only if you control three or more artifacts.
and Springleaf Drum
Springleaf Drum
Springleaf DrumSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
261
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Text:
T, Tap an untapped creature you control: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
serves a similar role while helping with the casting requirements of the few colored spells in the deck. Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
and Memnite
Memnite
MemniteSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
U
Number:
174
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
fuel the fast starts of multiple Frogmite
Frogmite
FrogmiteSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)
s and/or Enforcers by coming down for free themselves. Thoughtcast
Thoughtcast
ThoughtcastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Draw two cards.
allows the deck to reload with two cards for the ludicrous low cost of one blue mana. Dispatch
Dispatch
DispatchSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Tap target creature. Metalcraft — If you control three or more artifacts, exile that creature.
is present in this decklist (a choice I disagree with and will discuss momentarily) as a way to remove blockers or other troublesome hate cards like Kataki, War’s Wage that are hostile to Affinity. Thopter Foundry
Thopter Foundry
Thopter FoundrySet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Text:
{1}, Sacrifice a nontoken artifact: Put a 1/1 blue Thopter artifact creature token with flying into play. You gain 1 life.
serves as another way to trigger Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the VaultSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from play, you may have target opponent lose 1 life.
and to help with opposing removal spells.

The Sideboard is aimed primarily at dealing with other combo decks that can actually try to race affinity’s speed. Ethersworn Canonist
Ethersworn Canonist
Ethersworn CanonistSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Each player who has played a nonartifact spell this turn can't play additional nonartifact spells.
slows down decks aiming to play a flurry of spells to generate one game ending combination like Ad Nauseum - Tendrils of Agony
Tendrils of Agony
Tendrils of AgonySet: Scourge
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Text:
Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
Storm
decks or the current big combo deck, Hive Mind
Hive Mind
Hive MindSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
54
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Text:
Whenever a player casts an instant or sorcery spell, each other player copies that spell. Each of those players may choose new targets for his or her copy.
, whose main game plan revolves around the three card chain of Show and Tell
Show and Tell
Show and TellSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
96
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each player may choose an artifact, creature, enchantment, or land card in his or her hand and put that permanent into play.
, Hive Mind
Hive Mind
Hive MindSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
54
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Text:
Whenever a player casts an instant or sorcery spell, each other player copies that spell. Each of those players may choose new targets for his or her copy.
and any of its Pact cards. Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
has broad applications, but stopping Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.
, equipment, and Goblin Charbelcher
Goblin Charbelcher
Goblin CharbelcherSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
3, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a land card. Goblin Charbelcher deals damage equal to the number of nonland cards revealed this way to target creature or player. If the revealed land card was a Mountain, Goblin Charbelcher deals double that damage instead. Put the revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.
are some of its more common uses. Tormod’s Crypt slows down Dredge
Dredge
DredgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Sacrifice a creature or land.Draw a card.
and other graveyard based strategies and Thoughtseize
Thoughtseize
ThoughtseizeSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
145
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.
provides a little bit of disruption or proactive removal of hate cards opponents may side in for games two and three. Sword of the Meek
Sword of the Meek
Sword of the MeekSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact - Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+2.
Equip 2
Whenever a 1/1 creature comes into play under your control, you may return Sword of the Meek from your graveyard to play, then attach it to that creature.
is present in this particular list as a two card combo with Thopter Foundry
Thopter Foundry
Thopter FoundrySet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Text:
{1}, Sacrifice a nontoken artifact: Put a 1/1 blue Thopter artifact creature token with flying into play. You gain 1 life.
that provides late game inevitability, but since it does not do much on its own and there is only one copy of each piece, I would not recommend it.

Overall Criticism of this Decklist
So, as I mentioned previously, there are a couple things I find odd about this particular list. I chose it because it is very recent and more budget friendly than the version that runs four expensive Tezzerets. However, a few changes could make it more efficient at accomplishing its goal of explosive starts with the potential of combo finishes through Disciple. Four Memnite
Memnite
MemniteSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
U
Number:
174
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
s (not just two as this list plays) seems like an obvious improvement since it is both a good support card and also is able to attack as well. Affinity needs a critical mass of artifacts to function and eight or at most ten non artifacts seems to be the limit of how much deviation is possible. Thoughtcast
Thoughtcast
ThoughtcastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Draw two cards.
and Disciple are both essential for this particular brand of affinity. I would recommend cutting the Dispatch
Dispatch
DispatchSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Tap target creature. Metalcraft — If you control three or more artifacts, exile that creature.
es for Master of Etherium
Master of Etherium
Master of EtheriumSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Vedalken Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
49
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Master of Etherium's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control. Other artifact creatures you control get +1/+1.
s since they fill a similar purpose (allowing affinity to ignore an opposing creature) while Master helps with the artifact count and is a game ending threat by itself. I acknowledge that Affinity can only play so many spells that aren’t free or close to it. One Etched Champion
Etched Champion
Etched ChampionSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
154
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Metalcraft — Etched Champion has protection from all colors as long as you control three or more artifacts.
can easily be cut as it is a “late” game card for affinity that is only useful for breaking through blockers. I would argue that Disciple does that anyways, but conventional wisdom does seem to indicate that one or two Etched Champion
Etched Champion
Etched ChampionSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
154
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Metalcraft — Etched Champion has protection from all colors as long as you control three or more artifacts.
s are in fact optimal. Lastly, one copy of a spell (Thopter Foundry
Thopter Foundry
Thopter FoundrySet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Text:
{1}, Sacrifice a nontoken artifact: Put a 1/1 blue Thopter artifact creature token with flying into play. You gain 1 life.
) that does not act as a redundant fifth copy of another and cannot be tutored for just does not make sense. So essentially, I am recommending the following:

+ 4 Master of Etherium
Master of Etherium
Master of EtheriumSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Vedalken Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
49
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Master of Etherium's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control. Other artifact creatures you control get +1/+1.

+ 2 Memnite
Memnite
MemniteSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
U
Number:
174
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
1
Toughness:
1

- 4 Dispatch
Dispatch
DispatchSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Tap target creature. Metalcraft — If you control three or more artifacts, exile that creature.

- 1 Thopter Foundry
Thopter Foundry
Thopter FoundrySet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Text:
{1}, Sacrifice a nontoken artifact: Put a 1/1 blue Thopter artifact creature token with flying into play. You gain 1 life.

- 1 Etched Champion
Etched Champion
Etched ChampionSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
154
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Metalcraft — Etched Champion has protection from all colors as long as you control three or more artifacts.


For the Sideboard I would only tweak for consistency to
+1 Thoughtseize
Thoughtseize
ThoughtseizeSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
145
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

- 1 Sword of the Meek
Sword of the Meek
Sword of the MeekSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact - Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+2.
Equip 2
Whenever a 1/1 creature comes into play under your control, you may return Sword of the Meek from your graveyard to play, then attach it to that creature.


Wrap Up
So that is the deck. It is blazingly quick and has had some recent success against its more expensive counterparts. Yes, this deck like the other Budget options covered earlier can have trouble if opponents bring an excessive amount of sideboard hate, but the same is true for most of the expensive options as well. The wonderful thing about Legacy is that the format is so broad with so many viable decks that the fifteen cards available to sideboard cannot possibly prepare a deck for all the strategies they will face. Embrace this wide open opportunity and give one of these decks a chance. Sure one week may be rough, but keep playing and as the metagame shifts, one week, one tournament will be your turn to shine. Good luck everyone!



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