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Champion of the Parish
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Champion of the Parish
Innistrad

Reviewed September 28, 2011

Constructed: 3.90
Casual: 3.90
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.10

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Champion of the Parish

A decent one drop in any Human deck, or really any White Weenie deck, since Human Knights and Human Soldiers have already been quietly serving in those ranks for years. Really, even one more Human makes the Champion a 2/2 for one mana, and remember how much luck we had with Isamaru? But I can do better than references to older cards, can't I? 

Champion of the Parish is valuable not only because it hist play early, but because there is, strictly speaking, no limit to how big it can get. As long as you can produce more Humans, you can make the Champion bigger. The Achilles' Heel of aggro has always been its tendency to run out of steam, coupled with the comparative weakness of its late game topdecks. If your opponent survives long enough to start casting Dragons and Baloths and Demons, your efficient little 2/2's are going to look hopelessly anemic. The Champion, however, can grow and thus keep pace with opponents' escalating threats.

Of all the cards that are currently in Standard, I think the one I'd be most amused to see comboed with Champion of the Parish is Aether Adept. With the Champion in play, cast Aether Adept and target itself with its ability, allowing you to add as many counters onto the Champion as you have 1UU to spend on recasting and bouncing the Aether Adept. Logic dictates that a creature token generator would be more efficient, as long as the tokens are Humans, but what produces Human tokens? Crib Swap? I can't think of anything at the moment, but I'm sure someone will, and it'll find its way to my garage. I'm laying the challenge down, folks. Find a combo with this and send me the decklist.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 3.75 

David Fanany

Player since 1995


Champion of the Parish

In contrast with my comments from Monday, I was definitely surprised to see human tribal cards in Innistrad. Humans just didn't seem very special as a tribe; but if anything can make a case for them, it's Champion of the Parish, with his stylish tricorner hat and intentions of stepping into the Standard role vacated by the various one-mana two-power creatures from Zendikar. It's surprising how many creatures that are used for other purposes happen to be humans, and even if you just threw them all into a deck together, the Champion would be decent. When you start building around him, I think he'll turn out to be much, much better than that.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers today we are reviewing Hada Freeblade oh I mean Champion of The Parish. Champion accumulates counters the more humans enter the battlefield under your control. In standard humans will be split into two archetypes green and white and straight white weenie and with creatures like Mentor of The Meek white weenie I feel will actually become a legitimate deck type and humans will definitely assist in that. In extended and modern human archetypes may spring up as well. Modern has access to Aether  Vial making tribal beatdown decks even better, I n legacy I don’t foresee this card making much of a splash there are already competitive deck types and this doesn’t really fit the mold, maybe Death and Taxes style decks. In casual and multiplayer there are thousands of humans in Magic all players have to do is mix and match and humans I feel will be quite popular around the kitchen table. In limited it forces you too value humans quite highly and is a solid creature especially if you can get a lot of human support cards. Overall a great casual card that may see some play in copetative human decks.
 
Constructed:  3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited:  3.0
Multiplayer: 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Champion of the Parish which is a one mana White 1/1 that gets a +1/+1 whenever another human enters the battlefield under your control.  For a soldier deck this is a very solid first turn play and aside from not having an effect without support and decreasing in usefulness the later it is drawn it is playable which should get it slots in appropriate decks.
 
For Limited it is useful as a 1/1 and humans are fairly plentiful in the set, so this soldier is quite good here as well.  While not a bomb it is a decent first pick in Booster as long as an eye is kept on the human type for later choices.  In Sealed a 1/1 for one is going to be played regardless, though any humans for support really make it shine.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

     Welcome to another great card of the day review here at Pojo.com. This time we look at Champion of the Parish from Innistrad. Champion of the Parish is a white rare human soldier that costs only one white mana. He is a 1/1 that says Whenever another human creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Champion of the Parish.

      This is certainly a staple card for anybody running a human based deck, or any white deck indeed. The fact that he can become very large in a human based, or soldier based deck is absurd. Playing this guy turn one, and then say two Elite Vanguards on turn two means you are swinging for three damage turn two! That is just carzy! The amount of nice and cheap humans that exist from M12 and Innistrad are crazy, so pumping this guy should be an easy accomplishment. And let’s not forget that all Werewolves start off as humans, so you could bolster Champion of the Parish, and then sit back and watch the human transform into another super powerful creature, ultimately strengthening your army even more.

     Come out the gate with this guy and you are making a statement that humans are the underdog, and a force not to be messed with. Buff this guy up and watch as your opponent squirms worse than if there had been a werewolf, vampire, or zombie instead! When used properly, this is to me a better tournament contender than even Stromkirk Noble.
 
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


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