Some Modern decks become more and more like their Legacy counterparts. For example, with Modern Horizons 2 bringing Sanctum Prelate to the format, Wasteland, Karakas, and Rishadan Port are the main differences left between Modern and Legacy Death and Taxes. Now we see a fringe, but beloved Legacy archetype sneaking into Modern territory: Enchantress. Let's explore the differences between the two formats' Enchantress material and look at the future of the strategy in both.
Many good Magic decks are fueled by card draw and mana acceleration. Legacy Enchantress is no exception. The card draw engine consists of Argothian Enchantress and Enchantress's Presence. One of them, Enchantress's Presence, is now part of the Modern card pool. The potent mana production of Legacy Enchantress is supplied by the legendary Serra's Sanctum.
Wizards decided to print great individual replacements for Argothian Enchantress and the Sanctum: Sythis, Harvest's Hand and Sanctum Weaver.
These cards might not be as powerful as the originals, but they come with significant advantages, which can even elevate Legacy Enchantress as singletons. Sythis for example has one more point of toughness than Argothian Enchantress. This can be relevant against effects like Plague Engineer to which its Legacy counterpart dies. While Sythis is shroudless and therefore not bolt-proof, it does not die to Gut Shot or a single Lava Dart at least. Aside from this, being legendary is the biggest downside of Sythis. The biggest advantage is the fact that it gives 1 life per enchantment. This will be important against fast aggro decks like U/R or R/W Prowess. Plus, its an enchantment itself, triggering Enchantress's Presence and counting for Sanctum Weaver.
Sanctum Weaver—the name already reveals it—is Serra's Sanctum on a stick. I personally like the idea to get a functional reprint of an effect on a different card type. We saw this in the original Modern Horizons with Collector Ouphe and Plague Engineer mimicking Null Rod and Engineered Plague for example. The Weaver's main advantage over its counterpart is that it can produce any color of mana. This gives the archetype much more room for potential brewing in the future. This one isn't legendary, so multiples stack wonderfully, and being another enchantment and therefore potential card draw does not hurt either.
The part I always liked the most about Enchantress decks is having multiple ways of winning the game. We can cast a game-ending Emrakul, the Aeons Torn because Sanctum Weaver produces tons of mana including an infinite mana combo with Freed from the Real. We can lock the opponent nearly completely out via Solitary Confinement. And remember Heliod, Sun-Crowned? It is an enchantment too. The +1/+1 counter effect of it can make our little enchantment/creatures a threat together with the life gain from Sythis. I added a Walking Ballista as another win option with Heliod.
All of our enchantments are protected by Sterling Grove by the way. Destiny Spinner from Theros Beyond Death gives us an additional threat on the board and an Allosaurus Shepherd-like effect against countermagic. Hall of Heliod's Generosity can get back key enchantments if we lost or sacrificed them. The deck offers a lot. It has very efficient card draw engine, mana, tutoring, protection, and combo kills.
The biggest differences besides Argothian Enchantress and Serra's Sanctum is probably Wild Growth. Having a second one-mana acceleration Aura is significantly better. Other than than that the decks are quite comparable. I like to play my Legacy Enchantress deck with a Living Plane and Doomwake Giant to take away the lands of my opponent. I added Sythis, Harvest's Hand and Sanctum Weaver as singleton copies.
The Modern Enchantress deck will certainly be powerful. It has all the tools a deck should have. The biggest question remains if the deck is fast enough for the Modern meta. Do you think it can compete in Modern despite all the other new powerful cards entering the format with Modern Horizons 2? What's your opinion on funtional reprints like Sanctum Weaver? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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