Mirrodin's affinity mechanic immediately emerged as one of the most powerful in Magic, and led to the creation of one of the best strategies in the history of the game. It took over Standard during its time there, before moving on to Extended and even Legacy. It was great in Modern from the start, reaching Top 8 of the very first Modern event, Pro Tour Philadelphia back in 2011.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Affinity by Chikara Nakajima

'Affinity' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Chikara Nakajima

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $646.08

Cards

Darksteel Citadel

Market Price: $0.45

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Indestructible
{T}: Add {C}.

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Mox Opal

Market Price: $46.22

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Metalcraft — {T}: Add one mana of any color. Activate only if you control three or more artifacts.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Springleaf Drum

Market Price: $2.37

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{T}, Tap an untapped creature you control: Add one mana of any color.

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Relic of Progenitus

Market Price: $5.17

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{T}: Target player exiles a card from their graveyard.
{1}, Exile Relic of Progenitus: Exile all cards from all graveyards. Draw a card.

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Torpor Orb

Market Price: $19.94

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Creatures entering the battlefield don't cause abilities to trigger.

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Memnite

Market Price: $5.66

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Cranial Plating

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.47

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Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control.
{B}{B}: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control.
Equip {1}

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Shrapnel Blast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.11

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice an artifact.
Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to any target.

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Etched Champion

Market Price: $7.14

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Metalcraft — Etched Champion has protection from all colors as long as you control three or more artifacts.

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Blood Moon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $18.68

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Vault Skirge

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.37

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Flying
Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

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Shattering Spree

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $17.37

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Replicate {R} (When you cast this spell, copy it for each time you paid its replicate cost. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
Destroy target artifact.

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Frogmite

Market Price: $0.24

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Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs {1} less to cast for each artifact you control.)

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Blinkmoth Nexus

Market Price: $2.29

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land.
{1}, {T}: Target Blinkmoth creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Signal Pest

Market Price: $0.53

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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.

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Arcbound Ravager

Market Price: $24.77

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Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager.
Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Magus of the Moon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $4.04

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Ornithopter

Market Price: $0.32

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Flying

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Galvanic Blast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.27

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Galvanic Blast deals 2 damage to any target.
Metalcraft — Galvanic Blast deals 4 damage instead if you control three or more artifacts.

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Atog

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.37

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Sacrifice an artifact: Atog gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

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Inkmoth Nexus

Market Price: $34.44

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Inkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Phyrexian Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying and infect until end of turn. It's still a land. (It deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

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From there, affinity lived on as one of Modern's most familiar and favorite strategies. While great new cards and other decks constantly entered the format, affinity received little help. It stayed almost entirely the same through the years, yet it continued to survive, and at times even thrive.

It wasn't until January 2020 when Mox Opal was banned, affinity was caught in the crossfire as collateral damage, and finally fell from the metagame. Already left behind from the broken 2019 cards from sets like War of the Spark and Modern Horizons that revolutionized Modern, the ban of its most broken card was the final nail in the coffin.

Affinity is Back

Modern Horizons 2 has changed the equation. By bringing some excellent new cards for artifact strategies, it's brought affinity back from the dead as a competitive deck. Best of all, most of these new cards are very cheap, so affinity has never been more affordable and accessible.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Basic Budget Affinity by Adam Yurchick

'Basic Budget Affinity' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $166.60

Cards

Memnite

Market Price: $5.66

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Vault Skirge

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.37

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Flying
Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

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Paradise Mantle

Market Price: $9.05

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Equipped creature has "{T}: Add one mana of any color."
Equip {1}

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Welding Jar

Market Price: $1.00

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Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.

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Thought Monitor

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.54

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Affinity for artifacts
Flying
When Thought Monitor enters the battlefield, draw two cards.

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Wear // Tear

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.20

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Metallic Rebuke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.17

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Improvise (Your artifacts can help cast this spell. Each artifact you tap after you're done activating mana abilities pays for {1}.)
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Blinkmoth Nexus

Market Price: $2.29

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land.
{1}, {T}: Target Blinkmoth creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Signal Pest

Market Price: $0.53

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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.

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Springleaf Drum

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{T}, Tap an untapped creature you control: Add one mana of any color.

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Ornithopter

Market Price: $0.32

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Flying

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Nettlecyst

Market Price: $1.36

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Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, create a 0/0 black Phyrexian Germ creature token, then attach this to it.)
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact and/or enchantment you control.
Equip {2}

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Dispatch

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.22

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Tap target creature.
Metalcraft — If you control three or more artifacts, exile that creature.

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Galvanic Blast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.27

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Galvanic Blast deals 2 damage to any target.
Metalcraft — Galvanic Blast deals 4 damage instead if you control three or more artifacts.

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Spire of Industry

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Pay 1 life: Add one mana of any color. Activate only if you control an artifact.

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Glimmervoid

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At the beginning of the end step, if you control no artifacts, sacrifice Glimmervoid.
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Cranial Plating

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.47

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Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control.
{B}{B}: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control.
Equip {1}

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Gingerbrute

Market Price: $0.26

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Haste
{1}: Gingerbrute can't be blocked this turn except by creatures with haste.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Gingerbrute: You gain 3 life.

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Tormod's Crypt

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Etched Champion

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Metalcraft — Etched Champion has protection from all colors as long as you control three or more artifacts.

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Darksteel Citadel

Market Price: $0.45

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Indestructible
{T}: Add {C}.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Silverbluff Bridge

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.45

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Silverbluff Bridge enters the battlefield tapped.
Indestructible
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Nettlecyst

The best payoff for the affinity strategy has always been Cranial Plating, which turns any of the deck's cast of small, cheap creatures into a massive threat. Now Nettlecyst brings four more copies of the effect—with a body already attached! The extra mana required to cast and equip the card is a small price to pay for the extra value it brings. Especially considering it goes even further than Cranial Platingby increasing toughness as well. It's a real upgrade to the strategy that makes it more powerful and more consistent than ever, and it's a big reason why affinity is back in the picture.

Thought Monitor

While the affinity name has always stuck, over the years the artifact-based strategy evolved to play very few cards with the actual mechanic—at times none at all. Modern Horizons 2 brings affinity back to its roots with Thought Monitor. Part Thoughtcast and part Myr Enforcer, a flying body with two cards attached is an incredible deal. Especially when it can cost as little as one mana. Generating card advantage and offering the ability to hold an equipment, Thought Monitor is a real power-level upgrade to the strategy and a new staple.

The final product is a classic affinity deck that does what the strategy has always done best. It floods the board with cheap creatures, and uses them to accelerate with Springleaf Drum and Paradise Mantle. It then assaults the opponent with its army, whether it's going wide with many creatures pumped by Signal Pest or making one huge with equipment.

It's supported by a dash of disruption like Galvanic Blast and Metallic Rebuke, and a wealth of sideboard options enabled by five-color mana fixing—like Dispatch as an excellent creature removal spell. One of the best sideboard tools is Etched Champion—a devastating threat against opponents relying on removal spells, and a game-ender once equipped.

Taking Affinity to the Next Level

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Basic Budget Affinity by Adam Yurchick

'Basic Budget Affinity' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $166.60

Cards

Memnite

Market Price: $5.66

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Vault Skirge

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.37

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Flying
Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

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Paradise Mantle

Market Price: $9.05

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Equipped creature has "{T}: Add one mana of any color."
Equip {1}

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Welding Jar

Market Price: $1.00

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Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.

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Thought Monitor

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.54

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Affinity for artifacts
Flying
When Thought Monitor enters the battlefield, draw two cards.

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Wear // Tear

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.20

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Metallic Rebuke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.17

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Improvise (Your artifacts can help cast this spell. Each artifact you tap after you're done activating mana abilities pays for {1}.)
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Blinkmoth Nexus

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land.
{1}, {T}: Target Blinkmoth creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Signal Pest

Market Price: $0.53

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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.

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Springleaf Drum

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{T}, Tap an untapped creature you control: Add one mana of any color.

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Ornithopter

Market Price: $0.32

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Flying

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Nettlecyst

Market Price: $1.36

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Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, create a 0/0 black Phyrexian Germ creature token, then attach this to it.)
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact and/or enchantment you control.
Equip {2}

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Dispatch

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.22

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Tap target creature.
Metalcraft — If you control three or more artifacts, exile that creature.

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Galvanic Blast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.27

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Galvanic Blast deals 2 damage to any target.
Metalcraft — Galvanic Blast deals 4 damage instead if you control three or more artifacts.

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Spire of Industry

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Pay 1 life: Add one mana of any color. Activate only if you control an artifact.

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Glimmervoid

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At the beginning of the end step, if you control no artifacts, sacrifice Glimmervoid.
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Cranial Plating

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.47

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Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control.
{B}{B}: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control.
Equip {1}

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Gingerbrute

Market Price: $0.26

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Haste
{1}: Gingerbrute can't be blocked this turn except by creatures with haste.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Gingerbrute: You gain 3 life.

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Tormod's Crypt

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Etched Champion

Market Price: $7.14

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Metalcraft — Etched Champion has protection from all colors as long as you control three or more artifacts.

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Darksteel Citadel

Market Price: $0.45

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Indestructible
{T}: Add {C}.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Silverbluff Bridge

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.45

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Silverbluff Bridge enters the battlefield tapped.
Indestructible
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Urza's Saga

One of the best cards in all of Modern Horizons 2, and maybe now in all of Modern, is Urza's Saga. A land that produces up to two Construct tokens, and can tutor for an artifact is a ton of value. And it's tailor-made for a deck like affinity. It's playing no small part in the resurgence of the strategy, as well as that of many other decks. Its ubiquity has led to a hefty price tag around $30 each, but it's well worth the cost for anyone looking to take their affinity deck to the next level.

By adding a tutor, Urza's Saga makes it appealing to play some one-of silver bullets. Hex Parasite helps take down planeswalkers or anything else with counters, and the sideboard gets access to some great tools. Grafdigger's Cage is a powerful graveyard hoser, and Shadowspear helps sustain the life total against aggressive and burn decks.

The Final Built-Up Build

Check out this decklist by coert, who's been successfully running affinity through MTGO Leagues and Preliminary events, and inspired my budget builds. With budget not a concern, this build holds nothing back.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Affinity by coert

'Affinity' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: coert

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Modern

Market Price: $415.58

Cards

Springleaf Drum

Market Price: $2.37

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{T}, Tap an untapped creature you control: Add one mana of any color.

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Nettlecyst

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Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, create a 0/0 black Phyrexian Germ creature token, then attach this to it.)
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact and/or enchantment you control.
Equip {2}

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Signal Pest

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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.

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Spire of Industry

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Pay 1 life: Add one mana of any color. Activate only if you control an artifact.

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Paradise Mantle

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Equipped creature has "{T}: Add one mana of any color."
Equip {1}

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Welding Jar

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Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.

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Shadowspear

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Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has trample and lifelink.
{1}: Permanents your opponents control lose hexproof and indestructible until end of turn.
Equip {2}

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Etched Champion

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Metalcraft — Etched Champion has protection from all colors as long as you control three or more artifacts.

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Thought Monitor

Color Identity:U

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Affinity for artifacts
Flying
When Thought Monitor enters the battlefield, draw two cards.

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Wear // Tear

Color Identity:R,W

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Relic of Progenitus

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{T}: Target player exiles a card from their graveyard.
{1}, Exile Relic of Progenitus: Exile all cards from all graveyards. Draw a card.

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Inkmoth Nexus

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Inkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Phyrexian Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying and infect until end of turn. It's still a land. (It deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

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Tormod's Crypt

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Ornithopter

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Flying

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Memnite

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Vault Skirge

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.37

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Flying
Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

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Glimmervoid

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At the beginning of the end step, if you control no artifacts, sacrifice Glimmervoid.
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Urza's Saga

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Urza's Saga gains "{T}: Add {C}."
II — Urza's Saga gains "{2}, {T}: Create a 0/0 colorless Construct artifact creature token with 'This creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact you control.'"
III — Search your library for an artifact card with mana cost {0} or {1}, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Cranial Plating

Color Identity:B

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Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control.
{B}{B}: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control.
Equip {1}

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Hex Parasite

Color Identity:B

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{X}{B/P}: Remove up to X counters from target permanent. For each counter removed this way, Hex Parasite gets +1/+0 until end of turn. ({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)

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Gingerbrute

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Haste
{1}: Gingerbrute can't be blocked this turn except by creatures with haste.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Gingerbrute: You gain 3 life.

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Darksteel Citadel

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Indestructible
{T}: Add {C}.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Dispatch

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.22

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Tap target creature.
Metalcraft — If you control three or more artifacts, exile that creature.

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Galvanic Blast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.27

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Galvanic Blast deals 2 damage to any target.
Metalcraft — Galvanic Blast deals 4 damage instead if you control three or more artifacts.

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If you have extra cash to spend on them, or have them handy, Inkmoth Nexus is the final way to upgrade the deck to its fullest potential. It's not a strict upgrade over Blinkmoth Nexus, which helps the main aggressive plan with normal damage, but the Infect opens up an almost combo-like potential with the eight equipment. Killing the opponent in two hits is simple, and even a one-punch K.O. isn't uncommon. It's a devastating threat the opponent must always respect, and overall makes the deck even more powerful.

Affinity for Affinity

I have great memories of playing with affinity through Standard. And it was my go-to Modern deck I could always rely on, despite whatever else was going on in the metagame. I was among the many who mourned its departure, but things have finally turned around for the deck. I can't wait to put mine back together with the new tools and see what it's made of today. Over 17-years-old, the affinity mechanic and strategy is still going strong. And with its great new cards I don't see it disappearing again anytime soon.