Deck Of The Day #42 - A Starting Flying Point For The New Standard

Deck Of The Day #42 - A Starting Flying Point For The New Standard

New format, yay!

Eldritch Moon has already arrived, and the first major event of the new Standard (SCG Open at Colorado) took place last weekend. To be honest, the first results do not look very promising, with a great presence of Bant Company decks, but even in this hostile field there was some valerous people who managed to do well with new ideas. One of them was Ronnie Ritner, who snuck into the top8 with this WB Angels deck.

2 Thalia's Lancers
1 Archangel Avacyn
1 Bruna, the Fading Light
3 Gisela, the Broken Blade
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Linvala, the Preserver
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
2 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
5 Plains
8 Swamp
4 Caves of Koilos
4 Forsaken Sanctuary
4 Shambling Vent
1 Geier Reach Sanitarium
1 Anguished Unmaking
1 Blessed Alliance
4 Grasp of Darkness
2 Ultimate Price
2 Duress
3 Languish
3 Read the Bones
3
Sideboard
1 Felidar Cub
2 Dead Weight
1 Anguished Unmaking
1 Bruna, the Fading Light
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Collective Brutality
1 Duress
2 Flaying Tendrils
1 Planar Outburst
1 Read the Bones
3 Transgress the Mind

There are 6 legendary angels in the deck together with 2 Thalia's Lancers to find the best one for the current situation. The deck is an evolution of the Orzhov control decks we saw at previous Standard - but now they are much more powered, since now a mini Baneslayer Angel has joined our forces.

Gisela, the Broken Blade, is as broken as her name. Just by herself she will be able to stabilize a lot of board states, even the most hostile ones. Bruna is not as powerful but Brisela is, so in order to allow this possibility we include those aforementioned Thalia's Lancers. If any of our angels were to die, Liliana can bring them back to our hand. I would not Dismiss Liliana for the new Standard, for what is worth.

The rest of the deck is what we remember from past Standard - the most efficient removal in the format and some planeswalkers and Read the Bones to cover the fact that we will usually draw more lands than our opponent and will usually fall back in terms of tempo. In the past, Kalitas was the better solution to gain the lost ground, but now Gisela is even better. It is the same tap-out control from months past - what has changed is that now we tap out to play better cards. Play better cards is always a good proposition.

I am not saying that this deck will be the end-all and be-all for the new Standard - in fact, it is very possible that the Pro Tour will change the metagame. However, for the first weeks of this new format this is a very good starting point. 

 

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