W/U Humans by ocelot823 on MtGO

Creatures (26)
4 Expedition Envoy
4 Hanweir Militia Captain
4 Reflector Mage
4 Thalia’s Lieutenant
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Town Gossipmonger

Non-Creature Spells (14)
4 Declaration in Stone
3 Unsubstantiate
3 Always Watching
4 Smuggler’s Copter

Lands (20)
1 Island
10 Plains
4 Port Town
4 Prairie Stream
1 Westvale Abbey

Sideboard (15)
4 Fragmentize
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Lantern Scout
2 Negate
1 Plains

Summary

If I’m being honest, I have a very soft spot for Standard Humans in my heart. I had some good results with it in pre-Kaladesh Standard, so I’m inclined to believe that any resurrection of the Small Angry White Men Club is a signal of good things to come. However, due to rotation, this strategy lost a lot. Kytheon, Hero of Akros and Dragon Hunter were critical to the deck’s success. The loss of those cards hurt the deck, but not as much as the increased popularity of Ishkanah, Grafwidow and Liliana, the Last Hope. Since the archetype’s “downfall”, we’ve seen it on the fringes of the format, always looking to break back into the spotlight. Once U/W Flash began to struggle against B/G Delirium, some players (including Christian Calcano) moved to a more aggressive version of the deck that featured Thalia’s Lieutenant and an overall more aggressive strategy. The thought behind this change was that U/W Flash’s most successful gameplan against B/G Delirium was to try to tempo the opponent out and delay Ishkanah, Grafwidow for as long as possible, hence the inclusion and success of Thalia, Heretic Cathar. The move to a more aggressive variant of U/W Flash was only logical to combat the format.

This deck, piloted by ocelot823 on MtGO on December 25, is the next step in that evolution. However, it will likely not match up against B/G Delirium as well as U/W “Human Flash” does. This is due in large part to the lack of Spell Queller, a card that is critical to U/W Flash’s gameplan against B/G Delirium. However, what this deck loses against Delirium, it more than makes up for against Aetherworks Marvel decks. Unsubstantiate is close to the ideal card for an aggressive deck against Marvel. It nullifies an activation of Aetherworks Marvel, bounces the Marvel if the opponent cannot activate it, etc. More than not, Unsubstantiate acts as Time Walk in this matchup, which is exactly where aggressive decks like W/U Humans thrives. Against U/W Flash and various Vehicles decks, this W/U Humans deck has a lot of game as well. The matchups will mostly come down to board presence, and Thalia’s Lieutenant and Always Watching are both fantastic in Reflector Mage mirror-matches.

Going forward, I think that this deck could end up being a major player in the Standard format. The aggressive-tempo nature of the deck seems very well positioned in the format. However, there are a few things that I think need changing before that happens. Here are the changes I would make to the deck moving forward.

Mainboard

-1 Westvale Abbey

+1 Plains

Sideboard

-4 Lantern Scout

-1 Fragmentize

+4 Spell Queller

+1 Spell Shrivel

This is part 3 of 365 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column. For another Standard deck that could be on the rise in the coming weeks, read Deck of the Day #2, found here.

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