U/W Flash by Nicolas Righetti at GP Porto Alegre – Trial Winner

Creatures (21)
3 Archangel Avacyn
2 Rattlechains
4 Selfless Spirit
4 Spell Queller
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
4 Thraben Inspector
2 Walking Ballista

Non-Creature Spells (15)
1 Declaration in Stone
4 Metallic Rebuke
2 Negate
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Stasis Snare

Lands (24)
6 Island
8 Plains
4 Port Town
4 Prairie Stream
2 Westvale Abbey

Sideboard (15)
1 Archangel Avacyn
1 Declaration in Stone
2 Gisela, the Broken Blade
2 Immolating Glare
2 Linvala, the Preserver
1 Negate
3 Quarantine Field
2 Revolutionary Rebuff
1 Walking Ballista

Summary

This past weekend, we had two Grand Prix to keep track of, and while the results of the Grand Prix themselves were rather predictable, the Trial-winning decklists certainly featured some familiar faces and some long-lost friends, including the deck we’re featuring today … U/W Flash.

What year, indeed? It is in fact 2017, but apparently Nicolas Righetti didn’t get the memo, and decided he better crush a Trial with an old favorite instead of adapting to the 2017 metagame. Not only does this deck fall into the same archetype that was a Standard favorite of Kaladesh Standard, the specific makeup of the deck doesn’t seemed to have changed much at all!

 

Thraben Inspector, Selfless Spirit, Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Spell Queller, Archangel Avacyn, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, Stasis Snare…yup I’ve seen all of this before. What did Aether Revolt add to this deck to make it a viable option against the big two decks in Standard? For one, it added Walking Ballista, which gives the deck another good, proactive option against the 4-Color Copycat deck.

It also added the full 4 copies of Metallic Rebuke, which are a much more appealing counter spell than Revolutionary Rebuff. Outside of those, the land base and sideboard look very similar, if not the exact same to the U/W Flash deck from Kaladesh Standard, so what changed in the metagame for this deck to be good again?

For one, planeswalkers are now more important than they possibly ever have been in a Standard format. Being able to play creatures that actively pressure them and limit the value your opponent gets from them is critical, and the plethora of fliers in U/W Flash does just that. Additionally, the existence of the Copycat combo forces a lot of sorcery-speed cards into the “not viable” pile, but playing on your opponent’s turn like U/W Flash does allows it to dictate the game, rather than being forced to play its cards and hope the opponent doesn’t have the combo.

Finally, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is arguably the most important card in this Standard format, and this U/W Flash deck is likely the best at playing it and protecting it until it can beat the opponent down. The absence of Smuggler’s Copter hurts (R.I.P.) this strategy, but the overall strategy has been shown to still be viable, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it start to put up decent results again.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Negate

-1 Stasis Snare

+1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar

+1 Aethersphere Harvester

Sideboard

-1 Archangel Avacyn

-2 Revolutionary Rebuff

-1 Walking Ballista

+1 Authority of the Consuls

+2 Negate

+1 Bruna, the Fading Light

This is day 80 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 79 here, where we featured the Standard deck that surprised us all this past weekend in Shizuoka.

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