Mono-White Aggro by twistling on MtGO

Creatures (28)
1 Angel of Invention
2 Archangel Avacyn
4 Bygone Bishop
2 Fairgrounds Warden
4 Glory-Bound Initiate
4 Hanweir Militia Captain
1 Regal Caracal
3 Sacred Cat
3 Selfless Spirit
4 Thraben Inspector

Non-Creature Spells (9)
1 Gideon of the Trials
1 Declaration in Stone
1 Dusk // Dawn
4 Oketra’s Monument
2 Stasis Snare

Lands (23)
2 Geier Reach Sanitarium
17 Plains
4 Westvale Abbey

Sideboard (15)
1 Fairgrounds Warden
2 Declaration in Stone
1 Dusk // Dawn
2 Angel of Sanctions
2 Anointer Priest
2 Cast Out
1 Fragmentize
1 Fumigate
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Summary

After the banning of Aetherworks Marvel, players have been looking for new and unexplored strategies that may have been validated with the absence of the dominant Temur Marvel deck. What proves that Marvel was too dominant is that previously invalid strategies in Aggro, Midrange, and Control archetypes are all now viable, including the deck we’re featuring today, Mono-White Aggro.

This deck wants to start aggressively, but since it’s not a Heart of Kiran deck, Toolcraft Exemplar isn’t an option. Instead, it opts for Sacred Cat to supplement Thraben Inspector. The 1/1 cat is cheap enough and has enough synergy with the deck that it warrants a spot. At 2 mana, there is Glory-Bound Initiate, Hanweir Militia Captain, and Selfless Spirit, each having their own roles to play. Glory-Bound Initiate is the hardest hitting 2 drop in this format, Hanweir Militia Captain takes advantage of the cheap creature theme of this deck, and Selfless Spirit provides some much needed evasion and creature protection.

At 3 mana, this deck has a number of interesting plays. Oketra’s Monument is certainly a surprise, but the format’s lack of sweepers makes dumping your hand on the table a very viable option. Similarly, Bygone Bishop encourages you to play your creatures out. The Bishop gives the deck more evasion and a steady stream of cards, helping the deck cover its card advantage weakness. This deck also plays 2 copies of Fairgrounds Warden as a dual removal spell and creature. Additionally, this deck has 1 copy of Gideon of the Trials, which can be thought of as a 4/4 creature with upside in this deck, but it doesn’t play well with the creature-focused cards in this deck, so it can’t afford to play more.

As high-end payoffs, this deck plays Angel of Invention, Archangel Avacyn, and Regal Caracal. Both of the angels are good evasion creatures, flooding the board with creatures or protecting your board respectively, while Regal Caracal produces 7 power and 7 toughness for 5 mana, making it a good value for money as well as a potent threat against aggressive decks.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Hanweir Militia Captain

+1 Declaration in Stone

Sideboard

-1 Dusk // Dawn

-2 Anointer Priest

-1 Fumigate

+2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar

+2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

This is day 168 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 167 here, where we featured a Standard midrange deck that takes advantage of a powerful 4 mana planeswalker.

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