W/U Aggro by uniq on MtGO

Creatures (23)
4 Bygone Bishop
3 Cloudblazer
4 Hanweir Militia Captain
4 Selfless Spirit
4 Spell Queller
4 Thraben Inspector

Non-Creature Spells (13)
1 Declaration in Stone
3 Dusk // Dawn
2 Metallic Rebuke
4 Oketra’s Monument
2 Cast Out
1 Stasis Snare

Lands (24)
3 Irrigated Farmland
3 Island
7 Plains
4 Port Town
4 Prairie Stream
3 Westvale Abbey

Sideboard (15)
1 Cloudblazer
1 Cast Out
2 Declaration in Stone
1 Metallic Rebuke
2 Stasis Snare
2 Angel of Sanctions
1 Dispel
2 Fairgrounds Warden
1 Fragmentize
2 Negate

Summary

The banning of Aetherworks Marvel has opened up a world of new archetypes in Standard. Aggressive decks simply couldn’t keep up with a big eldrazi on turn 4 or push through Whirler Virtuoso‘s multitude of tokens. In the previous Standard format, W/U was the go-to aggressive color combination, and it looks like it could make a comeback.

Thraben Inspector, Selfless Spirit, and Hanweir Militia Captain are the 1 and 2 mana creatures in this deck, and let the deck get off the blocks quickly. In the long run, Thraben Inspector is very valuable, as it’s a cheap creature that replaces itself. Selfless Spirit offers protection against the board wipes in the format while existing as an aggressively-costed evasive creature. Hanweir Militia Captain is nothing special on its front size as a 2/2 for 2, but if you build up enough of a board, it quickly becomes your best creature on the back side, usually being your largest beater and an additional source of more small creatures.

Spell Queller, Bygone Bishop, and Cloudblazer are the other creatures in this deck. Spell Queller rose in stock during Marvel Standard, and it’s still a very powerful option as an evasive flash creature that delays the opponent’s board progression. Bygone Bishop is a very powerful evasion creature that is also an unparalleled source of card advantage as the game goes on. Despite being an aggressive deck, this deck wants to play long, and Bygone Bishop is the best card at doing that. Cloudblazer similarly is a reliable source of card advantage and life on an evasive body. This slot is usually Archangel Avacyn, but Cloudblazer might just be the better option.

The package of Oketra’s Monument and Dusk // Dawn has been gaining a lot of steam in Standard. Oketra’s Monument produces an impressive amount of creatures when the game goes long, and Dusk // Dawn makes sure you can handle the opponent’s large creatures and get damage through with your smaller creatures. Declaration in Stone, Cast Out, and Stasis Snare are the removal spell in this deck. Declaration in Stone‘s strength is mana efficiency, while Cast Out and Stasis Snare offer instant-speed removal flexibility.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Cloudblazer

+1 Declaration in Stone

Sideboard

-1 Cast Out

-1 Metallic Rebuke

-2 Stasis Snare

-1 Dispel

+2 Fairgrounds Warden

+1 Negate

+2 Archangel Avacyn

This is day 180 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 179 here, where we featured a Standard control deck that’s looking to take the archetype back to blue and white.

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