Mono-White Monument by bigboss5150 on MtGO

Creatures (25)
1 Archangel Avacyn
1 Bruna, the Fading Light
2 Bygone Bishop
2 Fairgrounds Warden
2 Gisela, the Broken Blade
4 Glory-Bound Initiate
1 Linvala, the Preserver
4 Selfless Spirit
1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
3 Thalia’s Lancers
4 Thraben Inspector

Non-Creature Spells (10)
4 Oketra’s Monument
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
2 Cast Out
1 Gideon’s Intervention
2 Stasis Snare

Lands (25)
4 Desert of the True
1 Geier Reach Sanitarium
14 Plains
2 Scavenger Grounds
3 Shefet Dunes
1 Westvale Abbey

Sideboard (15)
2 Cast Out
1 Gideon’s Intervention
2 Aven Mindcensor
1 Djeru, With Eyes Open
2 Fragmentize
3 Fumigate
1 Gideon of the Trials
3 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Summary

Standard has more or less settled into a defined metagame since Pro Tour Hour of Devastation and the couple of Grand Prix that have followed. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still room for innovation and for new decks to succeed. The W/U Monument deck that succeeded towards the end of Amonkhet Standard has been dropping off in popularity since, but a shift to a more consistent manabase could be the difference.

Like the two-colored version of this deck, this Mono-White Monument deck has several cheap creatures that get the action started early and are relevant later on. Thraben Inspector replaces itself and puts a body into play, Glory-Bound Initiate is a powerful attacker that pushes through damage easily, and Selfless Spirit provides an evasive attacker that can sneak in some points of damage, all while protecting this board control-based deck against board wipes.

Further up the curve, the deck tries to play a more midrange, grind-focused game plan. Fairgrounds Warden has the ability to be a creature kill on a body, while Thalia, Heretic Cathar is a great combat-focused creature that can disrupt and set the opponent’s board development back. Similarly, Gisela, the Broken Blade is a beefy creature that wins most of the combats it enters, all while gaining life, which is critical against Ramunap Red. Bygone Bishop takes up a different role, however, as it wants to sit on the board for as long as possible, generating incredible card advantage if it’s left alone.

At the top end, this deck plays several impactful legendary creatures, with consistency provided by Thalia’s Lancers, which is a powerful combat-oriented creature that replaces itself every time it resolves. Archangel Avacyn is a powerful attacker that protects the board while ending the game quickly, while Bruna, the Fading Light also is a 2 for 1 when cast, and combos with Gisela, the Broken Blade. Linvala, the Preserver singlehandedly can bring you back into the game when cast, and Skysovereign, Consul Flagship is a nightmare for smaller creature decks.

This deck’s engine is helped massively by the presence of Oketra’s Monument, which gives the deck its name. The innocuous 3 mana artifact brings the curve of the deck down massively, allowing it to quickly cast all of the cards it draws, and adds to the board constantly, allowing it to play the game on the front foot or the back foot equally well. Cast Out, Gideon’s Intervention, and Stasis Snare are the removal spells in this deck. Cast Out and Stasis Snare are both instant-speed kill spells, with Cast Out more expensive, but with the upside of cycling and being able to deal with any non-land permanent.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Gideon’s Intervention

+1 Declaration in Stone

Sideboard

-2 Aven Mindcensor

+2 Declaration in Stone

This is day 238 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 237 here, where we featured an innovative Legacy Storm deck that’s Mono-Red!

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