Mono-White Humans by sangrophage on MtGO
4 Champion of the Parish
4 Field Marshal
3 Kytheon, Hero of Akros
2 Mirran Crusader
1 Ranger of Eos
4 Soldier of the Pantheon
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
4 Thalia’s Lieutenant
3 Thraben Inspector
5-Color Humans has been massively on the rise over the last several months, as it’s synergy-based, plays to the board very well, and has excellent game against many of the combo decks in the format. However, sometimes the mana can be somewhat of a stumbling block. The deck we’re featuring today looks to take the powerful tribal synergies found in Humans and reduces the deck to just one color.
One of the main reasons to play tribal decks in Modern is the incredible synergy they offer. This deck is no different. Champion of the Parish is a very powerful 1 mana creature that quickly becomes the biggest creature on nearly every board it’s on. Thalia’s Lieutenant has a similar effect, but instead it’s even more powerful once there are already humans on the board. Field Marshal is an interesting and seldom used card, but it’s quite powerful in this deck. Soldier isn’t a common tribe, but every creature in this deck, save Mirran Crusader, is a soldier, making the pump and first strike let this deck be incredibly hard to take on in combat.
This deck, unlike some of the other tribal decks in the format, is very interested in being low to the ground and getting aggressive. To this end, Kytheon, Hero of Akros, Soldier of the Pantheon, and Thraben Inspector are used to ensure that this deck goes wide and gets on the board on turn 1. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is usually used in decks that are more interested in disrupting the opponent than curving out, but in this deck it’s both a valuable human and a card that helps this deck cast more spells than its opponent.
At the top end of this deck, Mirran Crusader is a game-ending threat that is particularly well positioned in this format, Thalia, Heretic Cathar is difficult to spar with in combat and disrupts the opponent’s mana and board development, while Ranger of Eos has the ability to keep the creatures flowing well into the late game. Brave the Elements is an incredibly powerful instant-speed effect that has amazing applications in nearly every situation, saving creatures from targeted removal, damaged-based sweepers, as well as forcing through damage when facing down blockers.
Here are the changes I would make going forward:
This is day 357 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 356 here, where we featured a Legacy deck that’s a more explosive take on Storm!
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