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Walter's Whities

Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,
Since Theros came to stay, we here at MTG Realm, although very impressed with the wonderful choices of Magic: the Gathering builds and strategies were not quite 'passionate' (for lack of a better word at the moment) about any of the new offerings.  Since Innistrad block rotated out with Lingering Souls and friends, we've been sort of spinning our wheels and have even decided to eschew standard format in favour of Modern.  That may change now with a particular White / black build that Dennis Bogdanov has been playing.

We first heard about Bogdanov's build from Craig Wescoe, a player after our own heart, after last month's TCG Player Open in Columbus.  Perhaps we were not fully caffeinated at the time of reading Craig's article and we did not really grasp what was cooking in the kitchen with this White / black devotion.  Anywhoos - fast forward to today and LSV's post to the daily deck list on the mothersite - low 'n' behold - Bogdnov's list again for the GPT Albuquerque.  The list is TIGHT! This is most certainly a build we can get behind.

One drops include full book sets of Soldier of the Pantheon, and Brave the Elements.  There is Imposing Sovereign and then Precint Captain which fills the two-drop slot - the Captain not only is robust against other two drops with first strike but can drop tokens regularly.  Spear of Heliod,  Boros Reckoner, Banisher Priest, and Ajani, Caller of the Pride occupy the three slot and present options for control and aggro.  In the four drop slot, we have pairs of both Gideon, Champion of Justice and Heliod, God of the Sun which offer resiliency against control and a number of other mid-range options.  We kinda giggled when we first imagined an animated indestructible Gideon getting evasion and double strike with Ajani.  Wrapping everything up is a deckset of Blood Baron at five mana, a pair of Elspeth, Sun's Champion at six and Angel of Serenity at seven mana.

In the sideboard Thoughseize and Orzhov Charm are suggested along with the typical choices one can expect against the metagame.  We'll collect just a handful of MTG singles from MTG Mint Card and we have everything set to go at the next Friday Night Magic event.

24 land : 4 Godless Shrine, 4 Temple of Silence, 4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, 12 Plains

23 creatures : 4 Blood Baron of Vizkopa, 4 Precinct Captain, 3 Imposing Sovereign, 4 Boros Reckoner
4 Soldier of the Pantheon, 2 Angel of Serenity, 2 Heliod, God of the Sun

7 other spells : 4 Brave the Elements, 3 Spear of Heliod

6 planeswalkers : 2 Ajani, Caller of the Pride, 2 Elspeth, Sun's Champion, 2 Gideon, Champion of Justice

11 sideboard (?): 2 Thoughtseize, 2 Orzhov Charm, 2 Fiendslayer Paladin, 2 Celestial Flare, 1 Rootborn Defenses, 2 Glare of Heresy


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