White Weenies Wins Pro Tour?

Arran Sahota | 15th November 2018

Following the Guilds of Ravnica Pro Tour this weekend, I noticed we didn’t see Mono-Blue Tempo or Mono-Red Aggro but instead, we got another mainly mono colour deck. The mainboard (60) had only white cards in while the sideboard had a couple of red cards and also some red lands to sideboard in when needed.  The matchup in the finals felt a bit more like a limited environment and less constructed game which is strange to see, having the uncommon and commons battle it out with a few rare’s thrown in.

In the top 8 there was only one Jeskai Control deck, one Izzet Drake deck and then six Boros Aggro decks, one of the six decks did tend to have more Red in with Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice, Boros Challenger, Goblin Instigator and Heroic Reinforcements but besides that, the rest kept to the sideboards.

Deck Breakdown


Creature (26)

4 Adanto Vanguard
4 Snubhorn Sentry
4 Venerated Loxodon
4 Benalish Marshal
4 Skymarcher Aspirant
4 Dauntless Bodyguard
2 Healer’s Hawk

Instant (2)

2 Pride of Conquerors

Enchantment (12)

4 Conclave Tribunal
4 History of Benalia
4 Legion’s Landing

Land (20)

14 Plains
2 Clifftop Retreat
4 Sacred Foundry

60 Cards

Sideboard (15)

2 Clifftop Retreat
4 Tocatli Honor Guard
3 Experimental Frenzy
2 Response // Resurgence
3 Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants
1 Banefire

Andrew Elenbogen managed to take down the Pro Tour after beating LSV in the finals on a mirror match up. Andrew’s deck tended to play in a sense more removal by having four Conclave Tribunal while other decks sometimes had two or three instead. There is not a lot to say about this types of decks. In the mirror it matters who gets the one-drop down, and then followed up by two-drops and then in the three drops you tend to get your big hitters with Benalish Marshal and then using Venerated Loxodon to convoke with creatures to make them bigger. If you have the turn three History of Benalia with the Legion Landing flipping each turn and turning into Adanto, the First Fort for either ramp or to start making an army of tokens.

Baffling End is starting to see more play again since Seal Away has been released. This card has been hiding but as these aren’t control decks, you want to deal with the creature as soon as possible.
Tocatli Honor Guard is the key tech against all the B/G decks which want ETB triggers with explore or maybe just trying to save your creature against Chainwhirler, it also being a 1/3 makes it a very good blocker.
Experimental Frenzy is another card everyone is trying to break in Modern.. a great card against control as you are drawing a card each turn making your hand bigger and then playing whatever you can from the top of your library, true power.


Creature (27)

4 Dauntless Bodyguard
4 Benalish Marshal
4 Adanto Vanguard
4 Healer’s Hawk
4 Leonin Vanguard
3 Skymarcher Aspirant
4 Ajani’s Pridemate
Instant (3)

3 Pride of Conquerors

Enchantment (10)

2 Conclave Tribunal
4 History of Benalia
4 Legion’s Landing

Land (20)

4 Clifftop Retreat
12 Plains
4 Sacred Foundry

60 Cards
Sideboard (15)

2 Conclave Tribunal
4 Experimental Frenzy
2 Banefire 3 Baffling End
1 Mountain
2 Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice
1 Settle the Wreckage

Though this deck above didn’t win, I personally still really like this version with Ajani’s Pridemate and then the sweet small combo with the Healer’s Hawk and then, of course, Leonin Vanguard gaining life beginning of each combat. LSV deck as a lot lower to the ground and seemed to have a lower curve taking out the Venerated Loxodon and cutting down to only two  Conclave Tribunal instead of the full playset.

These two decks which ended up in the finals are very similar but still very different to each other, does this mean mono colours are better at the moment in this Standard Meta? Or is there just more to be explored?


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