January 23, 2018 at 6:51 am #770Sarven McLintonKeymaster
This thread is eagerly awaiting a willing and able aficionado of this archetype to champion the cause and write a Primer or record a deck tech. Message me (Sarven McLinton) if you are that hero!
For now, here is a typical decklist for your brewing pleasure below.
Note on Budget: some builds use Mox Pearl and Rishadan Port, and operate more like Death and Taxes in Legacy re deploying hatebears. Other versions forego the Pearl and run with a Strip, Waste, Clamp, Jitte, Stoneforge style package. The latter is the Budget option.
(will contact Mulch for the Pearl D&T list and insert here)
Another option was shared by Tom Jancik and is copied here for posterity:
Mother of Runes
Kytheon, Hero of Akros
Student of Warfare
Figure of Destiny
Soldier of the Pantheon
Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Stoneforge Mystic *
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Spirit of the Labyrinth
Brimaz, King of Oreskos
Gisela, the Broken Blade
Umezawa’s Jitte *
Skull Clamp **
Sword of Fire and Ice
Swords to Plowshares
Path to Exile
Flagstones of Trokair
Strip Mine **
Linvala, Keeper of Silence
Rest in Peace
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Ravages of War
The core of this deck is playing cheap, aggressive 1-2 drops backed up by a few hard hitting 3-4 drops while leaving heavily on the strength of Stoneforge Mystic and her toys.
Note: This deck leans on its equipment package perhaps more than any other deck.
The main deck building choices are if you want to play the vanilla 1 mana 2/1s for the full beat down plan (the above list is not doing so) and if you want to play Armageddon and Ravages of War main deck. The main body of 2-3 drops are up to personal preference for the most part and some play better in a hate bears plan, ie; Leonin Arbiter, while others capitalize on the agro plan, ie; Accorder Paladin.
The ultimate choices are many and will come down to your expected meta and play style preference.
As this is intended as a budget deck list, I have not included the Mox Pearl the deck frequently runs over the pointed lands but I would recommend trying to get access to one if you plan on playing Geddons in the main and swapping out the Karakas and Strip Mine for Mox Pearl and another Plains, possibly also adding a Chrome Mox.
This deck is pretty firmly tier 2 in my opinion but can certainly win games against all deck types.
I have personally top 8ed several Melb leagues with White Weenie and have taken out a GP side event with it too.
It also continues to put up decent results in the hands of other pilots and I would certainly recommend it as a nice entry point to Highlander if you’re looking to play a creature deck but don’t want to fork out the mana base of Zoo, or even worse Bant.
- This topic was modified 4 months, 3 weeks ago by Shane.
I manage Adelaide Eternal, a group running monthly tournaments in SA for Vintage, Highlander, and Legacy. We also commentate feature matches which are uploaded to our YouTube channel every month. Visit: www.youtube.com/adelaideeternalJanuary 6, 2019 at 1:05 am #1115Sarven McLintonKeymaster
The Mono W archetype has seen further development in the hands of Luke McGlaughlin, culminating in a Top 8 finish at the Good Games end of year Highlander in SA. The latest decklist for 2019 onward is available in the tournament report here:
I manage Adelaide Eternal, a group running monthly tournaments in SA for Vintage, Highlander, and Legacy. We also commentate feature matches which are uploaded to our YouTube channel every month. Visit: www.youtube.com/adelaideeternal
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