The core of the deck is similar to the U/W Flash one, and really shouldn’t be touched. When a Grand Prix posts the Top 8 deck lists and you see 32 copies of Thraben Inspector and 32 copies of Smuggler’s Copter, you know something is up. This is one of the best aggressive cores we’ve seen in Standard. Thraben Inspector isn’t exciting on the surface, but it’s replacing itself with a card and crewing a Copter. Smuggler’s Copter is impressive on the surface, and beyond. It’s format defining and being able to play a 1 drop that doesn’t hurt you in the late game really is busted.
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is such a massive threat. It creates an entire army, grows that army, and finishes the game. That’s a ton of value inside a single card, and you only need to invest 4 mana to make it happen. The fact that you can utilize multiple copies by going for the ultimate makes it an easy 4 of in most white decks. Archangel Avacyn is a great finisher and really warps combat. The potential to have a sweeper while gaining that additional reach, makes Avacyn a premier threat.
Selfless Spirit has emerged as the best white 2 drop. Evasion and protection for your team are a great deal at that rate. It’ll save your Copter in combat that you just crewed with a Spirit, and can help ensure you get to loot. Stasis Snare is a premium removal spell that is cheap enough to be relevant early and powerful enough to stop an Emrakul.
This is the core, shared with U/W, that make this deck such a powerful deck. Now we’re going to need some other strong options to not play blue. The first benefit is better mana. Port Town and Prairie Stream are fine, but neither are exciting to play with.
By playing colorless as your other “color,” one of the biggest gains is Spatial Contortion. This is a really strong removal spell that rivals Grasp of Darkness, but that most Standard decks can’t afford to play. Getting more than 10 colorless sources in your deck with Evolving Wilds, Wastes, and Aether Hub when you don’t need too much colored mana are all quite useful. Keep in mind that Contortion can deal the final 3 points of damage when cast on your own Avacyn or Copter boosted by a Gideon emblem.
The other big colorless threat requires white mana. Eldrazi Displacer can get you extra value out of a Thraben Inspector, save your creatures from removal, or allow you to just go crazy with Avacyn. Letting Avacyn flip, putting the Purifier trigger on the stack to deal 3 to everything, and then blinking her with a Displacer will give all your creatures indestructible while dealing 3 to everything. Killing opposing tokens or just tapping opposing attackers and blockers are all great, and you’re still getting the base stats of a 3/3 for 3.
The other Eldrazi creatures aren’t quite strong enough across the board to be maindecked here, but they give you powerful sideboard options. Matter Reshaper is one of the better threats in wars of attrition, such as versus B/R Aggro, while not being exciting against opposing Reflector Mages and Spell Quellers. If you need a threat against the slower decks, there are few things as efficient, big, and awesome as some Reality Smashers. Being able to slant your deck in multiple directions is a big benefit in Standard!
Here’s the full list:
4 Archangel Avacyn/Avacyn, the Purifier
4 Eldrazi Displacer
1 Linvala, the Preserver
4 Selfless Spirit
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Spatial Contortion
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
4 Smuggler’s Copter
3 Stasis Snare
4 Aether Hub
4 Evolving Wilds
2 Westvale Abbey/Ormendahl, Profane Prince
1 Linvala, the Preserver
2 Blessed Alliance
2 Declaration in Stone
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Reality Smasher
Using the white core, there are a bunch of different powerful directions you can go. You’re only restricted by your imagination, so go out there and brew!
Thanks Everybody for reading,