MTG Brewer: B/W Heroic Auras

Here is another all in deck that I have been tinkering with.

B/W Heroic Auras
4x Favored Hoplite
4x Hopeful Eidolon
4x Phalanx Leader
3x Fencing Ace

4x Ethereal Armor
4x Deviant Glee
3x Scourgemark
3x Dark Favor
3x Gift of Orzhova
2x Ajani, Caller of the Pride

4x Boon of Erebos
2x Gods Willing

4x Godless Shrine
4x Temple of Silence
2x Sacred Foundry
8x Plains
2x Swamp

BW Heroic Aura

Funny story. This deck actually started with me trying to brew up a way to break Archangel of Thune. After throwing all sorts of different cards around with all sorts of different lists I ended up with something totally different and a deck without Archangel of Thunes. So as the story goes, one list I brew up with Archangel of Thune is a G/W auras list. But the problem is green is lacking in cheap auras. Unflinching Courage is very good but Trollhide, Alpha Authority and the Ordeals are lackluster. I am not going to play with Forced Adaptation. Looking at the Gatherer, I see that black has the best cheap auras after white and Gift of Orzhova is good enough to replace Unflinching Courage. That is the beauty of brewing. If you do it right and keep your mind open, you never know where you end up.

So this list is pretty brutal but it has its flaws. I have tinkered with the creature base. I started off with the hard hitters like Fabled Hero and Fiendslayer Paladin but I decided to lower the curve and focused on cheap heroics creatures. This deck ends games quickly but I needed way to protect my creatures since they don’t have hexproof. I started with Brave the Elements since all the creatures are white and later went with Gods Willing since it targets. Unfortunately black removal spells are rampant in the current Standard format and if you give your creatures pro black, the black auras will fall off. Not good but they aren’t a lot of good options. One is Boon of Erebos which regenerates creatures. It started as a 4 Brave the Elements/ Gods Willing to 2 Boon of Erebos split but after testing I flip the numbers around.

One advantage you have is your opponent will be kept guessing. Like really, who plays Boon of Erebos? So you can set up blowouts with the right sequencing. You can also play into your opponents greed, with them hoping for a 2 or 3 for 1. Everyone knows no one plays a fair deck with Fencing Ace. The correct play is to kill it right away but if you have a Boon of Erebos and if the Fencing Ace is tapped and attacking it may already be too late.

Finally I have thought about a Boros aura deck with Dragon Mantle, Mad Cap Skills, Boros Charm and maybe Lightning Strike over Deviant Glee, Scourgemark, Dark Favor and Boon of Erebos but I feel it makes the deck less explosive.


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