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Deck of the Day: Modern White Devotion

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is a powerful and highly appealing card. There’s a definitive pattern in MTG’s history: Lands that can tap for multiple mana are incredible; and those who find ways to make good use of them are highly rewarded.

It’s never surprising to see Devotion to Green, Black, or Blue showing up in any format where Nykthos is legal. But today’s Deck of the Day is just a little more off-the-beaten path. This is White Devotion.

Through creative deckbuilding, Magic Online player Artem_Kuhtin has been able to construct a White deck that checks all the boxes for making Devotion a worthwhile mechanic. For starters, every non-land card is a permanent that contributes to Devotion. The combination of Borderposts and Knight of the White Orchid help develop mana independently, while Weathered Wayfarer helps to ensure that you find Nykthos in every game. Finally, Walking Ballista and Mastery of the Unseen provide scalable mana sinks which can be cast early when necessary, but provide gamewinning advantages when you start to dump eight or more mana into them each turn.

Weathered Wayfarer is a unique and highly-sweet card. Frankly, this is a holdover from a different era in MTG, and they don’t really make’em like this anymore. Wayfarer provides repeatable card advantage by searching up lands and–importantly–allows you to search for nonbasics and basics alike. Having Borderposts allows you to develop your mana while also preserving a low land count and being able to activate Wayfarer with ease.

Walking Ballista and Heliod, Sun-Crowned combine to form an instant-win combo, meaning that you have something concrete to work towards as the game develops. Alternatively, it’s a way to quickly steal a game in a bad matchup, or if the opponent presents something you’re not prepared for. Heliod is simply a beautiful card in this deck, providing a mana sink in himself while pairing well with Auriok Champion, Daxos, and Mastery of the Unseen. That’s not even to mention that it’s trivially easy to make him into a 5/5 indestructible creature!

Beyond that, the rest of the deck is filled with quality white permanents, including ones like Leyline of Sanctity and Runed Halo, which can KO specific cards–or sometimes whole strategies.

White Devotion looks fun and interesting, and makes mincemeat of anyone trying to attack your life total. It also has the tools to target specific strategies via sideboard cards, removal spells, and permanent-based disruption. It might be a highly effective choice for certain metagames.

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