Deck of the Day – WB Midrange

Different versions of GW Tokens and WB Control have been climbing the Standard charts lately—it’s only fitting that the combination of these 2 decks would also be a success.

GW Tokens can fight on different levels, but the key components of the deck are the planeswalkers. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is the most important planeswalker to the deck, and that holds true for a WB Midrange deck as well. The potent combination of Archangel Avacyn and Hangarback Walker also holds its own—made up of creatures that are powerful on their own that can combo together to win from unlikely board states.

Secure the Wastes and Westvale Abbey make for a powerful pair, even in decks that have few creature cards.

By not playing green, you lose Nissa, Voice of Zendikar, Sylvan Advocate, Oath of Nissa, and Dromoka’s Command, so the payoff from switching to black had better be big.

Read the Bones is a much more powerful card than Oath of Nissa. It’s pure card advantage while also providing selection. Oath can’t help pick up removal spells, merely filters your draw, and while sometimes fixing your mana to cast planeswalkers is important, Read will also help with that. The increased cost in both mana and life is steep, but you get to upgrade by not needing as many comes-into-play untapped sources and getting more raw power late in the game.

When Dromoka’s Command is a premier spell in the format, it’s hard to argue against pairing your white cards with green. Taking down a key enchantment as well as a creature is an irreplaceable effect. But cards like Grasp of Darkness, Ultimate Price, and most importantly Anguished Unmaking are going to be better removal spells if you’re not focused on killing enchantments, which is a good place to be right now. Anguished Unmaking is so good against other midrange decks as an instant-speed way to gain back tempo and eliminate any problematic permanent.

Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim is a serviceable Sylvan Advocate replacement as a great 2-drop early and late. While not on the same level as Advocate, and poor in multiples, Ayli still gets the job done in many of the same spots the advocate would. The real upgrade, however, is in the power of Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. Kalitas wins games single-handedly against a number of decks right now, so that’s a key card to have access to.

Adding discard spells and a land as powerful as Shambling Vent make WB Midrange a viable deck. While not having the same great curve out of Advocate, Nissa, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, and Archangel Avacyn, WB Midrange is capable of winning a quick game and is even better equipped to win the late game. Reality Smasher is also an awesome sideboard card right now, and that alone could be reason enough to consider a deck that can support it!

BW Midrange

Daniel Ward, Top 8 at GP New York

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