I’m not sure if this was the deck of the weekend, but the Standard player of the year is quite clearly Corey Baumeister. He picked up his 3rd consecutive Top 4 finish in Standard Grand Prix, and his deck choice surprised a number of people.
Archangel Avacyn may be heading out the door in a few weeks, but this weekend she showed why she is one of the most powerful cards we’ve ever seen. The centerpiece of this deck, Archangel Avacyn is totally busted and fell off of many players’ radars going into the weekend. There are so many lines of text on this thing, and yet each one keeps making the mythic better and better.
4/4 flying vigilance for 5 mana was one of the most broken cards in the early years of Magic in Serra Angel, but flash means your opponents can’t attack into your mana without fear of being punished. Giving your team indestructible saves you from sweepers and spot removal, and you’re playing lots of cards in your main deck to have control over when you flip Archangel Avacyn to wipe the board, damage your opponent, and leave behind a 6/5 flying threat.
Walking Ballista and Selfless Spirit give you some early game that are both excellent in the format and perfect at flipping Archangel Avacyn. They both can come down turn 2, make sure you have an early presence against aggressive decks, and be useful in the late game. Selfless Spirit gives your team additional ways to stop removal, sweepers, and win combat, while Walking Ballista is an all-star against Red that scales up in the late game as a great mana sink.
The Eldrazi will soon be joining Archangel Avacyn on the Standard sidelines (although they already have a strong presence in Modern). Matter Reshaper and Thought-Knot Seer are well-costed creatures that provide incredible advantages when you play them on curve. Matter Reshaper is a built in 2-for-1 that can often trade up, while Thought-Knot Seer is a huge presence on the battlefield that will rip your opponent’s game plan to shreds. Selfless Spirit and Archangel Avacyn make the Thought-Knot extra challenging to get rid of.
Eldrazi Displacer has enjoyed its time in the limelight, being a perennial Standard all-star from week 1 in the format. The powerful 1-drop that offers inherent card advantage is also seeing its time in the format come to an end, but showed what it was capable of even without Smuggler’s Copter.
Eldrazi Displacer provides some additional late game advantage as well as incredible tricks with Archangel Avacyn. Letting Archangel Avacyn flip, putting the trigger on the stack, and blinking Archangel Avacyn back to her original form to give your team indestructible is impressive. But at the end of the day, Displacer is a 3/3 for 3 that gives you tons of card advantage by killing opposing tokens and Ballistas or blinking things like Thraben Inspector.
The downfall to most mono-color decks is the lack of options in removal spells, but there’s a lot to like in white. Stasis Snare provides a powerful exile effect at instant speed. Cast Out is a bit more expensive, but can hit noncreatures and cycle when needed. Declaration in Stone gives you additional unconditional exile removal, while Spatial Contortion can deal with early threats or pump through extra damage late.
Warping Wail is exciting as a way to deal with some of the early drops from Red and Zombies, but does much more. Countering a Fumigate or Approach of the Second Sun is a huge deal, as well as spells like Hour of Promise and Dark Salvation. Creating a Scion is also useful to ramp you or to sacrifice to flip Archangel Avacyn!
White Eldrazi doesn’t have much more time in Standard as nearly the entire deck is rotating so if this is your style, enjoy it now. It may be crazy powerful, but it won’t be around forever.