Monowhite Auras - LegenVD
Today’s historic budget deck requires 20 common, 12 uncommon, and 9 rare wildcards. This assumes that you already have two copies of All That Glitters, which can be found in the Starry-Eyed starter deck. It’s a fast and powerful deck, which is quite straightforward to pick up.
The monowhite aura deck is built around Kor Spiritdancer and the recently released Sram, Senior Edificer. Both creatures reward us for playing many cheap aura enchantments. The deck is filled to the brim with auras, including All That Glitters, which is often the most impactful one. The package of Glaring Aegis alongside Solid Footing and a Vigilance granting enchantment like Sentinel’s Eyes or Sentinel’s Mark is also surprisingly effective. Angelic Gift is there to help close out games where the ground gets stalled.
Aura strategies can be vulnerable to removal-heavy decks. That’s why we have a few cards dedicated to safeguarding our key creatures. Selfless Savior is the perfect turn one play and Alseid of Life’s Bounty can also offer protection while being an enchantment for All That Glitters. Lastly we also get to play with Lurrus of the Dream-Den as our companion, giving the deck a backup plan in the more grindy matchups.
You don’t want to dilute the deck too much after sideboarding, since you need a critical mass of auras for the deck to function. Impactful silver bullets like Hushbringer, Grafdigger’s Cage or Rest in Peace are definitely considerations. Apostle of Purifying Light can come in handy against anyone relying on black spot removal. Similarly Adanto Vanguard can also be a well-positioned creature to suit up. Karametra’s Blessing can replace Alseid in matchups where you expect to face sweepers like Wrath of God, where the protection wouldn’t be very useful. Settle the Wreckage is also an option against other creature decks and can still be played alongside Lurrus as our companion, while Baffling End is a cheaper alternative.
The main way to upgrade the aura deck is by splashing for a secondary color. Blue offers more card draw with enchantments like Curious Obsession and Staggering Insight, while also adding Spell Pierce to the sideboard. Black gives access to Hateful Eidolon as a great one mana play, which also combines nicely with removal like Dead Weight or Mire’s Grasp. Fatal Push and Thoughtseize are also very efficient sideboard slots. Another advantage of the black splash is access to Concealed Courtyard and Brightclimb Pathway in the manabase.