Deck Guide to MTG Blue/White Spirits: Beats Standard Mono-Aggro, Competing with Control

Taking place two weeks after the digital launch of Innistrad: Crimson Oath, NS MTG Arena Standard Metagame Challenge Packed with Mono-White and various Control decks. Mono-Green also appears, but not as much as Mono-White. Sliding under the radar at the Metagame Challenge is another Aggro pick through the UW soul, which can hit fast and hard while also being able to deal with a variety of heads MTG deck of cards.

Blue/White Spirit Aggro took down some Mono-White and Mono-Green Aggro Magic: Gathering deck of cards MTG Arena Challenge the standard Metagame, while standing up to Izzet and Controlling Mono-Black admirably.

MTG UW Aggro Standard

The UW Spirit build contains a shell similar to Mono-White, but with added flexibility. There are a total of 35 creatures, of which 25 are spirits with an average energy level of 1.9. Skyclave Apparition, Clarion Spirit, Luminarch Aspirant, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Stonebinder’s Familiar and Intrepid Adversary are all part of the main deck.

Here is the full 75 MTG cards in UW Aggro for the best of the three. Players can export decks by copying and pasting lists to export to MTG Arena.

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4 Stonebinder’s Familiar (STX) 31
4 Lantern Bearer (VOW) 66
4 God Clarion (KHM) 6
3 Homestead Courage (MID) 24
3 Brave Opponents (MID) 25
4 Skyclave Apparition (ZNR) 39
4 Katilda, Dawnhart Martyr (VOW) 21
1 Dorothea, Victim of Vengeance (VOW) 235
4 Hengegate Road (KHM) 260
4 Deserted Beach (MID) 260
3 islands (XLN) 265
4 Luminarch Aspirant (ZNR) 24
8 Plains (RTR) 250
1 Ruin School (MID) 262
4 Spectral Enemies (MID) 77
2 Kabira Removed (ZNR) 19
3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben (VOW) 38

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3 Negative (STA) 18
3 Elite Spellbinders (STX) 17
1 movable hole (AFR) 33
2 Teferi, Dusk Slower (MID) 245
2 Loyalty Relationship (MID) 221
2 movable holes (AFR) 33
2 Dennick, The Mage Apprentice (MID) 217

Separating the UW build from the Mono-White Aggro are the elusive creatures Lantern Bearer, Spectral Adversary, and Katilda, Dawnhart Martyr. The Lantern Bearer is a drop that can certainly give a Flying creature later in the game its Disturb cost. The Spectral Adversary can remove nasty blockers for a deadly blow or protect one of your own creatures. And Adversary is a spirit with Flash, synergizing with Katilda, Dawnhart Martyr while taking down opponents by surprise.

Katilda, Dawnhart Martyr
Katilda, Dawnhart Martyr

Katilda, Dawnhart Martyr can expand strength and endurance based on the number of spirits and/or Enchantments on the battlefield. Spirit warlock has Flying, Lifelink and an added bonus of protection against vampires. After paying her Disturb cost of 3WW, she returns as the Legendary Sacred Treasure Katilda Rising Dawn, giving the target creature you control over all the abilities of Katilda, Dawnhart Martyr and MTG Key word.

There are 20 lands in UW Magic deck, along with two copies of Kabira Takedown — acting as earth when needed and a special piece of the Instant Remove feature against walkers and creatures that cannot be exiled with a Portable hole or Skyclave Apparition. A copy of Dorothea, Victim of Vengeance are also included in the main deck, providing an advantage in taste and attack value when needed. Any copy of the Legendary Spirit more than two can mess up the build.

Dorothea, Victim of Vengeance
Dorothea, Victim of Vengeance

Three copies of Homestead Courage can create a differential advantage over the Mono-White and Mono-Green Aggro decks, providing permanent +1/+1 counter and Vigilance to that creature for to the end of the turn. Magic speed spells with Flashback work best on Katilda, Dawnhart Martyr, and can make Stonebinder’s Familiar 4/4 on turn two with two White mana.

UW Aggro’s sideboard is what really sets it apart MTG Even so, the standard build from Mono-White. Three copies of the Portable Hole can handle a whole deck of single-color Aggro cards, along with tokens. The Elite Spellbinder buys time and Negate can resist spells that don’t treat as nasty as Meathook Massacre, Blood on the Snow, and Alrund’s Epiphany.

Teferi, Who Slow the Sunset, alternative art without borders
Teferi, Who Slow the Sunset, alternative art without borders

Two copies of Dennick, Pious Apprentice that keep the Double-Faced soul card safe from the Sungold Sentinel, and two copies of Terferi, Who slows dusk can give the card an advantage — especially when confronted with the Control deck. There are also two copies of Loyal relationship, which provides the added ability to draw cards when energy is depleted and life points as an added bonus.

The player wants at least two untapped lands in the open hand, along with one and two drops. Hitting the curve in a UW Aggro build is important, as is making sure the Skyclave Apparition or Portable Hole is ready in the early game. Either Clarion Spirit or Luminarch Aspirant are two solid drops, and Stonebinder’s Familiar is usually the best drop to have in the opening hand.

UW Aggro is not the best MTG deck in the Standard meta. But it is the top tier and can hold its ground in the best three matches. Among the best, the build is a bit weaker. But for those who are looking for a change of pace on VOW Rated ladder, UW Aggro can help you climb through a flexible construction that can fit any MTG meta deck on ladder.

All images via WotC, Magic: The Gathering. Deck Guide to MTG Blue/White Spirits: Beats Standard Mono-Aggro, Competing with Control


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