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Heroic Soldiers of Urd - 2nd Place at FNM!

Standard Budget Competitive Counters FNM Mono-White Soldiers Tribal

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Fast, powerful, resilient and explosive heroic tribal anthem awesomeness!


Win-cons

Primary win-con: Resolve Obelisk of Urd with lots of soldiers and beat face.

Secondary win-con: Beat face with creatures tall from Heroic triggers.

Finishers: Flying death squad, courtesy of Abzan Falconer.


Optimal opening

  • Turn one: Cast a Plains. Tap it and cast Favored Hoplite .
  • Turn two: Cast a Plains. Attack with Favored Hoplite for 1 damage. Savor your opponent's bemused chortle regarding the taking of 1 damage, knowing full well that their end is near.
  • During your opponent's turn-two end step, tap two Plains and play Raise the Alarm. The stage is set.
  • Turn three: Cast a Plains. Tap three Plains, convoke Favored Hoplite and two Soldier tokens and cast Obelisk of Urd, naming Soldiers. Try not to gloat. Bask in the warm glow of your opponent's wide-eyed dismay.
  • Turn four: Swing for 9. Let the beat-down commence!

Commentary

I think I'm on to something here. In my constant brewing with Obelisk of Urd, I've melded Soldiers tribal, Heroics, and a mono-color, painless mana base. The main thing this deck folds to (on the surface) is Stormbreath Dragon. Sultai Charm and Reclamation Sage are problematic, but the deck runs more Obelisks than most decks have answers, even in their side boards. Crackling Doom is no fun, either, but it doesn't wreck this deck like it does U/W Heroic. Other than those instances, it's a quick and scrappy aggro deck.

Everyone except Phalanx Leader and Soldier Tokens are out of Lightning Strike, Anger of the Gods and Bile Blight range once the Obelisk enters play. Phalanx Leader heads out of range with a Chosen by Heliod attached, either way.

Chosen by Heliod serves two purposes: primarily, card draw to keep the deck rolling, and secondarily, getting creatures north of -3/-3 range prior to Obelisk of Urd resolving. Hero of Iroas drops it's cost to . I know that playing Hero of Iroas in a deck with so few mainboard Auras defies the laws of tradition, but I'm cool with that. He's a beast.

Primus sucks.

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Sideboarding

Subject to change. Last updated 02.21.2015

VS Abzan Midrange

  • Out: 1 Hero, 1 Chosen, 3 Defiant
  • In: 3 Erase, 2 Valorous
VS Sultai Whip / Abzan Reanimator
  • Out: 2 Raise, 1 Chosen, 2 Defiant
  • In: 3 Erase, 2 Hushwing Gryff
VS Golgari Constellation /Jeskai Ascendancy
  • Out: 1 Vanguard, 2 Defiant
  • In: 3 Erase
VS. Jeskai Tempo
  • Out: 1 Vanguard, 1 Hero, 2 Chosen, 2 Defiant
  • In: 2 Valorous, 2 Ordeal, 2 Archetype
VS Azorius / Dimir Control
  • Out: 2 Vanguard, 1 Falconer, 1 Chosen
  • In: 2 Valorous, 2 Feat
VS. Azorius / Jeskai Heroic
  • Out: 1 Vanguard, 1 Hero, 2 Chosen, 2 Defiant
  • In: 3 Erase, 3 Ordeal
VS. Rabble Red, RDW, Boros Aggro, Mono Black

VS Mardu Midrange / Tokens, Boros Tokens

  • Out: 1 Hero, 2 Chosen, 2 Defiant
  • In: 3 Ordeal, 2 Valorous
VS Devotion to Green
  • Out: 1 Vanguard, 1 Hero, 2 Chosen, 2 Defiant
  • In: 2 Hushwing Gryff, 2 Feat, 2 Archetype
VS Temur Aggro / Gruul Monsters
  • Out: 1 Vanguard, 2 Chosen, 2 Defiant
  • In: 3 Ordeal, 2 Feat

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