This is bare-bones blue/white heroic with a twist: Hidden Strings! I know it sounds crazy but just imagine...Turn 2: battlewise hoplite.Turn 3: cast hidden strings. tap opponent's creatures or untap your mana if your opponent has no threats on board. cipher hidden strings to the hoplite and swing. untap hoplite and mana with the hidden strings cipher cast triggering heroic. Depending on the situation, you can tap or untap any permanent on the board, be it land or your heroic creatures or your opponent's creatures. God's Willing is there to protect against spot removal and to make sure your heroic guy can get through when he needs to so hidden strings will go off. The other spells like Ethereal Armor and Ordeal of Thassa are just extra heroic buffs. Triton Tactics for the defense utility. This deck has done pretty well in the limited play testing I have done with it. It's really fun if nothing else! Ideas and suggestions for a sideboard or just in general are greatly appreciated!
October 21, 2013 9:08 p.m.
Some things to consider:
Ethereal Armor gives you a bonus for any enchantment you control. Spear of Heliod would fit nicely into this deck.
God's Willing is good because it triggers Heroic however Brave the Elements will hit ALL of your creatures, often times assuring a victory.
Have you considered Gift of Orzhova at all?
October 21, 2013 9:12 p.m.
basically I chose Gods Willing overAqueous Form and Brave the Elements because Gods Willing can protect against removal and make my guy unblockable. Plus I threw in a couple Rogue's Passage to ensure a hit when I need it. I tried Brave the Elements but more often than not, it was just a dead card in my hand that would have been much more useful if it were Gods Willing. And if I have a Fabled Hero doing heroic work, then one or two good hits from him will win the game. That double strike does not play around!
October 21, 2013 9:23 p.m.
God's Willing does the same exact thing as Brave the Elements.....
October 21, 2013 9:25 p.m.
yea except it targets and allows a scry. It just works better. it was obvious to me after only a few games. and there just isn't enough room for both. and since the deck seems want to put out only 1 or 2 creatures at a time, I figure Gods Willing is the way to go. And don't think I didn't catch that sarcasm. ;)
October 21, 2013 9:32 p.m.
You may want to consider adding in Favored Hoplite:
Turn 1: Favored Hoplite
Turn 2: Strings pops your favored hoplite and taps down a possible blocker, AND the hoplite can't take damage the remainder of the turn, attack for 2 damage, strings gets cast again, untap the Hoplite and one mana, and now you have a 3/4 creature untapped on the battlefield when you pass to your second turn, as well as one mana open to protect it with God's Willing.
Also, your deck tops out at 3 cmc and doesn't require any double blue to cast cards, you can definitely drop to as little as 20 lands to add in Favored Hoplite. Hopeful Eidolon adds some versatility since you can cast it for it's bestow, but it feels more like a sideboard card, if you felt more comfortable with 22 lands you could possibly replace 2 eidolons and 2 lands with favored Hoplites
October 22, 2013 12:48 a.m.
well targeting him before i attack will tap him but otherwise favored hoplite is a good idea and i think you are right about going down a few lands. i have seen this deck get along just fine on 2 mana.
October 22, 2013 1:04 a.m.
Actually, because hidden strings says that you "may" tap or untap, you don't have to tap him. You can target him and then not tap him :)
October 22, 2013 1:10 a.m.
oh my god...this deck just gets better and better. i also just realized today that if you cipher hidden strings onto Fabled Hero , it gets casted twice. once for first strike damage and once for regular damage!
October 22, 2013 1:12 a.m.
October 22, 2013 1:16 a.m.
Not to ruin the fun of deck building, but...
October 22, 2013 2:23 a.m.
I actually came here to compair this deck to the deck I_H8_U_M8 made i have been trying to concoct a W/U heroic deck since theros released spoilers with all the cool heroic guys and so far nothing ive seen comes close to his decks awesome trickery.
October 22, 2013 3:01 a.m.
Ok well i came up with the idea before i saw anyone else doing it so it was new to me. so thank you for that valuable input. I don't remember calling it new at any point. and you must admit, hidden strings isn't the obvious choice for heroic decks. therefor it is a twist. I really don't understand. Are you saying I am unoriginal or terrible at vocabulary?
October 22, 2013 12:44 p.m.
@themeatmunster "Are you saying I am unoriginal or terrible at vocabulary?" Woah woah woah, no. I'm just commenting. You deck atm looks very simular to what my deck started out as, I just don't want a clone, but I also want your deck to be efficient.
Hidden Strings was an obvious choice for me when I saw heroic effects during the pre-release so I can't admit that sorry.
October 22, 2013 1:17 p.m.
Alright. I was a dick because your comment came across as sarcastic and insulting but I often misinterpret the tone of comments so I apologize. Magic players are opinionated and contrary almost by definition and I'm no exception. And I put 4 Aqueous Form in because yea it's amazing. I also put in 4 Favored Hoplite so Hidden Strings can drop turn 2. I had a look at your deck and I really like it. Bu t don't worry about my deck turning into yours. I like Elite Arcanist and I totally see where you're coming from with that combo, but I want a more straight-forward beater deck. So Fabled Hero for me.