Humans Running Rampant

Standard* Humans

Drathmar Score: 17


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Figured out.

Basic Idea is to get your 3's out on turn 3, or to ramp up Champion of the Parish depending on what you ended up with on turn 1. Fiend Hunter and Selesnya Charm provide you with needed removal while Boros Charm and Common Bond provide you with a couple of nice combat tricks along with Selesnya Charm , with Boros Charm doubling up as protection as well.

Assemble the Legion provides you stall power and exalted power through bodies and if allowed to stay out can overwhelm so quickly.

Truefire Paladin is to gives a nice target for swinging with exalted (can give first strike or pump even more past exalted), while you also have Champion of the Parish to double as a nice exalt swinger (Whichever one is working for you hopefully paired with Silverblade Paladin for a huge wrecking ball).

Skyknight Legionnaire is a decent back up double strike target early, providing an evasive double striker that can be buffed up with Common Bond . Weakest link of the deck and I am looking for a better 2 or 3 drop to replace it.

Faith's Shield is in as a secondary protection as protecting your double strike and exalt swinger are primary to the success of the deck.

Unflinching Courage is also one of the weaker links despite being a great card, it does buff your exalt swinger, or can make it harder to burn it down early in the mid game, and can create a large life swing late in the game.

A lot of the time it is best to wait to play a card until you can provide protection for it if it is important, such as Sublime Archangel or your exalt swinger. Champion of the Parish helps with this early (as the better exalt swinger imo is actually Truefire Paladin ) by forcing them to waste a removal spell early on it or it will get big.

Boros Charm should almost always be used for the protection aspect, though late game it can work as a finisher or a combat trick if you to protect a blocker.

The sideboard is mainly focused around providing you a bit more in terms of stall against some faster decks, until you can get out and protect your Sublime Archangel and Truefire Paladin .

Magmaquake replaces 2-3 Fiend Hunter against decks building a lot of weaker bodied swarm (Selesnya centaur tokens, Boros, etc).

Oblivion Ring Replaces 2-3 Fiend Hunter against decks where you need to remove something other than a creature, or can replace Skynight Legionnaire instead

Loxodon Smiter is included despite not being human so not pumping up Champion of the Parish against decks that rely on countering or forcing discards, allowing you to get an exalt swinger out. Replaces Skyknight Legionnaire when it comes in.

Firemane Avenger Can replace Sublime Archangel when you feel like you are going to end up needing to swarm while killing creatures rather than have one big swinger.

Sigarda, Host of Herons replaces Sublime Archangel or 2 Skyknight Legionnaire when the opponent uses something that can force you to sacrifice big creatures.

I am mostly looking for feedback on ways to make this better, things that can shut this down that I missed, possibly better sideboard options that are not terribly expensive or better creature options that fit the idea of protecting up until you get that big exalt swinger bashing away with buffs (double strike, life link, trample, vigilance together all possible on Truefire Paladin !!.)

Lastly help on lands and mana curve as that is something I am not the best at.

lil_cheez says... #1

I like it! It seems pretty strong! I just don't like that Mayor because if he transforms he won't be applying the bonus to the humans, but if it works for you it's okay :)

Razorverge Thicket isn't standand anymore, so I'd suggest to swap it for Temple Garden or Selesnya Guildgate if you're in a budget.

May 16, 2013 7:23 p.m.

lil_cheez says... #2

Also, if you're keeping the Mayor, I'd suggest to trade the Naturalize for Sundering Growth so you can copy the wolf tokens.

May 16, 2013 7:25 p.m.

Drathmar says... #3

Thanks, oh ya I forgot I had that one in there. I am basically trying to see if it would still work in the new standard with the ravnica block and whether ravnica stuff would help it! I've never actually had mayor transform on me in a game so I don't really worry about that.

Thanks for the comment

May 16, 2013 7:26 p.m.

dhoard1320 says... #4

  1. Cut Razorverge Thicket and replace it with Temple Garden
  2. Consider splashing red for Kessig Malcontents , Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip and a few other awesome humans
  3. Knight of Glory is a great way to get early exalted triggers and he is good at dodging a good deal of removal in the format
  4. If you don't mind moving away from humans, you should definitely consider adding in Loxodon Smiter because he is a great beat stick for 3 mana and with an Avacyn's Pilgrim he can be hit on Turn 2. Just a few decisions
May 16, 2013 7:28 p.m.

Samwich816 says... #5

I would get rid of both Increasing Devotion and Increasing Savagery . Both are too slow. Some great cards for you would be Selesnya Charm , Loxodon Smiter , and Advent of the Wurm . Also, I would sideboard Sigarda, Host of Herons instead of mainboarding her. I used to play Selesnya aggro, and I would side her in against control decks. She would wreak havoc. Against aggro or midrange she's going to be underwhelming though. Also, Oblivion Ring is probably a sideboard card as well.

Another god card for humans aggro is Thalia, Guardian of Thraben . Makes it much harder for your opponents to cast removal to stop you from stomping on their faces. :)

May 16, 2013 7:31 p.m.

Samwich816 says... #6

Also, if you add Loxodon Smiter , you can do the following. (I did this more often then you would think.

Turn 1: Temple Garden , play Avacyn's Pilgrim . Turn 2: Forest, play Loxodon Smiter . Turn 3: Forest, play Silverblade Paladin , bond with Loxodon Smiter . Play Rancor on Smiter and swing for 12.

It's much more doable than you think, as I said, I pulled this off on multiple occasions. It's fun. :)

May 16, 2013 7:35 p.m.

Drathmar says... #7

Thanks for all the comments guys much appreciated, I will definitely look into a lot of those cards and end up playtesting and seeing what works best now. Nice to know its not completely borked and looks like it should still work with some tweaks!

May 16, 2013 7:58 p.m.

Drathmar says... #8

Updated!

May 16, 2013 9:18 p.m.

dhoard1320 says... #9

Also for the sideboard, just in case you are racing another deck I would suggest Unflinching Courage it is a crazy swing when it is on a creature with double strike like a soulbound Silverblade Paladin with a whole bunch of exalted triggers from Sublime Archangel

May 16, 2013 10:34 p.m.

You're already pretty good against creature decks, so the Divine Reckoning in sideboard is probably superfluous. I would suggest Voice of Resurgence to hamstring spell-based decks.

May 17, 2013 9:26 a.m.

Drathmar says... #11

I would definitely consider the voice of resurgence, and will probably add it into the sideboard once I can afford it.

May 17, 2013 2:14 p.m.

Drathmar says... #12

Main thing I have noticed in play is that I end up running out of cards around turn 4 in my hand, sometimes 5, so a way to draw cards that doesn't hurt the early momentum would be wonderful.

May 17, 2013 2:57 p.m.

Prinnypete says... #13

May 17, 2013 4:42 p.m.

Drathmar says... #14

Hmm So Champion of Lambholt seems ok but its not as great as I originally thought, what would the thoughts be on dropping it to 2 for 2 Avacyn's Pilgrim to have a full set?

May 17, 2013 5:28 p.m.

dhoard1320 says... #15

Idk if you are up on splashing a third color but if you are looking for big pump coupled with great draw there is always Give / Take . And since it is only one is mana symbol you don't really even have to "splash" blue just put a few dual lands Breeding Pool / Hallowed Fountain

May 18, 2013 5:06 p.m.

Drathmar says... #16

I definitely might have to look into that it seems like it could be pretty good.

May 18, 2013 6:27 p.m.

armaGEDDY says... #17

To fix your hand try Garruk, Primal Hunter . His second ability should be able to net you a nice amount of cards, and even his +1 can be useful for the mayor's flip bonus.

May 19, 2013 2:08 a.m.

Drathmar says... #18

Garruk, Primal Hunter is perfect here. I like it.

May 19, 2013 9:59 a.m.

Drathmar says... #19

Hmm also Mentor of the Meek could work as well, what do people think, which would be better.

May 19, 2013 11:03 a.m.

armaGEDDY says... #20

Honestly, Garruk would be better since he's a planeswalker, and thus more difficult to insta-kill in a format running rampant with Sear Sears and Tragic Slips and other things to get rid of you drawpower (and Garruk is immune to Abrupt Decay due to his cost). He also pays for himself much faster and more cheaply than Mentor. I'd say stick with Garruk. He's not very expensive.

May 19, 2013 2:36 p.m.

Drathmar says... #21

Played this in a tournament over the weekend, and found that it works well vs a lot of things, however, I still lost to a Jund Midrange deck pretty hard both times. I just could not keep up with the removal they had to take out any creature that did get big, it ended up taking out to much of my board for me to be able to trade effectively with the creatures they were bringing out in the midgame or keep the board size down enough for kessig wolf run to not be successful.

Going to be looking for things to help with this to either sideboard or mainboard for this and any suggestions others have would be great as well.

Cards that underperformed that could be removed:

Champion of Lambholt : just did not do enough, comes in to late to really be effective vs fast decks and mid-range decks have enough control to almost never let it get big.

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben : Delayed some destruction spells by one turn but most of the time was not enough for it to matter, however it did help vs a b/u as it held off supreme verdict.

Sideboard is what needs to be developed most.

Against Jund Midrange I think a 100% needs to be in sideboard is

4x Rootborn Defenses a couple of these in a match to stop lucky miracle'd or even non bonfires, and putred decay's could have easily turned the game around.

Other options for there that could also work to trade better with Kessig Wolf Run pumped creatures would be Faith's Shield

Any other ideas are welcome.

May 20, 2013 7:34 a.m.

Drathmar says... #22

also thinking of spkashing red and going with some boros wtuff

May 20, 2013 8:51 a.m.

Drathmar says... #23

Updated to what amounts to almost a new deck but with the same basic concept. I really like it though.

May 20, 2013 4:53 p.m.

dhoard1320 says... #24

I think that Blessings of Nature totally outclasses Common Bond both on its miracle cost and even for its regular casting cost seeing how it give you 3 more +1/+1 counters that can still new distributed.

May 25, 2013 2:30 p.m.

Drathmar says... #25

Common Bond is instant speed, can be used as a combat trick as well as a straight buff.

May 26, 2013 12:55 a.m.

armaGEDDY says... #26

You should -2 Assemble the Legion for +2 Bonfire of the Damned . Bonfire's miracle is rediculously broken, whereas Assemble is just way too slow for the current format.

May 26, 2013 10:51 p.m.

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+1 Wolfbitten Captive  Flip maybe
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+1 Lyev Decree maybe
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+1 Daring Skyjek maybe
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+1 Deranged Outcast maybe
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+1 Ground Assault maybe
+1 Arrest maybe
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