- 4x Arashin Foremost
- 2x Blood-Chin Rager
- 4x Bloodsoaked Champion
- 4x Champion of the Parish
- 4x Chief of the Edge
- 4x Glory-Bound Initiate
- 3x Herald of Dromoka
- 4x Thalia's Lieutenant
- 1x Athreos, God of Passage
- 1x Blood Baron of Vizkopa
- 1x Burrenton Forge-Tender
- 1x Devoted Crop-Mate
- 1x Hero of Bladehold
- 1x Kytheon, Hero of Akros Flip
- 1x Mardu Hateblade
- 1x Mardu Shadowspear
- 1x Mardu Strike Leader
- 1x Metallic Mimic
- 1x Ranger of Eos
- 1x Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
- 1x Timely Hordemate
- 1x Blessed Alliance
- 1x Brave the Elements
- 1x Fatal Push
- 1x Orzhov Charm
- 1x Repel the Abominable
- 1x Secure the Wastes
- 1x Zealous Persecution
Great list! Have you considered finding a home in the 75 for Zealous Persecution? I run a few copies maindeck and find that it, along with Blood-Chin Rager really prevents the opponent from properly blocking. I'd also recommend that Arashin Foremost be a 4 of; it is stupid powerful in a tribal build. Check out my BW warrior build in my profile, its a bit more all in than your build, but I find that it is a blast to play at FNM.
July 4, 2017 5:09 a.m.
Thanks for the feedback KGW! I hadn't considered Zealous Persecution, but I love the card and its a good idea here. The main issue is that you can only fit so many noncreature spells into an Aether Vial deck, and that's really the direction I want to go with this right now. I will probably fit some in the sideboard though once I develop one. As for Blood-Chin Rager, I absolutely loved playing it in standard, and tried very hard to find a spot for it. The issue there is that I already have a whopping 16 two drops here, and I can't really imagine myself cutting any of the others, at least without testing. It will probably also find a home in the sideboard. As for Arashin Foremost, I debated adding more and may still do so. The main issue is it's hard to cast with my manabase, the Mutavaults restricting my access to colored mana. But Aether Vial does help, it speeds up my clock nicely, and with Vial it can even be a combat trick. I was already uncertain what the distribution between it and Devoted Crop-Mate should be, or whether Always Watching was worth it at all, so I may totally increase the number of those. Thanks again for the suggestions!
July 4, 2017 6:31 p.m.
First i give you a +1!
Is Metallic Mimic something to think about it?
I like the exert effects, i should cut the Always Watching
This is my deck Sorins Warriors
July 6, 2017 12:10 p.m.
Thanks Navius! Metallic Mimic is essentially a two mana lord, so it is something to think about. That said, I'm leaning against it right now. Unlike our other lords that pump up creatures already on the board when they come down, it has to come down first, and pumps up creatures played later. This slows down the deck, so it's a bit of a downside. Also, all our creatures are humans, but not all are warriors, meaning we would play it as a human; this means it would not get boosts from Chief of the Edge or Arashin Foremost. I would much rather play it in a build that dropped the warrior theme and went all-in on humans because of this. Good luck with the deck!
July 6, 2017 3:38 p.m.
Btw this my deck:
July 6, 2017 4:11 p.m.
Thanks Navius, I'll take a look at your deck sometime when I get the chance u
I've already described why I dislike Metallic Mimic for this deck. Choosing human is the best mode, but it's slow to begin with, and that makes it miss 2/3s of my buffs. I may try it out at some point, but I'm not optimistic about its potential.
I may end up cutting Always Watching , but not because it's a one-of. In reality, it isn't really even a one-of- it's a 5th copy of Herald of Dromoka and a 9th copy of Chief of the Edge/Thalia's Lieutenant, in terms of the role it plays in the deck. It's a tad clunky, but it adds redundancy to some of the most important effects in the deck, so for now I'm partial to it. It will likely be one of the first things I remove if I make any changes though.
July 6, 2017 11:24 p.m.
I'm going to be really straightforward: in this list I can finally see a tribal deck that is close to Merfolk bith in construction (look at that sweet 2cmc curve!) and in punch. It is not as strong because you mostly lack finishers like Master of the Waves and evasion with for example Spreading Seas and islandwalk but in all honesty I don't see what could make the cut (Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Drana, Liberator of Malakir or Hero of Bladehold maybe?). However, you have access to Path to Exile, you are more resilient to some match-ups like Eldrazi or Death's Shadow. Since sweepers are still a thing in modern, I would SB some Burrenton Forge-Tender, which are a great to vial on turn two and just lay there. :)
July 10, 2017 2:51 p.m.
Thank you for the high praise ! Merfolk is my favorite deck so that's very nice to hear. I would certainly agree that it isn't as strong primarily due to lacking utility and versatility (as well as the sweet evasion), but the increased speed, access to hard removal, access to the best sideboard color in modern, and access to vigilance are real upsides in the right meta.
If Drana, Liberator of Malakir were a human, dear god would I be excited. Hero of Bladehold is strong, and possibly worth considering, but as is I consider the deck's lack of a 4-drop one of its advantages rather than a drawback. It could be a consideration if I found I couldn't finish reliably though. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is probably the next best 4cmc finisher, but being able to reliably cast it in time is of course a concern, and it is slower than Hero if I happen to have a full board.
Also, I originally did have Burrenton Forge-Tender in the sideboard, but learned quickly that Damnation and Wrath of God are as common as Anger of the Gods at my local store. Selfless Spirit also has the advantage that I can Vial it in in response to a sweeper, as my Vials will usually be on 2cmc and basically never on 1cmc after turn 2. This means an early Fatal Push can't snipe it the turn before the sweeper. That said in an open meta I would still run the Burrenton Forge-Tender instead.
July 10, 2017 3:27 p.m.
Well, with these arguments you got on board... Even thought I'm not that much of an aggro player (well, my main deck is still Death and Taxes), I'm really liking what I see both in the main, side, and maybe board. If I ever stumble upon something, I'll make sure to come back here. ;)
 I just saw Kytheon in your maybeboard, you can definitively consider him. He is a damn beast.
July 10, 2017 3:32 p.m.
Please do! Also, as the deck is pretty young, take the sideboard in particular with a grain of salt. It is both very untuned, and meant for a rather specific local meta. If you build it yourself, you may want to make some changes there.
July 10, 2017 3:39 p.m.
And as for Kytheon, I did have him in originally, but decided I wanted to limit the number of creatures that miss out on all the Warrior buffs and tricks, cutting all but Thalia's Lieutenant and Champion of the Parish, which are just too powerful to ignore. That said I may come back to Kytheon as a 1-2 of at some point, and I would always run him in a build with a reduced number of Warrior buffs.
July 10, 2017 3:43 p.m.
Very cool to see the making of a competitive Warrior Tribal deck. I also like the thought you've put into this, and I think it is cool that you've been looking into how it matches up against other tribal decks in the format (though I may disagree on your Mono-White Humans analysis). I do have a few questions if that's all right. First, your manabase has only 1 Cavern of Souls. I take it that this is to have only 5 colorless sources of mana (at least for spells) and to get an extra uncounterable effect, correct? With your fetches, do you use Windswept Heaths and the Flooded Strand as a budget option for Marsh Flats? Sweet deck, good luck with the build!
July 12, 2017 7:51 p.m.
You are correct on both assumptions WhisperingBlade. Though, if I had more fetches (particularly Marsh Flats), I would probably run 5-7 in total, rather than just replacing the ones I have now, and cut 1-2 Godless Shrine and 0-1 Plains to make room for the extras. That'd help consistency a bit, and higher numbers would make Fatal Push in the main or side look more attractive.
July 12, 2017 9:01 p.m.
I was thinking the same thing with Fatal Push. Though Dismember is helpful since you can cast it for a colorless or white if need be.
July 12, 2017 9:09 p.m.
That, and the ability to kill Tasigur, the Golden Fang or Gurmag Angler give Dismember points for sure. It's a tough choice, and would depend on how much burn you see and which Death's Shadow variants you expect to face, imo. Go for the Throat still exists as well, though I'm not sure if two mana is affordable all the time.
July 12, 2017 9:18 p.m.
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