MTG – Flash back into Standard with a White / Blue Midrange Deck for Magic: The Gathering

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White / Blue Midrange Decklist
2 Aethersphere Harvester
4 Archangel Avacyn
2 Cast Out
2 Censor
2 Declaration in Stone
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Glory-Bound Initiate
2 Irrigated Farmland
5 Island
8 Plains
4 Port Town
4 Prairie Stream
4 Selfless Spirit
4 Spell Queller
1 Gisela, The Broken Blade
2 Stasis Snare
1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
4 Thraben Inspector
1 Westvale Abbey

1 Bruna, the Fading Light
2 Cast Out
2 Dusk // Dawn
3 Gisela, the Broken Blade
2 Dispel
2 Negate
1 Sphinx of the Final Word
1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
1 Westvale Abbey

Looking to get back to Standard in a flash, but don’t want to play the top two decks from he recent Pro Tour? Then have a got a deck for you.

White Blue Flash is, much like Standard itself, making a major comeback, although the changes to its list and slightly adjusted strategy of play make it more accurately described as White Blue Midrange.

Once the go to deck and a real powerhouse of standard, the banning of Smuggler’s Copter and, much more so, Reflector Mage downgraded the deck, and with the rise of Saheeli Cat Combo sent White Blue flash to the exile zone.

But now with the cat combo gone and Amonkhet cards giving rise to many new decks, White Blue is making a major comeback, but the deck itself has adapted to this new standard, so let’s take a look.

As before you’ll want to run a full playlet of Inspector Thraben, whose go-go-Thraben clues make this one of the best turn one plays out there. But added to our curve is the new Glory-Bound Initiate, one of my new favorites that, for only 2 mana gives you a 3/1 where You may exert Glory-Bound Initiate as it attacks. When you do, it gets +1/+3 and gains lifelink until end of turn.

Continuing along this curve, for one blue, one white and one of any color we can cast Spell queeller, a Flash Flying ⅔ that reads, When Spell Queller enters the battlefield, exile target spell with converted mana cost 4 or less. When Spell Queller leaves the battlefield, the exiled card’s owner may cast that card without paying its mana cost.

At 4 mana we, yes yes you guessed it, an entire playset of Gideons. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Is just too good not to run. +1: Until end of turn, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar becomes a 5/5 Human Soldier Ally creature with indestructible that’s still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn. 0: Put a 2/2 white Knight Ally creature token onto the battlefield. −4: You get an emblem with “Creatures you control get +1/+1.”

Luckily, as a diversity of new, non-white decks emerge, gideon has become much less of a must run in competitive decks, and price has declined, but he’s still far from cheap. Still, if you are in white it is hard to justify not running him and for our deck he’s a must.

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