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Oh My Gods! pt 1 - Florentine Gruhn (10/28/2013)

As a new player, a rotation is very exciting. Since this was my first one, I'm having a hard time deciding what excites me more... Having the cards (and even entire decks) gone that are giving especially inexperienced people a hell of a time playing against them, or the whole world of new cards that opens up a wide range of possibilities right in front of us. New mechanics and interactions that want to be discovered, a lot of sketchy ideas of cool decks centered around this one tricky card, I think we all know I could go on like this forever.
In this set, the cards that draw most of the attention to them and excite the players the most are the gods of Theros. Of course, there are articles that cover build-around possibilities for the gods, but I'm going to provide a different kind of angle. I want to have a look at the cards regarding their playability and most adequate roles in future Standard decks. I will also give suggestions for different deck lists but I want to focus on those ones in which the gods can give their best performance. And course, there are a few basics for the newer players like myself.

After watching those cards while their environment enfolds around them, it's time to take a closer look at Thassa, God of the Sea
Thassa, God of the Sea
Thassa, God of the SeaSet: Theros
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Enchantment Creature
Sub Type:
God
Rarity:
M
Number:
66
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Indestructible As long as your devotion to blue is less than five, Thassa isn't a creature. (Each {U} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to blue.) At the beginning of your upkeep, scry 1. {1}{U}: Target creature you control can't be blocked this turn.
, Erebos, God of the Dead
Erebos, God of the Dead
Erebos, God of the DeadSet: Theros
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Enchantment Creature
Sub Type:
God
Rarity:
M
Number:
85
Artist:
Peter Mohrbacher
Power:
5
Toughness:
7
Text:
Indestructible As long as your devotion to black is less than five, Erebos isn't a creature. (Each {B} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to black.) Your opponents can't gain life. {1}{B}, Pay 2 life: Draw a card.
, Purphoros, God of the Forge
Purphoros, God of the Forge
Purphoros, God of the ForgeSet: Theros
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Enchantment Creature
Sub Type:
God
Rarity:
M
Number:
135
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Indestructible As long as your devotion to red is less than five, Purphoros isn't a creature. Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, Purphoros deals 2 damage to each opponent. {2}{R}: Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.
, and Nylea, God of the Hunt
Nylea, God of the Hunt
Nylea, God of the HuntSet: Theros
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Enchantment Creature
Sub Type:
God
Rarity:
M
Number:
166
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Indestructible As long as your devotion to green is less than five, Nylea isn't a creature. (Each {G} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to green.) Other creatures you control have trample. {3}{G}: Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
. In part one though, we are all about Heliod!


Heliod, God of the Sun
Heliod, God of the Sun
Heliod, God of the SunSet: Theros
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Enchantment Creature
Sub Type:
God
Rarity:
M
Number:
17
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Indestructible As long as your devotion to white is less than five, Heliod isn't a creature. (Each {W} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to white.) Other creatures you control have vigilance. {2}{W}{W}: Put a 2/1 white Cleric enchantment creature token onto the battlefield.

First, let's focus on the creature type on this card. Read it aloud with great care and taste the words that flow from your tongue. “Legendary Enchantment Creature – God”. Wonder
Wonder
WonderSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Rebecca Guay

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying As long as Wonder is in your graveyard and you control an island, creatures you control have flying.
ful, isn't it? In fact, this card is an enchantment and also a creature for the cost of 3{W}. If we check the power and toughness box, we see that it is a 5/6. For all the Limited players, the alarm bells start ringing. Considering the “Vanilla-Test”, in which we compare the power and toughness of a creature to the converted mana cost, we expect a 4/4 or slightly less for 4 mana. Now, we are automatically looking for a catch. So let's read on.

“Indestructible.” Well, that's not a downside. “As long as your devotion to white is less than five, Heliod isn't a creature.” So, there is the catch! We have to commit our board to the color white to make Heliod a creature and every white mana symbol in the casting cost of our permanents increases our devotion to that color, including his own. Can we accept that? I think so!

And there are more abilities! The static one (this ability has a constant effect without doing anything or paying any mana for it) says: “Other creatures you control have vigilance.” Alright, I think we will be okay with that. Don't we all remember how annoying Intangible Virtue
Intangible Virtue
Intangible VirtueSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Text:
Creature tokens you control get +1/+1 and have vigilance.
was in all the Selesnya and Junk Token decks? With Heliod on the battlefield, our team can race towards victory with powerful attacks and play defense at the same time. Still, the ability doesn't strengthen our team in any way, which is important to consider, so we have to provide protection in an other way. The fact that Heliod doesn't have vigilance himself is a bit of a downside because he is obviously a very good blocker that our opponent can't get rid of in combat or by throwing burn and removal spells at him.

On we go to the last line in the text box. “2{W}{W}: Put a 2/1 white Cleric enchantment creature token onto the battlefield.” This is the activated ability which we have to pay for to get the effect. Remember that this can be done at instant speed, in the middle of combat or at our opponent's end step. Four mana for a 2/1 creature isn't exactly cheap, but everyone will be happy to use it to get the small cleric if there are no other options. Also, the ability to get creatures like this can be a good way to rebuild your board after you lost your team to a Supreme Verdict
Supreme Verdict
Supreme VerdictSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
201
Artist:
Sam Burley
Text:
Supreme Verdict can't be countered. Destroy all creatures.
. Even though the effect can be done more than once per turn, I think it would be risky to consider it a goal.

I personally think that Heliod will perform best in a White Weenie deck (maybe with some splash), surrounded by an army of fierce soldiers that overwhelm their opponents with fighters and good protection out of their own ranks. When the time has come and his empowered legion of warriors has lead the first few blows and is still watchfully facing the opponent, then he will step in to do his share of the work.

A key card to let Heliod rise to full glory is Boros Reckoner
Boros Reckoner
Boros ReckonerSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
15
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
215
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Boros Reckoner is dealt damage, it deals that much damage to target creature or player. {(r/w)}: Boros Reckoner gains first strike until end of turn.
. With a triple {W} in the casting cost, he can awaken the god almost on his own. Boros Reckoner
Boros Reckoner
Boros ReckonerSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
15
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
215
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Boros Reckoner is dealt damage, it deals that much damage to target creature or player. {(r/w)}: Boros Reckoner gains first strike until end of turn.
is a great beater even when it doesn't have vigilance, but with this ability it will be a serious obstacle in the way of our opponent.

Speaking of Boros, Frontline Medic
Frontline Medic
Frontline MedicSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Willian Murai
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Battalion — Whenever Frontline Medic and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control are indestructible this turn. Sacrifice Frontline Medic: Counter target spell with {X} in its mana cost unless its controller pays {3}.
seems a great choice for this kind of deck. Attacking with a lot of creatures is fun, but it's even more fun if they are indestructible on the attack.

Another very nice card to support Heliod is Precinct Captain
Precinct Captain
Precinct CaptainSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
17
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike Whenever Precinct Captain deals combat damage to a player, put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token onto the battlefield.
. With the mana cost of {W}{W}, this card helps a lot to increase our devotion to white and use Heliod's full power. Also, the soldier tokens we get from this card when it hits our opponent come in very handy.

Another great way to add two {W} to our devotion is Archangel of Thune
Archangel of Thune
Archangel of ThuneSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
M
Number:
5
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.) Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.
, which also works great with another enchantment: Path of Bravery
Path of Bravery
Path of BraverySet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
26
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
As long as your life total is greater than or equal to your starting life total, creatures you control get +1/+1. Whenever one or more creatures you control attack, you gain life equal to the number of attacking creatures.
. This combination allows us to gain life and pump our creatures (and Heliod, too) permanently by attacking. Hell yeah, that's what we want! If Archangel of Thune
Archangel of Thune
Archangel of ThuneSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
M
Number:
5
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.) Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.
does any combat damage, we gain life again because of the lifelink and our board is even stronger on the next defense.

With a board full of white creatures, Brave the Elements
Brave the Elements
Brave the ElementsSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Goran Josic
Text:
Choose a color. White creatures you control gain protection from the chosen color until end of turn.
is a great tool to protect our fighters when our Frontline Medic
Frontline Medic
Frontline MedicSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Willian Murai
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Battalion — Whenever Frontline Medic and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control are indestructible this turn. Sacrifice Frontline Medic: Counter target spell with {X} in its mana cost unless its controller pays {3}.
is not around or to get in lethal damage with no blockers in the way. Also Spear of Heliod
Spear of Heliod
Spear of HeliodSet: Theros
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Enchantment Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Yeong-Hao Han
Text:
Creatures you control get +1/+1. {1}{W}{W}, {T}: Destroy target creature that dealt damage to you this turn.
is another great addition to add devotion and give power to our creatures.

Theros brought us a great tool against multicolored creatures right after Return to Ravnica block: Soldier of the Pantheon
Soldier of the Pantheon
Soldier of the PantheonSet: Theros
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from multicolored Whenever an opponent casts a multicolored spell, you gain 1 life.
. This one drop is just great against a lot of creatures, can't be touched by a lot of spells and gives a a reasonable body for just one white mana. The lifegain we get when our opponent casts a multicolored spell shouldn't be underestimated because it can add up very quickly and can help to keep us in a range of an active Path of Bravery
Path of Bravery
Path of BraverySet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
26
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
As long as your life total is greater than or equal to your starting life total, creatures you control get +1/+1. Whenever one or more creatures you control attack, you gain life equal to the number of attacking creatures.
.

To enable Battalion attacks with out good friend Frontline Medic
Frontline Medic
Frontline MedicSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Willian Murai
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Battalion — Whenever Frontline Medic and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control are indestructible this turn. Sacrifice Frontline Medic: Counter target spell with {X} in its mana cost unless its controller pays {3}.
, a few Mutavault
Mutavault
MutavaultSet: Morningtide
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Fred Fields
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1: Mutavault becomes a 2/2 creature with all creature types until end of turn. It's still a land.
s are very useful as well.



White Power Weenie

Creatures:

4 Soldier of the Pantheon
Soldier of the Pantheon
Soldier of the PantheonSet: Theros
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from multicolored Whenever an opponent casts a multicolored spell, you gain 1 life.

4 Precinct Captain
Precinct Captain
Precinct CaptainSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
17
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike Whenever Precinct Captain deals combat damage to a player, put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token onto the battlefield.

3 Imposing Sovereign
Imposing Sovereign
Imposing SovereignSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human
Rarity:
R
Number:
22
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Creatures your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.

3 Banisher Priest
Banisher Priest
Banisher PriestSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Artist:
Willian Murai
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Banisher Priest enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls until Banisher Priest leaves the battlefield. (That creature returns under its owner's control.)

4 Boros Reckoner
Boros Reckoner
Boros ReckonerSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
15
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
215
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Boros Reckoner is dealt damage, it deals that much damage to target creature or player. {(r/w)}: Boros Reckoner gains first strike until end of turn.

4 Frontline Medic
Frontline Medic
Frontline MedicSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Willian Murai
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Battalion — Whenever Frontline Medic and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control are indestructible this turn. Sacrifice Frontline Medic: Counter target spell with {X} in its mana cost unless its controller pays {3}.

3 Heliod, God of the Sun
Heliod, God of the Sun
Heliod, God of the SunSet: Theros
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Enchantment Creature
Sub Type:
God
Rarity:
M
Number:
17
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Indestructible As long as your devotion to white is less than five, Heliod isn't a creature. (Each {W} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to white.) Other creatures you control have vigilance. {2}{W}{W}: Put a 2/1 white Cleric enchantment creature token onto the battlefield.

2 Archangel of Thune
Archangel of Thune
Archangel of ThuneSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
M
Number:
5
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.) Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.


Spells:
3 Spear of Heliod
Spear of Heliod
Spear of HeliodSet: Theros
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Enchantment Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Yeong-Hao Han
Text:
Creatures you control get +1/+1. {1}{W}{W}, {T}: Destroy target creature that dealt damage to you this turn.

3 Path of Bravery
Path of Bravery
Path of BraverySet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
26
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
As long as your life total is greater than or equal to your starting life total, creatures you control get +1/+1. Whenever one or more creatures you control attack, you gain life equal to the number of attacking creatures.

4 Brave the Elements
Brave the Elements
Brave the ElementsSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Goran Josic
Text:
Choose a color. White creatures you control gain protection from the chosen color until end of turn.


Lands:
3 Mutavault
Mutavault
MutavaultSet: Morningtide
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Fred Fields
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1: Mutavault becomes a 2/2 creature with all creature types until end of turn. It's still a land.

20 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.



For those who don't like monocolored decks that much, here comes my favorite splash for this deck: black. With that many humans in the list, Xathrid Necromancer
Xathrid Necromancer
Xathrid NecromancerSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
123
Artist:
Maciej Kuciara
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Xathrid Necromancer or another Human creature you control dies, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield tapped.
is an ideal addition, transforming dying warriors into scary zombies. As soon as he is on the board, we don't have to be scared to death by Supreme Verdict
Supreme Verdict
Supreme VerdictSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
201
Artist:
Sam Burley
Text:
Supreme Verdict can't be countered. Destroy all creatures.
, Mizzium Mortars
Mizzium Mortars
Mizzium MortarsSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Noah Bradley
Text:
Mizzium Mortars deals 4 damage to target creature you don't control. Overload {3}{R}{R}{R} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")
or Anger of the Gods
Anger of the Gods
Anger of the GodsSet: Theros
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Noah Bradley
Text:
Anger of the Gods deals 3 damage to each creature. If a creature dealt damage this way would die this turn, exile it instead.
. We still can save our white creatures with Brave the Elements
Brave the Elements
Brave the ElementsSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Goran Josic
Text:
Choose a color. White creatures you control gain protection from the chosen color until end of turn.
from the red spells but Supreme Verdict
Supreme Verdict
Supreme VerdictSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
201
Artist:
Sam Burley
Text:
Supreme Verdict can't be countered. Destroy all creatures.
is a huge problem that we can at least turn into a kind of okay situation with Necromancer on the board.

Also, being able to chump block with small creatures and getting a zombie out of it seems pretty good to me and it worked quite well in my current Standard deck.

There is still someone else in this build: Blood Baron of Vizkopa
Blood Baron of Vizkopa
Blood Baron of VizkopaSet: Dragon's Maze
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
M
Number:
57
Artist:
Anthony Palumbo
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Lifelink, protection from white and from black As long as you have 30 or more life and an opponent has 10 or less life, Blood Baron of Vizkopa gets +6/+6 and has flying.
. Slamming him on turn five or six after going on full steam for the first few turns just feels great and he often finishes the game. He is very hard to remove, painful to block and helps us stay in the range of an active Path of Bravery
Path of Bravery
Path of BraverySet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
26
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
As long as your life total is greater than or equal to your starting life total, creatures you control get +1/+1. Whenever one or more creatures you control attack, you gain life equal to the number of attacking creatures.
. Don't forget that we can still protect him with Brave the Elements
Brave the Elements
Brave the ElementsSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Goran Josic
Text:
Choose a color. White creatures you control gain protection from the chosen color until end of turn.
and that our pump effects (Heliod, Path of Bravery
Path of Bravery
Path of BraverySet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
26
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
As long as your life total is greater than or equal to your starting life total, creatures you control get +1/+1. Whenever one or more creatures you control attack, you gain life equal to the number of attacking creatures.
and Spear of Heliod
Spear of Heliod
Spear of HeliodSet: Theros
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Enchantment Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Yeong-Hao Han
Text:
Creatures you control get +1/+1. {1}{W}{W}, {T}: Destroy target creature that dealt damage to you this turn.
) affect him, too.

Even though I had to reduce the number of Heliods in this deck (for curve reasons), they perform very good in it.

Since the number of black cards is not that high, it's totally enough to use dual lands for our black mana. If you are skeptical, you can always add one or two swamps, but let me tell you, those swamps made me lose games!


Orzhov Aggro

Creatures:
4 Soldier of the Pantheon
Soldier of the Pantheon
Soldier of the PantheonSet: Theros
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from multicolored Whenever an opponent casts a multicolored spell, you gain 1 life.

4 Imposing Sovereign
Imposing Sovereign
Imposing SovereignSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human
Rarity:
R
Number:
22
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Creatures your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.

4 Precinct Captain
Precinct Captain
Precinct CaptainSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
17
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike Whenever Precinct Captain deals combat damage to a player, put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token onto the battlefield.

3 Banisher Priest
Banisher Priest
Banisher PriestSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Artist:
Willian Murai
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Banisher Priest enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls until Banisher Priest leaves the battlefield. (That creature returns under its owner's control.)

4 Xathrid Necromancer
Xathrid Necromancer
Xathrid NecromancerSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
123
Artist:
Maciej Kuciara
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Xathrid Necromancer or another Human creature you control dies, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield tapped.

3 Frontline Medic
Frontline Medic
Frontline MedicSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Willian Murai
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Battalion — Whenever Frontline Medic and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control are indestructible this turn. Sacrifice Frontline Medic: Counter target spell with {X} in its mana cost unless its controller pays {3}.

3 Blood Baron of Vizkopa
Blood Baron of Vizkopa
Blood Baron of VizkopaSet: Dragon's Maze
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
M
Number:
57
Artist:
Anthony Palumbo
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Lifelink, protection from white and from black As long as you have 30 or more life and an opponent has 10 or less life, Blood Baron of Vizkopa gets +6/+6 and has flying.

2 Heliod, God of the Sun
Heliod, God of the Sun
Heliod, God of the SunSet: Theros
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Enchantment Creature
Sub Type:
God
Rarity:
M
Number:
17
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Indestructible As long as your devotion to white is less than five, Heliod isn't a creature. (Each {W} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to white.) Other creatures you control have vigilance. {2}{W}{W}: Put a 2/1 white Cleric enchantment creature token onto the battlefield.


Spells:
3 Spear of Heliod
Spear of Heliod
Spear of HeliodSet: Theros
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Enchantment Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Yeong-Hao Han
Text:
Creatures you control get +1/+1. {1}{W}{W}, {T}: Destroy target creature that dealt damage to you this turn.

3 Path of Bravery
Path of Bravery
Path of BraverySet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
26
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
As long as your life total is greater than or equal to your starting life total, creatures you control get +1/+1. Whenever one or more creatures you control attack, you gain life equal to the number of attacking creatures.

4 Brave the Elements
Brave the Elements
Brave the ElementsSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Goran Josic
Text:
Choose a color. White creatures you control gain protection from the chosen color until end of turn.


Lands:
4 Godless Shrine
Godless Shrine
Godless ShrineSet: Guildpact
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Plains Swamp
Rarity:
R
Number:
157
Text:
(T: Add W or B to your mana pool.) As Godless Shrine comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Godless Shrine comes into play tapped instead.

4 Temple of Silence
Temple of Silence
Temple of SilenceSet: Theros
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
227
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Text:
Temple of Silence enters the battlefield tapped. When Temple of Silence enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.) {T}: Add {W} or {B} to your mana pool.

15 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.



For those who want to go even faster, a red splash is the way to go. Thinking of haste, red and weenies, there is no way around Legion Loyalist
Legion Loyalist
Legion LoyalistSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
97
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Battalion — Whenever Legion Loyalist and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control gain first strike and trample until end of turn and can't be blocked by creature tokens this turn.
. This little guy gets better with every turn you play creatures. I actually heard someone suggest that the rules text should be changed into “comes into play tapped and attacking”. And this is exactly what he does, immediately supporting the rest of our team with first strike and trample. Also, don't forget that all your creatures can't be blocked by tokens! Since there are a lot of Selesnya decks floating around and there is a chance that we will see Boros token decks, this is a straight upside.

In our weenie deck, we want efficient creatures at low costs with a cool upside. Our deck opens up a sweet spot for the probable best common in Gatecrash: Wojek Halberdiers
Wojek Halberdiers
Wojek HalberdiersSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
208
Artist:
Nic Klein
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Battalion — Whenever Wojek Halberdiers and at least two other creatures attack, Wojek Halberdiers gains first strike until end of turn.
. The card gives us a 3/2 for {R}{W}, which is bigger than most of our other creatures. And with two other creatures attacking, we get first strike? That's the plan anyway, sign me up!

Thinking of protection for creatures, and finishing the game quickly, Boros Charm
Boros Charm
Boros CharmSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
148
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Text:
Choose one — Boros Charm deals 4 damage to target player; or permanents you control are indestructible this turn; or target creature gains double strike until end of turn.
seems just right to put in. Boardwipes are still a huge problem for this deck, so we really need that spell to provide protection to our board when we are not attacking and Frontline Medic
Frontline Medic
Frontline MedicSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Willian Murai
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Battalion — Whenever Frontline Medic and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control are indestructible this turn. Sacrifice Frontline Medic: Counter target spell with {X} in its mana cost unless its controller pays {3}.
is not around on the attack. Boros Charm
Boros Charm
Boros CharmSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
148
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Text:
Choose one — Boros Charm deals 4 damage to target player; or permanents you control are indestructible this turn; or target creature gains double strike until end of turn.
does not target, so we can even protect our Soldier of the Pantheon
Soldier of the Pantheon
Soldier of the PantheonSet: Theros
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from multicolored Whenever an opponent casts a multicolored spell, you gain 1 life.
without any problems, without being bothered by his protection from multicolored. Using red mana, we also want some burn to shoot a blocker out of the way instead of another pump effect, so Lightning Strike
Lightning Strike
Lightning StrikeSet: Theros
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
127
Artist:
Adam Paquette
Text:
Lightning Strike deals 3 damage to target creature or player.
or Magma Jet
Magma Jet
Magma JetSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Text:
Magma Jet deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Scry 2
seem just fine for us.


Boros Aggro

Creatures:

3 Legion Loyalist
Legion Loyalist
Legion LoyalistSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
97
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Battalion — Whenever Legion Loyalist and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control gain first strike and trample until end of turn and can't be blocked by creature tokens this turn.

4 Soldier of the Pantheon
Soldier of the Pantheon
Soldier of the PantheonSet: Theros
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from multicolored Whenever an opponent casts a multicolored spell, you gain 1 life.

3 Wojek Halberdiers
Wojek Halberdiers
Wojek HalberdiersSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
208
Artist:
Nic Klein
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Battalion — Whenever Wojek Halberdiers and at least two other creatures attack, Wojek Halberdiers gains first strike until end of turn.

4 Precinct Captain
Precinct Captain
Precinct CaptainSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
17
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike Whenever Precinct Captain deals combat damage to a player, put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token onto the battlefield.

3 Banisher Priest
Banisher Priest
Banisher PriestSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Artist:
Willian Murai
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Banisher Priest enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls until Banisher Priest leaves the battlefield. (That creature returns under its owner's control.)

3 Boros Reckoner
Boros Reckoner
Boros ReckonerSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
15
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
215
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Boros Reckoner is dealt damage, it deals that much damage to target creature or player. {(r/w)}: Boros Reckoner gains first strike until end of turn.

4 Frontline Medic
Frontline Medic
Frontline MedicSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Willian Murai
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Battalion — Whenever Frontline Medic and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control are indestructible this turn. Sacrifice Frontline Medic: Counter target spell with {X} in its mana cost unless its controller pays {3}.

3 Heliod, God of the Sun
Heliod, God of the Sun
Heliod, God of the SunSet: Theros
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Enchantment Creature
Sub Type:
God
Rarity:
M
Number:
17
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Indestructible As long as your devotion to white is less than five, Heliod isn't a creature. (Each {W} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to white.) Other creatures you control have vigilance. {2}{W}{W}: Put a 2/1 white Cleric enchantment creature token onto the battlefield.


Spells:
3 Spear of Heliod
Spear of Heliod
Spear of HeliodSet: Theros
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Enchantment Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Yeong-Hao Han
Text:
Creatures you control get +1/+1. {1}{W}{W}, {T}: Destroy target creature that dealt damage to you this turn.

4 Boros Charm
Boros Charm
Boros CharmSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
148
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Text:
Choose one — Boros Charm deals 4 damage to target player; or permanents you control are indestructible this turn; or target creature gains double strike until end of turn.

4 Lightning Strike
Lightning Strike
Lightning StrikeSet: Theros
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
127
Artist:
Adam Paquette
Text:
Lightning Strike deals 3 damage to target creature or player.
/ Magma Jet
Magma Jet
Magma JetSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Text:
Magma Jet deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Scry 2


Lands:
4 Sacred Foundry
Sacred Foundry
Sacred FoundrySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Mountain Plains
Rarity:
R
Number:
280
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add R or W to your mana pool.) As Sacred Foundry comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Sacred Foundry comes into play tapped instead.

4 Temple of Triumph
Temple of Triumph
Temple of TriumphSet: Theros
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Temple of Triumph enters the battlefield tapped. When Temple of Triumph enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.) {T}: Add {R} or {W} to your mana pool.

12 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

4 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.



Looking at how many ideas this card gave me, I personally think that Heliod is very playable in Standard. We will get to the others next time, but I can tell you I like his hammer!

Have fun trying the deck shells, pump them up with your ideas and get playing!

I'm always thankful for feedback, so you can contact or follow me on Twitter: @Florentine87

Until next time!


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