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Mono-White Enchantment Aggro Pump - John Stanley (12/8/2013)

I have been playing Magic for just over a year now.  Purely casual to this point, but have been buying boosters and boxes from Dark Ascension onwards and have come up with my first ever Standard legal deck.  Looking around, mono-white isn't winning anything at the highest levels, which is fine, I am not even close to being that good.  However, I have become the best all around player in our group and now feel ready to get my DCI number and have a go at FNM.  I may get blasted by some 10 year-old with too much allowance money who's running BB-D's deck from Louisville, but I have a deck and I'm going to play it!

The deck is built around the heroic mechanic and using enchantments to trigger it.  With Theros introducing the Enchantment Creature and Enchantment Artifact types, the deck is built to take advantage of them by adding +1+1 counters as often as possible to creatures by targeting spells, primarily at Phalanx Leader
Phalanx Leader
Phalanx LeaderSet: Theros
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
David Palumbo
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Phalanx Leader, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.
s.  Phalanx Leader
Phalanx Leader
Phalanx LeaderSet: Theros
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
David Palumbo
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Phalanx Leader, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.
being the awesome sauce that it is will then give +1+1 counters to all of my other creatures.  Quite a powerful effect for a two drop uncommon, I think. 

A playset of Auramancer
Auramancer
AuramancerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Auramancer comes into play, you may return target enchantment card from your graveyard to your hand.
s goes in with the four Phalanx Leader
Phalanx Leader
Phalanx LeaderSet: Theros
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
David Palumbo
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Phalanx Leader, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.
ss so that when people hit enchantment and/or creature removal, I have a way to get them back from the graveyard for a measly three mana.  Four Ethereal Armor
Ethereal Armor
Ethereal ArmorSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for each enchantment you control and has first strike.
lead the way as the +1+1 for each enchantment you control can get out of hand really quickly, especially with the enchantment creatures in the deck.  For this reason, a copy of Murder Investigation
Murder Investigation
Murder InvestigationSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
21
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Text:
Enchant creature you control When enchanted creature dies, put X 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield, where X is its power.
went in so that if someone manages to put one of these ridiculously pumped creatures into the graveyard, they will be met by an offensively obnoxious number of Soldier tokens.

The Holy Mantle
Holy Mantle
Holy MantleSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
17
Artist:
Maciej Kuciara
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from creatures.
s go in mainly to combo with the Hundred-Handed One
Hundred-Handed One
Hundred-Handed OneSet: Theros
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
20
Artist:
Brad Rigney
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Vigilance {3}{W}{W}{W}: Monstrosity 3. (If this creature isn't monstrous, put three +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.) As long as Hundred-Handed One is monstrous, it has reach and can block an additional ninety-nine creatures each combat.
.  Getting him Monstrous and giving him protection from creatures  means that attacking is going to be very difficult for my opponent.  The Monstrosity trigger at six mana isn't quite the biggest cost of anything in my deck but I don't have much too high on the curve as I don't want that to be competing with anything else for attention.  Ideally the plan would be: turn four H-HO, turn five Holy Mantle
Holy Mantle
Holy MantleSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
17
Artist:
Maciej Kuciara
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from creatures.
turn six Monstrosity trigger.

The other creatures are in there because they are nifty. 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 serious butt kicking and Fabled Hero
Fabled Hero
Fabled HeroSet: Theros
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Aaron Miller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Double strike Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Fabled Hero, put a +1/+1 counter on Fabled Hero.
isn't exactly shabby either.  Give them evasion by enchanting them with flying and the +1+1 counters from Phalanx Hero and they have both survivability and the ability to smash face.

A copy of Heliod goes in because his abilities are too good to pass up.  Even if I get mana stalled or somehow run out of other options, I can make his cleric tokens which are also enchantment creatures, again pumping the Ethereal Armor
Ethereal Armor
Ethereal ArmorSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for each enchantment you control and has first strike.
bonuses.  Plus vigilance with all of my creatures is awesome.  For some battlefield control shenanigans I have added the Master of Diversion
Master of Diversion
Master of DiversionSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Scout
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Master of Diversion attacks, tap target creature defending player controls.
to tap creatures down when he attacks as well as the Court Street Denizen
Court Street Denizen
Court Street DenizenSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
8
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever another white creature enters the battlefield under your control, tap target creature an opponent controls.
to tap down whenever another white creature enters the battlefield under my control.

Defensively, Angelic Edict
Angelic Edict
Angelic EdictSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Trevor Claxton
Text:
Exile target creature or enchantment.
works well as it exiles target creature of enchantment.  Working on the theory that most Standard decks will be running at least one God, getting around Indestructible by exiling them the turn after they enter play should elicit some colourful language from the person sitting across the table from me.  Celestial Flare
Celestial Flare
Celestial FlareSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Text:
Target player sacrifices an attacking or blocking creature.
to spank someone who should be silly enough to swing at me is a fun addition 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.
goes in to slap anyone with the testicular fortitude to actually do me any damage.  The stat boost is nice, too.  Finally removal and life gain via Solemn Offering
Solemn Offering
Solemn OfferingSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment. You gain 4 life.
should make my opponent weep once again.

So without further ado, the decklist:

Lands - 23
23 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
- Simple, huh?

Creatures - 23
4 Auramancer
Auramancer
AuramancerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Auramancer comes into play, you may return target enchantment card from your graveyard to your hand.

1 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.

1 Celestial Archon
Celestial Archon
Celestial ArchonSet: Theros
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment Creature
Sub Type:
Archon
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Bestow {5}{W}{W} (If you cast this card for its bestow cost, it's an Aura spell with enchant creature. It becomes a creature again if it's not attached to a creature.) Flying, first strike Enchanted creature gets +4/+4 and has flying and first strike.

2 Court Street Denizen
Court Street Denizen
Court Street DenizenSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
8
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever another white creature enters the battlefield under your control, tap target creature an opponent controls.

1 Fabled Hero
Fabled Hero
Fabled HeroSet: Theros
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Aaron Miller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Double strike Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Fabled Hero, put a +1/+1 counter on Fabled Hero.

1 Favored Hoplite
Favored Hoplite
Favored HopliteSet: Theros
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
13
Artist:
Winona Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Favored Hoplite, put a +1/+1 counter on Favored Hoplite and prevent all damage that would be dealt to it this turn.

1 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.

3 Hopeful Eidolon
Hopeful Eidolon
Hopeful EidolonSet: Theros
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
19
Artist:
Min Yum
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Bestow {3}{W} (If you cast this card for its bestow cost, it's an Aura spell with enchant creature. It becomes a creature again if it's not attached to a creature.) Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.) Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has lifelink.

2 Master of Diversion
Master of Diversion
Master of DiversionSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Scout
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Master of Diversion attacks, tap target creature defending player controls.

2 Hundred-Handed One
Hundred-Handed One
Hundred-Handed OneSet: Theros
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
20
Artist:
Brad Rigney
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Vigilance {3}{W}{W}{W}: Monstrosity 3. (If this creature isn't monstrous, put three +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.) As long as Hundred-Handed One is monstrous, it has reach and can block an additional ninety-nine creatures each combat.

4 Phalanx Leader
Phalanx Leader
Phalanx LeaderSet: Theros
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
David Palumbo
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Phalanx Leader, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.

1 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.


Artifacts - 2
2 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.


Enchantments - 7
4 Ethereal Armor
Ethereal Armor
Ethereal ArmorSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for each enchantment you control and has first strike.

1 Gift of Orzhova
Gift of Orzhova
Gift of OrzhovaSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
11
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
219
Artist:
Johannes Voss
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has flying and lifelink.

1 Holy Mantle
Holy Mantle
Holy MantleSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
17
Artist:
Maciej Kuciara
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from creatures.

1 Murder Investigation
Murder Investigation
Murder InvestigationSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
21
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Text:
Enchant creature you control When enchanted creature dies, put X 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield, where X is its power.


Spells - 5
2 Angelic Edict
Angelic Edict
Angelic EdictSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Trevor Claxton
Text:
Exile target creature or enchantment.

2 Celestial Flare
Celestial Flare
Celestial FlareSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Text:
Target player sacrifices an attacking or blocking creature.

1 Solemn Offering
Solemn Offering
Solemn OfferingSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment. You gain 4 life.


Sideboard
1 Angelic Edict
Angelic Edict
Angelic EdictSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Trevor Claxton
Text:
Exile target creature or enchantment.

3 Battlewise Valor
Battlewise Valor
Battlewise ValorSet: Theros
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
Zack Stella
Text:
Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

1 Celestial Flare
Celestial Flare
Celestial FlareSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Text:
Target player sacrifices an attacking or blocking creature.

2 Dauntless Onslaught
Dauntless Onslaught
Dauntless OnslaughtSet: Theros
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
6
Artist:
Peter Mohrbacher
Text:
Up to two target creatures each get +2/+2 until end of turn.

2 Holy Mantle
Holy Mantle
Holy MantleSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
17
Artist:
Maciej Kuciara
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from creatures.

1 Hundred-Handed One
Hundred-Handed One
Hundred-Handed OneSet: Theros
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
20
Artist:
Brad Rigney
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Vigilance {3}{W}{W}{W}: Monstrosity 3. (If this creature isn't monstrous, put three +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.) As long as Hundred-Handed One is monstrous, it has reach and can block an additional ninety-nine creatures each combat.

1 Master of Diversion
Master of Diversion
Master of DiversionSet: Magic 2014 Core Set
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Scout
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Master of Diversion attacks, tap target creature defending player controls.

2 Pay No Heed
Pay No Heed
Pay No HeedSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Prevent all damage a source of your choice would deal this turn.

1 Show of Valor
Show of Valor
Show of ValorSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Anthony Palumbo
Text:
Target creature gets +2/+4 until end of turn.

1 Solemn Offering
Solemn Offering
Solemn OfferingSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment. You gain 4 life.


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