Monday, May 12, 2014

Resurrection of a Deck : B/W Humans

For those of you who played standard in the summer of 2013 (Power Summer), you may remember this little deck.


x4 Blood Artist
x4 Cartel Aristocrat
x4 Champion of the Parish
x4 Doomed Traveler
x4 Xathrid Necromancer
x1 Bloodthrone Vampire


x7 Plains
x5 Swamp
x4 Godless Shrine
x4 Isolated Chapel
x2 Mutavault
x1 Orzhov Guildgate


x3 Sorin, Lord of Innistrad

Other Spells

x4 Tragic Slip
x4 Gather the townsfolk
x4 Lingering Souls
x1 Orzhov Charm 


This Deck was not the exact deck I played. It is a deck that was very similar that i found on This Decks full list can be found here.

During the 2013 Power Summer I played a deck that was very similar to this. I loved this deck, when i say loved i mean loved this. It was the deck that i played when i placed for the first time at my FNM (let it be noted that this is an accomplishment due to my store being host to a large number of top tier decks) , this is the first deck that made me love magic and made me start studying Magic at a deeper level than a game that i played. This deck has everything i love in a deck, Weird interactions and was skill testing. To get to the point this is the deck that made me love magic and has a deep meaning to me. When this deck rotated i let it fade into pleasent memories, that was until Journey into Nyx came out giving me hope to relive my hay day of that wonderful summer.

The Passage of Time
Journey into Nyx gave this deck more than one card for this deck, the most important card for this deck is Athreos, God of Passage

Athreos' ability is what lets this deck go over the top,  now lets show you how I let Athreos be worshiped


x4 Athreos, God of Passage
x4 Xathrid Necromancer
x4 Cartel Aristocrat
x4 Painseer
x4 Soldier of the Pantheon
x4 Tormented Hero
x3 Fiendslayer Paladin
x2 Frontline Medic
x2 Sightless Brawler
x2 Imposing Sovereign
x1 Precinct Captain


x8 Plains
x7 Swamp
x4 Godless Shrine
x3 Temple of Sillence


x2 Spear of Heliod

Other Spells

x2 Ultimate Price


x3 Sin Collector
x3 Aegis of the Gods
x2 Reprisal
x2 Nyx-Fleece Ram
x2 Deicide
x2 Doom Blade
x1 Rootborn Defences


This deck is untested and therefore I am unaware of all interactions this deck has.

Pray to Athreos

For those of you who may not notice this deck is very aggressive and wants to get in, get out, and go back to worshiping there god Athreos. To help with this we have a very low curve which helps in two ways; it lets you dump your hand out and it lets you play less lands (and with such a low curve you can safely play Pain Seer). Though this deck may be aggressive it has a late game powered by Xathrid necromancer and Athreos who let you swarm you opponent with zombies.

What each card gives.

Athreos, God of Passage:
While we may not be devoting to him to much if the game goes the way we want it to, his effect is not something to scoff at. He makes your opponent lose three life or give another human to turn into a zombie with Xathrid Necromancer, or just another human to smack you opponent with. His 5/4 Body is not too bad when you need him to lead the troops on a merciless onslaught.

Cartel Aristocrat:
This card is a sac outlet, bear, and a human. The most important part of this card is the sac outlet part, lets you control when and how your creatures die and give you an evasive creature late game to get in the final damage. (also you may sac Athreos if he is a creature to protect from Deicide)

Xathrid Necromancer:
This effect is huge! Giving extra upside to when a creature dies and goes very well with Athreos' creature recursion letting you build a large army of zombies.

Everybody else:
All the other humans in this deck are here to add sweet and juicey value, with either there cheap big body or there huge effect like.
The Sweet and Juicy Value

Try it out

Go try this out as you lead a legion with Athreos and a Necromancer! Please comment your opinions, what changes you would make, or your overall experience with this deck. Thank you, and don't forget to brew.

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