Throne of Eldraine Standard for the Azorius guild will prove to be a flexible one. We’ve already covered Blue and White, and combined with their powers together, it is possible to build an aggro deck, or even a really grindy control deck in the opposite spectrum. In this deck guide, we will cover the possible Azorius decks in the new Throne of Eldraine Standard.
Azorius Flyers is a new archetype to come with Core Set 2020 – in conjunction with Sephara, Sky’s Blade and Rally of Wings, the deck ends opponents quickly mixed with some disruptive blue cards.
The most obvious new inclusions in the deck are Hypnotic Sprite and Brazen Borrower in the new set. They are excellent because they act as disruptive tempo spells as well, and can replace some of the more mediocre flying creatures the deck had to keep such as Loyal Pegasus. Hushbringer is also another perfect sideboard option should cards like Risen Reef or Cruel Celebrant become an issue.
The mana gets a little bit worse without Glacial Fortress, as we don’t want our lands to come into play tapped – but it can still manage.
Azorius Control loses the notorious Teferi, Hero of Dominaria which is a win condition on its own, and makes the deck archetype loses a lot of its charm without a third color. However, we get a few interesting options in white. Realm-Cloaked Giant is a boardwipe and a big finisher in one, and Castle Ardenvale is an annoying card to deal with, especially in a control deck.
4 Deputy of Detention (RNA) 165 2 Vantress Gargoyle (ELD) 71 2 Brazen Borrower (ELD) 39 4 Opt (DAR) 60 3 Chemister's Insight (GRN) 32 1 Commence the Endgame (WAR) 45 2 Dovin's Veto (WAR) 193 4 Absorb (RNA) 151 2 Warrant // Warden (RNA) 230 1 Realm-Cloaked Giant (ELD) 26 3 Time Wipe (ELD) 223 3 Prison Realm (WAR) 26 3 Teferi, Time Raveler (WAR) 221 2 Narset, Parter of Veils (WAR) 61 2 Blast Zone (WAR) 244 4 Hallowed Fountain (RNA) 251 2 Tranquil Cove (M20) 259 6 Plains (GRN) 260 6 Island (GRN) 261 2 Castle Vantress (ELD) 242 2 Castle Ardenvale (ELD) 238 2 Narset, Parter of Veils (WAR) 61 2 Dovin's Veto (WAR) 193 3 Hushbringer (ELD) 18 2 Mystical Dispute (ELD) 58 2 Devout Decree (M20) 13 3 Glass Casket (ELD) 15 1 Planar Cleansing (M20) 33
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This is a bonus decklist that makes use of cheap artifacts, +1/+1 and recursion. I would classify it as a resilient aggro deck.
Azorius probably needs a bit of help from a third color to make it competitive, especially red (to make it Jeskai) being the most viable option due to the better mana base with access to two temples. Azorius Flyers will still remain a contender to be a strong aggro deck at the beginning of the metagame at least due to it already being a proven deck.