Mono White Aggro Theorycraft – Throne of Eldraine Standard
This is our final color review for Throne of Eldraine – this time, we will be focusing on mono white cards and potential deck ideas for Standard constructed play in Magic: The Gathering.
Mono White Aggro – or commonly known as White Weenies – is a deck that uses cheap efficient white creatures to overwhelm your opponent. It has been a consistent player in Standard, though fallen off in recent times due to relative power levels of decks increasing as a whole. Increase in boardwipes, Legion’s End, Field of the Dead and blockers like Arboreal Grazer and Leafkin Druid are not good for this deck. The cards mentioned still exist in the new Standard, so let’s find out if Mono White can withstand rotation also.
Mono White Aggro Cards that are Leaving
In our new world of Throne of Eldraine, Knights are one of the key themes to the set – and the two Knight related cards in the deck also happens to be the best cards in the deck as well. Benalish Marshal and History of Benalia are what makes the deck explosive. Legion’s Landing and Adanto Vanguard are also cards that the deck will miss as they add resilience to the deck.
Mono White Aggro Cards that are Staying
The best thing about Mono White Aggro is that we can use a wide range of creatures on the low side of the mana curve and individually are not essential, and better as a group. For example, Savannah Lions is just a generic 1 mana 2/1- which is a token creature for this type of archetype. Any creatures that passes that test will be good enough for the deck. However, we still need something decent to make the deck stand out from the others:
- Gideon Blackblade: Resilient, must-answer threat against boardwipes.
- Venerated Loxodon: Provides a buff to your creatures, similar to Benalish Marshal. Works well with creatures with Vigilance.
- Conclave Tribunal: A catch-all removal spell that is essential in this type of deck.
There are other cards worth mentioning:
- Healer’s Hawk: Provides a one-two punch with Ajani’s Pridemate.
- Ajani’s Pridemate: Works well with Healer’s Hawk.
- Ajani, Strength of the Pride: Lifegain synergy is not where we want to be at a lot of the times, but this card can provide that push.
- Law-Rune Enforcer: Not a 2/1, but provides a solid way to interact with your opponent’s creatures and get through them so they can’t block.
- Unbreakable Formation: We think this card is just playable, especially since Benalish Marshal is leaving Standard.
- Tithe Taker: If control decks become prevalent, along with Gideon Blackblade could be a strong contender.
Mono White Aggro Cards that are Coming
- Linden, the Steadfast Queen: Another unfortunate situation that the white lord is no where near as good as Benalish Marshal. The saving grace is that could still work decent with Ajani’s Pridemate and associated lifegain synergies, and it has vigilance to work with Venerated Loxodon.
- Castle Ardenvale: Almost like Legion’s Landing, which leaves more space in your deck for better creatures.
- Idyllic Grange: Probably not worth including in the deck, as it’s not worth the risk for it to come into play tapped.
These cards are more general in nature, and would be a good fit in most Mono White Aggro decks.
- Giant Killer: Similar role to Law-Rune Enforcer, the question is whether it we play both or just one or the other. It’s range of creatures it can kill is pretty narrow, and it will be good against green decks.
- Shepherd of the Flock: 2 mana 3/1 are not played on their own but this card has the potential to save something like Venerated Loxodon and use its ability again. Goblin Chainwhirler is also not here anymore, so it’s a little bit more safe to play 1 toughness creatures.
- Charming Prince: A solid value two drop, works well with lifegain synergies also. The third ability is the most interesting one, which other colors can make use of much better.
These cards make use the Knight tribal synergy, with Acclaimed Contender being the most interesting. It can fetch cards like The Circle of Loyalty, equipment like Ancestral Blade and of course, other Knights. It has a decent body to boot, and other white Knights on the lower curve range to work together.
White also receives some strong sideboard options in Throne of Eldraine, almost as direct replacements – Glass Casket for Baffling End and Hushbringer for Tocatli Honor Guard. Deafening Silence will be decent against Izzet Phoenix and other control decks and does not restrict yourself like Rule of Law does as it only affects noncreature spells.
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There a decent number of good Knights in White, and they can all fit well in an aggro shell.
4 Venerable Knight (ELD) 35 4 Giant Killer (ELD) 14 4 Law-Rune Enforcer (WAR) 20 3 Ancestral Blade (M20) 3 1 Tomik, Distinguished Advokist (WAR) 34 4 Charming Prince (ELD) 8 4 Worthy Knight (ELD) 36 4 Acclaimed Contender (ELD) 1 2 Gideon Blackblade (WAR) 13 2 Conclave Tribunal (GRN) 6 4 Venerated Loxodon (GRN) 30 2 Unbreakable Formation (RNA) 29 2 Circle of Loyalty (M20) 9 17 Plains (ANA) 61 3 Castle Ardenvale (ELD) 238 3 Glass Casket (ELD) 15 4 Hushbringer (ELD) 18 3 Devout Decree (M20) 13 1 Deafening Silence (ELD) 10 2 Tithe Taker (RNA) 27 2 Conclave Tribunal (GRN) 6
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Without Benalish Marshall, this deck needs to rely on some lifegain synergies. The deck would pose really well against opposing creature decks, but maybe not to great against boardwipes, as it traditionally is.
4 Healer's Hawk (GRN) 14 4 Giant Killer (ELD) 14 4 Law-Rune Enforcer (WAR) 20 4 Hunted Witness (GRN) 15 4 Charming Prince (ELD) 8 4 Shepherd of the Flock (ELD) 28 4 Ajani's Pridemate (WAR) 4 2 Gideon Blackblade (WAR) 13 2 Conclave Tribunal (GRN) 6 4 Venerated Loxodon (GRN) 30 2 Unbreakable Formation (RNA) 29 2 Ajani, Strength of the Pride (M20) 2 17 Plains (ANA) 61 3 Castle Ardenvale (ELD) 238 3 Glass Casket (ELD) 15 4 Hushbringer (ELD) 18 3 Devout Decree (M20) 13 1 Deafening Silence (ELD) 10 2 Tithe Taker (RNA) 27 2 Conclave Tribunal (GRN) 6
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Based on the Mythic ranked deck by After Office TTV, this is a mixture of flying creatures and white weenies to aggressively swarm your opponent. Venerated Loxodon will be white’s best payoff card for this event, but do play around board wipes!
Event: Standard Shakeup
Mono White Aggro will be an interesting deck to play post-rotation, and may be the aggro deck to beat. We can also splash red for cards like Experimental Frenzy and blue for counterspells as it has been done for previous renditions of the deck – there are a lot of possibilities we can branch into. Selesnya Tokens will also be a potential path we can follow.