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By: JXClaytor, Joshua Claytor
Nov 22 2017 12:00pm
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At Pro Tour Ixalan, there was a huge buzz about a brew that was doing well against Energy.  Wilson Hunter, who went 8-2 with the Mono White Vampires deck told the coverage team this about the deck. 

"It has an aggro plan, a midgame plan, and a late-game finish."

Seeing that quote made me curious to see the list, and as soon as it went up, it was one of the first I built for streaming after the Pro Tour.  I found out very quickly that the deck is not for me, and that's okay, it's not an expensive deck.  It's a little under sixty tickets on MTGO, and learning the lesson that Mono White Vampires is not for me was not a hugely expensive one. 

The deck is still a very good deck though.  8-2 is an incredible record against world class players at the Pro Tour, and while it is not tearing up the league results on MTGO, we have to remember that only five decks a day are reported now, and in a field full of Energy and Red decks, a deck that looks to gum up the ground with tons of blockers and then eventually overwhelm the opposition with tokens is a fine call.  I am positive that I let my past experiences with White Weenie cloud my vision of this current style of aggro deck.  I'm old enough to remember when Crusade was a fearsome two drop, and that Glorious Anthem meant Magic was dying.  I'm used to having cheap anthem effects, and while Metallic Mimic and Angel of Invention are cromulent anthems, they are incredibly fragile. 

I'm not entirely sure that I used cromulent correctly, but I really wanted to embiggen the article. 

I'm used to Savannah Lions as the one drop, not Duskborne Skymarcher  Heck, I'd settle for a Suntail Hawk.  I guess in modern Magic terms I want my White Weenie decks to get tall, not wide, and this deck goes wide excellently.  For the low buy in total though, I would recommend giving it a chance, it does have strong game when piloted correctly!    

Not sure why I added a video, other than as an example of what not to do! 

I got incredibly salty in those videos and that's pretty sad because I let my mood dictate how I played.  I expected to do poorly with the deck because after playing a few practice games I was doing poorly.  I was getting out drawn and the deck was just not giving me what I needed, getting land screwed or drawing no answers.  I was miserable playing the deck because I just wasn't having any fun with it.  I was playing it like I would an old White Weenie deck instead of playing like it was 2017. 

When I picked up a different Monument deck I played it like I was in 2017 and had a bit more fun with it because I knew what to expect, even if I didn't agree with some of the card choices in the deck.  All it took was a splash color, a different tribe, and a card that could send my tokens to the sky to break up any ground stalls. 

That seems like an incredible amount of changes, and I reckon it is, but the version of Monument that I am playing now swapped Vampires for Dwarves, added blue and gave us access to Aven Wind Guide

I love this deck! 

UW Monument
5-0 by slapjackson - 75 Cards Total
4 Angel of Invention
1 Adanto Vanguard
4 Aven Wind Guide
4 Aviary Mechanic
4 Fairgrounds Warden
4 Toolcraft Exemplar
21 cards

4 Servo Exhibition
4 cards
4 Oketra's Monument
4 cards

4 Trial of Solidarity
4 Legion's Landing
  8 cards
4 Glacial Fortress
4 Irrigated Farmland
2 Island
9 Plains
4 Shefet Dunes
23 cards

2 Cast Out
3 Fragmentize
2 Island
3 Negate
2 Solemnity
3 Spell Pierce
15 cards

While not in as many numbers as the Vampire list the Dwarves here really shine.  Toolcraft Exemplar gets big with either a Servo Exhibition or an Oketra's MonumentAviary Mechanic plays so well with Monument!  Fairgrounds Warden removes a blocker and can block a lot of the mostly played creatures in the format and survive. 

Aviary Mechanic and Trial of Solidarity are really, really cool.  Ideally you make a one drop, a two drop, and then a Monument.  Trial comes down to make combat hard on turn four, and on turn five we cast the Mechanic, bounce the Trial, recast it and clean up the rest of the game.  If that fails, you play like a normal Monument deck and go to the air with the Wind Guide.  It's really hard for your opponent to get profitable attacks in when you're not tapping your team to attack! 

You can watch this deck in action here

I think that there is a better Blue White Monument deck in the format, and I really think that it plays around the Embalm and Eternalize mechanics.  Most of the games that I played I for sure wanted something like Sacred CatAnointer Priest would play very well with the tokens that Monument would provide, and Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun could make combat go more in your favor.  Adorned Pouncer and Sunscourge Champion could give the deck reach and needed life gain. 

At this point we have to wonder if this would be better served as an Anointed Procession deck.  That may be taking the deck in to a direction that it does not want to go in to! 

Red Decks and Energy take up an ample part of the Standard metagame, and while these two decks are near the top of the charts, a well built and well played Monument deck I feel could really put a hurt on that part of the format.  The blue splash in the second build gives you outs to Approach of the Second Sun control, even if the sideboard is a little off putting, I mean really, there are two copies of Island in there!  With that said for about 100 tickets you could build two wonderful decks in the Standard format, and for a person that recently had to use gofundme for a bit of needed cash for a roof repair, you could do worse with any extra resources! 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day! 


You had me at Cromulent and by Plainswalker83 at Wed, 11/22/2017 - 13:19
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You had me at Cromulent and Embiggen! I was really tempted to try Mono White Vampires but I think the removal is what scared me off. I really do not like the clunky enchantment based removal. I am now leaning toward the UG pummeler deck or GW aggro. The latter I may even try online.

It's a fine deck and people by JXClaytor at Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:40
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It's a fine deck and people win with it, I am just not one of those people, and that's ok.

I also intentionally wrote this article to go up with yours today.

Brand synergy!

Ha by Plainswalker83 at Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:25
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Great strategy!

If you go Wu, then by Rerepete at Sat, 11/25/2017 - 11:35
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If you go Wu, then Cloudblazer or Champion of Wits would be a fit for the deck.