Here’s a sweet little deck that recently performed well at a SCG Standard Open:
This is definitely a nice twist on the white weenie aggro-style deck. We get the blue splash for some instant-speed Rattlechains that can also come down later in the game to protect our Bygone Bishop from targeted removal and give us a clue token. This is particularly good with Ojutai’s Command as well later on.
Creature types matter, sometimes
Anafenza is also a spirit that can benefit from Rattlechains’ ability. It’s only a one-of so we won’t be drawing it much. It’s almost a shame there are not many other spirits to toss in here, but that may change with the release of Eldritch Moon. We aslo get Archangel Avacyn as a bonus flash creature (no need to sing her praises over and over). The other creatures in the deck provide us some nice card advantage in their various ways:
Militia Captain just churns out tokens, ideally.
Thraben Inspector or as we commonly call him “Freddy Spaghetti” gives us that little bit of early aggro and mid-to-late game card advantage. It’s almost a sham there isn’t a copy of Kytheon in this build as he can be a pretty sweet Ojutai’s Command target (assuming we get to trigger his ‘turn into a planeswalker’ clause on our turn.
Finally, Reflector Mage is, well…just really really good (as seen in decks like Bant Company/Humans) even at non-flash speed.
In the sideboard we hiave some Archangel of Tithes to slow down the more aggressive decks or tokens strategies as well as Secure the Wastes for a nice end of turn threat. The Negates come in versus some of the more controlish decks or maybe even versus Collected Company decks.
Still a damn fine card
With nothing major really rotating (ok, so Ojutai’s Command leaving in October is a downer), the shell may very well be viable post-rotation as well. So, gather your cards, sleeve it up and give it a whirl at your local gaming store or even your next Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier.