The New Monument of Standard? [Blog Post]
And with a new Standard come Standard new decks.
One of the decks that really interests me is the Mono-White Monument deck. Whilst there are Blue-White and Green-White variants I personally prefer the Mono coloured variant due to the consistency that it brings.
The deck is all about going wider than anything else in the field. It does this by not only playing a lot of small guys but also using [c]Oketra’s Monument[c/] to not only lower the cost of the creatures but also to produce even more. You’ll struggle to fit this deck on a playmat if it goes off!
So before we go into any more depth here is my take on the deck.
4 Oketra’s Monument
3 Expedition envoy
4 Thraben inspector
2 Thalia’s Lieutenant
3 Aviary Mechanic
4 Selfless Spirit
4 Hanwier Militia Captain
2 Fairgrounds Warden
4 Bygone Bishop
2 Angel of Sanctions
4 Cast Out
2 Dusk // Dawn
4 Anointed Procession
3 Westvale Abbey
Now the sideboard changes a lot dependant on your local meta-game but an example sideboard could be:
2 Dusk // Dawn
2 Archangel Avacyn
3 Stasis snare
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Gideon of the Trials
1 Anointed procession
The deck has a very good match-up against many of the decks expected to perform well in the coming weeks. And here’s why…
5 Reasons Why You Should Be Playing Oketra’s Monument.dec in Standard
The deck is surprisingly resilient with [c]Selfless Spirit[c/] preventing board wipes and [c]Dusk // Dawn[c/] helping to bring back our guys.
Being only one colour you will have to be incredibly unlucky to struggle with the mana base. This allows you to play the cards you want to play when you want to play them (almost) every time.
Despite being a creature dominated deck it can still remove of scary threats on the other side of the board. Both [c]Fairgrounds Warden[c/] and [c]Angel of Sanctions[c/] are bodies that can exile creatures, and of course [c]Cast Out[c/] is a catch all that, and thanks to its ability to cycle, allows us to run a slightly lower land count.
4. Card Advantage
Despite White not having draw spells galore like Blue or even Black, this deck often amasses a huge amount of card advantage. This is done partially through our control-creatures that like to two for one; Oketra’s Monument doubling our creature count; and crucially a stream of clues. Due to both [c]Thraben Inspector[c/] and [c]Bygone Bishop[c/] you will be investigating more than Sherlock Homes when piloting this list.
This deck goes wider than anything else in the format, even zombies has a job keeping up with this. This is how we win games. If the opponent can’t deal with the swarm placed before them early, it will spiral out of control at an alarming rate.
With all of these factors combined the deck becomes a force to be reckoned with at both a casual and competitive level.
I hope you enjoyed the blog post and if you did too then please share it with your friends or Local Game Store, and please feel free to build the deck and try it out for yourself.
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