While I haven’t been able to get my Magic the Gathering fix in person in recent months, I have been playing a lot more digital MTG in order to scratch that planewalker itch. This has meant climbing the ladder in Standard, playing a ton of Jump Start (which is awesome btw, and you really should try it yourself) and getting to grips with what is quickly becoming one of my favourate online format, Historic.
Now when Wizards of the Coast first announced the Historic format, I was sceptical. I mean, a format that adds cards only as it sees fit and only has support on Arena, it seemed destined to fail. But what can I say, the format won me over, proving to be a fun and engaging way to play Magic in a time of social distancing and isolation.
I have had a blast building deck for Historic over the last few months, and thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite brews here with you all. But I also wanted to make sure I didn’t present you with four or five different ways to play red, after all variety is the spice of life.
So today I’m starting a sort of mini series here at Master of Magics, showing you some fun and different mono coloured decks to try out in Historic. And since there are five different colours of mana, I think you can guess how long this series will be running for. So, lets start our journey of mono coloured decks at the top of the colour pie, with a Historic take on a fan favourite.
Soul Sisters is a classic (mostly) mono white archetype based around gaining life and stomping faces with ever increasing threats. Named after the “soul sister” Soul Warden and Soul’s Attendant, the idea of the deck is to gain a bunch of life from creatures entering the battlefield, which pumps up one of our two major threats of Serra Ascendant and Ajani’s Pridemate, which we then use to smash our opponents life total.
Thanks to the anthology series, we have ended up with quite a lot of the bones of this deck in the Historic format, but we are still missing a few mainstay cards like Soul’s Attendant to make it work. Thankfully, we have some decent replacements in the form of Daxos, Blessed by the Sun and Impassioned Orator. These two creatures, alongside Soul Warden, will give us a decent bases for our life gaining strategy. The trick is to stack up on the triggers, by playing these creatures first before we move on to our own threats so we can gain a ton of life all at once.
Threats like Ajani’s Pridemate and Serra Ascendant. The Pridemate is a creature that can quickly become the biggest threat on the board if left unchecked thanks to its triggered ability, while the Serra Ascendant can become an absolute monster as soon as we can get above thirty life (which can happen very quickly). But we don’t want to just rely on creatures entering the battlefield to gain us some life. So, we need some other ways it increase our life total.
Soulmender is life gain on a stick, been a cheap one drop we can play early that can give our Ajani’s Pridemate triggers on demand. Alseid of Life’s Bounty gives us life link, while also been able to protect some of our more vital pieces from removal. Healer’s Hawk allows us to get around ground blockers in the early game and can become a monster of a threat when combined with Heliod, Sun-Crowned.
Heliod not only pumps up our creatures with +1/+1 counters when we gain life, but can easily win games on its own if we can get our devotion high enough. So to make this easier, why don’t we include Linden, the Steadfast Queen in order to boost our devotion and give us more ways to gain some life.
Lastly, we include two copies of Dawn of Hope and Ajani, Strength of the Pride, our only two non-creature cards in the main deck. Dawn of Hope give the deck some much needed card draw, as well as been a decent mana sink if the game goes long, while Ajani gives us access to even more Ajani’s Pridemates, as well as a way to sweep away our opponents board and close out the game. We finish of the deck with a bunch of Plains and some number of Castle Ardenvale (I’ve gone for one in my build, but feel free to increase this number as you se fit) and you have a fun a quite potent deck to tackle the Historic format.
3 Alseid of Life’s Bounty
3 Serra Ascendant
4 Soul Warden
4 Healer’s Hawk
4 Ajani’s Pridemate
3 Daxos, Blessed by the Sun
4 Impassioned Orator
3 Heliod, Sun-Crowned
3 Linden, the Steadfast Queen
2 Ajani, Strength of the Pride
2 Dawn of Hope
1 Castle Ardenvale
2 Deafening Silence
2 Gods Willing
2 Tocatli Honor Guard
2 Leyline of Sanctity
1 Devout Decree
2 Seal Away
2 Banishing Light
One of the things the Main Deck is missing is answers, but luckily our Sideboard has that covered. Devout Decree, Seal Away and Banishing Light gives us some decent removal against opposing threats, while Disenchant handles pesky Artifacts and Enchantments. Leyline of Sanctity takes care of graveyard decks, and we will run Tocatli Honor Guard encase we come up against ETB triggers that are problematic. Deafening Silence sorts out combo decks most of the time, and finally Gods Willing gives us some add protection against removal.
And that about does it for Historic Soul Sisters. I’ve been enjoying playing the deck on Arena ladder over the last couple of days. But that isn’t the end of our foray into Historic. Come back next week for a look at what Mono Blue has in store for this eternal format. But what do you think about todays deck? Is this what you want to play, or have you a different brew you want to try out? Please let me know in the comments below, and while you’re there you could like and subscribe to keep up to date with all we do here at Master of Magics.
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