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Eric Jeffrey Seltzer - June 11, 2014

Champion’s Deck – Mono-Blue Devotion by Ross Merriam (1st ...

Mono-Blue Devotion - Hall of Triumph
Mono-Blue Devotion
Ross Merriam
1st Place at StarCityGames Standard Open on 6/7/2014
Something old, something Blue…or as they say “It’s back !!!”. Like a blast from the past a Mono-Blue Devotion deck was able to rise to the top and finally grab itself another crown. While it is basically the same lists that were around and dominating oh so many moons ago, Ross did squeeze in some interesting things to bring the deck forward to the now.
It all starts with your Flying one drops. The usual suspects arrive with Judge’s Familiar and Cloudfin Raptor to start terrorizing from the sky, but it looks like Ross wanted that extra little push and added a singleton Galerider Sliver to ensure a consistent turn one play. Continuing into two drops there are perennial two way player Frostburn Weird playing both defensive and offensive roles, and Tidebinder Mage which is great in a world rife with Green and Red monsters. Next we find that amazing yet inexpensive God with Thassa, God of the Sea to both push through Unblockable creature and provide constant card selection. There is also Devotion superstar Nightveil Specter that help as the only real card advantage in the deck while at the same time stealing options away from your opponent. All of these creatures help to increase your Devotion count for the decks bomb play when you drop a Master of Waves and clutter the board with an army of Elemental tokens. As another slight addition to the devotion count there’s also a miser Bident of Thassa which gives the deck that slim extra card draw when it’s on the offensive. The real innovation in the deck comes from the inclusion of anthem artifact Hall of Triumph which will help to ensure that the Masters tokens don’t just disappear whenever he takes a hike, a huge issue in the past. For a few bits of removal in the deck we find a pair of Rapid Hybridization to keep the skies free of blockers and Cyclonic Rift when you just need to flick the reset switch on the other side of the board.
While I won’t exactly say that this looks like we are heralding in a new era of Mono-Blue it is encouraging to see that there is always place for tried strategies to return for another round. This is also a fairly good deck to invest in going forward into the next Standard season as it is powerful and maintains a good amount of its list. And while Frostburn and Nightveil are two huge losses we should no doubt see decent replacement options with the upcoming new sets. I would definitely say this list is worth taking for a spin and working forward into the next year.
Eric J Seltzer
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