Happy Wednesday MTG peeps,
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We last had a look at standard Humans waaay back last year (September sometime) when Innistrad rolled off the printing presses and into gaming stores. We think it appropriate to revisit this white-weenie (or white / green) archetype to see how it has evolved since the Dark Ascension set had been released. A good place to start would be the recent 2012 StarCity Open Standard - Memphis which took place about two weeks ago (February 25th) and a U/W Humans deck by Rayne Gould.
Haunted Humans by Rayne Gould
Format: Standard - DKA
Location: 2012 StarCity Open Standard - Memphis - 2/25
Finished: 1st Place
Creatures  : 4 Champion of the Parish, 4 Doomed Traveler, 3 Fiend Hunter, 2 Geist of Saint Traft, 2 Gideon's Lawkeeper, 2 Grand Abolisher, 4 Hero of Bladehold, 2 Leonin Relic-Warder, 3 Mirran Crusader, 3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Spells  : 1 Angelic Destiny, 4 Honor of the Pure, 1 Oblivion Ring, 2 Sword of War and Peace
Lands  : 4 Glacial Fortress, 1 Island, 3 Moorland Haunt, 11 Plains, 4 Seachrome Coast
SIDEBOARD : 2 Angelic Destiny, 1 Dismember, 2 Leonin Relic-Warder, 4 Mana Leak, 3 Oblivion Ring, 3 Timely Reinforcements
Here is the Top 8 field to provide you with an idea as to the environment . . .
1st U/W Humans by Rayne Gould
2nd U/B Zombies by William Wright
3rd Esper Spirits by Philip Braswell
4th Mono-Black Zombies by Jerrod Webb
5th RG Aggro by James Bush
6th Heartless Lich by Garett Young
7th Heartless Lich by Zac Hicks
8th Heartless Rites by Joe Bernal
To catch the Star City Games / SCG Live video of the final game with Rayne Gould (U/W Humans) vs. William Wright (U/B Zombies), check out this LINK.
All we can say is that the U/W build appears quite strong. We are hesitant to rely too much on Geist of Saint Traft as the main win condition given that without an anthem effect or evasion (equipment / aura) this card is just not quite making the cut. BUT dang! - Once GoST has a Sword of War and Peace or and Angelic Destiny on it, the Geist is an abosolute beating.
In Game One of the final match, it appears that William may have missed making a critical 4/4 Demon token with Skirsday High Priest but this may have been for an unknown reason given cards in hand or game state. In Game Two William missed a very critical land drop from which recovery and catch-up was just about impossible.
Anywhoos - Drop us a comment below - what Human builds have you seen or developed which is rocking your game table ?
Avacyn Restored the final set in Innistrad block is now available for preorder at MTG Mint Card, they are now offering an early bird discount for the Avacyn Restored uncommon & common card sets as low as $34.99. Apparently this is a limited time offer only so you may want to order today and have your AVR cards shipped on 4th May.