Green/White Humans Deck with Precinct Captain
September 24, 2012 | Posted by Dee
I think Green/White (GW) Humans is going to be a top deck in the new Standard format with Return to Ravnica.
The deck won’t lose much when Scars of Mirrodin block and Magic 2013 leave the format. Hero of Bladehold will be missed but there are suitable replacements.
GW Humans got a powerful creature from Return to Ravnica. Precinct Captain is easily the best two-drop in Standard from the Human tribe. He’s hard to block because of his first strike ability and he punishes your opponent for not blocking.
Every time you hit your opponent with him, you get a 1/1 Soldier. If your opponent can’t find an answer, he will gradually build up an army all by himself. That’s a lot of value for only two mana.
Here’s a decklist that’s been testing well for me.
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Precinct Captain is not just good on his own. In this deck, he combos with many cards.
With Silverblade Paladin, he gains double strike so he becomes even harder to block. Also, you get two 1/1 tokens when he is not blocked because he deals combat damage twice to your opponent.
The first strike of Precinct Captain goes well the buff effects in the deck. Mayor of Avabruck gives him +1/+1 while Sublime Archangel turns him into a huge creature with her exalted abilities. Ajani, Caller of the Pride can give him +1/+1 counters and gradually make him a bigger threat.
For one turn, you can pump him up and give him trample with Selesnya Charm. The trample ability is nice because you can kill a chump blocker and still deal damage to your opponent to get a 1/1 Soldier token.
My favorite buff effect is definitely Rancor. Gaining two power is huge for a first strike creature and you also get the trample ability to make it easier to hit your opponent. More importantly, unlike Selesnya Charm, the buff and trample ability don’t go away at the end of the turn.
All the buff effects that combo well with Precinct Captain also interact well with Silverblade Paladin because of his double strike soulbond ability.
If you want to play this deck, I would definitely try to pick up this card soon. He’s one of the best cards in the deck so I think he will rise in price once people realize how good this deck is.
Originally, I had 4 Mayor of Avabruck and 0 Loyal Cathar but I ran into control decks with boardwipe spells. I cut 2 Mayor of Avabruck for 2 Loyal Cathar to have a better creature against these decks.
This card is great with Rancor. If your opponent clears the board, Rancor goes to your hand and Loyal Cathar returns to the battlefield as a transformed Unhallowed Cathar at the end of his turn.
Therefore, on your turn, you will have a creature to enchant with Rancor that can attack right away.
Garruk Relentless, Sublime Archangel, and Riders of Gavony are my attempts to replace Hero of Bladehold at the four-drop spot.
If you can trade for or buy Garruk early in the Standard season, I would definitely do so. In my testing, Garruk has been a solid card in different types of green decks. I see him rising in price as the season goes along.
Garruk is a good card for several reasons. He’s a planeswalker that produces decent sized creatures so he’s good against mass removal spells.
If you suspect that your opponent has one of these spells in his hand and you have a creature on the board already, you can cast Garruk instead of a creature. This play improves your board position without risking losing multiple creatures to one spell.
Also, the 2/2 Wolf tokens from Garruk ensure that you don’t run out of creatures to buff with Rancor and Ajani, Caller of the Pride.
The green planeswalker can function as removal. Three damage may not seem that much but it can take out strong creatures like Vampire Nighthawk, Olivia Voldaren, Bloodline Keeper, Huntmaster of the Fells, and other Precinct Captains and Silverblade Paladins.
I only play three copies because you can’t have multiple Garruks on the battlefield at the same time.
Regarding the other four-drops, I’m not sure which card is better, Sublime Archangel or Riders of Gavony, so I’m playing both.
Ajani, Caller of the Pride
Ajani fits well in this deck because it has a lot of cheap creatures. By the time you cast the planeswalker, you will usually have at least one creature on the board to buff up with his +1 ability.
I like the permanent buff from this ability because it makes your creatures harder to kill with a hardcast Bonfire of the Damned.
While buffing up your creatures, Ajani threatens to go ultimate and flood the board with a horde of 2/2 white Cat creature tokens.
Also, if your opponent is not prepared to deal with a high power flyer, Ajani can give a creature flying and double strike. This ability can deal a ton of damage in the air when you target a creature with Rancor or multiple +1/+1 counters.
Selesnya Charm from Return to Ravnica gives the deck flexibility at the two-drop spot.
If you need a creature for Rancor or to soulbond with Silverblade Paladin, Selesnya Charm gives you a 2/2 Knight at instant speed.
If you need to deal with a big creature, Selesnya Charm can exile a creature with five or more power. This ability combos with Rancor. You can enchant an opponent’s creature to buff it up to at least five power and then exile it with Selesnya Charm.
With this tricky play, Rancor also goes back to your hand after the creature is exiled.
If you need to push through some damage to hit your opponent or if you need to make a creature bigger to survive against a big blocker, Selesnya Charm can buff a creature for +2/+2 and give it trample.