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Approach of the Mono White

2018/04/03 00:00 

    • Jeremy Dezani
    • Hareruya Pros Blog

Recently I joined Team Grand Prix in Kyoto with Tomaharu Saito and Lee Shi Tian, where I played Standard with Mono White Approach.

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The deck was created by the two French players Eliott Boussaud and Alain Bardini. They got a lot of 5-0 trophies on Magic Online and I chose to try, and got decent results: 2x 5-0, 2x 4-1, 1x 3-2 in 5 leagues.

Approach of the Second Sun

The tournament was not a great success for the team with a 5-1-2 missing day two, but I was very happy with my deck choice and my personal 6-2 record.

Grand Prix Kyoto 2018

Round Opponent's Deck Win/Loss
Round 1 UB Control LWW
Round 2 GB Constrictor WW
Round 3 Sultai Midrange WW
Round 4 RB Aggro WLW
Round 5 UW Gift LL
Round 6 Grixis WLW
Round 7 UW Gift LL
Round 8 UW Cycling WW

Here is the list I used in Grand Prix Kyoto 2018:

Treasure MapThe Immortal SunFumigateOrazca Relic

The deck is making every removal spells like 《Fatal Push》, 《Magma Spray》, 《Harnessed Lightning》 or 《Vraska's Contempt》 useless. Then, you can add all the creatures from your sideboard when your opponent is sideboarding 《Duress》 and 《Negate》.

Advices:

Treasure Map

If you play 《Treasure Map》 on turn 2 and you are not looking for your 3rd land, don’t activate the scry effect at the upkeep. If you draw an 《Orazca Relic》 you could play it and scry with the 《Treasure Map》.

Settle the Wreckage

《Settle the Wreckage》 is a special card. You really want your opponent to attack with everything. You can bluff about playing a 《Cast Out》in sorcery, finally not doing it and pass the turn to manipulate your opponent’s mind.

PlainsShefet Dunes

You should put in play your 《Plains》 and 《Shefet Dunes》 first. Keep your other lands to protect it from a potential 《Field of Ruin》.

Cast Out

Don’t cycle your《Cast Out》 at the beginning of the game if you are not looking for a land or if you have many other 4 cmc or more cards in hand.

Arch of Orazca

《Arch of Orazca》is a little tricky to use. You can use it in sorcery, in this case you could draw a spell and play it depending of your mana left. If you can’t play it, your opponent could use a 《Duress》or a 《Doomfall》 on it. To make this decision, you have to think about the outs and the emergency of the situation.

Orazca Relic

There is no reason to sacrifice 《Orazca Relic》 at the end of your opponent’s turn.

The Immortal Sun

Notice that 《The Immortal Sun》 prevents planeswalker abilities, many people I played against (and with) didn’t know.

Approach of the Second Sun

After casting an 《Approach of the Second Sun》 don’t shuffle your deck with 《Field of Ruin》.

Decklist update

Before the Grand Prix, I had 17 Sideboard cards and finally choose to cut the 2 《Tocatli Honor Guard》 for better sideboard plan against Grixis and Mono Red to the detriment of UW Gift. I "obviously" played against it twice. If I had to play the same deck I would make some changes to improve the UW Gift Match:

Here is the new decklist:

Match Ups and Sideboard

Against "UB Midrange"

Against "UB Midrange"

Out

Authority of the Consuls
Orazca Relic Orazca Relic Orazca Relic
Settle the Wreckage Settle the Wreckage Gideon's Intervention
Fumigate Fumigate Fumigate Fumigate
Approach of the Second Sun Approach of the Second Sun Approach of the Second Sun

In

Adanto Vanguard Adanto Vanguard Adanto Vanguard Adanto Vanguard
Tocatli Honor Guard Tocatli Honor Guard Martyr of Dusk
Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle
Regal Caracal Regal Caracal Regal Caracal Regal Caracal
Walking Ballista
DuressNegateArguel's Blood Fast

UB Midrange's Sideboard

Game one UB is playing 4 《Fatal Push》 and 4 《Vraska's Contempt》 so you should win easily.

Regal Caracal

In this match up you are also sideboarding 《Regal Caracal》. In theory, it looks like a bad idea to have it in addition of 《Tocatli Honor Guard》, but in practice 《Tocatli》 is so annoying for UB that if you have it into play you are already in a good position and can keep your 《Caracal》 in your hand. Note that 《Tocatli》 is also preventing 《Caracal》 trigger if your opponent is reanimating it with 《The Scarab God》.

Here are the cards affected by 《Tocatli Honor Guard》:

Against a deck with 《Gonti, Lord of Luxury》, keep 《Approach》 at least 5 cards bellow the top of your deck and use all the scry or draw effects with 《Treasure Map》, 《Orazca Relic》, 《Cast Out》, 《Arch of Orazca》 and 《The Immortal Sun》 at your opponent’s end step and your next turn to dig 5 cards in a row.

Against "Grixis Energy"

Against "Grixis Energy"

Out

Authority of the Consuls
Orazca Relic Orazca Relic
Settle the Wreckage Settle the Wreckage
Fumigate Fumigate Fumigate Fumigate
Approach of the Second Sun Approach of the Second Sun Approach of the Second Sun

In

Adanto Vanguard Adanto Vanguard Adanto Vanguard Adanto Vanguard
Martyr of Dusk
Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle
Regal Caracal Regal Caracal Regal Caracal Regal Caracal
Walking Ballista

Against "UW Gift"

Out

Baffling End Baffling End
Walking Ballista

In

Tocatli Honor Guard Tocatli Honor Guard
Authority of the Consuls
NegateAngel of Sanctions

UW Gift's Sideboard

Like I said, this matchup is quite bad. All the small changes between the 2 lists are improving it, but you still have a lot of work to do to get the win.

Authority of the Consuls

《Authority of the Consuls》 is cancelling the haste ability of creatures reanimated with 《God-Pharaoh's Gift》 and makes your 《Fumigate》 good. You are basically trying to deal with everything until your opponent deck out. I can see an alternative sideboard plan on the play, where you try to go aggro with 《Tocatli Honor Guard》 support but it is unlikely to work.

This is what《Tocatli Honor Guard》 is preventing:

Against "UB Control"

Against "UB Control"

Out

Authority of the Consuls Baffling End Baffling End
Settle the Wreckage Settle the Wreckage
Fumigate Fumigate Fumigate Fumigate
Approach of the Second Sun Approach of the Second Sun Approach of the Second Sun

In

Adanto Vanguard Adanto Vanguard Adanto Vanguard Adanto Vanguard
Martyr of Dusk
Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle
Regal Caracal Regal Caracal Regal Caracal Regal Caracal
Walking Ballista
DuressGlint-Sleeve SiphonerArguel's Blood FastNegate

UB Control's Sideboard

If the match is almost unwinnable game one, it become very good post sideboard. Your deck is full of threats and card advantage cards and it become very difficult for UB control to have a good deck against everything.

Against "Mono Red / RB Aggro"

Against "Mono Red / RB Aggro"

Out

Treasure Map Treasure Map Treasure Map Treasure Map
Fumigate Fumigate
Approach of the Second Sun Approach of the Second Sun Approach of the Second Sun

In

Authority of the Consuls
Martyr of Dusk
Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle
Regal Caracal Regal Caracal Regal Caracal Regal Caracal
Walking Ballista
Chandra, Torch of DefianceGlorybringer

Mono Red / RB Aggro's Sideboard

The match is very close main and post side. A real match of magic where both players have a chance to win. You don’t need to keep 《Approach of the Second Sun》, 《Regal Caracal》 is a cheaper win condition and it impacts the board.

Against "RG Monster"

Against "RG Monster"

Out

Treasure Map

In

Authority of the Consuls

Against "GW Aggro"

Out

Treasure Map
Ixalan's Binding Ixalan's Binding Gideon's Intervention
The Immortal Sun

In

Authority of the Consuls
Walking Ballista
Regal Caracal Regal Caracal Regal Caracal

Against "Sultai Energy"

Out

Authority of the Consuls
Walking Ballista

In

Tocatli Honor Guard Tocatli Honor Guard

Against "BW Vampire"

Out

Baffling End Baffling End
Thopter Arrest Thopter Arrest
Cast Out Cast Out Cast Out
The Immortal Sun

In

Martyr of Dusk Walking Ballista
Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle
Regal Caracal Regal Caracal Regal Caracal Regal Caracal
DuressArguel's Blood FastFragmentize

BW Vampire's Sideboard

If you can prevent your opponent to control 《Legion Lieutenant》 or 《Radiant Destiny》, 《Regal Caracal》 will lead the board and makes every attack impossible for the vampire player.

Conclusion

This deck is very powerful and seems very well positioned in the current metagame. I strongly recommend Mono White Approach for your upcoming events.

Have fun with it.

Jeremy DEZANI

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