Standard Mono-Blue Ensoul Artifact

Posted in Daily Deck on August 21, 2015

By Melissa DeTora

Melissa is a former Magic pro player and strategy writer who is now working in R&D on the Play Design team.

If you've watched coverage of Pro Tour Magic Origins, you've probably seen Blue-Red Ensoul Artifact. That deck was dominant at the event, and there were even two copies of it in the Top 8. Today's deck is another take on Ensoul Artifact. As you can see, there is no red in this deck. Instead Drollaria chose to play more of a devotion strategy with Master of Waves and Thassa, God of the Sea. It worked out pretty well, as Drollaria managed to go 4-0 in a Daily Event with this list.

One of my favorite cards in this deck is Military Intelligence, a card that plays a role similar to that of Bident of Thassa and Thopter Spy Network. The upside Military Intelligence has is it comes down two turns earlier than the aforementioned four-mana spells, and it also doesn't require you to connect to draw cards. All you need to do is declare two or more creatures as attackers. This lets you do some interesting things like attack with a pair of 0-power Ornithopters to draw a card.

Unlike Blue-Red Ensoul Artifact, the mono-blue version is much less all-in. Blue-Red has to mulligan very frequently and requires a certain type of hand in order to even be playable. It is very reliant on having an Ensoul Artifact in your opening hand. This version of the deck has many more playable opening hands, as all you really need are lands and creatures. Sometimes you will have the turn-two Ensoul Artifact on your Ornithopter and just win in four turns, but you certainly don't need to do that to win with this deck.

Mono-Blue Ensoul Artifact has slightly less explosiveness and reach than its blue-red counterpart. Losing red means you don't have access to Shrapnel Blast and can only win the game through attacking. Thassa, God of the Sea helps greatly, as it can give your creatures evasion. Master of Waves also has its advantages, allowing you to flood the board with tokens. Another positive this deck has going for it is that Master of Waves is very hard for Mono-Red Aggro to beat, and Mono-Red is one of the most popular decks on Magic Online right now.

Drollaria's Mono-Blue Ensoul Artifact

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