GW Hexless

Posted in Feature on August 9, 2013

By Luis Scott-Vargas

Luis Scott-Vargas plays, writes, and makes videos about Magic. He has played on the Pro Tour for almost a decade, and between that and producing content for ChannelFireball, often has his hands full (of cards).

While doing coverage for the World Magic Cup, one of the decklists from the finals caught my eye. I watched Gabor Kocsis demolish France's Yann Guthmann in the UW matchup, and the amount of damage he put together was impressive.

The deck looks a lot like a Hexproof deck, except that almost all of the creatures are targetable instead. That may sound worse, but what you get in exchange is a much more consistent deck with much larger creatures. Most of these creatures can win the game by themselves, and the ones that can't pair very well with the finishers.

At the bottom of the curve you have six one-drop mana creatures (I want to say Elves, but it's actually just two Elves and four Humans), along with a full eight two-drops. I like the mix, because unlike the GW Elves deck, this deck works perfectly well even when it doesn't have a turn-one play.

The rest of the creatures range from three to five, including heavy hitters like Loxodon Smiter; Silverblade Paladin; Sublime Archangel; and Advent of the Wurm; with a pair of Sigarda, Host of Herons as the lone five-drops.

As you'd expect, the spells are all pump spells, although Selesnya Charm does double up as removal for Angel of Serenity or Olivia Voldaren, two cards which would otherwise be very problematic. Rancor in particular does a ton of damage, and is instrumental in letting this deck beat past Supreme Verdict. I even watched Gabor get hit by a Supreme Verdict and attack for more damage on the next turn than he would have otherwise! Strangleroot Geist came back larger, Voice of Resurgence put a token into play, Rancor came back, and Mutavault got activated. We've come a long way since Wrath of God spelled the end of GW midrange decks.

Gabor Kocsis

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