28, Oct, 21

Innistrad: Crimson Vow Reprint Could Make Standard Death and Taxes

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We just got an awesome reprint announced in today’s Innistrad: Crimson Vow previews and it’s one that could bring a new archetype to the Standard format! The community has been speculating on what powerful reprints were going to be. Some thought it was Snapcaster Mage, but we now know that the card is actually Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. There’s probably a few homes for her in Standard, but one deck archetype might utilize her best.

Mono White Death and Taxes

For anyone who has seen my articles in the past, I’m a BIG fan of Death and Taxes. I’ve played a lot of the deck in Historic and am a fan of it across all formats. Thalia is a big part of that deck, being a cheap threat that slowed down non-creature spells. So naturally, I’m going to see if we can make the deck work in Standard. We happen to have quite a few pieces that could make the core of the deck possible.

Tax Effects

Our tax pieces come in a few forms. Obviously we have Thalia, but to combo with Thalia, we have Elite Spellbinder, Archon of Emeria, and Strict Proctor. Each of these cards has a taxing effect on our opponent’s mana, cards and effects. This should allow us enough time to build a wide board.

This fits relatively well into the current meta because truthfully, there’s a lot of cards that we can hit with this. Alrund’s Epiphany and Esika’s Chariot are prime candidates for Spellbinder and Proctor. Archon slows the turns deck down, as they can’t take multiple turns in a row as reliably any more.

Paladin Class and Curse of Silence are also very cheap ways to tax our opponent’s mana under specific conditions. Paladin Class also gives us the benefit of beefing up our team and Curse lets us draw a card when the card we named is cast if we want.


We have a small but powerful hit squad of removal spells, in Fateful Absence, Borrowed Time and Brutal Cathar. Each of these cards have a different use case, and each are cheap enough to fall nicely on the curve.

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Pushing Through Damage

We have a few cards that will help us push through damage. Luminarch Aspirant has been an all star 2 drop in white based aggro decks. Maul of the Skyclaves gives a creature flying, first strike and decent stat boost. Another strong card that can help push damage out of nowhere is Faceless Haven. A land that can represent 4 damage consistently is always a great asset to this kind of deck.

Legion Angel is a solid body and a reliable source of damage, since we can fetch subsequent copies out of the sideboard. Sigardian Savior is our make shift Return to the Ranks, but also provides another flying body.

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I’m very excited for what other fun tools we’re going to get in Innistrad: Crimson Vow. Make sure that you check out our Preview Gallery to stay up to date with all the new cards! Innistrad: Crimson Vow will be releasing on Magic Arena and Magic Online on November 11th. Tabletop Prerelease is November 12th and 13th. The set releases on Tabletop on November 19th. Innistrad: Crimson Vow product can be preordered over at Amazon and TCGplayer as well.

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