It's that time again, so here comes another listing. My personal build will be below after sufficient blank space.
Here ya go:
Steel Leaf Paladin
Pulse of Llanowar
Crown of Flames
Angel of Mercy
Rewards of Diversity
Spirit of Resistance
Strength of Unity
Disciple of Kangee
March of Souls
space to think (conveniently filled in with Simpson's quotes:
"No TV and no beer make Homer something something"
"Don't mind if I do!"
"He thought that trip to the guillotine factory was just for sightseeing, but really it was the perfect place to shoot him."
"Oh no! Beta!"
"What happened to you man? It used to be about the MUSIC!"
"I said slag off!"
end space to think. no thinking from this point on
Welcome back. This card pool features some easy decisions to begin, with increasingly more difficult ones later on. You only really have main colour depth in 2 colours, white and blue, and these also feature powerful spells. As usual, though, they are about 2-4 spells away from a solid deck, and they lack early drops.
Time to look at the support colours, leaving tricky decision number 1. Red is non-allied and has little to offer. Green gives an extra tapper, a solid early drop, and fleetfoot panther, a very versatile card. Black gives 2 solid flyers, a pump spell and 1 splashable removal spell.
A normal inclination here would be to go with black, after all we only really need a few spells to splash, and it does provide a much needed removal effect (mind you one that must be used carefully). However, a closer look at the mana curve shows that this would leave us devoid of early plays an with a dangerous 4 mana spell glut.
So we look to green, and the problem with this colour is obvious. If we are going to splash it for fleetfoot , llanowar knight and thornscape , you will need that green mana early, which means you need a fair bit of green mana available. Also, even with green's help the mana curve is pretty awful and pretty high. The best we can do is try to minimize this. I came up with the following list:
Angel of Mercy
March of Souls
As you can see, we have a major hole where our 2-drops should be. This problem is made worse by 2 gating 3 drops (especially since we want to keep our apprentices active, not bounce them). Lots of removal and bounce are available though, and we have a deck filled with tricks.
The late additions to the above build were Kavu Climber and Quirion Trailblazer, neither of which particularly thrill me here. When I realized how much green mana I was going to need though, it made sense to spread the mana balance. So a Sea Snidd disappeared for Kavu Climber and I reluctantly cut disciple of kangee of trailblazer, my reasoning being that I already had a glut of flyers, and that either creature would often be a chumb blocker. The additions also help me see more cards to fix mana problems and let me play for midgame card advantage, which along with flying has to win the game for us. The CIP effects work nicely with the gaters and escape routes, and hopefully we can take over some games with blind seer. I expect this deck to see 4-5 more cards than an opposing deck, and the real question mark is survivng the opening.
If you can T8 with this card pool, you truly are the king of kings.
Oh man does this card pool suck. All the color combinations have the same problem. No early drops to speak of. I first tried to put together a black red blue but scrapped it when I saw the mana curve. I agree with your list, there aren't many options. I think I would try to put in the steel leaf paladin, pulling the sea snidd. I know it costs one more but this deck needs a way to hold the ground. I didn't, but would think hard about cutting the march of souls. I opened it in a tourney, played white, and it didn't make the cut. You just don't have the creatures to lose.
I hope I never open something resembling this pile of garbage.
The reason i like march of souls here is
a) symmetry with bounce (kill their tokens)
b) whipes out their early drops
c) in the midgame with your cantrips, you ought to be able to recover quicker.
But I do agree, without more early drops, this deck is going to have a very hard time of it.
Here's my build:
1 Blind Seer
1 Stormscape Apprentice
1 Hunting Drake
1 Tower Drake
1 Angel of Mercy
1 Benalish Lancer
1 Glimmering Angel
1 Razertooth Griffin
1 March of Souls
1 Thornscape Apprentice
1 Kavu Climber
1 Sunscape Battlemage
1 Silver Drake
1 Fleetfoot Panther
1 Llanowar Knight
1 Disciple of Kangee
1 Steal Leaf Paladin
1 Sea Snidd
1 Gaea's Might
1 Strength of Unity
1 Treva's Lair
I don't like these colors much, but if I'm going to go them, I want an aggressive, board strength deck. I don't know if this is the best build, but it's what I came up with. Now I'm going to read the rest of Nevyn's post. :)