Deck Tech: G/W Humans with James Hazen
The Reinforcements aren't so Timely against James and his Triumphs!
The Providence Open Series debuted the new R/W Humans strategy in the Top 8, but plenty of players took note of a few green cards that could go along with the white ones at that event. If you recall, Innistrad's release saw a few like-minded G/W decks growing popular, with Avacyn's Pilgrim, Mayor of Avabruck, and of course Gavony Township providing their backbone. The deck fell by the wayside... but no more!
James took the basic concept of an aggressive Humans deck and added the new power players from Avacyn Restored. Silverblade Paladin is the souldbond card everyone expected big things from, and he's starting to deliver. The Paladin is a beating in this list, turning your early Champion of the Parish into a stern clock and threatening to become more dangerous as other pump effects join the fray. If Angelic Destiny ever lands...
Wolfir Silverheart has quickly become one of the most hyped cards in the set, and it's put to good use here. As a five-drop that functions similarly to a Sword, he's capable of putting out a lot of damage very quickly. Sneaking it onto a Doomed Traveler's token is downright dirty, but he's got incredible synergy with one other card in the deck: Champion of Lambholt.
A somewhat frustrating Limited beater, the “other” Champion can prove very dangerous against opponents relying on the likes of Lingering Souls to defend themselves. If you super-size Champion of Lambholt with Wolfir Silverheart or a Sword, then green creature mirrors will quickly end with your victory. There's also something very horrifying about potentially curving out with Pilgrim, Champion, and Hero of Bladehold! The Champion's primary vulnerability is its weakness against the Delver matchup, but that deck is decreasing in popularity. If Champion gets big enough, it can even let your team run past the larger creatures that Wolf Run Ramp relies on.
I'm intrigued to see Triumph of the Hordes in this list as an Overrun variant, but considering its synergy with Champion of Lambholt and Silverblade Paladin, it's possible I shouldn't be. There's something to be said about its boost in conjunction with a successful soulbond and attack from Wolfir Silverheart, but shouldn't they already be dead in that case? The one spot I see the sorcery shining in the most is against cards like Batterskull and Timely Reinforcements. Your opponents will often think they're on a very safe life total after resolving one or two of those cards, but Triumph will kill the dead!
If you'd like some other flavors of G/W men, Reid Duke did an in-depth exploration of the archetypes himself on our Premium side: check out that article too! It might be time for the Humans tribe to shine once more—Angelic Destiny is still a very scary weapon, and the creatures are among the best in the format at creating pressure. Can Hero of Bladehold knock Delver and Primeval Titan off their perches?