Sunday, 10 May 2015

Mono White Parfait

Definition: a cold dessert made usually of layers of ice cream, fruit, and syrup with whipped cream on top. French translation: perfect. Aptly named Parfait, today’s deck uses the perfect combination of Land Tax/Scroll Rack, which makes it a treat to play. Ok ok, enough puns - we’ve got a lot to talk about, so let’s get started.

I’m going to start with the main engine of the deck: the Land Tax/Scroll Rack combo.  Scroll Rack lets you set aside any number of cards from your hand, draw that many, then put those you set aside back on top of your library in any order. This is amazing with Land Tax, which not only puts a bunch of lands into your hand, but also allows you to shuffle your library. Combined, this means you can put back all those lands you just drew for more business cards. Awesome!

A big part of why I made this deck Mono White was because of Planar Birth. You almost always want to use Plains when discarding cards to Land Tax or Mox Diamond because of it. I decided on putting a singleton in, but the card works well with the deck so a second might not be a bad idea to include.

Wasteland was a card I certainly pondered about. Eventually, I decided on keeping them, but here’s why they were/are a maybe to me. For starters, there aren’t a lot of targets on your own side of the board to abuse with Land Tax. Another possibility is replacing them with City of Traitors, which just seems amazing in the deck. So why did I keep them? I decided they should stay because of Mishra’s Factories. Factories are a prevalent force in the format, and get around both Humility and Wrath of God. Moat fights Factories, but is a 1-of and is something you might not want in certain situations.

A splash of Black in the deck was another thing I’d considered, and is something that I remain uncertain about. The colour does offer more fight against combo, but at the cost of a very different mana base. Originally, I had 4 Duress in the mainboard and Orim’s Chant in the SB, but decided to switch and move Chant to the MB as it is a bit more broad in terms of slowing the opponent down as you set the lock. In the end, I decided to remove Black, but I do think playing it could be nice. Not only does it offer Duress vs combo, but it also allows Vindicates as a sort of catch-all answer/way to manage your own permanents. I definitely recommend trying other cards/combinations and see what works for you. As always – Happy Brewing!

Mono White Parfait


4 Wasteland
5 Fetch lands
12 Plains
2 Serra’s Sanctum

Total: 23


Total: 0


4 Scroll Rack
4 Land Tax
1 Zuran Orb
1 Moat
1 Humility
1 Wrath of God
4 Mox Diamond
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Orim’s Chant
1 Planar Birth
3 Sacred Mesa
4 Enlightened Tutor
1 Disenchant
4 Argivian Find

Total: 37


3 Disenchant
2 Wrath of God
1 Zuran Orb
1 Ivory Mask
4 Tormod’s Crypt
4 Abeyance

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