It seems like tribal decks just aren't that big of a factor in Magic anymore. The ongoing power level increase favors card quality, meaning there's not as much synergy between cards. The only tribal deck that put up notable results in Standard lately is Rogues, and that isn't even a classic creature strategy. I'm pretty saddened by this sight and thus determined to try and make a Humans build.
Why Humans? The main reasons are Sigarda, Champion of Light and Katilda, Dawnhart Prime. The Angel a great creature overall, has a strong coven effect, and looks for Humans. Katilda offers outrageous ramp, especially in a go-wide strategy that also includes tokens, and brings its own payoff to boot.
Just consider a curve of Star Pupil into Join the Dance into Katilda plus Gavony Dawnguard on turn three. You don't even need a third land for that, and you can then activate Katilda to give all five creatures a +1/+1 counter, while also triggering the Dawnguard's ability. Of course, at six mana, you could also just cast Intrepid Adversary and get +2/+2 instead.
Some of the other creatures, for example Codespell Cleric, may look a bit underwhelming, but at least they're all great at setting up coven. Take good old Luminarch Aspirant for instance. If it sticks around and you have three creatures at all, you're virtually guaranteed to assemble a differently powered coven. Once you do, Augur of Autumn almost becomes Future Sight. If you're afraid of having your board wiped, there's Elite Spellbinder to reduce the odds of that happening.
When all is said and done, here's what I think a Standard Humans list could look like. Though there are way too many interesting cards than fit into one 60-card deck. I stored a couple in the sideboard, most notably most of the Rally the Ranks.
|Selesnya Coven Humans|
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