Daily Deck Tech Vow: Initiating Beatdown

Here's our vow: Every workday ahead of the set's release, Insight is taking a quick look at another deck featuring the new cards from Innistrad: Crimson Vow. We all knew coming in that some monowhite variant would be good … but this good? Crimson Vow has given the deck some serious power-ups!


White Weenie has been a force to be reckoned for the better part of a year now. The power of killing blisteringly fast on the back of a strong curve has to be respected. The deck of course comes with a built-in option to deal final blows even in the face of a board wipe: Faceless Haven, which is the best thing any monocolored deck can be doing.

There was arguably one big weakness the deck had and that's the limited access to suitable one-drops. People had to resort to Stonebinder's Familiar or Codespell Cleric, which players were hardly excited to play. Some went out of their way and incorporated Monk of the Open Hand. You gotta do what you gotta do. Thankfully all the other slots in the curve were filled with proper, powerful cards.

Crimson Vow to the rescue! Enter Hopeful Initiate. It's a creature with training, and as it starts at power 1, it's sure to grow very easily. Not only does its power grow to 2, 3, or 4 in no time, especially in combination with Luminarch Aspirant. It has some additional upside. For three mana we can get rid of an annoying Ranger Class or Esika's Chariot. It's a spectacular package for a one-drop and especially strong compared to the previously played options.

hopeful initiate valorous stance

The deck has also adopted an innocuous-looking uncommon in Valorous Stance. Both modes are of use. Usually it's going to protect a key threat of ours, be it the Faceless Haven or Brutal Cathar // Moonrage Brute. The other half can destroy a strong blocker. It's especially effective against big green decks, Lier, Disciple of the Drowned, or Smoldering Egg // Ashmouth Dragon.

Predictably, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben has found a way into the list at the full four copies. The card heavily punishes all the decks based in blue-red that are so popular right now. On top, it makes for an easy cut in sideboarding against decks such as Monogreen and in the mirror, where it's significantly worse.

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