BW Warriors was the archetype most players preferred to draft in Khans of Tarkir booster draft. Getting passed a Chief of the Edge often meant you were well on your way to an excellent and synergistic deck. It’s not too rare for the top archetypes in Limited to translate over to Constructed, but with this particular deck filled with top commons and uncommons, it never really materialized.
When one subset of creatures appears strong in a single set, it often takes a few more sets before a Constructed deck can come together. Enter Gideon, Ally of Zendikar.
Such a perfect card to complement an aggressive strategy with lots of early drops and synergistic pieces. BW Aggro can sport several different 2-power creatures for 1 mana, and this particular deck highlights Bloodsoaked Champion, Mardu Woe-Reaper, and Kytheon, Hero of Akros. Kytheon isn’t a Warrior himself, but a couple copies is nice here since he is easy to flip and hits hard.
A full playset of Chief of the Edge and Blood-Chin Rager make blocking difficult for any opponent trying to set up a defense against an early onslaught. Silkwrap and Stasis Snare will keep the way clear while Valorous Stance serves double-duty in removing big blockers or protecting important pieces.
The Warriors have some serious potential in new Standard and just rolled their way into the Top 8 of Kobe through a sea of Abzan. The ability to easily splash blue in the sideboard for powerful countermagic is something we are seeing consistently in BW strategies (with access to Flooded Strand/Polluted Delta and Prairie Stream/Sunken Hollow) that helps give the deck more game against sweepers and strategies trying to go over the top.
Joe Soh, Top 8 at GP Kobe