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Celestial Assault

Celestial Assault

Onslaught Theme Deck

Usually, white-blue decks are thought of as "control" decks: slow and creatureless, and not the beatdown lover's style of choice. But if you like to pound your opponent with hordes of Soldiers, the Celestial Assault deck is right up your alley. It uses some of the cooler abilities from white and blue-flying and combat tricks-to take over the battlefield.

Your flying creatures are hard to block and your Gustcloak creatures let you back out of combat if it doesn't go your way, so you should be able to constantly attack with an indomitable army. Just to make sure things go your way, Celestial Assault is filled with spells to protect your marauders. Blue surprises like Meddle and Mage's Guile make your opponent's tactics backfire. And white cards like Inspirit, Piety Charm, and Akroma's Blessing can each be used to either rev up your offense or bolster your defense.

The beauty of Gustcloak creatures is that sending them into battle is a can't-miss proposition. They give you - not the defender - the final say, so you can attack first and make decisions later. If a Gustcloak creature is unblocked or stopped by a smaller creature, great. If a bigger blocker steps up, pump up your creature (if you have the right spell) or just untap and retreat. Make your opponent call your bluff all day.

To make sure you don't run out of gas, use Airborne Aid and Seaside Haven to draw extra cards. Daru Cavalier and Screaming Seahawk let you seek out their twins when you play them, so they're especially good if you expect a mass elimination spell. Play one while holding the one you searched for in your hand, and you'll bounce back fast if the board is wiped clean.

There are quite a few Onslaught cards that would be excellent additions to this deck. Aven Brigadier is a natural fit since it gives bonuses to all your Birds and Soldiers and comes with a large flying body to boot. Mobilization lets you churn out Soldier tokens and allows most of your creatures to attack without tapping. With Celestial Assault, you have nothing to fear in combat - so go pick some fights!

2Gustcloak RunnerCWhite Mana
1Pearlspear CourierU2 ManaWhite Mana
1Gustcloak HarrierC1 ManaWhite ManaWhite Mana
2Daru CavalierC3 ManaWhite Mana
2Dive BomberC3 ManaWhite Mana
1Gustcloak SkirmisherU3 ManaWhite Mana
1Gustcloak SentinelU2 ManaWhite ManaWhite Mana
1Gustcloak SaviorR4 ManaWhite Mana
2Ironfist CrusherU4 ManaWhite Mana
2Ascending AvenC2 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana
2Screaming SeahawkC4 ManaBlue Mana
2Piety CharmCWhite Mana
2Unified StrikeCWhite Mana
1Akroma's BlessingU2 ManaWhite Mana
2InspiritU2 ManaWhite Mana
1OblationR2 ManaWhite Mana
2SandskinC2 ManaWhite Mana
1Sunfire BalmU2 ManaWhite Mana
1Defensive ManeuversC3 ManaWhite Mana
2Mage's GuileC1 ManaBlue Mana
1MeddleU1 ManaBlue Mana
2Airborne AidC3 ManaBlue Mana
1Dispersing OrbU3 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana
1Essence FractureU3 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana
1Seaside HavenU
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