“Build your own Baneslayer Angel” with Glory-Bound Initiate
Glory-Bound Initiate is making an immediate impact on Standard. A 3/1 creature for only two mana, even the “vanilla” mode on this card can prove a fast clock. That’s a heck of a fail state!
When you actually exert Glory-Bound Initiate, things get interesting. As a 4/4 lifelink creature, Glory-Bound Initiate is a potentially great racer. It is tactically quite layered. The card is well named: You tend to have the initiative with it in play.
Will you send a 3/1?
How many creatures does he have to hold back if you exert in a 4/4 lifelink?
Subtly, this card on two gives you an incentive to build around the exert mechanic.
Always Watching is great with any exert creatures. With Glory-Bound Initiate, you get to “build your own Baneslayer Angel” … Even attacking for five on turn three!
- Glory-Bound Initiate is a 3/1 on turn two.
- Always Watching makes it 4/2 as a base.
- When you attack — and exert — the Initiate becomes a 5/5 with vigilance!
- Since it never actually taps (due to vigilance) there is no liability around Exert and the untap.
While Zach’s build only has one exert creature main deck, it is a go-wide strategy that can still benefit from Always Watching. Plus, he has a heck of another exert guy in the sideboard.
Glory-Bound Initiate is Only Human
Glory-Bound Initiate is a human warrior. Played with other humans, this card is really effective with Thalia’s Lieutenant. In addition to white creatures, Zach proved ingenius with his inclusion of red main deck.
All the humans — from Expedition Envoy forward — are great with Thalia’s Lieutenant. Hanweir Garrison, though, can trigger it multiple times per turn.
The sideboard is outstanding
Three fours. One three. Perfect.
Zach played four Needle Spires in the sideboard; consequently, he could support four Glorybringer and four Gideon, Ally of Zendikar! His sideboard actually allowed Zach to transform into more of a powerhouse midrange deck (from his fast start White Weenie main deck).
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