Right now, you can't build a top tier deck without using FD or CoV.
If all you want your deck to do is beat rushes, you can probably play DoDx2 + GI, with Daode, Yuanshi, and Secluded Constructor as commanders. Just use Invincible Defenders + Jinhai Militia to slow the rush down. Once you have a critical mass of resources start busting your opponent with Daode + Yuanshi. Also, try playing down an Invincible Defender and buffing it with SC in the same round so that it can't be stumbled before having the chance to kill a bunch of enemies while blocking.
Another tip--If your starting hand doesn't have the cards you need to beat a rush, and you see FD across the way, use the Trading Post to toss your hand back and get a new one. The Trading Post is your friend, and is the difference between a good player and a great player.
And one more--Try playing rush for a while and seeing what beats you. This is how I first learned to beat rush decks.