Bant Company by southpaw2353 on MtGO

Creatures (29)
3 Birds of Paradise
2 Eternal Witness
4 Knight of the Reliquary
4 Noble Hierarch
2 Qasali Pridemage
2 Scavenging Ooze
4 Spell Queller
2 Spellskite
3 Tarmogoyf
1 Vendilion Clique
2 Voice of Resurgence

Non-Creature Spells (8)
4 Collected Company
4 Path to Exile

Lands (23)
1 Botanical Sanctum
1 Breeding Pool
3 Forest
1 Gavony Township
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Horizon Canopy
1 Kessig Wolf Run
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Plains
1 Stomping Ground
1 Temple Garden
4 Windswept Heath
2 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
2 Blessed Alliance
2 Izzet Staticaster
1 Kataki, War’s Wage
2 Kitchen Finks
2 Loxodon Smiter
2 Stony Silence
4 Unified Will

Summary

Ever since its release, Collected Company has been a force in Modern. Decks such as Abzan Company have used the powerful instant to full effect. In recent months, Company deck have fallen slightly out of favor, showing us that perhaps a new approach with Collected Company is needed. This Bant Company deck, piloted by southpaw2353 on MtGO on January 11, aims to be that new approach. By replacing black with blue, many of the cards don’t change, but the overall strategy does. Abzan Company acted as a value deck that threatened an instant-speed combo finish. Bant Company, however, forgoes the combo pieces that black affords it, and instead opts for more tempo-oriented creatures and powerful sideboard cards found in blue. The strategy of this deck is a tempo deck with great resilience from the value-focused cards such as Eternal Witness and Knight of the Reliquary.

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This deck has a lot of moving pieces, and knowing how to min/max with the cards in this deck is critical. Collected Company can be a counterspell if it finds Spell Queller or an instant-speed spell that puts impressively large creatures on the battlefield if it hits Tarmogoyf or Knight of the Reliquary. Knight of the Reliquary is mostly in the deck to be a sizeable beater, but it can also find the 4 utility lands in the deck; Horizon Canopy to draw a card, Ghost Quarter to disrupt the opponent’s mana, Gavony Township to grow your creatures, or Kessig Wolf Run to punch through damage.

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The sideboard of this deck does a very good job of covering its blind spots. Abzan Company is very excellent against Infect, in large part due to the mainboard copies of Melira, Sylvok Outcast. Bant Company doesn’t have access to Melira, hence the inclusion of Blessed Alliance and Izzet Staticaster in the sideboard. Kataki, War’s Wage and Stony Silence deal with the Affinity matchup, although frequently 3 cards in the 60 card deck won’t be enough to reliably suppress the small robots. The 4 copies of Unified Will are an excellent inclusion in this deck. They help massively in matchups where the tempo game thrives and needs to be maximized, such as Ad Nauseam or Tron.

This deck thrives against decks that are trying to assemble powerful combos or try to out-value the opponent. However, against decks like Burn or Affinity, which are linear decks that gain value from casting more spells faster than the opponent, Bant Company can struggle. If you take this deck to a tournament, make sure you get tons of practice in beforehand, as the value of the knowledge of how to pilot a deck as complicated as this cannot be overstated. Once mastered, expect to have game against most of the format and take people by surprise. This deck could very well become a force to be reckoned with after the bannings of Gitaxian Probe and Golgari Grave-Troll.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Scavenging Ooze

-1 Qasali Pridemage

-1 Eternal Witness

-1 Spellskite

+4 Chord of Calling

Sideboard

No changes.

This is day 12 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that intrigues us. You can read day 11 here, where we featured an exciting prison-style Modern deck.

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