Bant Marvel by Capriccioso on MtGO

Creatures (13)
2 Glint-Nest Crane
4 Rogue Refiner
4 Thraben Inspector
3 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Non-Creature Spells (26)
2 Aether Meltdown
4 Aetherworks Marvel
4 Glassblower’s Puzzleknot
3 Inspiring Statuary
4 Woodweaver’s Puzzleknot
4 Attune with Aether
2 Fumigate
2 Metallic Rebuke
1 Nissa’s Renewal

Lands (21)
4 Aether Hub
4 Botanical Sanctum
1 Canopy Vista
5 Forest
2 Fortified Village
2 Island
2 Plains
1 Prairie Stream

Sideboard (15)
2 Aether Meltdown
2 Authority of the Consuls
1 Fumigate
2 Linvala, the Preserver
2 Metallic Rebuke
2 Natural State
2 Negate
2 Tireless Tracker

Summary

With Standard looking a lot like a game of distorted rock, paper, scissors, many players have been looking to build a deck that can compete with the “Big 3” and add a new contender to the equation. This deck, Bant Marvel, is unlike any of the other decks that have been presented as a potential 4th tier 1 deck in the format. However, it’s not a new idea. Since the release of Aetherworks Marvel, combo decks looking to cheat in Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger (and previously Emrakul, the Promised End).

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In Kaladesh Standard, Temur was the color combination that players opted for, but this list is Bant, which gives it access to Thraben Inspector and Fumigate in the mainboard and several impactful cards in the sideboard. Unlike the Aetherworks decks of Kaladesh Standard, this Bant Marvel deck has two different ways to cheat in Ulamog, after Aether Revolt provided the powerful Inspiring Statuary.

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The first package of the deck’s setup pieces are energy-makers, which can be seen in the 4 copies each of Rogue Refiner, Glassblower’s Puzzleknot, Woodweaver’s Puzzleknot, and Attune with Aether. Those let you cast and activate Aetherworks Marvel early in the game. The second package of cards (outside of Ulamog) is spells that dig deeper for the important combo enablers Aetherworks Marvel and Inspiring Statuary. These can be found in Glint-Nest Crane, Rogue Refiner, Thraben Inspector, and (to an extent) Glassblower’s Puzzleknot. The final package in the deck is the cards that protect the combo and buy time for the combo to do its thing. The main 2 cards in this package are Metallic Rebuke and Fumigate.

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The sideboard includes more of what the mainboard includes, as well as Authority of the Consuls, which is currently the best way for this deck to proactively interact with the Copycat combo. Tireless Tracker is an inclusion that definitely deserves a little more attention payed to it. In a deck that’s so reliant on just a few copies of a powerful card to win the game, having another gameplan against decks looking to disrupt that axis is crucial, and Tireless Tracker does just that. I’ve called Tracker a vanilla 3/2 for 3 if it’s played in the mainboard in this format, but as a sideboard card in this kind of strategy it shines. It gets big and menacing quickly, it draws cards, and it’s good early and late.

Currently this deck can struggle against Copycat decks and Mardu Vehicles, but it presents a type of strategy that B/G Constrictor has a tough time dealing with. Going forward, it may turn out that Aetherworks Marvel is the answer to the format, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Nissa’s Renewal

+1 Aether Meltdown

Sideboard

-1 Aether Meltdown

-1 Metallic Rebuke

+2 Tireless Tracker

This is day 49 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 48 here, where we featured a deck that was one of the big talking points of GP Pittsburgh.

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