Bant Aggro by tedpanic on MtGO

Creatures (25)
4 Archangel Avacyn
4 Longtusk Cub
4 Rogue Refiner
2 Selfless Spirit
4 Spell Queller
4 Sylvan Advocate
3 Tireless Tracker

Non-Creature Spells (12)
3 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
4 Attune with Aether
2 Declaration in Stone
2 Blossoming Defense
1 Cast Out

Lands (23)
4 Aether Hub
4 Botanical Sanctum
1 Canopy Vista
4 Forest
4 Fortified Village
1 Island
2 Lumbering Falls
2 Plains
1 Prairie Stream

Sideboard (15)
1 Tireless Tracker
1 Declaration in Stone
3 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Dispel
2 Fumigate
1 Linvala, the Preserver
2 Manglehorn
3 Negate


With Aetherworks Marvel still at the top of the Standard tree, many players who don’t want to cast the powerful 4 mana artifact have turned to our lord and savior Spell Queller. The 3 mana flash creature is an excellent answer to Marvel itself and puts the opponent on a clock immediately, something that’s important when a certain 10 mana eldrazi is looming. Today we’re featuring a Standard deck made up of a shell that we haven’t seen since the rotation of Collected Company, Bant!

To start the beatdown early, this deck employs both Sylvan Advocate and Longtusk Cub, which both beat down hard and outsize many creatures in the late game. Sylvan Advocate‘s Standard stock has taken a bit of a hit over the last few months, but it might be time for it to come back. Selfless Spirit is the other 2 mana creature in this deck, and its evasion and activated ability are both excellent for this deck, which tends to hit hard en mass on the ground.

Rogue Refiner, Spell Queller, and Tireless Tracker are the 3 mana creatures in this deck. We’ve talked about Spell Queller‘s position in this deck, but Rogue Refiner and Tireless Tracker are a bit different. They both draw cards and beat down well while drawing cards, allowing the deck to go bigger and play a better late game than other aggro or midrange decks in the format.

The big rewards for reaching the mid game in this deck are Archangel Avacyn and Tamiyo, Field Researcher. Archangel Avacyn is excellent at pressuring life totals and planeswalkers while protecting your creatures from removal spells or sweepers. Tamiyo, Field Researcher allows you to push through damage or operate as a consistent source of card advantage that demands an answer.

The sideboard of this deck features 3 copies each of Ceremonious Rejection and Negate, both of which have risen massively in stock with Temur Marvel’s hold on the format. The sideboard can also allow the deck to go bigger, with a copy each of Linvala, the Preserver and Tireless Tracker, as well as multiple copies of Fumigate to battle the rise of B/G Constrictor or Delirium decks that have been rising in popularity.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Blossoming Defense

+1 Cast Out


-2 Dispel

+1 Manglehorn

+1 Bruna, the Fading Light

This is day 159 of’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 158 here, where we featured another Standard deck that aims to take advantage of Spell Queller’s power.

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