“Good At Everything” – The Video

This video is a short showcase of Kenneth Ellis’s PTQ-winning Bant Aggro-Control deck. The Bant deck has numerous angles of attack and paths to victory (as well as opportunities to disrupt the opponent’s forward momentum). I would definitely consider playing it.

Consider this a sneak preview of this week’s Top Decks 🙂

Kenneth’s deck, which won the San Diego area PTQ the last week of January:

2 Sword of Fire and Ice
2 Umezawa’s Jitte

2 Glen Elendra Archmage
3 Spell Snare
2 Stifle
3 Vendilion Clique
2 Venser, Shaper Savant

4 Bant Charm
2 Gaddock Teeg
3 Rhox War Monk

4 Birds of Paradise
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Troll Ascetic

3 Breeding Pool
4 Flooded Strand
2 Forest
4 Hallowed Fountain
2 Island
1 Plains
1 Temple Garden
2 Treetop Village
4 Windswept Heath

3 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Gaddock Teeg
3 Kataki, War’s Wage
3 Relic of Progenitus
1 Stifle
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
2 Voidslime
1 Worship

Now when I say that I would consider playing this deck, I am of course lumping it in a general sense with “Critical Mass” per the previous post “What Would MichaelJ Do?”. I think that either strategy could potentially gain from Noble Hierarch, particularly on the Tarmogoyf fight (Tarmogoyf race)-winning side(s).

Kenneth’s deck also plays Gaddock Teeg, which was so troublesome for me when I was playing ponderous control strategies earlier in the season; I don’t know how that would intersect with Path to Exile at this point, other than the fact that Kenneth’s deck has some basics to find and could itself benefit from some Path to Exile attention.

As you will see in an upcoming video, while Red is nice in the Critcal Mass-style sideboards, White is just a hammer. Poor Affinity.


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#1 xny on 02.17.09 at 5:05 am

My friend recently made a standard Bant deck that seems to also have nothing but answers for a lot of the current metagame.

4 Reflecting Pool
3 Yavimaya Coast
3 Mystic Gate
3 Flooded Grove
4 Seaside Citadel
2 Brushland
1 Island
1 Forest
2 Adarkar Wastes

2 Overbeing of Myth
4 Noble Hierarch
3 Ranger of Eos
4 Kitchen Finks
1 Feral Hydra
4 Mulldrifter
4 Rhox War Monk
1 Scattershot Archer
2 Oversoul of Dusk
1 Burrenton Forge-Tender

4 Cryptic Command
3 Bant Charm
4 Path to Exile

1 Scattershot Archer
1 Burrenton Forge-Tender
2 Reveillark
2 Sower of Temptation
3 Wrath of God
3 Glen Elendra Archmage
3 Wilt-Leaf Liege

Using Ranger of Eos to post Wrath refill the board or to just tutor up two Hierarchs to swing in for 5+ damage with the Rhox War Monk you played on turn two this deck is an absolute beating to deal with. There’s almost no possible way to win the war of attrition with cards like Mulldrifter and the Ranger to keep his grip well stocked. Also the singleton Feral Hydra to be tutored for is some sweet tech.

#2 xny on 02.17.09 at 5:31 am

BTW we named our deck; “Swagga Like Bant” 😉

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