One of my jobs here at TCGplayer is entering a ton of the decklists you see on the site. This is something I have done since I started here and it's usually something I enjoy a lot. It can be a nice change of pace from some of the more hectic tasks and it gives me a great opportunity to keep up with what's being played and any unique brews that slip through the cracks. That can help a lot when you play the types of decks I do in my articles. Being someone who puts a huge emphasis on details, I can be very particular about deck names. Heck, this actually prompted me to write our own internal style guide for naming decklists.
There is a green/white deck in Modern that uses hexproof creatures and enchantments to try and kill you. The deck has traditionally been known as Bogles because of the namesake, comical creature, the Slippery Bogle, but other outlets have taken to calling the deck G/W Hexproof Auras (or similar) at times. I think deck history is a real thing, and even if a deck name deviates over time from being the most descriptive possible, it should still be called a certain thing if the history for the name is strong. This is the story for a deck like Affinity; despite not having any Affinity cards, the name still sticks because the history of the name is stronger than that technicality.
I mention all this because the deck we're playing today is actually a Green/White Hexproof deck, but more accurately, it's a Bant Hexproof deck...and one with some very unique qualities. Take a look.
Wizards has recently started posting the deck results for Magic Online Leagues. Now, in my experience with them, Leagues have been pretty competitive. I've played in a few and each time you typically see the Cream of the Crop in terms of competitive decks. So the fact that Magic Online user Bunnykept managed to go 5-0 with the list we're looking at today is pretty impressive. I'll go into some of the specific cards after we play out some games, so let's get to it.
Bant Hexproof vs. Merfolk
Bant Hexproof vs. R/G Tron
Bant Hexproof vs. Esper Control
Bant Hexproof vs. G/W Enchantments
I had high hopes for this deck going into our matches, but I'm pretty sure it falls short somewhere. The main issue I had with the deck is that it's trying to play a similar game to Bogles, but it doesn't get off the ground until turn three or four, which is incredibly slower than Bogles. That's simply too late against a lot of decks that are doing unfair things around that same time. My other issue is that there are a ton of answers for Worship in the format, from sacrifice effects for our hexproof creatures (Smallpox, Liliana of the Veil, etc.) to things that bounce or destroy our Worship (Qasali Pridemage, Cryptic Command, etc.). Modern is a format where you want to be winning with your four-mana spells (Scapeshift, Splinter Twin, etc.) and Worship is simply preventing you from losing.
One of the biggest holes I experienced was the lack of pressure the deck puts on the opponent. We only have 16 creatures in the maindeck and six of those are mana creatures. Another six are legendary, so drawing multiples is useless. That leaves us with a total of six creatures that we could put onto the board at any given time. That isn't a lot, especially when our deck consists of 12 auras, two of which are Keen Sense, which I'm not even a huge fan of in this deck.
Another huge problem that was extremely evident from our match against G/W Enchantments is that we have no answers to anything. We have four cards that Remove creatures and that's it. Outside of that we simply have to hope you don't have or play something that stops our plan. Something like a Bant Charm, Dromoka's Command, or even a Counterspell would have been huge. I think if we had Invisible Stalker we could even play something like Ojutai's Command to get one back at instant speed in response to someone trying to sneak past our Worship. This would also give us an unblockable creature to put our numerous auras onto.
One good thing is that white has some of the best sideboard options available, but I have no idea why a deck with nine fetchlands, two Horizon Canopy, a Gavony Township, and two Fleecemane Lions has two copies of Suppression Field in the maindeck. This was a card I never wanted to cast because it would have prevented me from putting more lands into play. I would just as soon preferred these to be copies of Invisible Stalker. Or Witchstalker. Some kind of stalker!
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I'll be back again on Thursday with some Standard action on the eve of this weekend's TCGplayer MaxPoint Championship! Thanks for reading and I'll see ya soon!
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