Whew. I missed you for a few weeks, but I'm back and I've got big news! Your boy made the Players Tour! I won a Last Chance Qualifier in Phoenix with Mono-White Devotion to secure my spot. It was a dream come true. I cried a lot of happy tears and had an absolute blast competing at the highest level. Check out my twitter feed for more info on that, though, because today I'm bringing you some Bant Spirits action. We've got eight "lord" effects and we can play entirely at instant speed, so get ready for some tempo tribal!
Tempo: With Rattlechains in play, every spell in our maindeck has flash, and we're looking to take advantage of that. Never tap out on your turn if you can help it. Hold up the threat of Nebelgast Herald, Spell Queller and/or Collected Company at all times. Our opponents will have to play into these cards and we'll have all the information we need to keep the game slanted in our favor. This deck plays similar to the white-blue fliers Draft archetype in that we beat down in the air while keeping our opponent at bay with bounce, countermagic and tap effects.
Tribal: There's a big difference from drafting here, though. And that's... well, card quality. But also, all of our creatures are from the same tribe: Spirits!
Well, not Brazen Borrower, but Borrower also gets pumped by Empyrean Eagle, so close enough. (Almost) everything being a Spirit means we get serious synergy with cards like Mausoleum Wanderer, Supreme Phantom, Rattlechains and Nebelgast Herald. Some draws can have our opponent dead as early as turn four.
Here's the 75 we're playing today. I adapted it from a few different lists from the past two weekends, but i'd like to give a big shoutout to @yosoyez for this one.
Spoilers past this point.
So I guess playing a tempo deck that packs a serious punch is pretty good, huh? The deck felt amazing and very well positioned throughout our matches. We didn't quite get the trophy after we were felled by the second Dimir Inverter opponent, but boy did we mop the floor with the other folks. 4-1 is a great result and feels like a typical result for a deck like this that can really prey on a combo-heavy metagame.
Vs. Azorius Control: This has to be one of our best matchups. We play at instant speed and have Selfless Spirit and Spell Queller to counter Supreme Verdict. Bring in the Mystical Disputes and the Archangel Avacyn and board out Nebelgast Herald, the Brazen Borrowers and a couple Empyrean Eagles.
Vs. Lotus Breach: Ah, one of the boogeymen of the format right now. This deck is very good so it's closer than it should be, but Spirits can put up a pretty good fight against combo decks generally. Take out the Heralds, Spectral Sailors and an Empyrean Eagle to make room for Rest in Peace, Deafening Silence and Mystical Dispute.
Vs. Dimir Inverter: The other boogeyman. Don't let them resolve an Inverter of Truth if you can help it, and beat them down in the air. Easier said than done, but this matchup seems to favor the Spirits player. Board out Nebelgast Herald and Empyrean Eagle for Mystical Dispute and Disdainful Stroke. Note that I didn't board like this in the matches. I don't think Rest in Peace is that great against them now and would only bring in one at most. Probably none. Unless you swap them for Remorseful Cleric. That would be good.
Vs. Aggro: Black, red, green, ensoul—all pretty much the same idea here. Red is the hardest for us as they can get underneath easier. Board out Spectral Sailor and an Eagle to fit Archangel Avacyn, Settle the Wreckage and Deputy of Detention.
I really enjoyed the decision trees while piloting this deck and I'm sure you won't regret giving it a try yourself. Playing at instant speed is intoxicating. Also, Spell Queller and Collected Company are super satisfying to cast.
I realize this week's deck is a bit tame in spice level, but you better believe I've got something wild brewing up for next week. Can't wait to show ya. See ya next time!
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