Whispers of the Muse: Triumph’s “Bant on the March”
Welcome to another installment of the most popular (and to my knowledge only) crowdsourcing precon deck tinkering advice column on the internet! Today we’re back with an interesting twist courtesy of Triumph: block constructed! Here’s what he had to say…
The recent Top 5 article made me aware of the Bant on the March deck (and it’s predecessor Bant Exalted). I saw them mentioned, decided to look them up, and thought “Hey…this is pretty cool!” I like the artistic style of Bant, the flavorful exalted mechanic, and the flavor of combining Blue, White, and Green. So, I’d like to meddle with “Bant on the March.”
I like trying to experience block flavor, so let’s restrict the card pool for making additions to the deck to the Alara block (Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn). In good low-budget fashion, stick mostly with commons and uncommons, though if you want to suggest just one or two fun and inexpensive (e.g. less than two dollars) rares, that’s fine. (Also, no Path to Exile, because that card is uncommon but crazy expensive.)
I want to keep the WUG tri-color Bant quality, but I’m open to different directions. I’m was thinking aggro is the main focus, but with some control tools (Bant Charm is quite impressive!). I noticed this three-color combination has access to a lot of very efficient 2-cost creatures, such as Deft Duelist, Naya Hushblade, Esper Stormblade).Those three in particular offer either evasion (flying) or protection from enemy spells (shroud).
The idea would be to swarm with lots of efficient 2-costers like them while also having enough exatled presence (Aven Squire and Qasali Pridemage look good, as does Ardent Plea) to have the option of making a powerful flying or shrouded exalted strike if the opportunity appeared. Rhox War Monk is cool – maybe add more of him? A couple Behemoth Sledges (which don’t work on shroud dudes) could make other guys strong stronger and give pseudo evasiveness with trample (setting up another possible exalted attacker)? One rare that jumped out at me as I looked over the block’s cards was Knight of New Alara, which gives most almost all these creatures +2/+2 or even +3/+3.
Here’s the stock decklist:
Who’s got some ideas to make this a rockin’ 60-card construction to let Triumph live up to his name? What would you cut, what would you keep- and what would you add?