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I have been reading what Kat Light ( ranked #2 with bant spirits at SCG team open) wrote about the T2 3cmc drop, and she belives that's what the deck is supposed to do. In order to do this, she was running additional copies of Birds of paradise.
In my opinion, the problem with bant will be about cutting mana creatures. If you are cutting birds and do not hit hierarch then the deck is just a worse version than UW untill you get 4 lands to play CoCo.
Just my feeling though.
Quote from Salsa_Shark »This is a list I've been testing, I'm really loving the mainboard but the sideboard needs work I think.
Geist of Saint Traft has put in some serious work.
Was also thinking of cutting the Kira, Great Glass-Spinner for another Hurkyl's Recallin the side
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Creature4 Phantasmal Image4 Mausoleum Wanderer4 Supreme Phantom4 Drogskol Captain4 Rattlechains4 Selfless Spirit4 Spell Queller4 Nebelgast HeraldLand4 Island1 Plains2 Hallowed Fountain4 Seachrome Coast2 Moorland Haunt1 Cavern of Souls4 Flooded Strand2 Polluted DeltaArtifact4 Aether VialInstant4 Path to ExileSideboard1 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner3 Remorseful Cleric2 Eidolon of Rhetoric3 Deprive2 Echoing Truth2 Hurkyl's Recall2 Blessed Alliance
Quote from mistahARK »Has anyone considered running 3-4x Eidolon of Rhetoric MB as a lockpiece? Being able to play instant speed allows us to get around it pretty easily, as we can play on our opponents turn, and Aether Vial gives us another way around it as well. However, it would probably be most powerful on T2, but has the least amount of synergy with Bant...
I liked the idea of the Red Eidolon as a lock piece, just not the idea of the RR casting cost, and the fact that it actually hurts us pretty bad.
Quote from TheGratGig »What's your thought on Spirit of the Labyrinth as more taxes?
It maybe deserves a spot in the SB?
She doesn't fly, so this may keep her out from the mainboard, but almost every deck in modern likes to draw.
And she is a 3/1 so pretty aggressive on her own.
Quote from deaddrift »Hi guys, new fella here. I'll admit I have not read through the thread. I have some questions in light of the new M19 hotness headed your way:
1) Auras: With Drogskol Captain and Phantasmal Image to copy him, plus Kira and Selfless Spirit and Rattlechains (and even Geist of Saint Traft in some builds) I wonder about a miser's Curious Obsession, or even two; or one only of Steel of the Godhead. Steel in particular could help maindeck against Burn, maybe--and it seems especially good with Geist.
2) Utility Lands: Some players run Moorland Haunt. I could see running one of these, but I'd be inclined to try to find room for some number of Mutavaults in a build with a second lord, instead. Thoughts?
3: Lingering Souls: Does the second lord push the deck towards a minor B splash? Maybe play it in the side?
I assume the core of the UW/Vial deck is:
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4x Cavern of Souls4x Flooded Strand12x other lands4x Drogskol Captain4x Supreme Phantom3x Phantasmal Image4x Selfless Spirit1x Kira, Great Glass-Spinner4x Rattlechains4x Mausoleum Wanderer4x Spell Queller4x Aether Vial
That is 52 cards. Does the deck like removal (Path, Vapor Snag)? Counterspells? More tempo/disruption (Nebelgast Herald seems like it could be really important)? More hexproof (GoST, or a second Kira in the main)? My sense is that the build was not settled even before the two new hits in M19.
I asked a lot of questions, thanks for reading. Responses appreciated!
[EDIT]: My experience with Humans suggests that it is important to have a good T1 play, especially with Vial, so on T2 you can build momentum by playing two threats after a T1 Vial. Clearly, we have no Champion of the Parish-caliber opener, but have any Vial players tried Topplegeist or any of the other 1 CMC Modern-legal Spirits?
Looks to me like the deck has an excess of playable options, now. That's a good place to be!