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Quote from ThoughtXRiotI'm considering trying this out, but would like to know more before I spend the money on getting the necessary shock lands, so I'm looking forward to reading more on the matchups. One thing I noticed was that Cawblade isn't listed despite it being a very popular deck right now. Just an oversight or was there some reason for that ?
Quote from RaalicCawblade, while in bant colors a good deal of the time, is a separate archetype all its own. I believe a primer is going up for that deck very soon, actually.
Quote from ThoughtXRiotI was referring to the match-ups area. Sorry if that wasn't clear.
Quote from Berengar"Cawblade, while in bant colors a good deal of the time, is a separate archetype all its own. I believe a primer is going up for that deck very soon, actually."
Not true. Its the same archetype. Most of the lists on mtgo mentioned under UW Blade play UW, but some splash green for Goyfy or play straight UWG and are still mentioned under UW Blade, if you take a closer look. Its just they play Squadron Hawkhs and Steelshaper´s Gift.
All you do is exchanging a few cards, who got of course nice synergies, but the system of the deck, fast clock combined with spell support, swords and countermagic stays same.
Quote from LectrysTo me, this looks like the Legacy version of Bant with obviously worse counterspells and lands--and the Legacy version is very powerful. This deck, like the Legacy version, thrives on the tempo gain of 3-cmc stuff on Turn 2, and those 3-cmc stuff hit like trucks, so I don't think Squadron Hawk is a good fit. In fact, I think Goyf is a better fit to smooth out hands without a mana dork in them and, well, hit like a truck.
What the Swords are really for is turning Noble Hierarch into a threat.
Quote from sao123Goyf and KotR are sub-optimal in blade decks. not because they hit like a truck... but because they lack evasion. 7/7's and 8/8's with no evasion arent very good as sword carriers if they get chump blocked by 1/1's all day long.
Blade decks are made for flyers and tramplers. This is why squadron hawk is such a good card for this deck.