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Bant Spirits (ZNR Update 09/2020)

Modern Aggro Collected Company GWU (Bant) Spirits Tempo

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Introduction

This is my take on Bant Spirits for Modern. The deck has fallen a bit of the radar, but will become a bit stronger now with Skyclave Apparition and may become a Tier 1 deck again.

The deck is White-Blue with a green-splash for Collected Company and Noble Hierarch. It's a synergistic tribal deck that dominates the airspace and is very disruptive and quite resilient.


Creatures

Noble Hierarch (4): A great manadork that can also make our fliers attack for more damage and produces every color of mana we need. Helps us play a threedrop on turn two or CoCo on turn three and allows us to play fewer lands while keeping a high creature count for CoCo.

Mausoleum Wanderer (4): A 1/1 Flyer for one that can get bigger when we play a Spirit and can counter instants/sorceries. This beast attacks for three in the air on turn two if we play a Supreme Phantom. Everything we could wish for and costs just one mana.

Phantasmal Image (2): The Image can copy any of our creatures for even more synergy, can copy a Drogskol Captain for the Hexproof lock, or even big creatures from your opponent. The downside is smaller in this deck because we can give it Hexproof.

Rattlechains (2): A good card that didn't always see play in the Bant version of this deck. But I think it deserves a spot in the deck, as it can blank spot removal, amplifies the "flashy" nature of the deck and has a good stats for its cost. Skyclave Apparition benefits a lot from being played with flash if you have a Rattlechains on the battlefield.

Selfless Spirit (2): Protects the board, while also being a serviceable flier that can attack the opponent in the air. Great against mass removal, even Supreme Verdict can't beat it (technically it beats it, but not your other creatures).

Supreme Phantom (4): Having a two mana lord is great and the 1/3 body isn't perfect, but pretty solid. It can become bolt-proof very easily with just a single other lord or Phantasmal Image. I would like it better if it had more power though.

Drogskol Captain (4): A really good lord for the deck. If you have two (or copy one with a Phantasmal Image), all your spirits have Hexproof and can only be interacted with in combat (but most of them fly) or with mass removal (we sometimes have Selfless Spirit for that).

Skyclave Apparition (4): A new card from Zendikar Rising that pushes the deck to another level. It's the first Spirit in MtG that has a good removal-ETB-effect, which means you don't need to play Reflector Mage or Deputy of Detention anymore. The deck usually has a problem with already resolved permanents and the Apparition solves this problem for us, dealing with approximately 90% of the permanents that see play in Modern (doesn't take care of the Tron Finishers, Gurmag Angler, Elder Gargaroth and Primeval Titan). The Apparition is missing only one thing to be perfect: Flying. But to be honest: I don't care, it's awesome even without it.

Spell Queller (4): A great two-for-one card, as it handles a spell and gives you a good flying body. Most of the time, you can protect the Queller so you don't have to give the spell back. Be careful though when you can't protect it and exile a removal spell with it, as another removal from your opponent can then be a blowout for you.


Noncreature Spells

Aether Vial (3): Great accelerator when you play it turn one, but it gets much worse quickly. If you draw it in the late game, it's a dead card most of the time.

Path to Exile (2): Some additional removal that's our only way to handle threats with CMC higher than 4 (like Primeval Titan or Wurmcoil Engine) for us. Giving your opponent a land is bad, but the card has proven itself in modern.

Collected Company (4): The reason for the greensplash and just an awesome card. In this deck it can produce absurd amounts of advantage, as some of our spirits have good ETB-triggers or give Hexproof when you play CoCo in response to a removal.


Lands

I play 21 Lands because I have Noble Hierarchs as additional mana sources. 8 Fetches and 4 Shocks are the base of my lands, some Fastlands, Checklands, Horizon-Lands and one of each basic round it up. Moorland Haunt produces spirit tokens for us in the late game or when we're up against removal heavy decks.

I hope Wizards prints the other 5 Horizon-Lands in Modern Horizons 2, so I can play a playset of the blue-white one.


Sideboard Cards

Dromoka's Command (2): A very flexible spell that can help us with opposing burn spells, creatures or enchantments.

Kor Firewalker (3): Great creature against red decks. Can always block and survive while gaining you some life if they do stuff. Many red decks don't run a lot of nonred stuff, so this has protection from everything they do.

Dovin's Veto (2): Great Counterspell that can't be countered. Obviously good against decks with lots of noncreature spells.

Disdainful Stroke (1): Good against decks like Tron. It's nothing special, but a good card against problematic high-CMC spells (i.e. Ugin and Karn), because our maindeck can't answer them very well.

Rest in Peace (3): There are lots of graveyard centered decks in Modern and this is the perfect tool against them. Our deck doesn't care about the graveyard (besides our one copy of Moorland Haunt that isn't important to our deck functioning).

Veil of Summer (3): Great tool against Control decks or Thoughtseize-decks. "Counters" their spell and cantrips for just one mana.

Settle the Wreckage (0-1): A good one-sided mass removal that gets rid of all their attackers, when they think that just a CoCo might be played. Settle isn't played very much in Modern, so it can surprise them easily. Additionally, most decks in Modern don't play too many basics, so they don't get that many lands. Will be exchanged with Worship from time to time.

Worship (0-1): Our creatures are very hard to handle, so when it resolves and isn't removed, Worship will win you the game. Will be exchanged with Settle the Wreckage from time to time.


Sideboarding Guide

You should be aware of the fact that you can't sideboard out too many creatures because of CoCo. So if you need to bring in many noncreature spells, consider boarding out the CoCos. 25 creatures is the minimum I would go to with CoCo in the deck. If you need to get lower, cut CoCos.

You'll notice that I have a Settle the Wreckage in the maybeboard. The reason for this is, that I intend to switch out the Worship and the Settle from time to time to leave my opponents (I'll often play against the same people) in the dark about my tools. Both cards are good in creature-centered matchups, but force different plays from your opponent.

You might also notice that there is no artifact hate in the sideboard. I don't expect to encounter Affinity decks in my LGS and if I do, I have good mainboard answers like Skyclave Apparition. Consider running Collector Ouphe or Stony Silence if you expect Hardened Scales or Affinity decks.

Also, i'm not very good at sideboarding, so feel free to tell me better sideboard cards or sideboard plans.

Burn/Prowess:

  • In: 2 Dromoka's Command, 3 Kor Firewalker, 2 Dovin's Veto;

  • Out: 2 Phantasmal Image, 3 Noble Hierarch, 2 Collected Company;

Monogreen Tron:

  • In: 2 Dovin's Veto, 1 Disdainful Stroke;

  • Out: 2 Selfless Spirit, 1 Rattlechains;

Death's Shadow:

  • In: 3 Veil of Summer, 2 Rest in Peace, 1 Worship / Settle the Wreckage;

  • Out: 2 Aether Vial, 2 Phantasmal Image, 2 Selfless Spirit;

Spirits (Mirror):

  • In: 2 Dromoka's Command, 1 Worship / Settle the Wreckage;

  • Out: 3 Skyclave Apparition;

UGx Uro Control:

  • In: 3 Rest in Peace, 2 Dovin's Veto, 3 Veil of Summer;

  • Out: 2 Phantasmal Image, 2 Noble Hierarch, 2 Path to Exile, 2 Collected Company;

Amulet Titan:

  • In: 1 Disdainful Stroke, 1 Worship / Settle the Wreckage;

  • Out: 2 Selfless Spirit;

Dredge:

  • In: 3 Rest in Peace, 2 Dromoka's Command, 2 Dovin's Veto, 1 Worship / Settle the Wreckage;

  • Out: 1 Collected Company, 4 Spell Queller, 3 Aether Vial;

GBx (Golgari/Jund/Abzan):

  • In: 3 Veil of Summer, 2 Dromoka's Command, 1 Worship / Settle the Wreckage, 1 Rest in Peace;

  • Out: 3 Aether Vial, 2 Selfless Spirit, 2 Collected Company;

Ux Control:

  • In: 3 Veil of Summer, 2 Dovin's Veto, 1 Disdainful Stroke;

  • Out: 2 Path to Exile, 4 Skyclave Apparition;

Bogles:

  • In: 1 Worship / Settle the Wreckage, 2 Dovin's Veto, 2 Dromoka's Command;

  • Out: 2 Path to Exile, 1 Phantasmal Image, 2 Selfless Spirit;

Eldrazi Tron:

  • In: 2 Dovin's Veto, 1 Disdainful Stroke, 1 Worship / Settle the Wreckage;

  • Out: 2 Selfless Spirit, 2 Phantasmal Image;

Merfolk:

  • In: 2 Dromoka's Command, 1 Worship / Settle the Wreckage;

  • Out: 2 Selfless Spirit, 1 Rattlechains;

RG Eldrazi:

  • In: 2 Dromoka's Command, 1 Worship / Settle the Wreckage;

  • Out: 2 Selfless Spirit, 1 Phantasmal Image;

Infect:

  • In: 2 Dromokas's Command, 1 Worship / Settle the Wreckage;

  • Out: 2 Selfless Spirit, 1 Phantasmal Image;

Affinity/Hardened Scales:

  • In: 2 Dromoka's Command, 2 Rest in Peace, 1 Worship / Settle the Wreckage;

  • Out: 2 Selfless Spirit, 3. Aether Vial;

Humans:

  • In: 2 Dromoka's Command, 1 Worship / Settle the Wreckage;

  • Out: 3 Mausoleum Wanderer;

Elves:

  • In: 2 Dovin's Veto, 2 Dromoka's Command, 1 Worship / Settle the Wreckage;

  • Out: 2 Selfless Spirit, 3 Aether Vial;

UR Phoenix:

  • In: 2 Dromoka's Command, 1 Worship / Settle the Wreckage, 2 Rest in Peace;

  • Out: 2 Selfless Spirit, 2 Phantasmal Image, 1 Collected Company;

Lantern Control:

  • In: 2 Dovin's Veto, 3 Veil of Summer;

  • Out: 2 Path to Exile, 4 Noble Hierarch;


Conclusion

Spirits is a fair, but disruptive Tempo deck that is also very resilient. You actually have lots of interaction and don't play a linear aggro plan, although some games might feel like that, as the deck is perfectly able to adapt to your opponent. Your answers are a bit narrow though (only CMC < 4 or just instants/sorceries), so Tron can be a tough opponent for example.

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Splash colors G
Legality

This deck is Modern legal.

Rarity (main - side)

51 - 6 Rares

6 - 8 Uncommons

0 - 1 Commons

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.18
Tokens 1/1 Spirit, */* Illusion
Folders Ones to buy, modern
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