I won 2 matches against Lantern yesterday from Displacer + Drowner to make tons of tokens. Then flickering TKS to make them draw a land and attack for lethal through brigde. I would be more incliced to split Smasher/Drowner. Thoughts?
Been doing that against my resident Lantern player at my LGS many times. Their only out is Pithing Needle the Displacer.
I have fallen into the Tron trap. after over 200 competitive games of Bant and countless testing games I was getting a little complacent and invested in Chalices ! purely because the deck is unfair and is better for the current meta.
I want to make bant great again but I need to find a way to beat the big guys in the format.
I have had the opportunity to test a lot against the vizier combo and even with a cage & counterspells I struggle, I just seems so much better and more resilient than the old version !
living end, Elves, merfolk, Titanshift, Shadow, ETC.
i'll be trying my hand at the BW Eldrazi list that won GP Kobe. Looks decent for the meta.
Competed in a GPT Las Vegas and went top8 with a 3-1-1 score, in a field of 31 players. The breakdown for the matches:
R1: Affinity 2-1 (1-0)
G1: Opp won after a strong start with Ornithopters, Signal Pest, Moths and Cranial Plating. Nothing much i can do when they slam almost an entire hand down.
G2: -4x Thought-Knot Seer, -1x Talisman of Progress, +2x Stony Silence, +1x Dismember, +1x Naturalize, +1 Worship. Slammed a T2 Stony Silence with 2 removal in hand and a Displacer. Opp got stuck on 1 land. Game was over in a jiffy.
G3: No changes to the mb. Opp mulled to 5 and i don't remember much of the game. Just remembered him showing me 2x Ceremonious Rejection after he lost. Couldn't play against my Caverns.
R2: RG Tron 2-0 (2-0)
G1: I had a strong hand with a Hierarch, 2x TKS, Path, Temple and 2 other lands. Played Hierarch T1, got bolted and played TKS on T3. Opp had an Ulamorg, Wurmcoil and a Karn. Took the Karn, opp played the WE, pathed the WE. Played another TKS on the next turn, took Ulamorg and just went for the beatdown.
G2: -4x Reality Smashers, -1x Drowner of Hope. +2 Stony Silence, 1x Naturalize, 2x Stubborn Denials, 1x Negate. Opened a hand with 1x Denial, TKS, Path, and lands. Played very slow and drew into a Negate. Opp had gotten Tron in T4, used his Burnwillows for G to cast Ancient Stirrings, cast Karn. I cast a Stubborn Denial. My T4 i cast a TKS, took an emrakul and saw that opp has no other wincons, just Sylvan Scrying and a Sphere. Opp couldn't get anymore gas and lost.
R3: GW Creatures 1-1 (2-0-1)
G1: Very grindy matchup. Got a win thru, Reality Smasher and TKS. He had 2x paths in hand and i had enough gas.
G2: Paths and Linvala won him the game.
G3: Both of us went defensive after throwing removals, game ended in a draw.
R4: Grixis Delver 0-2 (2-1-1)
G1: Had a good hand, cast TKS on T3, he mana leaked it and followed it up with surgical extraction. Played an EE for 0 to stop him from swarming with his tokens. He killed me from the air with a flipped delver. Kept drawing lands and not a single cavern.
G2: Again no Cavern, played to a standstill when i had 1x Path and 1x Smasher in hand and 1x on the board. He had a Tasigur, unflipped Delver and a token. Our life were both in single digits by this time. I Path the Tasigur and it resolved. Thinking that he was out of counterspells, i cast the 2nd Reality Smasher, he responded with a Mana Leak. He killed my Smasher in the next 2 turns and proceeded to win with 1x token and 1x unflipped Delver.
R5: Scapeshift 2-0 ( 3-1-1)
Paired down to meet a 6 pointer. He let me had the W and i got through with 10 points.
Quarters: Living End 0-2
G1: Living End looks like it has been going to the gym for the past 1 year. The deck is beefy now with new additions from AKH. He cycled 2x Street Wraiths and cycled a Cerodon. Next turn he cycled a Horror of the Broken Lands. T3 he cascaded for Living End. Killed my board and had 16 power otb in T4.
G2: Brought in Relics and counterspells. Managed to counter his first cascaded Living End. Shriekmaw killed my Displacer on his 2nd Living End and he just steamrolled past me. Had a Path but couldn't deal with his remaining creatures. Really impressed with the Living End deck. Maybe i should have added in RIP in the sb but yeah, that's magic.