Pre Shards Standards tournament Deck lists

These Pre Shards Standards Magic: the Gathering Deck lists of the Monday, April 5 Standard (T2) #mag Trial were updated by DARKING.

1st Bant XZERO Pre Shards Standards Deck
2nd Naya Stinson GFSS Pre Shards Standards Deck
3rd Jund Esponjinha Pre Shards Standards Deck

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1st - XZERO
Main Deck Sideboard
2 Qasali Pridemage
2 Dauntless Escort
4 Rhox War Monk
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Knight of the Reliquary
1 Verdant Catacombs
1 Arid Mesa
1 Sejiri Steppe
4 Misty Rainforest
3 Stirring Wildwood
3 Plains
3 Island
3 Sunpetal Grove
5 Forest
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
2 Negate
4 Bant Charm
4 Path to Exile
4 Baneslayer Angel
2 Birds of Paradise
4 Kor Firewalker
4 Flashfreeze
1 Qasali Pridemage
2 Oblivion Ring
1 Negate
2 Hindering Light
1 Dauntless Escort

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Naya Stinson
2nd - GFSS
Main Deck Sideboard
2 Raging Ravine
4 Verdant Catacombs
2 Mountain
2 Swamp
1 Sejiri Steppe
5 Forest
2 Plains
2 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Stirring Wildwood
4 Arid Mesa
4 Bloodbraid Elf
2 Broodmate Dragon
1 Dragonmaster Outcast
3 Ranger of Eos
2 Stoneforge Mystic
3 Borderland Ranger
4 Knight of the Reliquary
1 Scute Mob
3 Wild Nacatl
3 Rampant Growth
4 Bituminous Blast
1 Behemoth Sledge
1 Basilisk Collar
3 Maelstrom Pulse
3 Ajani Vengeant
4 Voices from the Void
3 Wall of Reverence
1 Malakir Bloodwitch
2 Oblivion Ring
2 Deathmark

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3rd - Esponjinha
Main Deck Sideboard
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Broodmate Dragon
4 Sprouting Thrinax
2 Siege-Gang Commander
4 Putrid Leech
1 Dragonskull Summit
4 Savage Lands
4 Swamp
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Rootbound Crag
3 Mountain
2 Lavaclaw Reaches
4 Forest
4 Raging Ravine
4 Bloodbraid Elf
2 Garruk Wildspeaker
4 Blightning
2 Terminate
2 Bituminous Blast
3 Maelstrom Pulse
3 Great Sable Stag
3 Dragon's Claw
3 Goblin Ruinblaster
4 Deathmark
2 Mind Rot

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by Ryk on 2010-04-06 04:27 CET

Gj GFSS and Esponjinha

Brasil + Portugal .... GO GO GO !!!!!!!!

by Tuffy on 2010-04-06 04:38 CET

This is the first time I have said this about any trial deck, but I like the 1st place list. It resembles the deck that myself, Brandon Scheel and Gabe Stoffa developed and broke standard with. Bant is the nut nut, and not Mythic but actual midrange Bant. It just crushes Jund, and has good matchups all around.

The only hard matchup is UW but I can see running 6 counterspells main to combat that. I just honestly dont like the lack of threat density the 1st place list has.

XZERO: Here is a tip for the list, run Vines of is the absolute nuts against everything. Add a few more threats, I run 4x Emeria and 2x Master of the wild hunt in my version.

by AkYo on 2010-04-06 05:26 CET

ya Bant is pretty sick :]

by Eldar on 2010-04-06 06:18 CET

Lol yeah Tuffy I built a bant list a little over a month ago and it was very similar to that one. It was doing very well and had very few bad matchups.

by Tuffy on 2010-04-06 06:26 CET

I recently got 10th with Bant at the SCG Indy10k. I went 8-1-1 and lost out on tiebreakers. Bant just crushes Jund and going 3-0-1 vs Jund at the 10k and 4-1 vs Jund at the minneapolis minnesota midwest masters kinda proved it. Deck is sick when your 7-1-1 against the top deck in the field. Also I shipped the list to a random guy that was going to play in the florida scg10k. He went 7-2-1 and didnt even play the deck at all before round 1. Whats even more impressing about the deck is that it just has good all around matchups. The only real hard one is UW control and we finally figured out how to beat that now.

Basically the deck can lose to variance and thats about it. I am playing in Chicago at the midwest masters and have about 4 others playing the same bant deck. we are going to crush the masters and show that Bant is actually the best deck in the format.

by Lynolf on 2010-04-06 10:06 CET

GFSS sua pêga. Tu > Magic-league.
Parabéns, pah! :D

by Flaxh on 2010-04-06 11:14 CET

Gratz GFSS, you did it again kid :B

1st place seems nice, im gonna try it

by TheGODehT on 2010-04-06 13:06 CET

I wish I had the cards to build bant IRL.... stuck running jund currently >.>

by Jaret on 2010-04-06 15:01 CET

Tuffy: I like your excitement, but I must tell you. You have not broken the format. The interesting thing, if there is one, about Jund is this. It has enough in it's toolbox that you will beat it until it's aware of you. It's like this; you play against a Jund player that has his MD tooled against another deck, maybe control, maybe RDW, just some other deck that he is worried about. You win. Now, this cannot continue for too long, because he will just start playing the cards that are better against you, cards that are at his disposal without even changing his mana base.

by Bob_A_Wilson on 2010-04-06 16:37 CET

Jund is a toolbox, but Bant is the cruelbox. How many times have I ran RDW against Bant only to watch them stabalize at 1 life, then go up from there.

Speaking of which, all kinds of craziness happened at my house 15 minutes before the trial, so sorry to dood who won round 1 for me not showing up, but I was walking to store to get a pack of smokes before I killed someone.

(Somebody belligerently cut the power off on me over a misunderstanding)

by fenixmatt on 2010-04-06 17:51 CET

I agree with Jaret... to a point. The great thing about both decks is that they are toolboxes. I have done the same re-tooling with Bant that you are talking about with Jund. Bant is a very good shell to take into your metagame, but if you don't think you need to adjust it for the metagame you are nuts. I have lost just as many games for having the wrong Bant tools in my deck as I have smashed people's faces in because I have the right ones.

I think Jund vs Bant is more of a playstyle choice than a question of which is the better deck. Choose what your more comfortable with, then adjust the deck to the metagame you are facing.

by P_P4E on 2010-04-06 18:18 CET

I can't disagree more that bant has the format broken. I don't see it being a better matchup against anything but perhaps RDW than jund, and the jund matchup apparently is good. I think if people are playing Naya, you're not going to be able to win a trial if you're battling against multiples. I'm not talking about that 2nd place pile...

I also speculate that playing against white weenie is a near coinflip if they have a decent amount of wrath effects.

I think it's tier 1. But just tier 1.

by XZERO on 2010-04-06 18:19 CET

Well, I guess the ppl were waiting for my comment.

Is not only the Deck, is the player, your sideboard, how you sb, how you play, how lucky you are, etc.

btw deck building is important too. I dont like stoneforge mystic even with his super CIPs ability of tutoring an equipment (1W: For a 1/2) I really like the deck the way I built it. I can explain you, but most of you wont understand or wont be agree with me, but I can tell you that most of the games I lost, when I won 2-1, was because I was mana screw and something I have to learn is to mulligan... :s because I have this "luck" when I mull to 6 my hand get worst, the same if I mull to 5 etc, but you must mull when you have 1 plains and 2 noble hierarch and 1 bird of paradise even if you are drawing... but I didnt and didnt see a land in 4 turns and I decide to go game3. obv I lost at least 1 or 2 games without mana screw, just bad luck, etc(topdecking from opps).

by Tuffy on 2010-04-06 20:23 CET

If a deck has good matchups all around the board and has game vs UW...isnt that breaking a format? The thing about Jund is that they side into alot more removal....but you can play better midrange than they can.

by Diablo49 on 2010-04-06 21:12 CET

gfss gogogogo

by Tuffy on 2010-04-06 21:49 CET

Also, Bant actually has a good matchup vs Naya. It honestly has no horrible matchups vs well known decks. Here is my most recent list, I am not worried about it getting out since once the Chicago Midwest Masters happens, the top8 will have at least 2-3 copies of it. Since everyone that is good will be playing it, including Iowa pro Brandon Scheel...he is a masta]

STEEL BANT ''named after Brandon Scheel and Gabe Stoffa'' the ones who developed the deck. Gabe would have 5-0'd with the original version at the PT if he didnt punt a g3 vs a control deck I believe.

Here is the list...Remember, name is Bant Steel

2 [H09] Island
3 [H09] Plains
4 [M10] Sunpetal Grove
2 [WWK] Celestial Colonnade
2 [WWK] Sejiri Steppe
2 [WWK] Stirring Wildwood
1 [ZEN] Marsh Flats
4 [ZEN] Misty Rainforest
5 [RAV] Forest (1)

// Creatures
4 [CFX] Knight of the Reliquary
4 [CFX] Noble Hierarch
4 [M10] Baneslayer Angel
2 [M10] Master of the Wild Hunt
4 [ALA] Rhox War Monk
4 [ZEN] Emeria Angel
4 [10E] Birds of Paradise

// Spells
2 [HOP] Oblivion Ring
2 [ALA] Elspeth, Knight-Errant
3 [ZEN] Vines of Vastwood
2 [WWK] Jace, the Mind Sculptor

// Sideboard
SB: 3 [M10] Celestial Purge
SB: 4 [M10] Negate
SB: 2 [WWK] Vapor Snare
SB: 1 [LRW] Oblivion Ring
SB: 3 [M10] Acidic Slime
SB: 2 [ZEN] Kor Sanctifiers

by maps on 2010-04-07 04:56 CET

by HailEris on 2010-04-06 12:37 EDT
Jund is a toolbox, but Bant is the cruelbox.

i lol'd pretty hard at this

by on 2010-04-07 07:13 CET

I think tuffy has broken the record for most seemly unintentional bragging comments.

by metzel_usa on 2010-04-08 21:31 CET

baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad list tuffy....any decent pilot running jund or naya would walk that list...not to mention UW PtE? ROFLllllllllllllll

by SJM on 2010-04-09 00:47 CET


A bunch of creatures, a few planeswalkers, and a couple O-rings. Looks skill intensive to play.

Cool story, bro.

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