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Shards of Alara Block Constructed Part 1: Bant September 30, 2008

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(Only cards from Shards of Alara block are allowed.) This is quite speculative considering that the set isn’t out yet, and I haven’t play tested the decks, but there is no reason why speculation should be completely dismissed. We have a complete list of cards, experience playing the game, and common sense.

Although Shards doesn’t have a ton of great cards for Standard or Extended, it has a lot of great cards when viewed in isolation. In other words, block constructed decks can be quite good.

Today I will list two decks instead of the usual one. Why? Because I will be listing one deck for five days, one deck for each shard. However, Shards will also have a great white deck.

Mono White

4 Akrasan Squire
4 Battlegrace Angel
4 Elspeth, Knight Errant
4 Ethersworn Canonist
4 Excommunicate
4 Knight of the Skyward Eye
4 Knight of the White Orchid
4 Oblivion Ring
4 Sigiled Paladin
24 Plains


The white of Shards of Alara is unusual because a couple of the best white cards require double white and encourage us to make mono white cards. Despite the fact that only one of the three Shards of Alara sets is out, mono white can already be great.

One good white card not in the deck is Resounding Silence. I’m not sure how to fit this card in the deck right now. Oblivion Ring is simply the best removal in the set.

Bant (white-green-blue)

4 Akrasan Squire
4 Battlegrace Angel
4 Oblivion Ring
4 Resounding Silence
4 Wild Nacatl
4 Steward of Valeron
4 Qasali Ambusher
4 Stoic Angel
4 Rafiq of the Many
4 Bant Panorama
4 Seaside Citadel
8 Plains
6 Forest
2 Island

From this point on I will only discuss decks based on a shard despite the fact that two color decks in this format also could be quite good.

Bant is a pretty quick 3-color deck and has only four cards over four casting cost. I didn’t want the deck to be an even split of 3 colors because it is difficult to draw mana producing of all three colors early game. I also don’t want it to have Obelisks, which are great for mana accelerating into giant monsters, because there aren’t enough giant monsters in these colors.

Wild Nacatl is in this deck even though there are no Mountains because the card is almost as good as a Kird Ape anyway. Resounding Silence is in the deck because (a) you can use the cycling ability in this deck and (b) this is a slower deck than the mono-white deck. Removal will be important against decks that use bigger creatures than this one.

Rhox War Monk isn’t in this deck despite the fact that it is made for these colors because it is an early game card and there isn’t enough mana fixing to consistently play it by the third turn. You might as well put something bigger and scarier in the deck instead. An obelisk won’t help precisely because the obelisk would have to be played by the third turn and you might as well play something bigger with the extra mana. (The Bant Charm isn’t in the deck for the same reason.)

When making a quick 3 color deck it can also be a good idea to put in on color triple lands that produce other colors. In other words, this deck can use a couple Jungle Shrine cards even though the red mana doesn’t help. But, Jungle Shrine does produce white and green mana, which is important.

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