Complete Guide to Bant Company with GRN

Kelvin Chew

Kelvin Chew

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Hi everyone, I am Kelvin Chew, a Platinum Pro from Singapore.

Kelvin Chew

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This is my first article for Hareruya and with GP Atlanta 2018 coming up soon, I will be talking about my favorite deck Bant Company which I have been playing ever since the release of 《Retreat to Coralhelm》.

Bant Company is a fair Midrange deck which does best against creatures and control based strategy as it has the ability to stabilize and grinds out the long game. The beauty lies in the sideboard game as you just transform your deck with good sideboard cards to give you the best chance against any deck in Modern.

I recently took it to the 9th place at GP Hong Kong 2018 losing to my worst matchup Boros Burn for my win and in. This is the decklist I registered for the event.

How Good 《Knight of Autumn》 in Modern?

Guilds of Ravnica brought a new addition to the deck which does everything the deck need.

Knight of Autumn

《Knight of Autumn》is not only shown up Burn matchup, it can also destroy annoying artifact and enchantment like 《Hollow One》, 《Ensnaring Bridge》, 《Blood Moon》 and 《Hardened Scales》.

Many people have been asking me what do we remove for 《Knight of Autumn》?

Teferi, Hero of DominariaChampion of the ParishKarn LiberatedGoblin Guide
Supreme PhantomHardened ScalesHollow OnePrized Amalgam

Let’s analyze what the top Modern decks are for now. UWx Control, 5C Human, Tron, Burn, Spirit, Hardened Scales, Hollow One and Dredge seem to be the most played deck now.

Against Control

Search for AzcantaDetention Sphere

《Knight of Autumn》 acts as a 4/3 beater and occasionally destroy 《Search for Azcanta》 and 《Detention Sphere》.

Against 5C Human

AEther Vial

A 4/3 creature is decent enough to trade with most of the Human creatures. It has the ability to destroy 《AEther Vial》 which is pretty relevant as Human sometimes keep a land light hand with 《AEther Vial》 and by destroying, it set them a few turns back and let you gain the tempo you need to win the game. Gaining 4 life is also relevant if you are racing against them.

Against Tron

Expedition MapOblivion Stone

It provides you a decent clock against them and has the ability to destroy 《Oblivion Stone》 and 《Expedition Map》 if needed.

Against Hardened Scales Affinity

Hardened Scales

《Knight of Autumn》 does it best against 《Hardened Scales》 Affinity which you can destroy most of their stuff while also leaving behind a 2/1 body.

Against RB Hollow One

Lightning Bolt

It can destroy the namesake card and gaining life is important if you are within 《Lightning Bolt》 range.

Against Burn

Eidolon of the Great RevelEnsnaring Bridge

It gains you 4 life which is what you need against them. It can also destroy 《Eidolon of the Great Revel》 and 《Ensnaring Bridge》 after sideboard which they usually board it in to catch most people of guard.

Why Do We Remove 《Retreat to Coralhelm》?

Retreat to Coralhelm

As I have mentioned the top deck in Modern and I believe that we do not need a combo piece as there seem to be more creatures based deck and control and we are good at grinding those game out and drawing 《Retreat to Coralhelm》 early is pretty bad against those strategy.

Knight of AutumnMeddling Mage

As I will be attending GP Atlanta 2018, this is the decklist I will likely be registering. I replace 《Reflector Mage》 for 《Knight of Autumn》 as there seems to be less creature’s Combo deck like 《Devoted Druid》 Combo and also replacing 《Meddling Mage》 with 《Remorseful Cleric》 as graveyard based strategy seem to be on the rise.

Sideboard Guide

I will walk you through the sideboard guide and tips on the matchup.

UWx Control

Celestial ColonnadeJace, the Mind SculptorSupreme Verdict

The matchup for game 1 is harder as we have mana dork that is vulnerable to 《Wrath of God》 effects like 《Terminus》 and 《Supreme Verdict》 and also having a dead card like 《Path to Exile》. Remember for game 1, if you are able to 《Spell Queller》 their wrath effect, you can play 《Path to Exile》 to your own 《Spell Queller》 while the ability is on the stack to permanently exile the spell.

After sideboard, the matchup becomes heavily favor as we have counterspell and one of the best Planeswalker against them: 《Jace, the Mind Sculptor》. If they happen to “Miracle” 《Terminus》 and you have 《Vendilion Clique》 in hand, you can cast it while the “Miracle” ability is on the stack to stop them from casting the 《Terminus》. Always prioritize resolving 《Jace, the Mind Sculptor》 even if it means casting 《Collected Company》 into their 《Cryptic Command》 at end of opponent turn.

vs. UWx Control

Out

Birds of Paradise Birds of Paradise Birds of Paradise Birds of Paradise
Path to Exile Path to Exile Path to Exile Path to Exile

In

Unified Will Unified Will Negate Negate
Vendilion Clique Knight of Autumn Jace, the Mind Sculptor Jace, the Mind Sculptor

vs. BGx Midrange

Out

Remorseful Cleric Remorseful Cleric
Vendilion Clique Birds of Paradise

In

Reflector Mage Reflector Mage
Jace, the Mind Sculptor Jace, the Mind Sculptor

RB Hollow One

Goblin LoreHollow OneGurmag Angler

One of the best matchup for Bant Company unless they have multiple 《Hollow One》 on turn 1. 《Knight of the Reliquary》 usually get bigger than their creatures and 《Spell Queller》 block 《Flamewake Phoenix》.

Remember not to cast your 《Knight of the Reliquary》 within 《Lightning Bolt》 range unless you are forced to do as an active 《Knight of the Reliquary》 usually win the game. 《Scavenging Ooze》 and 《Remorseful Cleric》 does a good job at keeping their graveyard down.

vs. RB Hollow One

Out

Tireless Tracker Tireless Tracker
Ghost Quarter Vendilion Clique

In

Reflector Mage Reflector Mage
Bojuka Bog Knight of Autumn

Tron

Urza's TowerOblivion StoneKarn Liberated

The matchup for Tron is not favored game 1 unless you can get a turn 2 《Knight of the Reliquary》 and start tutoring 《Ghost Quarter》 and 《Field of Ruin》 to slow their plan down. 《Eternal Witness》 allows us to 《Regrowth》 our lands to continue stopping them from assembling Tron.

After Sideboard, the matchup gets way favour with 《Stony Silence》 which usually win the game if they don’t have natural Tron. We also have counterspell to stop their threat from resolving. 《Knight of Autumn》 also does a good job destroying early 《Expedition Map》 and 《Oblivion Stone》.

vs. Tron

Out

Path to Exile Path to Exile Path to Exile Path to Exile
Scavenging Ooze Scavenging Ooze Remorseful Cleric Remorseful Cleric
Voice of Resurgence Voice of Resurgence

In

Unified Will Unified Will Negate Negate
Jace, the Mind Sculptor Jace, the Mind Sculptor Stony Silence Stony Silence
Vendilion Clique Knight of Autumn

Bant Spirit

Mausoleum WandererDrogskol CaptainCollected Company

The matchup is pretty even and usually about racing. Saving your 《Path to Exile》 for their lord creature and try not to get tempo out by their 《Spell Queller》.

After sideboard, we have more removal to slow them down and try to outrace them before they are able to assemble their army of lords as our creatures are usually individual bigger than theirs. I would normally try to trade away their creatures as their creatures work better with lord’s effect.

vs. Bant Spirit

Out

Voice of Resurgence Voice of Resurgence Voice of Resurgence
Eternal Witness Scavenging Ooze Scavenging Ooze

In

Vendilion Clique Reflector Mage Reflector Mage
Knight of Autumn Engineered Explosives Engineered Explosives

5C Human

Champion of the ParishThalia's LieutenantMantis Rider

I test this matchup a lot before PT 25th anniversary and I found that for game 1, the person who gets to play first usually win if both sides does not stumble. The version with 《Militia Bugler》 is harder to play against as they can usually chain multiple copies with 《Phantasmal Image》 and combining it with 《Thalia's Lieutenant》 to break board stall.

After sideboard, we have 《Engineered Explosives》 which are excellent against them and also 《Reflector Mage》 to break the 《Meddling Mage》 lock on our removal spell. I board out 2 《Spell Queller》 as it is bad against 《Reflector Mage》 and can’t block 《Mantis Rider》 well. Keeping 2 is fine as it can ambush 《Kitesail Freebooter》 and work well with 《Gavony Township》 late game to block 《Mantis Rider》.

vs. 5C Human

Out

Remorseful Cleric Remorseful Cleric
Scavenging Ooze Scavenging Ooze
Spell Queller Spell Queller

In

Reflector Mage Reflector Mage
Engineered Explosives Engineered Explosives
Vendilion Clique Knight of Autumn

Storm

Goblin ElectromancerGifts UngivenGrapeshot

I consider this a bad matchup because your spells need to line up well game 1 as they can just set up their turn to kill you and you have to always keep 《Spell Queller》 mana up. We also only have 《Path to Exile》 for 《Baral, Chief of Compliance》 and 《Goblin Electromancer》 which is bad to ramp them up a mana.

Sideboard militates better for us as we have more counterspell and also tutoring 《ボジューカの沼》 via 《聖遺の騎士》 is huge against them when they are trying to combo with 《Past in Flames》.

vs. Storm

Out

Ghost Quarter Voice of Resurgence Voice of Resurgence Voice of Resurgence
Knight of Autumn Knight of Autumn
Path to Exile Path to Exile

In

Unified Will Unified Will Negate Negate
Reflector Mage Reflector Mage
Bojuka Bog Vendilion Clique

vs. Dredge

Out

Path to Exile Path to Exile Path to Exile Path to Exile
Ghost Quarter Vendilion Clique

In

Negate Negate Reflector Mage Reflector Mage
Bojuka Bog Knight of Autumn

vs. Mardu Pyromancer

Out

Spell Queller Spell Queller Spell Queller Spell Queller
Ghost Quarter Birds of Paradise

In

Jace, the Mind Sculptor Jace, the Mind Sculptor Reflector Mage Reflector Mage
Bojuka Bog Vendilion Clique

vs. Hardened Scales Affinity

Out

Remorseful Cleric Remorseful Cleric
Voice of Resurgence Voice of Resurgence
Tireless Tracker Tireless Tracker
Vendilion Clique

In

Reflector Mage Reflector Mage
Stony Silence Stony Silence
Engineered Explosives Engineered Explosives
Knight of Autumn

Bogles

Slippery BogleEthereal ArmorDaybreak Coronet

With the additional 《Knight of Autumn》, I believe this matchup gets slightly favor from even. 《Knight of the Reliquary》 is usually big enough to match their Bogle. 《Spell Queller》 helps you counter their key spell like 《Rancor》, 《Daybreak Coronet》 and 《Spirit Mantle》 and 《Knight of Autumn》 can destroy one of them if they happen to resolve one.

After sideboard, the matchup gets better with 《Engineered Explosives》 but be careful of 《Gaddock Teeg》 as it can stop 《Engineered Explosives》 and 《Collected Company》 and try to save your removal for it.

vs. Bogles

Out

Path to Exile Voice of Resurgence Voice of Resurgence Voice of Resurgence
Remorseful Cleric Remorseful Cleric
Scavenging Ooze Scavenging Ooze

In

Negate Negate Reflector Mage Reflector Mage
Engineered Explosives Engineered Explosives
Vendilion Clique Knight of Autumn

Ironworks

Ancient StirringsScrap TrawlerKrark-Clan Ironworks

Our deck lines up well against Ironworks because we have 《Spell Queller》 for their 《Krark-Clan Ironworks》 and they can’t really kill it game 1 except for 《Engineered Explosives》 and also 《Path to Exile》 for their 《Scrap Trawler》.

After sideboard, they will board in 《Sai, Master Thopterist》 and more removals to combat us. 《Stony Silence》 does best against them and they need to draw 《Nature's Claim》 in order not to lose to it. We also have more counterspell to stop 《Krark-Clan Ironworks》 from resolving.

vs. Ironworks

Out

Tireless Tracker Tireless Tracker Eternal Witness Eternal Witness
Voice of Resurgence Voice of Resurgence Voice of Resurgence
Ghost Quarter Collected Company

In

Unified Will Unified Will Negate Negate
Bojuka Bog Vendilion Clique Knight of Autumn
Stony Silence Stony Silence

Burn

Goblin GuideEidolon of the Great RevelBoros Charm

《Knight of Autumn》 does everything I want against Burn, from killing 《Eidolon of the Great Revel》 and gaining 4 life. The matchup should not be that bad compared to previously which Burn has to brick multiple turns in order for us to win.

The key to the matchup is not to take too much damage from our mana base and try to close the game before they can burn us out. Always get 《Knight of the Reliquary》 to 4/4 to prevent it from dying to a single burn spell. 《Knight of the Reliquary》 is usually fast enough to close a game if it gets to untap. 《Spell Queller》 is also pretty good against them as they have to spend a burn spell on it if they want to get back the spell exile by it.

After sideboard, they will usually board in 《Ensnaring Bridge》 but luckily we have 《Knight of Autumn》 to stop their plan.

vs. Burn

Out

Remorseful Cleric Remorseful Cleric
Eternal Witness Eternal Witness
Tireless Tracker Tireless Tracker
Vendilion Clique

In

Reflector Mage Reflector Mage
Negate Negate
Unified Will Unified Will
Knight of Autumn

vs. Mono Red Archlight Phoenix

Out

Tireless Tracker Tireless Tracker
Ghost Quarter Vendilion Clique

In

Reflector Mage Reflector Mage
Bojuka Bog Knight of Autumn

Conclusion

That marks the end of my article! I hope this helps you understand Bant Company better.

If you have any questions regarding the deck or sideboard, I will be happy to answer them in the comments section or via Twitter. Thanks!

@KelvinCh3w

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