Standard - Bant Superfriends

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Got this idea from an Azorius deck I played against on ladder(and lost to as Esper).  Era of Enlightenment // Hand of Enlightenmentimage and Reckoner Bankbusterimage just ended up wrecking me: they could dig for answers and I couldn't keep up once they boarded in Malevolent Hermit // Benevolent Geistimage and counterspell.

The format has slowed down considerably the past few days, so I revisted a bant superfriends deck featuring Tamiyo, Compleated Sageimage I had built when Kamigawa first hit and had fun with, but this time used a Azorius shell instead of Selesnya.

The deck is current 7-2 in Bo3, losing only to Boros Invoke and Orzhov Midrange.  The wins have been against Monowhite, Naya Enchant, Selesnya Tokens, Esper, and Stompy.

VS creature decks, the deck is looking to dig for removal to clear a board, or manage it enough to get your planeswalkers down.  Era, The Restoration of Eiganjo // Architect of Restorationimage, Portable Holeimage, and March of Otherworldly Lightimage help ramp you to a board wipe, or clear the board enough to allow Niko Arisimage and Tamiyo to get to work.

Niko and Tamiyo are a good team.  Tamiyo can tap down targets for niko to deal 2-4 damage to that target.  Or, Niko can draw cards through shards or Bounce back Era to your hand to scry some more for your bankbuster to draw cards you need.  Tamiyo can bring back killed permanents from your graveyard.  Combine this with The Wandering Emperorimage's board presence and Teferi, Who Slows the Sunsetimage's Artifact shenanigans and you have a pretty powerful engine.

This deck really struggles vs Orzhov, control or midrange.  Control just Rite of Oblivionimage's everything away, and you end up just running out of threats.  Versus midrange they just outvalue you with Welcoming Vampireimage, Spirited Companionimage, and Wedding Ceremony.  Edgar, Charmed Groom // Edgar Markov's Coffinimage is a mess if you can't exile it.

Selesnya tokens is similar, but they have limited removal and not so much draw so the matchup is better but I think this matchup is 50/50 or 40/60.  

The Esper Matchup is good.  Your multicolor planeswalkers are hard to clear and you can put enough pressure on their draw engine(Kaito/Bankbuster) with Niko/Tamiyo/Portable.  Memory Delugeimage is the Esper killer, and I wish I could fit two more.  It's too much card draw to keep up with.  Postboard Mordekeinen, Hermits, and counters give you too much card advantage late.

Against aggressive decks the matchups are excellent.  Era is an MVP here, providing lifegain, scry to dig for Doomskarimage or another answer, and a 2/2 first striker turn four.  Post board the Circle of Confinementimage, Sunset Revelryimage and March are too much cheap spot removal for face strategies, and along with Farewellimage keeps enchant in check.

Right now, this deck is a winner on ladder.  With a bit more tweaking, I really think this deck can compete in the meta.  Going to test this in tournaments to see if it's as good as I think it is.





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Last Updated: 03 Apr 2022
Created: 02 Apr 2022
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Mainboard - 60 cards (24 distinct)

Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (24)
Land (26)
Planeswalker (10)
{G/U/P} $1.00€1.160.02

Sideboard - 15 cards (9 distinct)


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