Spotlight Cube Series – Bant Cube

Posted in Magic Online on August 3, 2021

By Autumn Burchett

Hey there! I'm Autumn Burchett (@autumnlilypad), and I'm thrilled to have my Bant Cube on Magic Online. I was inspired to build it a few years ago after hearing about Ryan Overturf's Grixis Cube and a local player's Sultai Cube. I've always loved the Bant color combination and thought it would offer some exciting design space for a cube due to the kinds of archetypes it could encourage!

There is a big focus in Bant Cube on both synergy and exploration. To this end, there are a bunch of synergy-focused archetypes to piece together but also a lot of random pockets of cute interactions scattered around the cube for you to discover for yourself. This process of discovery has led to some exciting decks over the years, and I hope you'll have fun diving into some drafts!

I've put a lot of work into tuning the cube over the last few years and think it's now in a space where there are a lot of viable ways to draft it, and a ton of fun, strange, and unique games and decks to be found.

Bant Cube Archetypes

Flicker

The flicker archetype takes advantage of enters-the-battlefield effects from cards like Acidic Slime, Reflector Mage, and Venser, Shaper Savant being reused with cards like Thassa, Deep-Dwelling, Crystal Shard, and Emiel the Blessed, or even multiplied with Panharmonicon.

White Aggro

Traditional White Aggro decks are supported in the cube with a clean curve of resilient creatures, taxing effects like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, cards like Stoneforge Mystic that help you grind out longer games, and plenty of ways to keep your creatures pushing through for damage.

In addition, there's also the option of drafting artifact-based decks in this archetype that are just as able to push pressure while having synergy-focused payoffs that reward you for maintaining an artifact-dense battlefield.

Blue Artifacts

Blue Artifacts varies much more widely than White Aggro. You can complement white's aggressive artifact strategies by splashing for cards like Ensoul Artifact, though it's much more likely that you'll end up in a midrange blue artifact approach featuring cards like Emry, Lurker of the Loch and Urza, Lord High Artificer.

There are also combo angles available here! Of course, Tinker is present, but other ways to cheat big artifacts into play are also present with Arcum Dagsson, Argivian Restoration, and Kuldotha Forgemaster all offering very different avenues to success.

Blue Storm

Storm doesn't come together often in this cube, but when it does come together, prepare for fireworks! High Tide is definitely the key card here, and if you can have reliable access to it, then you'll be able to find ways to win out of nowhere. If you aren't going for mono-blue, then cards like Heartbeat of Spring and Mirari's Wake offer very different avenues for comboing. Don't expect this archetype to always be open, but you're in for a show when it is!

Azorius Control

It's very easy to make a classic Azorius Control deck in this cube with all the counterspells, card draw, and sweepers you could ask for, as well as big haymakers like Dream Trawler or Dragonlord Ojutai to help you close out the game.

Selesnya Sacrifice Combo

My personal favorite deck to draft in the cube. You're looking to assemble a persist creature, a sacrifice outlet, and some way to make sure the persist creature returns from the graveyard with no -1/-1 counters on it, allowing you to then sacrifice the persist creature as many times as you want without ever losing it permanently.

Cards like Survival of the Fittest and Chord of Calling provide easy access to your various combo pieces, and beyond this, there are other creature combos available in this archetype. It also just plays a fine midrange gameplan when it needs to.

Selesnya Counters

A Selesnya archetype with an aggressive lean. You're looking to use Conclave Mentor, Hardened Scales, and Branching Evolution to make your +1/+1 counters spiral out of control, all while taking advantage of all sorts of cards that put counters on your creatures or benefit from having counters put on them.

Simic Flash

Counter your opponent's spells, use card draw to keep digging through your deck, and look to stick in a flash threat like Nightpack Ambusher that can take over the game or just make your opponent dead. If you can get a hold of Wilderness Reclamation, you can really push this archetype over the top.

Lands

The lands archetype is looking to get extra lands into play via cards like Exploration and take advantage of these lands via cards like Crucible of Worlds while using something like Dark Depths with Thespian's Stage or Field of the Dead to close out the game. These decks are always green but can take advantage of any of the three colors and be built in a lot of different ways.

Thanks for reading, and have a great time Bant cubing!

Autumn
@autumnlilypad on Twitter
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Full Bant Cube Card List

Card Name Color
Arcbound Mouser White
Champion of the Parish White
Court Homunculus White
Dauntless Bodyguard White
Esper Sentinel White
Giant Killer White
Giver of Runes White
Kytheon, Hero of Akros White
Mother of Runes White
Selfless Savior White
Student of Warfare White
Thraben Inspector White
Toolcraft Exemplar White
Usher of the Fallen White
Adanto Vanguard White
Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit White
Charming Prince White
Grateful Apparition White
Knight of the White Orchid White
Leonin Relic-Warder White
Luminarch Aspirant White
Mikaeus, the Lunarch White
Porcelain Legionnaire White
Safehold Elite White
Seasoned Hallowblade White
Selfless Spirit White
Stoneforge Mystic White
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben White
Thalia's Lieutenant White
Vizier of Remedies White
Wall of Omens White
Banisher Priest White
Benalish Marshal White
Blade Splicer White
Bygone Bishop White
Eldrazi Displacer White
Elite Spellbinder White
Flickerwisp White
Losheel, Clockwork Scholar White
Mangara of Corondor White
Monastery Mentor White
Recruiter of the Guard White
Silverblade Paladin White
Skyclave Apparition White
Vryn Wingmare White
Archangel of Tithes White
Basri's Lieutenant White
Emiel the Blessed White
Felidar Guardian White
Galepowder Mage White
Glimmerpoint Stag White
Halvar, God of Battle White
Hero of Bladehold White
Icingdeath, Frost Tyrant White
Luminous Broodmoth White
Restoration Angel White
Sublime Archangel White
Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle White
Angel of Invention White
Cataclysmic Gearhulk White
Constable of the Realm White
Geist-Honored Monk White
Reveillark White
Venerated Loxodon White
Sun Titan White
Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants White
Elspeth, Knight-Errant White
Condemn White
Dispatch White
Enlightened Tutor White
Ephemerate White
Mana Tithe White
Path to Exile White
Swords to Plowshares White
Unexpectedly Absent White
Valorous Stance White
Break Ties White
Unbreakable Formation White
Settle the Wreckage White
White Sun's Zenith White
Oust White
Prismatic Ending White
Declaration in Stone White
Collective Effort White
Council's Judgment White
Sevinne's Reclamation White
Spectral Procession White
Late to Dinner White
Refurbish White
Hour of Revelation White
Terminus White
Barbed Spike White
Dancing Sword White
Glass Casket White
Maul of the Skyclaves White
Spear of Heliod White
Legion's Landing White
Paladin Class White
Baffling End White
Honor of the Pure White
Journey to Nowhere White
The Birth of Meletis White
Oblivion Ring White
Stasis Snare White
Tempered Steel White
Cast Out White
Citadel Siege White
Conclave Tribunal White
Felidar Retreat White
Parallax Wave White
Teleportation Circle White
Elspeth Conquers Death White
Ancient Den White
Secluded Steppe White
Emeria's Call White
Pteramander Blue
Spectral Sailor Blue
Baral, Chief of Compliance Blue
Brineborn Cutthroat Blue
Fae of Wishes Blue
Fblthp, the Lost Blue
Gilded Drake Blue
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Blue
Phantasmal Image Blue
Snapcaster Mage Blue
Thing in the Ice Blue
Watcher for Tomorrow Blue
Arcane Artisan Blue
Barrin, Tolarian Archmage Blue
Brazen Borrower Blue
Champion of Wits Blue
Cosima, God of the Voyage Blue
Emry, Lurker of the Loch Blue
Master of Etherium Blue
Sai, Master Thopterist Blue
Sea Gate Oracle Blue
Spellseeker Blue
Vendilion Clique Blue
Arcum Dagsson Blue
Clever Impersonator Blue
Dungeon Geists Blue
Glen Elendra Archmage Blue
Master Transmuter Blue
Padeem, Consul of Innovation Blue
Sower of Temptation Blue
Thassa, Deep-Dwelling Blue
Urza, Lord High Artificer Blue
Venser, Shaper Savant Blue
Whirler Rogue Blue
Body Double Blue
Mulldrifter Blue
Peregrine Drake Blue
Riftwing Cloudskate Blue
Ethereal Forager Blue
Frost Titan Blue
Torrential Gearhulk Blue
Murktide Regent Blue
Palinchron Blue
Thought Monitor Blue
Inkwell Leviathan Blue
Teferi, Master of Time Blue
Brainstorm Blue
High Tide Blue
Mystical Tutor Blue
Spell Pierce Blue
Thought Scour Blue
Vapor Snag Blue
Brain Freeze Blue
Censor Blue
Counterspell Blue
Essence Capture Blue
Impulse Blue
Into the Roil Blue
Mana Leak Blue
Memory Lapse Blue
Miscalculation Blue
Remand Blue
Archmage's Charm Blue
Complicate Blue
Disallow Blue
Forbid Blue
Frantic Search Blue
Ghostly Flicker Blue
Metallic Rebuke Blue
Repulse Blue
Sinister Sabotage Blue
Stoic Rebuttal Blue
Thirst for Knowledge Blue
Commit // Memory Blue
Cryptic Command Blue
Fact or Fiction Blue
Turnabout Blue
Force of Will Blue
Gush Blue
Blue Sun's Zenith Blue
Sublime Epiphany Blue
Nexus of Fate Blue
Dig Through Time Blue
Gitaxian Probe Blue
Ponder Blue
Preordain Blue
Serum Visions Blue
Sleight of Hand Blue
Chart a Course Blue
Ideas Unbound Blue
Merchant Scroll Blue
Rise and Shine Blue
Compulsive Research Blue
Tinker Blue
Argivian Restoration Blue
Deep Analysis Blue
Thoughtcast Blue
Time Warp Blue
Crush of Tentacles Blue
Mind's Desire Blue
Time Spiral Blue
Finale of Revelation Blue
Treasure Cruise Blue
Aether Spellbomb Colorless
The Blackstaff of Waterdeep Blue
Midnight Clock Blue
Vedalken Shackles Blue
Ensoul Artifact Blue
Search for Azcanta Blue
The Antiquities War Blue
Thopter Spy Network Blue
The Mirari Conjecture Blue
Lonely Sandbar Land
Mystic Sanctuary Land
Seat of the Synod Blue
Tolarian Academy Blue
Arbor Elf Green
Avacyn's Pilgrim Green
Birds of Paradise Green
Elvish Reclaimer Green
Experiment One Green
Gilded Goose Green
Hexdrinker Green
Joraga Treespeaker Green
Llanowar Elves Green
Noble Hierarch Green
Pelt Collector Green
Servant of the Scale Green
Spore Frog Green
Swarm Shambler Green
Sylvan Safekeeper Green
Avatar of the Resolute Green
Devoted Druid Green
Dragonsguard Elite Green
Duskwatch Recruiter Green
Fauna Shaman Green
Hermit Druid Green
Incubation Druid Green
Lotus Cobra Green
Melira, Sylvok Outcast Green
Nessian Hornbeetle Green
Ochre Jelly Green
Saddled Rimestag Green
Satyr Wayfinder Green
Scavenging Ooze Green
Sylvan Advocate Green
Sylvan Caryatid Green
Wildborn Preserver Green
Azusa, Lost but Seeking Green
Courser of Kruphix Green
Dryad of the Ilysian Grove Green
Eternal Witness Green
Evolution Sage Green
Jadelight Ranger Green
Kazandu Mammoth Green
Llanowar Visionary Green
Managorger Hydra Green
Nissa, Vastwood Seer Green
Oran-Rief Ooze Green
Ramunap Excavator Green
Reclamation Sage Green
Rishkar, Peema Renegade Green
Tireless Tracker Green
Wayward Swordtooth Green
Nightpack Ambusher Green
Oracle of Mul Daya Green
Polukranos, World Eater Green
Surrak, the Hunt Caller Green
Timeless Witness Green
Toski, Bearer of Secrets Green
Vengevine Green
Voracious Hydra Green
Acidic Slime Green
Biogenic Ooze Green
Genesis Green
Kalonian Hydra Green
Thragtusk Green
Titania, Protector of Argoth Green
Verdurous Gearhulk Green
Whisperwood Elemental Green
Primeval Titan Green
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider Green
Terastodon Green
Woodfall Primus Green
Garruk Wildspeaker Green
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger Green
Crop Rotation Green
Snakeskin Veil Green
Worldly Tutor Green
Inscription of Abundance Green
Once Upon a Time Green
Return to Nature Green
Titanic Brawl Green
Broken Wings Green
Chord of Calling Green
Inspiring Call Green
Green Sun's Zenith Green
Emergent Sequence Green
Explore Green
Life from the Loam Green
Regrowth Green
Smell Fear Green
Bala Ged Recovery Green
Eldritch Evolution Green
Harmonize Green
Splendid Reclamation Green
Primal Command Green
Seasons Past Green
Bow of Nylea Green
Birthing Pod Green
Esika's Chariot Green
The Great Henge Green
Exploration Green
Hardened Scales Green
Oath of Nissa Green
Earthcraft Green
Evolutionary Leap Green
Ranger Class Green
Song of Freyalise Green
Survival of the Fittest Green
Sylvan Library Green
Ayula's Influence Green
Branching Evolution Green
Curse of Predation Green
Heartbeat of Spring Green
Song of the Dryads Green
Wilderness Reclamation Green
Tranquil Thicket Green
Tree of Tales Green
Treetop Village Green
Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth Green
Turntimber Symbiosis Green
Azorius Charm Azorius
Dovin's Veto Azorius
Mistmeadow Witch Azorius
Staggering Insight Azorius
Chrome Courier Azorius
Deputy of Detention Azorius
Moderation Azorius
Reflector Mage Azorius
Soulherder Azorius
Spell Queller Azorius
Elite Guardmage Azorius
Narset Transcendent Azorius
Ojutai's Command Azorius
Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage Azorius
Supreme Verdict Azorius
Cloudblazer Azorius
Dragonlord Ojutai Azorius
Time Wipe Azorius
Yorion, Sky Nomad Azorius
Dream Trawler Azorius
Arcus Acolyte Selesnya
Conclave Mentor Selesnya
Dromoka's Command Selesnya
Eladamri's Call Selesnya
Fleecemane Lion Selesnya
Huatli's Raptor Selesnya
Oath of Ajani Selesnya
Appeal // Authority Selesnya
Qasali Pridemage Selesnya
Saffi Eriksdotter Selesnya
Captured by Lagacs Selesnya
Good-Fortune Unicorn Selesnya
Kitchen Finks Selesnya
Knight of Autumn Selesnya
Knight of the Reliquary Selesnya
Renegade Rallier Selesnya
Captain Sisay Selesnya
Glare of Subdual Selesnya
Shalai, Voice of Plenty Selesnya
Mirari's Wake Selesnya
Coiling Oracle Simic
Decisive Denial Simic
Growth Spiral Simic
Kiora's Follower Simic
Lonis, Cryptozoologist Simic
Simic Charm Simic
Edric, Spymaster of Trest Simic
Hadana's Climb Simic
Quandrix Command Simic
Temporal Spring Simic
Master Biomancer Simic
Mystic Snake Simic
Prime Speaker Vannifar Simic
Tamiyo, Collector of Tales Simic
Volo, Guide to Monsters Simic
Zegana, Utopian Speaker Simic
Mystic Genesis Simic
Roalesk, Apex Hybrid Simic
Tatyova, Benthic Druid Simic
Hydroid Krasis Simic
Bant Charm Bant
Chulane, Teller of Tales Bant
Roon of the Hidden Realm Bant
Arcbound Worker Colorless
Gingerbrute Colorless
Hope of Ghirapur Colorless
Signal Pest Colorless
Stonecoil Serpent Colorless
Arcbound Ravager Colorless
Copper Gnomes Colorless
Hangarback Walker Colorless
Lesser Masticore Colorless
Metallic Mimic Colorless
Phyrexian Revoker Colorless
Spellskite Colorless
Steel Overseer Colorless
Walking Ballista Colorless
Chief of the Foundry Colorless
Crystalline Giant Colorless
Etched Champion Colorless
Metalworker Colorless
Palladium Myr Colorless
Phyrexian Metamorph Colorless
Lodestone Golem Colorless
Solemn Simulacrum Colorless
Kuldotha Forgemaster Colorless
Duplicant Colorless
Wurmcoil Engine Colorless
Myr Battlesphere Colorless
Sojourner's Companion Colorless
Emrakul, the Promised End Colorless
Sundering Titan Colorless
Karn, Scion of Urza Colorless
Ugin, the Ineffable Colorless
Tezzeret's Gambit Colorless
Lotus Petal Colorless
Mishra's Bauble Colorless
Mox Opal Colorless
Sol Talisman Colorless
Zuran Orb Colorless
Animation Module Colorless
Chromatic Star Colorless
Expedition Map Colorless
Ghostfire Blade Colorless
Sensei's Divining Top Colorless
The Ozolith Colorless
Altar of Dementia Colorless
Guardian Idol Colorless
Heart of Kiran Colorless
Lightning Greaves Colorless
Mazemind Tome Colorless
Mind Stone Colorless
Prophetic Prism Colorless
Sapphire Medallion Colorless
Smuggler's Copter Colorless
Treasure Map Colorless
Aethersphere Harvester Colorless
Blasting Station Colorless
Cloudstone Curio Colorless
Crucible of Worlds Colorless
Crystal Shard Colorless
Cultivator's Caravan Colorless
Grafted Wargear Colorless
Horn of Greed Colorless
Lifecrafter's Bestiary Colorless
Nettlecyst Colorless
Phyrexian Altar Colorless
Mystic Forge Colorless
Panharmonicon Colorless
Batterskull Colorless
Conjurer's Closet Colorless
Memory Jar Colorless
Mindslaver Colorless
God-Pharaoh's Gift Colorless
Adarkar Wastes Land
Celestial Colonnade Land
Flooded Strand Land
Hallowed Fountain Land
Hengegate Pathway Land
Irrigated Farmland Land
Mystic Gate Land
Nimbus Maze Land
Razortide Bridge Land
Seachrome Coast Land
Temple of Enlightenment Land
Tundra Land
Branchloft Pathway Land
Brushland Land
Horizon Canopy Land
Razorverge Thicket Land
Savannah Land
Scattered Groves Land
Selesnya Sanctuary Land
Stirring Wildwood Land
Temple Garden Land
Thornglint Bridge Land
Cave of the Frost Dragon Land
Windswept Heath Land
Wooded Bastion Land
Barkchannel Pathway Land
Botanical Sanctum Land
Breeding Pool Land
Flooded Grove Land
Lumbering Falls Land
Misty Rainforest Land
Simic Growth Chamber Land
Tanglepool Bridge Land
Temple of Mystery Land
Tropical Island Land
Waterlogged Grove Land
Yavimaya Coast Land
Fabled Passage Land
Prismatic Vista Land
Seaside Citadel Land
Academy Ruins Land
Blast Zone Land
Blinkmoth Nexus Land
Dark Depths Land
Darksteel Citadel Land
Field of Ruin Land
Field of the Dead Land
Glacial Chasm Land
Glimmervoid Land
Karn's Bastion Land
Maze of Ith Land
Mishra's Factory Land
Mutavault Land
Rishadan Port Land
Spire of Industry Land
Tectonic Edge Land
Thespian's Stage Land
Urza's Saga Land
Wasteland Land

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