Deck Tech: Bant Mastery with Craig Wescoe

Posted in Event Coverage on April 18, 2015

By Olle Rade

Last weekend we saw the debut of Dragons of Tarkir in Standard and some decks really stood out and raised a few eyebrows. The field was filled with aggressive mono red decks and Dragonlords of all possible colors. One deck that caught the eyes of both players and coverage staff was Craig Wescoe's innovative take on White/Green/Blue, or Bant as the shard is more known as. Wescoe piloted the deck to an 8-2 record and a 10th place for his efforts, and he's in Krakow this weekend with the same deck, with some quite interesting changes.
”I've adapted the deck to the changes in the metagame that I predicted would happen after the Pro Tour and that we'll see here this weekend,” Wescoe said about the deck.

The core of the deck is a green-white aggressive build with cheap and efficient threats like Fleecemane Lion, Deathmist Raptor, Courser of Kruphix and Den Protector. In Brussels Wescoe also played the powerful Dragonlord Ojutai, but where most people seem to have added more dragons to their decks, Wescoe has opted to cut his altogether.
Mastery of the Unseen is really the most important card in the deck, and I realized that I don't ever want to tap out for Ojutai. The game plan works better when you can just keep mana up to activate Mastery, cast answers to your opponents threats or use Den Protector to get back your removal,” he explains.

Normally you would expect that a deck with cheap green creatures will run out of steam in the middle or late game, and be powerless against the “larger” decks' more expensive threats. Not to mention sweepers like Crux of Fate or Perilous Vault. But according to Wescoe his deck actually wants to get to the late game.

“Once you get to the late game, the deck is so versatile and you have so many options with your spells. And creatures like Deathmist Raptor and Den Protector work really well together,” he says.


In place of Dragonlord Ojutai, Wescoe now plays Disdainful Stroke in his deck. It is both a cheap and efficient answer to Dragonlords and something most people might not expect when they tap out for their powerful spells. In fact, Disdainful Stroke is good against most of the field that Wescoe expected.
“I ran three in my sideboard in Brussels, and I found myself bringing it in in almost every matchup. The only deck I wouldn't want it against is Mono Red, but even in that matchup it counters Stoke the Flames, which often is their way to victory once you stabilize the board.”

Craig Wescoe, Bant Mastery

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