Company Man Looking For Deck (Bant Company with Pascal Maynard)

Posted in Event Coverage on May 28, 2016

By Jacob Van Lunen

Jacob Van Lunen began playing Magic in 1995. He has participated in organized play at every level of competition and was a member of the winning team at Pro Tour San Diego in 2007, thanks to an innovative draft strategy. As a writer, Van Lunen has had more than three hundred Magic strategy pieces published

Pascal Maynard was hoping to have more time to practice Standard after Grand Prix Charlotte. Unfortunately, with his work schedule and the limited amount of time he had between events, he was only able to get a few matches of Magic Online in. Maynard eventually settled on a Bant Collected Company deck that was designed and tested by Grand Prix New York finalist Louis Samuel Deltour.

What was Maynard looking to play this weekend? Why did he ended up playing Bant Company? I sat down with the Canadian globetrotter to figure out why Bant Company was his deck of choice for this weekend.

“I really wanted more time to test. I got home from Charlotte and tried some different decks. I tried the Blue ramp deck and some of the control decks, but nothing seemed to be winning enough. I played a lot of Four-Color Rites and really liked the deck. Unfortunately, that deck is a lot worse now that Green-White Tokens isn’t as popular. There are White-Black Control decks with Languish, Grixis and Naya decks with Radiant Flames, and all sorts of other weird decks with board sweeper effects that prey on the Four-Color Rites deck. Louis [Samuel Deltour] had just made the finals of Grand Prix New York with Four-Color Rites and had built a new Bant Company deck that played Eldrazi Displacer and Eldrazi Skyspawner. He was confident in the deck and had sideboard plans already prepared. I trusted his judgment and decided this would be the best Collected Company deck for this weekend.”

Maynard explained why Bant Company is better than Four-Color Rites in the current Standard.

“Eldrazi Skyspawner helps against the Humans decks by simply blocking a pair of 2/1s. Eldrazi Displacer is the best card I can have against Green-White Tokens. The combination of Eldrazi Displacer and Reflector Mage can often lock Four-Color Rites players out of the game. By accruing card advantage and playing the game at instant speed, Bant Company can fight against anyone, even the most controlling opponents. Four-Color Rites is very soft to board sweepers and White-Black Control is especially rough. Bant Company has winnable matchups against everything by applying good fast pressure and being able to produce a lot of card advantage in the late game while also getting to play creature lands like Lumbering Falls. Bant Company was very weak to the Four-Color Rites deck, but that deck seems like it would be less popular now that (1) Seth [Manfield] has won GP New York with White-Black. ”

Bant Company has already established itself as a powerful strategy for the current Standard. The deck has waned in popularity over the last few weeks because of Four-Color Rites, but it’s ripe to make a resurgence as its worst matchup declines in popularity. Will this weekend mark Bant Company’s return to greatness? Or will Standard continue to be shaken up by crazy new decks? Stay tuned to continuing coverage of Grand Prix Minneapolis to find out!

Pascal Maynard's Bant Company

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