GP Santiago 2016 - Day 1 - Deck Tech

Posted in Event Coverage on October 29, 2016

By Neale Talbot

While the majority of the field was battling out with the expected decks - BG Delirium, UW Flash, Grixis Zombies - Brazillian Andre Barrozo was duking it out with a different approach; Bant. Barrozo has been playing Magic since Exodus, and had made Top 16 at Grand Prix Buenos Aires in 2015.

Barrozo had worked on the deck with Team “ABC” - A for Santo Andre, B for Sao Bernardo do Campo and C for Sao Caetano do Sul, each cities in São Paulo state in Brazil.

Caio Ricci, Jose Peres, Renan Laviola & Andre Barrozo

“Although we worked together as a team, the other players had locked up their decks. I wasn't happy with any of the other options, so I went with Bant.” Barrazo explained. “Originally we had noticed the four-colour aggro deck that had made 10th at GP Providence.”

Barrozo was referring to Julian Wildes' Four-Colour Aggro deck found here.

“What caught our attention was that Tamiyo, Field Researcher seemed to be very powerful against the GB Delirium and UW Spirit decks. If you have Tamiyo and you're ahead on board, you're in good shape. If you're behind it can gain you the tempo to recover the game.”

“However we didn't like the mana base, and some of the cards seemed underpowered, so we moved to Bant instead, as in the first week of new Standard there were some Bant decks that did well.”

Barrazo went on to explain some of the individual cards in the deck:

●The Servant of the Conduit is exclusively for mana ramp. It pushes the deck over the edge when you ramp from two to four mana, giving you the tempo you need to keep up by powering out your mythics.

●The Thalia, Heretic Cathar was excellent against a variety of other decks, because they currently tend to be very board-presence oriented.

●The Verdurous Gearhulk was very strong, with few decks able to keep up with the amount of power it put into play.

●Blossoming Defense is a surprisingly flexible trick, allowing you to beat Aggro decks in early combat, or to ‘counter' a removal spell for your own bombs.

In terms of sideboarding:

●The Blessed Alliance are to account for the very-fast aggro decks, able to get out an early remover as well as catch up on life later.

●Fragmentize is a nod to all the Smuggler's Copters (and other vehicles) in the format.

●Gideon, Ally of Zendikar comes in against control decks and GB Delirium. Negate and Nissa, Vital Force also get brought in against Control decks

●Gisela, the Broken Blade is a hedge against UW decks as well as aggro decks.

●Skysovereign, Consul Flagship comes in against the slower aggro decks, such as Boros Vehicles

Skywhaler's shot replaces Declaration in Stone whenever possible, in order not to give your opponent value.

Here is the decklist: 

Andre Barrozo's Bant Midrange - GP Santiago 2016

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