Guardian of New Benalia Breaks Pioneer Greasefang and Standard Aggro

Guardian of New Benalia is a cheap creature that grants you some card selection with its scry 2 as well as being a hard to kill two-drop that can get pretty large in attacking phase. 

Guardian of New Benalia

Guardian of New Benalia has a new ability called enlist, which is a way for it to attack through some blockers thanks to its higher power. Combined with its ability to become easily indestructible means that the opponent will have an hard time to blocking it.

Just as Luminarch Aspirant is rotating out of Standard, leaving Mono-White without an important two-drop to curve out with, Guardian of New Benalia is stepping up to be a great replacement!

However, the deck I’m the most excited to try Guardian of New Banalia in is for sure Mardu Greasefang, a deck that Antony Lee, my teammate and podcast co-host, pioneered to a RCQ win!



3 Inspiring Vantage
3 Concealed Courtyard
4 Thoughtseize
4 Fable of the Mirror-Breaker/Reflection of Kiki-Jiki
1 Mana Confluence
1 Sundown Pass
3 Blightstep Pathway/Searstep Pathway
2 Brightclimb Pathway/Grimclimb Pathway
1 Needleverge Pathway/Pillarverge Pathway
1 Hive of the Eye Tyrant
1 Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
1 Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
1 Mountain (273)
4 Bloodtithe Harvester
4 Guardian of New Benalia
1 Bonecrusher Giant/Stomp
2 Sacred Foundry
4 Greasefang, Okiba Boss
2 Hazoret the Fervent
2 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
4 Parhelion II
3 Blood Crypt
4 Fatal Push
3 Dreadbore
1 Shattered Sanctum

1 Bonecrusher Giant/Stomp
2 Portable Hole
1 Duress
2 Vanishing Verse
1 Soul Shatter
1 Kolaghan's Command
1 Abrade
3 Go Blank
1 Unlicensed Hearse
1 Ob Nixilis, the Adversary
1 Karn, Scion of Urza


I’ve recently played this deck in a video and I’ve been impressed by it. 

Guardian of New Benalia, Bloodtithe Harvester, Fable of the Mirror-Breaker and Hazoret the Fervent are all ways to get your Parhelion II into your graveyard as well as being creatures to attack your opponent to death, giving you an additional angle of aggression for this powerful combo deck. 


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