Historic Bant Control by Evart Moughon
This past weekend in the Zendikar Rising Championship, I was paired against this Bant Control deck, played by Evart Moughon in the third round of the event. This deck’s really cool, packed with a plethora of synergies and combos that certainly differs it from your traditional control deck.
The deck can play Lotus Field on the third turn and Tale’s End the trigger, keeping the lands and the Lotus Field. Lotus Field is also a really powerful land to untap with Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, even if you played it the old fashioned way. The combo of Gideon of the Trials and Pact of Negation is also a really cool one, with no reason to pay for Pact while you have a Gideon emblem and control a Gideon. In a pinch, Tale’s End can even counter the Pact trigger the turn after you’ve cast it, effectively “paying” for the Pact for only two mana and a card.
The deck has a lot going for it that other control decks also do, as well. Nissa, Who Shakes the World, Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, Narset, Parter of Veils and Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath are among the most powerful cards in historic. The deck has a handful of sweepers to deal with aggro threats and even Settle the Wreckage to keep people honest.
This is a deck I’m interested in trying, especially after losing to it over the weekend. The deck was really cool to see in action and it definitely caught my eye as a control player.