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Deck Highlight: Modern Bant Blink

I’m starting to develop a routine for writing these Deck of the Day pieces. I wake up, brush my teeth, pour my Monday morning coffee and I browse the Magic Online Modern results until something fun catches my eye. 

This time, there was no browsing necessary. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I was to let this absolutely awesome deck slip through the cracks. I give you, Bant Blink!

Modern Bant Blink by AspiringSpike

Every once in a while, you’ll see a Bant homebrew pop up in Modern. However, in the world of Omnath, Locus of Creation, Bant hasn’t been one of the Top 10, or even one of the Top 20 decks in the format. That all changed last weekend when a Magic Online Modern Challenge saw three Bant decks in the Top 8. I thought it was an anomaly, but then AspiringSpike repeated a second place performance with their very specific take on the color combination.

That’s right, Bant Blink scored back-to-back second place finishes in the hands of the selfsame player! AspiringSpike is a streamer who I know for doing a lot of sweet brewing in the Modern format, and it seems like Spike found a real gem this time. I invite you to check out AspiringSpike’s stream here.

This deck emphasizes creatures with enters-the-battlefield abilities to pair with four copies of Ephemerate. This allows you to come out smooth by using Ice-Fang Coatl or Wall of Omens to convert your Ephemerates into Divinations. Later on, the combination of Eternal Witness, Ephemerate and Time Warp can allow you to take an unlimited number of turns and lock your opponent out of the game. 

EphemerateIce-Fang CoatlEternal WitnessTime Warp

Here’s how it works: Ephemerate blinks Eternal Witness, which returns Time Warp to your hand while Ephemerate gets ready on rebound. On your extra turn, Ephemerate blinks Eternal Witness again, which then returns the Ephemerate itself in order to repeat the process. This combination can be broken up by removal or graveyard hate, but for the low price of a few slots in the deck, it’s a welcome addition in the late game. That’s not to mention that Ephemerate, Eternal Witness and Time Warp are all simply good cards to draw anyway!

And of course, the rest of the deck is rounded out by the excellent cards that the Bant color combination has to offer. Cryptic Command pairs well with Mystic Sanctuary, while Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath and Teferi, Time Raveler continue to do what they do. 

Cryptic CommandMystic SanctuaryUro, Titan of Nature's WrathTeferi, Time Raveler

If you’re looking for a sweet deck that pairs a well-rounded gameplay with built-in synergy and a late game lock-out, Bant Blink could be for you!

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