Welcome to What We'd Play! With SCG Syracuse this weekend, many are unsure what they'd play in such a high-profile tournament, especially one with new cards from War of the Spark. That's where we come in and let you know what we'd play and why we'd play it. Hopefully this last-minute advice aids in your decision making! Be sure to vote for who you agree with in the poll at the end!
Brad Nelson – Bant Nexus
I'm a firm believer that Simic Nexus does not have what it takes to get the job done in the current Standard metagame. The deck is weak to Mono-Red Aggro; struggles against Teferi, Time Raveler; and has a whole slew of other problems. That's why I started working on Bant Nexus, and since then have had decent results on Magic Arena (nothing amazing, though, so don't abandon everything you've done to play this "hot off the presses" deck). It's just something I enjoy and think you might as well.
Casting Nexus of Fate isn't "fun," but I do have to say the newer versions with Tamiyo, Collector of Tales at least make the deterministic kill come way more quickly than previous versions before War of the Spark. That's one of the reasons I was drawn to the deck, as the strategy got more powerful and quicker.
Well, that is, if an opponent chooses to concede…
I'll be doing a primer on this deck tomorrow, so if you're interested in hearing more about Bant Nexus, including a sideboard guide, be sure to find me then!