Seriously, I shilled it up this week!
When War of the Spark Standard rolled out, everyone was distracted by Simic Nexus and the results it was expected to put up at SCG Richmond. So when it failed to breach the Top 8 that weekend, let alone win the tournament, everyone focused on its lack of success. However, a variant of the deck ended up getting completely ignored, as Mitchell Castaldini finished in second place in the Standard Classic at SCG Richmond with Bant Nexus. I didn't let this accomplishment go unnoticed, however, and "sleeved" the deck up on Magic Arena to take it for a spin.
I was instantly hooked!
While Simic Nexus was the way to go last season, the addition of a third color helped the deck out immensely against problematic permanents like Narset, Parter of Veils; Teferi, Time Raveler; and whatever else people were playing. Just having access to a strong secondary gameplan in the form of Teferi, Hero of Dominaria was nice, especially when it seemed more difficult to pull off Wilderness Reclamation shenanigans thanks to Mortify and Teferi, Time Raveler.
I don't have enough games under my belt to say Bant Nexus is by far the best way to build this style of deck. My initial opinion is that it's better than Simic Nexus, but I don't want to pick that fight. I'm too old and beat up from all the exhausting controversy from these past couple of weeks to argue on the internet about such things. Maybe five years ago I'd be down to rumble with you young Simic-slingers, but 32-year-old Brad is still tired from the cross-country move.
All I know is I wouldn't register Simic Nexus in any event but did submit Bant Nexus for my MPL Weekly matches this week. You'll get to see how I did this Saturday at Noon PDT on Magic: The Gathering's Twitch page.
Hot damn, my shill game is strong this week. It's good to be back!