Bant Golos showed up Week 1 and obliterated SCG Philadelphia. There's no other way to say it. Comprising about half of all Day 2 Standard decks and much of the Top 8 is impressive work for any archetype in Week 1, but it's even more impressive for an archetype that has clearly staked out one of the polar ends of the metagame.
It will be challenging to find anything that can go over the top of Bant Golos. If Bant Golos cedes metagame share, it will be because people thread a very small gap that allows them to pressure Bant Golos in the unique manner that the deck didn't prepare that week. Given the wealth of tools available to Bant Golos, I get the sense that the deck will ultimately change to answer whatever ails it. This tells me that Bant Golos is a fine archetype to gain mastery over and commit to for the long haul.
To that end, I want to explore each nonland card that was played in a Bant Golos maindeck at SCG Philadelphia and let you know exactly how good it is. I do believe people are still making some foundational deckbuilding mistakes when it comes to the archetype. This article should help clean those up while establishing a hierarchy that will allow us to start properly sculpting our maindeck on a week-to-week basis.
Nobody is ever cutting these cards. Next.
Touch at Your Own Peril
- Once Upon a Time: 10 out of 10
- Hydroid Krasis: 9.5 out of 10
I wish I was including Once Upon a Time and Hydroid Krasis in "The Untouchables," but people seem to routinely convince themselves to play fewer than four copies. I am mostly at a loss for reasons why.