Team Nova started the year off right winning the first SCG Open of the season in Columbus last week. Here’s what the team recommends for SCG Knoxville this weekend. These decks are what the members are currently planning to register in the event—if you have any questions about the lists or are interested in a sideboard guide for any of these decks check out our Discord by signing up.

Chad, Drake, Harlan, and Kevin

Bant Stoneblade

Creatures (20)
Birds of Paradise
Noble Hierarch
Ice-Fang Coatl
Stoneforge Mystic
Spell Queller

Planeswalkers (8)
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Teferi, Time Raveler
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells (11)
Path to Exile
Force of Negation
Arcum’s Astrolabe
Sword of Feast and Famine
Lands (21)
Breeding Pool
Field of Ruin
Hallowed Fountain
Horizon Canopy
Misty Rainforest
Snow-Covered Forest
Snow-Covered Island
Snow-Covered Plains
Temple Garden
Waterlogged Grove
Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
On Thin Ice
Veil of Summer
Disdainful Stroke
Winds of Abandon
Ashiok, Dream Render
Mystical Dispute
Vendilion Clique

It’s no surprise to see Harlan and Kevin sticking with Bant Stoneblade this week after winning both the Open and Modern Classic at SCG Columbus last weekend. Chad and Drake join their ranks in exiling spells and connecting with swords this weekend in Tennessee.

Only minor tweaks were made to the list in the form of the addition of a fourth copy of Birds of Paradise to more reliably power out the best card in Modern, Oko, Thief of Crowns. The mana bird replaces the third copy of Arcum’s Astrolabe from the main deck. Additionally on the sideboard you’ll find the replacement of the third Ashiok, Dream Render with a second Vendilion Clique to help play to the board versus big mana strategies.

Ally and Dylan

Sultai Whirza

Creatures (12)
Gilded Goose
Emry, Lurker of the Loch
Urza, Lord High Artificer

Planeswalkers (4)
Oko, Thief of Crowns

Spells (24)
Metallic Rebuke
Whir of Invention
Cryptic Command
Engineered Explosives
Mishra’s Bauble
Mox Opal
Aether Spellbomb
Arcum’s Astrolabe
Sword of the Meek
Thopter Foundry
Lands (20)
Breeding Pool
Flooded Strand
Misty Rainforest
Mystic Sanctuary
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Snow-Covered Island
Snow-Covered Swamp
Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
Fatal Push
Veil of Summer
Abrupt Decay
Assassin’s Trophy
Ashiok, Dream Render
Mystical Dispute
Tireless Tracker

We believe that the Whir of Invention and Thopter/Sword package is a useful tool for solving some of the tougher matchups in the field, such as being able to slam the door shut against the Primeval Titan decks that are growing in popularity in Modern. It’s nice to always have a clear avenue to victory in complex or convoluted games that you may otherwise have no business winning. 

Urza, Lord High Artificer and Primeval Titan are the two best things to be doing in Modern currently and our sideboard reflects that. It’s unlikely that you can go too wrong with playing some form of Urza, Lord High Artificer this weekend.

Matt Dilks

Amulet Titan

Creatures (12)
Sakura-Tribe Scout
Azusa, Lost but Seeking
Primeval Titan

Spells (18)
Pact of Negation
Summoner’s Pact
Once Upon a Time
Engineered Explosives
Amulet of Vigor
Lands (30)
Bojuka Bog
Boros Garrison
Breeding Pool
Castle Garenbrig
Cavern of Souls
Field of the Dead
Gemstone Mine
Ghost Quarter
Golgari Rot Farm
Gruul Turf
Radiant Fountain
Selesnya Sanctuary
Simic Growth Chamber
Slayers’ Stronghold
Snow-Covered Forest
Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
Tolaria West
Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
Engineered Explosives
FIeld of the Dead
Ghost Quarter
Radiant Fountain
Beast Within
Mystical Dispute
Ramunap Excavator
Reclamation Sage
Tireless Tracker

Running it back this weekend. What else can I say at this point? It’s more interesting when I don’t play Amulet than when I do. Beast Within is a card that’s been on the back burner and I think it will be a good catch all for this weekend. This is the new stock list.

Do you think the team can bring home another trophy this weekend? Let us know on Twitter! @TeamNovaMTG

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