Bontu Aristocrats

by DedWards on 02 May 2017

Main Deck (60 cards)

Sideboard (6 cards)

Instants (3)

Enchantments (3)

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Deck Description

Tinkering with ideas for a new Standard deck.

If I do end up playing this, I really hope that Hour of Devastation and / or the set after (Ixalan?) has a replacement for Zulaport Cutthroat and Pious Evangel.

I know Fatal Push would be perfect in here, but I currently can't get my hands on any. So what do you think of Grasp of Darkness as a filler until I get Fatal Push?

*Edit 2 May 2017:
-2 Yahenni, Undying Partisan
+2 Weaponcraft Enthusiast

After multiple rounds goldfishing, I feel I need more Servo production. Yahenni was cut for multiple reasons, but mainly because he only gets bigger when the opponent's creatures die. Weaponcraft Enthusiast was chosen as the Dawn half of Dusk // Dawn can return it to my hand.


I'm torn between this WB build and this RB build:
Both have their pros and cons, but I can only afford to invest in one of them.


Decided to stick with Orzhov. This is what I'll be running at Standard FNM in the foreseeable future:
Oh, and I managed to get a set of Fatal Push. Yay me :D

How to Play

Classic Aristocrats strategy: sacrifice creatures to get bonuses.

Sacrifice outlets:
> Bontu the Glorified: Sacrifices creatures to attack / block, drain life, and scry.
> Syndicate Trafficker: Sacrifices artifacts to get bigger (+1/+1 counters) and become indestructible (temporarily). All tokens are artifacts.
> Yahenni, Undying Partisan: Sacrifices to become indestructible (temporarily). Gets bigger (+1/+1 counters) when opponent's creatures die.
> Pious Evangel: Sacrifices a permanent to transform into a more resilient Zulaport Cutthroat.
> Hidden Stockpile: Sacrifices creatures to Scry and spews out a Servo almost every turn.
{Thinking of dropping Yahenni and Trafficker to 2x each for 2x Weaponcraft Enthusiast}

Token Production:
> Hidden Stockpile: Each time I sacrifice in my turn, this gives another creature to sacrifice.
> Servo Exhibition: 2 mana for 2 Servos. Simple and to the point.
> Sram's Expertise: 3 Servos AND another card for free. Yes please.
> Anointed Procession: Double all other token production.

Life Drain:
> Zulaport Cutthroat: Sacrifices become life drain.
> Wayward Disciple: (Pious Evangel transformed) A more resilient Zulaport Cutthroat.

Deck Tags

  • Standard
  • Aristocrats
  • Orzhov
  • BW
  • Sacrifice

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NOTE: Set by owner when deck was made.

Card Legality

  • Not Legal in Standard
  • Legal in Modern
  • Legal in Vintage
  • Legal in Legacy

Deck discussion for Bontu Aristocrats

angelic purge might mae a good removal spell

Posted 05 May 2017 at 13:16


It does have some interesting interactions with Bontu and Hidden Stockpile, but honestly I'd prefer something cheaper and instant speed, like Grasp of Darkness. Only problem I'm having with Grasp is it's {B}{B}.

Posted 05 May 2017 at 13:23


Just a few suggestions:
Solemn Recruit
Voldaren Pariah
Altars Reap

Posted 05 May 2017 at 15:22


Solemn Recruit is a very good, problem is I can't seem to find space for it.
If I can get my hands on one, Voldaren Pariah may replace Yahenni.
I chose Bone Splinters over Altars Reap as my spell based sacrifice as I feel the removal is more important than draw.
Start // Finish was considered, and still is an option. Will see how this runs before trying them.

Posted 05 May 2017 at 16:09


dread wanderer may be good, you can sacrifice it, return it, then sac it again

Posted 05 May 2017 at 15:39


I am collecting Dread Wanderer. Only concern is Syndicate Trafficker can't sacrifice it. Will test it out and make changes accordingly.

Posted 05 May 2017 at 16:04


I like the idea. I actually just finished a sacrifice deck and I think it's pretty good but I would like some input.
here's the link if you want to check it out.

Posted 17 July 2017 at 19:17


A sweet random Card that makes your guys not terrible if you need combat could be the mimic guy.
That way you can have your servo's come in as 2/2 etc.

Posted 18 July 2017 at 00:59