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Bant Charm
Shards of Alara

Reviewed October 15, 2008

Constructed: 3.80
Casual: 3.10
Limited: 3.75

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Wednesday - Bant Charm

And the multicolored charms from Invasion return. This is unquestionably the best of the charms. For three mana, you get to either blast a problematic artifact, deal with a problematic creature, or counter their counterspell or other threat. This card will no doubt see a lot of play in control decks for the next two years due to its amazing versatility and power.

In limited, play this if you're Bant. Options are always good, and three powerful ones are even better.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Bant Charm
Alara's five Charms are all quite useful; I don't think any of them has an ability that'll never be useful. Bant Charm may be the best of all of them, with three extremely high-powered modes and both offensive and defensive applications. Now it just needs a good deck to play in... but let's be honest: if you can't find good cards to put with it in those colors, there's something wrong.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
The Missing Linc

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Bant Charm

Who can complain about this whole cycle of charms. The effects are quite powerful as they should be for the difficult cost of casting. This may be the best of the cycle. It deals with artifacts permanently, creatures temporarily (and takes into account persist), and can deal with instant shenanigans. With the heavy casting cost, it will likely be a two-of in a constructed deck but possibly three-of. I think blue-white control may be on the comeback in standard.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 3

Wednesday 10-15-08

Bant Charm


Constructed: One of the best charms in the set. Bant shard has been talk about alot with alot of good stuff that is very playable. In the mirror match destroy one of their key artifacts, my some big annoy critter on the bottom of there deck. Counter a Cryptic Command, now that will be sweet.


Casual: If it is not a big Dragon or a Big Ultimatum spell, not very popular with the casual crowd.


Limited: Top pick and hate draft it to. Use it wisely. Stop the Esper Charm will be one main goal. A lot of big critters in this set to watch out for. Several artifacts that are creatures I would destroy first, like Sharding Sphinx, but the Salvage Titan I would put it on the bottom of their deck.


Overall Bants best instant. We will see all of the charms around for awhile.


Constructed: 4

Casual: 2

Limited: 4




BeJose Bant Charm Green ManaWhite ManaBlue Mana
Choose one - Destroy target artifact; or put target creature on the bottom of its owner's library; or counter target instant spell.
So many good cards this week. This is just awesome. This is basically great anywhere. Being able to hit any creature (not just attacking or blocking) is great, countering combat tricks and removal spells (most are instant) is great, and destroying most of Espers cards is great. In limited its removal with multiple options, take it. In casual its just super.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5

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