“Speak little. Do much.”
This is by far my favorite card in Magic: The Gathering. Almost every day I think about how to use Monastery Mentor in a deck.
To make a Mentor deck work you need to have few card types for having a successful Mentor deck.
- Cheap and efficient card draw spells to keep the monks pumping and generate a big clock. In standard we have the following cards: Treasure Cruise, Dig Through Time and Painful Truths
- Cheap interactive spells, they can be discard, counterspells, kill spells, burn spells, protection spells
- Anthem Effects: Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, Retreat to Emeria and Drana, Liberator of Malakir
Here are few decklists that are in consideration for me to play at the SCG Invitational in Las Vegas.
Esper Mentor by Andrea Biaggi
Pros: The match ups vs midrange and control are pretty good.
Cons: Needs 4 mana to function properly. The lack of cheap removal makes the match up vs aggro decks really hard.
Mardu Mentor by Andrea Biaggi
Pros: Lot of strong cards, good match up vs aggro decks.
Cons: Being mainly white for Monastery Mentor and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar makes the mana base sub optimal. I encountered several losses due to mana issues.
Naya Prowess Rage by Andrea Biaggi
Pros: Really powerful when it works. Really good against aggressive and midrange decks.
Cons: Suffers against removal heavy decks. Relying on the combo to win makes this deck really volatile and draw dependent.
UW Mentor/Myth Realized by Andrea Biaggi
Pros: Consistent and no mana issues.
Cons: Not powerful enough in a landscape populated by 3 or 4 color decks with more powerful spells.
Dark Jeskai Mentor by LSV
Pros: Really powerful, consistent and good match ups against most of the field.
Cons: Grindy and slow to win.
Andrea – Karn’s Blueprints