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  • posted a message on Jeskai Control
    Quote from chaos021 »
    I've been rocking a 1-of Settle the Wreckage in sideboard. At first, it caught a lot of people off-guard three weeks ago. Since then, it's just been good.

    I'm more interested in your match up against Grixis Death's Shadow. How did you sideboard against it?


    grixis DS is supposed to be a good match up. Indeed, our deck is one of the reasons why now grixis DS is less played. We have so many burn removal that they cannot play super aggressive otherwise a bolt-snap-bolt can end the game!

    Anyway I bring in 2 dispel, 2 relic of progenitus, pia and kiran, celestial purge and 2 wrath (1 verdict and 1 settle now). Then I cut almost the 4 spell queller and then some other cards among Geist (even if it can stop them from attacking), helix (i prefer to keep electrolyze for card drawing) and cryptic (stubborn denial is a nightmare).

    On the other hand recently I played against Esper DS and I found quite an harder match up then the grixis version due to lingering souls, that cards changes completely the match up!
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Control
    I did not board in Disdainful Stroke cause dispel and negate are usually better. I can see adding stroke instead of other counterspells like logic knot. I have something like 11-13 cards good to bring into, the problem is what to cut.

    For sure we agree on the electrolyze (2 copies), cryptic (2 copies but I would not mind cut the all 3), a couple of path, geist (keeping at most 1). Queller in 1 copy at most. Why do you say to keep logic knot? It is a nombo with relic, storm can add mana at instant speed and we have better counterspell in the sideboard.

    For reference the list I current run is:
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Control
    Do you guys side out Cryptic command against storm? I always felt good taking all of them out cause is too expensive and usually 1 counterspell is not enough against them. This is how I sideboarding against storm:

    IN
    2 relic
    2 dispel
    1 negate
    1 izzet staticaster
    2 wrath (now verdict+settle the wreckage)
    1 runed halo

    if they play blood moon in side:
    1 wear//tear
    1 celestial purge


    OUT
    2 electrolyze (they will shave on creatures post side)
    1 path to exile (as above)
    1 queller
    3 cryptic command
    2 logic knot (nombo with relic and they can have a lot of mana with instant rites)

    if they play blood moon in side:
    1 pte (another one, replacing with celestial purge)
    1 helix


    What are your thoughts about Geist in this matchup? Does it worth to keep 1-2 copies?
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Control
    Hello guys! I was thinking to drop 1 geist to add a mainboard vendiolion clique. I got to this idea cause a lot of time it happened to have multiple useless geists in the hand. Has someone ever tested this configuration? or better to keep vendilion in the sideboard?
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Edgar Markov - Low Mana Curve Build
    Hello guys! I just bought the commander deck and started modifying it! It is my first commander deck so I dont know the format at all! I started cutting cards starting from manabase, adding cards from my modern pool. Now i am stucked with the rest of the deck. Is commander a format which requires tons of removal to be added? What about mana artifacts like the various signets?

    Until now I planned the deck on a quite aggro build with low cost vampires and then some high mana bombs (CMC > 5) like patron of the vein, butcher of malakir, Malakir Bloodwitch, Bloodlord of Vaasgoth and Anowon, the Ruin Sage. Dunno if this is the correct way to develop the deck! Any tips are appreciated! thanks Grin
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Jeskai Control
    Quote from guineapirate »
    Quote from rick90 »
    Since you lost 2 games due to goblins I would bring in, in addition, mass removal, izzet staticaster and a negate also. I would cut those ancestral vision. The match up is favoured for us if we play conservatively, especially post sideboard we have tons of cards against them! I really love runed halo against them. Is super good, naming Grapeshot or also Goblin token


    You cannot name goblin token with rune halo since it’s not a card name


    yes you can Wink (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=runed halo)
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Control
    Since you lost 2 games due to goblins I would bring in, in addition, mass removal, izzet staticaster and a negate also. I would cut those ancestral vision. The match up is favoured for us if we play conservatively, especially post sideboard we have tons of cards against them! I really love runed halo against them. Is super good, naming Grapeshot or also Goblin token
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Control
    Small FNM this friday with the classic Jeskai list with 3 Geist and only 4 Serum Visions. I went 2-1-1 winning against RG Valakut and RG Ponza (Disdainful stroke, wear//tear and runed halo are all stars in these two match ups!), drawing againt monoB zombie (graveyard recursion is a problem if we dont see path to exile or relic of progenitus :/ ) and losing against Abzan. How do we face this match up? between discard-lingering souls-gavony township and post board thrun the match up looked impossible! I was thinkin to swap you Supreme Verdict with the new instant exile wrath settle the wreckage, to be able to deal with cards like thrun especially now that Grixis DS is less played so we can afford not to have a second non counterable wrath! Any thoughts?
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Control
    Geist is such a powerful card and provides us a clock that otherwise we would not have. I think it perfectly fits in a deck with 11-13 removal maindeck (4 bolt, 4 pte, 3 helix, 0-2 electrolyze).

    I played some matches against storm and G1 is not a big deal if we manage to kill all their creatures. They only have grapeshot and making a lethal swing without a mana reducer is quite hard unless we dont kill by ourself with fetch/shock. We have to play veeeeeery conservative, not always falling into the trap of countering EOT gifts going tapped out and die the following turn. Spell queller is an all star in this match up. Post board they will bring in empty the warrens which is a problem cause they manage to make a lot of goblin also without graveyard and without mana reducer...so we should bring in mass removal, izzet staticaster, additional counter like dispel and negate and also relic of progenitus cause they will not side out the grapeshot plan.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Control
    Everytime I had colonnade in my initial hand I almost regret it! We can afford a tapland in the first turns only against some kind of decks. But against all aggro, midrange and some combo I always want to be able to have an asnwer, which means turn 2 logic knot, or turn 3 queller or two removals. This weekend I have been playing mostly against aggro deck (Burn, Goblin, Zombie, Mono W Death and Taxes and 4C Humans Compaby) and everytime I had a colonnade in the first 4 turns I always felt I was a turn behind the opponent!

    Concerning Opt I have seen how it is not a card played at recently high level tournaments (mainly SCG) but I can see adding 2 of them replacing one land and 1 electrolyze even if when I tested, it felt wierd to have so many cantrips in first turns, going tapped out without having mana for responding opponent, but this is just my two cents!
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Control
    I went back to the classic list with only 4 serum vision and no Opt and I think it is really the best combination! No instant speed will compensate the 3 cards that SV allows to see! I also played only 3 Celestial Colonnade because I really do not want to find that card in my opening hands, everytime I drew it I had problems, especially playing against aggro decks!
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Control
    End of turn gifts is usually a trap we dont have to fall into. When asked to decide, could be better to put past in flames directly in the graveyard cause, if countered, it goes exiled directly! For sure we have to kill instaneously all creatures such that they will need more mana to combo off, then land a threat and put the clock on. Post sideboard they will put out gift and grapeshot relying on the empty the warrens plan. Supreme verdict and izzet staticaster are good such as relic of progenitus (or rest in peace). We have tools to face both they gameplans.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Control
    Quote from toroks »
    Quote from rick90 »
    Quote from toroks »
    Quote from rick90 »
    Looks like all the Jeskai lists that made results at that SCG run only SV apart from the pure control draw go list. I am still puzzled by the right number but probably I will give the original list another try. I have seen Rosum playing only SV i think this weekend at SCG.

    Interesting to see that no queller/geist midrange lists made it to top 32 in the SCG Open, despite it's popularity (~8% jeskai decks day 2). Brandon Dollaway ended 46th and Jonathan Rosum ended 65th. Only one jeskai in top 32 and that is a 4 snapcaster/1 Gearhulk list. The turning point for Rosum was when he tapped out for Pia and Kiran against Todd Stevens' GW Company, only to be punished by a six mana Elspeth on the other side of the table...


    Yes but I dont think it means the deck is not good anymore. There are no ETron lists as well but the deck is still a tier 1. I did not finish to watch Rosum's match against Stevens but I think GW Company is quite a bad match up for us unless we dont see mass removal to provide some advantage.

    Rosum also lost to Storm (Paul Muller, the winner of the tournament) and Joshua Smith on Affinity. Brandon Dollaway lost to Ryan Webster on GR Ponza.
    Storm is also what stopped Greatnate from 5-0'ing his last MTGO League, with a 0-2 loss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSnrJ84i7K8&t=41s
    Our clocks and Cryptic Commands are often too slow and clunky against storm.


    Affinity is theoretically a good match up for us unless they manage to play multiple etched champions. Storm is difficult cause you have to respect their combo, killing all creatures but, especially post sideboard with empty the warrens, they will be eventually be able to generate a lot of tokens despite of our counters and removal. I think there are worse match up to be worried, Burn is way worse!
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Control
    Quote from toroks »
    Quote from rick90 »
    Looks like all the Jeskai lists that made results at that SCG run only SV apart from the pure control draw go list. I am still puzzled by the right number but probably I will give the original list another try. I have seen Rosum playing only SV i think this weekend at SCG.

    Interesting to see that no queller/geist midrange lists made it to top 32 in the SCG Open, despite it's popularity (~8% jeskai decks day 2). Brandon Dollaway ended 46th and Jonathan Rosum ended 65th. Only one jeskai in top 32 and that is a 4 snapcaster/1 Gearhulk list. The turning point for Rosum was when he tapped out for Pia and Kiran against Todd Stevens' GW Company, only to be punished by a six mana Elspeth on the other side of the table...


    Yes but I dont think it means the deck is not good anymore. There are no ETron lists as well but the deck is still a tier 1. I did not finish to watch Rosum's match against Stevens but I think GW Company is quite a bad match up for us unless we dont see mass removal to provide some advantage.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Control
    Looks like all the Jeskai lists that made results at that SCG run only SV apart from the pure control draw go list. I am still puzzled by the right number but probably I will give the original list another try. I have seen Rosum playing only SV i think this weekend at SCG.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
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