Quote from kpal »Have you ever heard of Esper Dragons? One of the best control decks recently. And there are multiple Approach decks in Esper and Jesaki. You shouldn't be advising people that three color decks are worse. When this is clearly not the case. Just because you can not run a three color control deck successfully against the scrubs at your local LGS does not make the deck bad.Quote from xaltair »Quote from kpal »This is total nonsense. Have you played a three color Approach? If you had you would know that a 3rd color is easy to add and gives extra options. The deck is NOT worse. Where do you get this from?Quote from xaltair »Quote from PlaneswalkerJoe168 »I guess we need a turn one answer like fatal push or magma spray for the initial attackers.
You DO NOT NEED to run a 3rd color like red for Magma Spray or black for Fatal Push, that will not make your deck better, it will make the mana worse and overall your deck will lose more games than if you just run answers to creatures using white which has an amazing array of cards available now.
Did you actually read what I said in the first sentence, you should because you quoted it.
Running a third color just to add a one-mana removal spell in that color is total nonsense. Such as splashing red just for magma spray or shock, or splashing black just for fatal push or another removal spell.
If you want to splash a third color for a finisher type card such as The Scarab God (splash black) or The Locust God (splash red) then maybe it is doable, but not for 1 or 2 mana spells.
Also any deck that is running 3 colors instead of 2 colors is inherently more prone to mana issues and a control deck cannot afford to miss a land drop or have the wrong mana in the first 4-5 turns when it needs to stabilize the board with a wrath type effect, therefore it is not advisable to play a 3 color control deck if you can play just a 2 color control deck just fine.
Esper dragons is a different deck from a different era, that comparison isn't valid. As for splashing a third color I am solidly against it. I was playing Jeskai before UW and I found that the added power of Magma Spray, Harnessed Lightning, and The Locust God just didn't make up for the inconsistencies that I had with the mana. The fact that the only enemy color lands in standard right now are the fast lands is just really rough. Approach is a deck that really wants it's 5th, 6th, and 7th lands to be coming into play untapped and the fast lands make that difficult some times. While Esper does look much better than Jeskai it still doesn't change the fact that you'll need to run more tap lands to accommodate that third color.