The are some cards in he deck that my look a little subpair, like Sunder and the Time Stop itself, however the first one works against as some kind of finisher (I cases when you have full board control, in some sort of Armageddon way), and the Time Stop works against uncontereable -Eldrazi- creatures as an option to Mindbreak Trap and Venser, Shaper Savant.
Two of the other three creatures in the deck have flash, to avoid tapping on my turn. Note: I count the Phyrexian Metamorph as an utility artifact instead of a creature (as an improved Sculpting Steel).
Run four equipments: Runechanter's Pike cc: 2 Can be searched with Muddle the Mixture, give first strike to the Vendilion and in mid/late game can make one-shoot kill with the Inkmoth Nexus. Umezawa's Jitte, also with cc: 2 works as control against swarm decks and helps protecting Vendilion. Sword of Feast and Famine nice protection and the card advantage really helps, untapping lands generally only is usefull in the turn you play/equip the sword. Sword of Fire and Ice also nice protection and card advantage, and the 2 damge is god against swarm decks too.
The other two creatures in the deck have flash, so it avoid tapping on my turn.
Just run two equipments: Runechanter's Pike and Umezawa's Jitte, because the cc: 2. The Swords of X and Y really don't works as it means tap 3 mana on turn 3 (the turn the Vendilion Clique is supposed to enter in play), and 2 more mana the next turn to equip, this means a great tempo waste.
There is no planeswalker either for the same reason that the Swords are left out. Taping 4 mana to play Jace, The Mind Sculptor, is very risk because you want to protect the Vendilion Clique as it's you main winning condition.
Although I'm not a Clique player, I liked the deck in general. However, I do agree that Aether Spellbomb seems questionable. Most of the time, if it's for tempo I'm not sure which creature with pro-blue would be particularly devastating.
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