Quote from Aramchik »The problem with Deputy of Detention is that there is no way to protect it cause its not a spirit + it can be removed very easily. It has no evasion.. The only meta where I see him shie is Combo + aggro-creature decks. In all other matchups its a bad card.
I would never take out Thalia. She swtiches off so may modern decks. She is A MUST HAVE at least TWO in the deck
Quote from Aramchik »Its UW Control, you can see my current list on the photo attached
I play 20 lands where 3x of them are Mutavaults
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I know a lot of people don't like the main deck eidolon of the great revels but I have won so many games with my opponent at 2 and one of those out I am sold on them. They speed up the clock dramatically. There are very few decks in modern I don't want them in against.
Quote from EnigmaNJ »Hey guys, my name is Evan Berg I've been putting up results with Azorius spirits in both paper and mtgo leagues (EnigmaNJ).I most recently top 8d two IQs in the same weekend March 23/24 the deck feels amazing right now and actually well positioned going forward despite Bant still being the more popular variant. I started playing spirits about a month and a half before the KCI ban, I first picked azorius as the "budget version" more than anything but I quickly fell in love with the deck, I'd always wanted to play an aether vial deck so I was stoked I was planning on picking up nobles and cocos eventually to play bant, never happened because azorius was such a blast to play with rattlechains shenanigans and being almost like a tempo taxes that could hold its own in the format.
Enough about that though, I started with a mostly stock azorius list
4x mausoleum wanderer
3x thalia, guardian
1x Kira (always loved her in the deck even pre deputy)
2x nebelgast herald (my tech against humans since it was top dog at the time, soo good)
Grinding leagues everyday that I could and hitting an SCG or some form of 1k on saturdays, I began testing other versions as the meta evolved, mtgo is always different than paper meta-wise, and I like being a little more creative on mtgo because of the ease of access to all cards. Here are a few different lists I posted 5-0 with and explanations to the card choices.
This was my first, and oddest of them all. Right after Guilds came out on mtgo I wanted to test some cards I'd been thinking about from guilds (tithe taker, forbidding spirit) as well as some sideboard options (Fragmentize, Eidolon of rhetoric, remand), Spirit of the labyrinth was also getting a test run as a 2-of in the mainboard. I think I benefited a lot from people not knowing about tithe taker, it has two very relevant abilities and is a pseudo two-for-one, figuratively good dead or alive lol. Forbidding Spirit was great against humans/spirits but the meta was beginning to shift, I keep him in the maybeboard binder, card is powerful, and in a version with phantasmals could be great in a creature intensive meta. Eidolon was great and stuck in the sideboard from then until now, almost a necessity against gds/phoenix and combo decks amongst others. Spirit of the labyrinth was a little too squishy at the time, however now that Phoenix is down to one gut shot main in izzet, I think it could be viable in the mainboard at this time.
I wanted another one drop creature, very badly lol, so after scouring gatherer for a few days I stumbled upon Siren Stormtsmer (I had not been playing magic at all during amonkhet, ixalan, and most of dominaria standards so I didn't know much about those sets. She was great in the briefly midrange/phoenix heavy meta that I was experiencing at this time,had flying evasion fittingly, and had a better turn aside stapled to her that didn't require tapping to activate. I still think shes a gem, and with dredge falling off a little in overall percentage I could see myself playing her in the 75 again sometime in the near future. Eidolon was also in the main as the influx phoenix continued.This was my first league with Deputy of Detention also, which has proven to become a staple in our deck as well as humans. I still think reflector is better for bant because of coco but DoD has been firmly slotted as a 2-3 of mainboard card for me ever since this league. Siren is also very playable. dovin ban was never seen and never really needed juries out there.
Curious obsession is great, I took this same list to t32 at the NJ regionals, when humans was still dominant this version felt ideal. With phoenix decks now all over, it isnt as good but if the meta shifts away I'll be playing this again. Hurkyl's was amazing out of the board, I was talking to an old friend who played fish in the past, I remembered the card during our chat he helped me identify the name. Its proven invaluable since and has become a staple in my board. Stony actually isnt that good right now so going forward I shifted my artifact to two hurkyl's or two and one kataki if I expect a lot of whir/affinity/tron. Alliance is also great if youre expecting a lot of burn/gds/amulet titan. Stroke has proven to be the best counterspell out of the board for Azorius in particular as in some matches we don't want to develop our board quickly which could be awkward with unified will. Stroke also covers/overlaps with queller almost ideally, just feels good overall, all-star against amulet titan/tron/combo can be used against gurmsg angler decks as well.
These are my most recent results, two IQs in one weeekend, topped both, went into the bernardsville IQ at top seed to boot. I also used this list at the philadelphia open and started 5-1 before variance took me out. Unfortunately I saw bad variance in both quarterfinal rounds of the Iqs as well and was unable to advance further.
remorseful cleric overperformed all weekend as I played against a lot of dredge, it allowed me to steal game ones on multiple occasions in what couldve easily been blowouts in those occasions had I not had it.
Declaration in stone is extremely good right now, I highly recommend it to combat humans/gds/phoenix/dredge/affinity/tron/amulet/mirrors sometimes giving the opponent a land with path feels really bad, dec in stone feels better and although sorcery speed it feels more like a two mana maelstrom pulse in white than anything most of the times you cast it, and being two mana it doesnt even feel bad as a 1-1, bonus synergy with kataki/hurkyls.
Chalice of the void is a very powerful addition I unfortunately did not play against many decks that it was good against that weekend so I felt like I had a 12 card sideboard for the majority of it, shoutout to therift on discord for being the mastermind behind it, I will be playing this version in larger events (with an additional cavern of souls) going forward. Chalice is incredibly well positioned in the current meta.
Going forward I've been experimenting with 3 captain and 2 kira in the mainboard and it has actually been performing very well as phoenix has taken over my local metagame pretty heavily. I am also exxperimenting with a full set of thalia in the mainboard as she is incredibly powerful right now and a key card in many matchups.
Thank you for skimming/reading I apologise for the length of this post, but I've been meaning to become more active on these forums for a while, and I wanted to share my experiences. You can look forward to normal sized posts in the future
Quote from EnigmaNJ »post your current sideboard and I can make a little cheat sheet for you, i would be bringing in chalice vs phoenix variants, gds, storm (on 2), vs storm I cut kira path and a vial, vs gds I'll cut 2 paths 1 drogskol, and one vial, for 3 chalice and 1 dec in stone (dec in stone is almost needed if youre playing chalice). phoenix variants, 1 drogskol, 1 vial, 1 path, for chalices, then I'll also add eidolon of rhetoric(s), Dec in stone, and one damping sphere if on the play, ill cut a thalia, 1-2 deputy, and either a selfless or an additional vial for them. It also depends if I see pyromancer ascension or not.