There is only 11 revealed sideboard cards yet though.
There are a few things interesting about this list, but there's one thing I want to point out. What's with that manabase? Why would you need 4 Drowned Catacombs, only 1 Glacial Fortress, and a grand total of 5 checklands? Why play only 1 Watery Grave? None of the cards have double black in the mana cost, but there's a few Verdicts, and Colonnade itself needs another white source in play to activate. I also feel like at least one more Field would be good, though in testing I've found 3 to be a bit intrusive.
I played Esper tonight at Modern. My record doesn't reflect it (I went 1-3), but the list felt great. I played against Hardened Scales (2-1), UW Spirits (0-2), Humans (1-2), and Burn (1-2). I made several misplays vs. UW Spirits that cost me the match, and had poor luck against Humans. My Humans opponent played 2 Meddling Mages and 2 Phantasmal Images -- on Push, Path, Snapcaster, and Verdict -- over 2 turns (he had Vial) before I drew any removal spells. He then killed me with Kessig Malcontents and the THIRD Phantasmal Image the turn before I could flip the Terminus on top (I set it up with a Jace) to blow him out. The Burn games were close, and I won 2 more games post board when we played for fun.
Kaya was actually very good, and I think 1 Kaya is good as some mainboard life gain and an alt wincon. It wrecked Scales (hitting Hardened Scales, Animation Module, Hangarback Walker, etc.). Kaya felt a lot worse in the Nihil Spellbomb/Verdict/Serum Visions list I was playing, since it's so hard to find a window to cast it, but, when almost everything else costs 1/2 mana, Kaya doesn't feel so clunky anymore. Again, the 3rd Field might be a little greedy, but it's a good card.
I know I've been mostly absent over the last 18 months. I have a two week block of leave scheduled in June; for one of those weeks I'll be at a scout camp, but for the other I'll be mostly free so I intend to overhaul the primer, which last had a good cleanup in 2016.
Zach Allen's list and the phoenix/dredge meta
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Modern: Esper Draw-Go
Legacy: RUG Lands
EDH: Sidisi turn-3 storm