Quote from benjameenbear »The list that I've been having some success with on Arena is as follows:
Esper ControlMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards Creatures (1)
1x Nezahal, Primal Tide
1x Dawn of Hope
4x Thought Erasure
1x Cast Down
2x Moment of Craving
4x Kaya's Wrath
3x Vraska's Contempt
3x Chemister's Insight
2x Precognitive Perception
4x Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
4x Hallowed Fountain
4x Watery Grave
4x Godless Shrine
4x Drowned Catacomb
4x Glacial Fortress
3x Isolated Chapel
2x Disdainful Stroke
1x Invoke the Divine
3x Cry of the Carnarium
3x Unmoored Ego
2x Lyra Dawnbringer
2x The Eldest Reborn
I play Best of 3 matches and I win a little bit more than I lose. The matchups that I have a tough time with are Mono-Red, the mirror match, and Mono-Blue Tempo. Sultai Mid-Range feels pretty manageable, particularly with the 4x Kaya's Wrath being mainboard. I find that I enjoy any Nexus of Fate matchup because a lot of them try and sideboard/keep removal in the main in anticipation of me bringing in Thief of Sanity. Juking them out feels fantastic, especially with the Ego stealing all of their Nexi with Counter backup.
I'm a little torn on the sideboard Disdainful Strokes. They're good against any mid-range deck and most Control decks, but I kinda want to shore up my Tempo and Mono-Red Matchups with more cheap removal. I'm contemplating going to just 1 The Eldest Reborn and adding in another Cast Down in the side. While I loved siding in [CARD}Thief of Sanity[/CARD], everyone is expecting it now and anticipates it, so it's no longer as effective as it once was.
The Matchups that I've come across as being most common are Azorius Aggro, Sultai Mid-Range, Mono-Red, Esper Control, Gate variants, Mono-Blue Tempo, and Nexus of Fate decks. Izzet Drakes will probably pick up in popularity soon, but that matchup feels manageable with the heavy Removal count mainboard. Either way, the fact that the meta has settled down a bit makes Control a better option than it was previously.
My favorite part about Esper Control is how I no longer lose to Carnage Tyrant. That card literally made my blood pressure rise every time I tried playing against it with Jeskai Control. No longer!
It's been mentioned a number of times by professional MTG players and writers, but the mainboard Thought Erasures go a LONG way in shoring up some difficult matchups G1. Taking a Mono-Red's Frenzy is game-changing, or nabbing a Vivien Reid or Find//Finality can be pivotal in winning G1. It's probably the best card for Control decks right now, and I could easily see a Grixis variant doing well. Maybe a Grixis variant with mainboard Thief of Sanity could be intriguing and effective against the current meta.
Hope that this brief analysis helps.
If you want to beat red, I would (in order of importance)
1. Find room for Moment Of Craving 3 and 4. Best card in the match.
2. Play 2-3 Basilica Bell-Haunt in the SB. A 3/4 wall that gives you 3 life, and takes a card out of their hand? Very strong. Alternatively, you could play the white horse (the name escapes me). gains 3 when it comes in, gains 3 every time an opponent targets it. Less useful against mono blue since it doesn't fly or strip the hand.