Quote from zcowan »I totally understand that! There are a lot of really good sideboard options now a days - I think it comes down to what you think you will see the most of. Like if there isn't that much Tron in your area you can probably safely cut back on damping sphere.. You don't necessarily need to show up with answers to everything if you know that a good majority will be playing Jeskai lol
As for play style - I usually try to race because the more mana they have the harder the game gets.. This usually involves playing out my mana dorks/nettles/and a lord (leaving a copy in hand if I have multiple)...
And currently I have cut Chord of calling (a lot of winning lists have done the same). it's gotten to a point that unless you are playing the combo GW it is just better to run lead the stampede to keep your hand full
And for the Elvish Visionary - I don't think they are that big of a deal. I used to run 2 but never liked them.. Like when you dump your hand and end on a Visionary it definitely feels anticlimactic lol.. Right now I am experimenting with Steel Leaf Champion in its place because it avoids chump blockers which is really good given the amount of young pyromancer tokens and tiny humans running amuck haha
Hope this helps!
Thanks for the information :). It is definitely hard to know what I will see at the tournament but I know in the past I’ve seen Tron, Eldrazi Arron, Grixis, Jund and Humans. I’m also aware that one of my playtesting group will be on UW Control for sure, and I also imagine I will see either Lantern or KCI cuz it’s big right now.
Glad to know that Visionary is not that big of a deal it makes me feel better about going down or cutting them completely.
I do agree that Lead is better the Next chord that’s why I only run 2 Chord because there are games I’ve one by Chording for Shaman and I’ve also put my Selfless Spirit mainboard as a cordable Target game 1 against boardwipes, I think if I cut chord completely I need to go from Abzan to just GB.
I will take both yours and marcWizard advice into account next time I play UW. I’m so used to just going off with elves and playing my entire hand out even CoCo it Lead by T2 or T3 if I can, but if I know my OP is on uw I should start trying to sandbag some instant speed reaction, or go off and cast lead early but hold the creatures.