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Did anybody else see the U tron list that snagged the 1st place at the GP? I'm interested in a few things about that deck.
- They cut all copies of remand
- Two copied of nimble obstructionist; but that begs the question why?
- Why play kefnet? Seems too slow for an aggro meta.
I'm assuming the Nimble Obstructionist was added in place of Remand because it's 1 cmc more for a hard counter + card draw. It's also flexible as a blocker or a clock (with flying and flash, no less), if the matchup doesn't call for a significant number of counters. A decent number of matchups call for a chalice on 1 and/or 2. If you Chalice on 2, Remand is out, but Obstructionist is still viable. Also, in that IQ, there were 3 burn decks in the top 8, making Remand feel real awful against all those 1 and 2 CMC spells.
I don't know about Kefnet the Mindful... Assuming he's in the opening hand, T1 - land, 6 cards in hand, 7 if on draw, 5 or 6 if you play a map. T2 - draw, land, remain at 6/7 or 5/6, crack map then go to 6/7. T3 - draw, land, Kefnet, drop to 6/7. So, maybe on T3, but unlikely, he's a 5/5. More likely on T4 he's a 5/5 because you'll have likely naturally drawn your 7th card or, at worst, you can activate Kefnet and draw the 7th.
In a fast aggro or combo deck matchup, I don't see Kefnet as an overly useful inclusion. However, against control or midrange, I think it's a useful addition. The longer the game is likely to go, the more powerful he is, imo.