Quote from Coq-tail »I think that adding some black for discard will be the best move to protect and help Jace. I'll try to include shadow of doubt spreading seas and at least 2 fields of ruin. What do you guys think?
I don't know. I have been seeing a lot of streamers play Jace on shells with a lot of discards and removal, and I'm not sure it's a good idea. I think discards are good when you intend to play a cheap and powerful threat right after them, because they are likely dead by turns 4 and later. DS does that with Death's Shadow itself, Tasigur or Gurmag Angler, Jund does that with Bob and Goyf, eventually Liliana, Mardu does that with Young Pyromancer, Fairies and BW Tokens do that with Bitterblossom.
Jace on the other hand, is a late game powerhouse. So... I think it's antagonic to play both. The discard spells try to help you gain an advantage on the early game, and JTMS tries to make you win the late game. Discards suck in the late game, and Jace sucks in the early game. I think they don't help each other that much. Discards are really bad to draw from Jace's Brainstorm ability, and they won't really protect him unless you save one or two for turn 3, and in that case, they're not being really efficient, and you're probably not disrupting your opponent effectively. Of course you can return un uneeded Thoughtseize to the top of library and than shuffle it away with a fetch land, but I think the discard spells end up increasing the amount of bad draws in your deck on the late game, and that's exactly what JTMS does better.
I could see discards and JTMS being played on the same deck and working, but IMO, it would work better if you had powerful threats to slam on turns 2 and/or 3, like that Sultai deck with Jace, Goyfs, Bobs, Lillys and some discards. If you have a good threat density he might help by digging into more and more threats, maybe removals. I don't know, however, if Jace is really that good on this kind of deck, as he is on a deck like ours, where almost every card is relevant in the late game. I think in those based Midranges, top ends like BBE and maybe even Chandra, Torch of Defiance make more sense. Chandra ends the game much faster, deals damage to creatures, to the opponent, and helps find more gas as well if needed (not as good as JTMS in the job, but...). BBE has a much higher immediate impact and also helps end the game faster.
Could be wrong obviously. But I don't feel like based Midranges are the best home for JTMS. I think the best shell for Jace is an interactive deck based on counterspells, and not on discards. Counterspells are so much better on the late game, and if you're playing Jace, you should be wanting to make it to the late game oftenly.