May 21, 2015

Jeskai Dragons

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I've been enjoying the Standard Super League on Tuesday evenings and look forward to what these players are bringing to battle with week-to-week. It's very interesting how metagames can change with only eight players. Today's deck is from Week 3 of the Super League, piloted by Paul Cheon.

Many of you know that Esper Dragons is one of the best decks in Standard. You have access to the best removal spells in the format, Hero's Downfall and Bile Blight. Your creatures are great at stabilizing the board and Silumgar, the Drifting Death combined with any other Dragon is great at clearing away creatures. You even get to play one of the best discard spells ever printed, Thoughtseize.

So why would Paul play a Dragon control deck that is anything but Esper? Well, another top deck of the format is green-based Megamorph. The card advantage provided by Den Protector and Deathmist Raptor is usually too much for Esper decks to handle. This Jeskai version of Dragon control has access to Anger of the Gods, a card that can exile your opponent's recurring creatures forever.

Another card that gives Jeskai Dragons an edge in a lot of matchups is actually a sideboard card, Soulfire Grand Master. This card is usually seen in burn and aggro decks, so what's it doing here? Soulfire Grand Master's main goal in this deck is to buy back spells. Control decks such as this one play more lands than aggro decks, so there is a reasonable chance that you'll be hitting your land drop every turn. Late in the game, Soulfire Grand Master can rebuy important spells like Silumgar's Scorn and Dig Through Time. Another cool thing about this guy is that most control decks will be siding out their Bile Blights. Your opponents will certainly be in for a surprise when they see a Soulfire Grand Master on turn two in the control mirror.

Paul Cheon’s Jeskai Dragons



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