Modern Deck: Jeskai Control, Momentum and Reactivity
Today, we'll analyze Jeskai Control's capacity to always adapt to the Metagame, running recent and old cards to react to its opponents.Edit Article
control; precisely because it is a meta-reactive deck type, control decks constantly look for the most optimized approaches to fighting what is most present. An environment with more light and aggressive creatures requires more removals, while a metagame with a strong combo makes counterspells and hates more necessary, for example.
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Winconditions & Planeswalkers
three manaplaneswalker! And to illustrate that, let's talk a bit about Teferi, Time Raveler, which is not focused on being a wincondition, but a resource, with a static ability that difficults the opponent's life in several ways, since acting only at sorcery-speed is something boring for any deck, but as we looked at the nuances of this static, we found that it precludes relevant mechanics like Cascade. In addition, Time Raveler has other great abilities, with a +1 that corrects the "defect" of our spells (casting a Supreme Verdict in the opponent's combat phase is evil), and also a negative ability that can be used both against our opponent, as Jace's ability is used, but that can be used to generate card advantage along with our Dress Down. Unlike its three-mana version, Teferi, Hero of Dominaria enters to win the game, but not clearly; it doesn't create bodies or deal damage like other planeswalkers that are winconditions. Instead, it makes the opponent's game "unplayable" until they realize they've lost. A well-protected Teferi for two or three turns, jumps you into action and card advantage at such a great distance that it is very difficult to deal with the scale that his positive ability causes, drawing numerous cards and giving you "extra mana" to use them. In addition, he has disruption as his negative ability and an ultimate that, again, doesn't clearly win the game, but makes the opponent have a hard time connecting any decent play.
Heypharaohchose to combine proactive impactful cards like Teferi, Time Raveler and the other planeswalkers, with various powerful instant reactions like Counterspell and Archmage's Charm, all with a focus on better sequences, backups and mana optimization. That’s all for today, see you next time!