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A Primer on Jeskai vs. Jeskai

A Primer on Jeskai vs. Jeskai

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, what’s the plan to win all of them?”

Let me begin by saying my enjoyment of Commonplace is nice. Whether or not I’m enjoying at my LGS, grinding at a Grand Prix, or streaming #MTGArena on Twitch (be a part of reside!), I can’t get sufficient.

The format continues to be dynamic and other people play a variety of decks, however I consider consolidation right into a extra outlined winners’ metagame is afoot. Pure choice is inevitable, however I’m impressed it has taken this lengthy to creep in.

Right here’s how I view the tier 1:

  • White Weenie
  • Jeskai Management
  • Golgari

Don’t be fooled into considering that White Weenie has been hated out—it hasn’t. It might not have dominated the Prime eight, however all the execs I do know who performed the deck cashed regardless of the metagame being as hateful as attainable on the heels of a Weenie dominated PT.

Drakes, Mono-Purple, Boros Angels, Tokens, and Stompy are all viable choices however I do assume the tier 1 decks have a bonus. It’s also vital that each one routes result in the conclusion that Golgari and Jeskai are nice decisions: whether or not you crunched the info, checked out excessive profile finishes from final weekend, or needed to play candy playing cards, likelihood is that these decks are in your radar.

Because the metagame consolidates and one of the best decks begin to eat the weaker ones, mirror matches will probably be more and more necessary in event play. Mirror matches are already tough, however management mirrors sometimes take the cake with regards to complexity.

Don’t be intimidated by the ominous draw-go matchup. Immediately I’ll stroll you thru what you want to know in terms of channeling your inside Kiki-Jiki.

Management mirrors can get difficult in a rush, so let’s begin with what is straightforward and work outward:

Deafening Clarion doesn’t do something within the matchup. Not solely is it dangerous, it’s a legal responsibility. Draw too many and lose. Then again:

These playing cards are typically among the many solely issues that really matter. In the event that they ever go unanswered, you’ve in all probability gained. Brandon Ayer’s had a pleasant record at GP Milwaukee:

Jeskai Management

Brandon Ayers, 9-16 at Grand Prix Milwaukee

My favourite facet of Normal is that the great decks are extremely customizable. What does “inventory Jeskai” even imply? The lists are so totally different from participant to participant. What solutions do you need to play? What number of threats? What number of counterspells? It’s as much as you.

One of many belongings you’ll want to think about when tuning your Jeskai deck is what number of playing cards you need to be put in with the mirror in thoughts. I like that Brandon has the utmost 4 copies of Chemister’s Perception as a result of it not solely provides the deck one thing to do aside from faucet out, but in addition as a result of it repurposes lifeless playing cards like Clarion into jump-start gasoline.



Perception is among the greatest mirror match techniques. There are two main methods the mirror performs out in recreation 1: “Operating out of fuel,” and “Niv-Mizzet goes unanswered.” Sometimes, it’s uncommon that the 2 are unrelated.

Niv-Mizzet places an fascinating spin on the management mirror because the highly effective endgame card can’t be stopped by way of permission. Whereas counterspells are absurdly necessary within the matchup, there’s a cap to how good they are often because the strongest card can’t be countered.

With that being stated, counterspells closely form the best way the match out performs out main as much as Niv-Mizzet.

If you faucet out, it provides your opponent a window to slide a strong spell by way of. There’s a time and place for taking the shields down and it’s necessary to know the distinction between when it’s worthwhile to faucet out, essential to faucet out, and when it’s unnecessarily dangerous to faucet out. It’s typically exhausting to inform, and that’s the key talent to hone when enjoying management.

Within the mirror, tapping out places a participant vulnerable to being buried by Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. It’s additionally essential that Teferi could be utilized to a board the place you will have a menace (Drake, Teferi, or Niv) and easily -Three—primarily functioning like a Flametongue Kavu—threatening to attract playing cards and make mana subsequent flip.

Another fast tip: In case you are enjoying the mirror and your opponent is caught on land and discarding handy measurement, contemplate not enjoying something!

I see numerous new management gamers operating their Drakes and Teferis into Ionize (and even worse, Sabotage, which helps them draw out of mana screw) towards an opponent with a full grip that has missed land drops. When you can hold making land drops with out tapping out and turning their counterspells on, I recommend doing it.

The opposite management mantra: If you will get forward by doing nothing… do nothing!

I discover it helpful to interrupt a recreation down into three elements and to give attention to what’s essential throughout every part. As the sport progresses, our analysis of what’s necessary modifications and so it’s very important to know what’s necessary and what to give attention to at every level within the recreation.

  • The Opening (turns 1-Three): Hitting land drops and sneaking onto the board
  • The Mid (turns Four-5): The Teferi dance
  • The Late (6+): Niv’s world

In the event you concentrate on the incorrect issues or just can’t struggle over the issues that matter, likelihood is that you simply’ll be weak and probably lifeless.

The Opening (Turns 1-Three): Hitting Land Drops and Sneaking Onto the Board

Jeskai is a management deck and so there gained’t be a ton of motion happening within the first three turns. Everyone has a minimum of one copy of Seek for Azcanta. Adrian Sullivan leveled your complete world by including six early recreation threats to his deck. I predict his innovation will translate to a meta shift within the coming weeks:

Jeskai Management

Adrian Sullivan, 1st place at Grand Prix Milwaukee

Adrian’s record has loads of playing cards that may be performed within the first three turns:

His listing has good methods to get onto the board earlier than Ionize and posturing over Teferi will inevitably dominate the sport play.

If we glance again to Brandon Ayer’s deck listing, we see that he has three copies of Legion Warboss within the sideboard as a menace that may be performed within the midgame.

Warboss provides a menace that may be performed within the early recreation and is able to profitable the sport outright (particularly since Deafening Clarion tends to get boarded out). It’s additionally related that Teferi can’t -Three on the Warboss and nonetheless survive an assault again from the token.

Crucial facet of the early recreation is making your land drops. I additionally wish to make it possible for a few of my early playing cards can work together with a budget threats (Seek for Azcanta, Treasure Map, or Legion Warboss), if attainable.

“You set 5 mana in,
You get pure worth out,
You do the Teferi-pokey and the sport is a rout.”

The midgame is by far probably the most troublesome part of the sport to navigate and is the spot the place gamers are almost certainly to make a mistake that prices them the sport.

Assuming that each gamers are making land drops, it turns into a matter of creating precise performs which have danger and reward. Do you have to faucet out? In all probability not for those who may help it!

Being on the play is an enormous benefit because it means which you can faucet out for a Drake on flip Four with impunity out of your opponent casting Teferi.

Perception is a superb mirror breaker. It lets you have your whole mana obtainable in the course of the opponent’s flip, and resolving the spell propels you into the late recreation by making certain a mixture of lands, spells, and Niv-Mizzet. Syncopate is the easiest way to work together with Perception because it exiles. One more reason to seek out room for Syncopate in the primary deck.

I’ve discovered bluffing a counterspell or two is usually a a lot stronger play than tapping out for a Teferi or Crackling Drake that could be very more likely to be countered or Teferi’d away.

As soon as any person hits six lands, Niv-Mizzet can present up, and boy does he present up! Niv-Mizzet can’t be countered, solely answered:

Niv isn’t straightforward to kill within the mirror. Teferi is the cleanest reply. It’s a reasonably widespread play to jam Niv-Mizzet on flip 7 with Choose mana as much as end off an opposing Teferi -Three activation.

It’s additionally value noting that Teferi places Niv again third from the highest, which signifies that you’ll have to reply it once more quickly. Most video games go to the late recreation and are determined by whomever can set up an uncontested Niv-Mizzet. It actually solely takes one untap with Niv-Mizzet usually for the sport to turn out to be unrecoverable.

Within the pre-sideboarded video games gamers are sometimes rewarded significantly for holding Niv-Mizzet away from fight.

The metagame has been shifting away from these playing cards, however it’s typically right to easily not permit these playing cards to beat you by declining the “free assault.” Being the individual with the final Niv-Mizzet or Teferi (to seek out Niv-Mizzet first) is the endgame.

As I identified earlier, one of many issues that makes the present Commonplace so nice is there’s a ton of customization among the many tier 1 lists. Except for the lands, Brandon Ayer and Adrian Sullivan’s Jeskai Management lists solely share the next playing cards: 4 Choose, three Teferi, two Niv, two Syncopate, and two Enlargement // Explosion. They’ve extra totally different spell decisions than alike ones although they’re enjoying the identical archetype.

Because the lists are so totally different throughout the board it’s troublesome to say how you can sideboard. It is dependent upon which listing you’re enjoying and what listing they’re enjoying! You might want to use fundamentals to supply a sideboard, a plan that’s productive, and safe aims within the early, mid, and late levels of the sport if you slam your Niv and win.

An important factor to remember as you tune a sideboard is to have sufficient playing cards to switch the weakest fundamental deck playing cards:

You’re enjoying a management mirror, so at first just remember to have enough playing cards to exchange the anti-beatdown package deal. I’ve discovered that probably the most impactful sideboard playing cards are likely to impression the early recreation (the part of the sport the place Jeskai is usually most weak and least capable of act).

The primary deck “early recreation” is primarily targeted on stabilizing towards aggro decks, which isn’t a problem within the mirror. As an alternative, you need to both work together with or play your personal controlling threats, like Seek for Azcanta, Treasure Map, and/or Legion Warboss.

A budget counters proceed to have worth later within the recreation as properly, since they assist win an enormous counter struggle over a Teferi or different key spell.

It’s not an early recreation card, however it does assist win these counter wars later within the recreation. It’s the preferred mid/late card that I see steadily used. I feel this card is fairly universally going to be within the combine submit sideboard for each side.

Perception is one other card that falls into the mid camp that I’d marketing campaign for in Jeskai decks. In case you are not enjoying 4x in the primary deck I’d think about having the additional copies within the sideboard to usher in. It’s a good way of progressing your Niv-Mizzet plan with out having to ever faucet out.

I’ve coated lots of info, which is truthful because the management mirrors are difficult. My objective is to current the knowledge in a fashion that’s pretty intuitive and straightforward to course of.

I do know loads of gamers draw back from enjoying management decks as a result of they’re intimidated by enjoying the mirror. It’s nothing to be afraid of as soon as you recognize the fundamentals and know what’s essential.

I discover that breaking the sport down into elements and determining what’s necessary at every level within the recreation makes it much less daunting. Niv-Mizzet is so highly effective and may deliver you again from conditions that look hopeless in case your opponent can’t reply it, which is sort of a neat facet of Jeskai mirrors. It’s about operating the opponent out of assets, however Niv can generate and delete so many assets so shortly that it’s truly a reasonably simple goal.

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