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Logic Knot Discussion
3 hours ago
No. Esper Control gains some power from blanking a lot of removal. Tasigur would just eat removal from other decks. Also weakens Logic Knot if decks still play that.
3 days ago
I leaned a couple lessons from my foray into UW control. First, as nice as Dissolve looks, it's a sideboard at best. You would be better if replacing it with Spell Snare, which hits almost everything good in Modern. Second, get some copies of Path to Exile on top of the Condemns. You can usually only surprise them once with Condemn, after that they get really cagey. Path didn't depend the situation and can get rid of static effects long before you can play Detention Sphere. Third, get Supreme Verdict. A lot of decks in Modern are midrange and sweepers generally make you tap out, so they just Mana Leak you if you try to Wrath and you're facing a really bad board state and down a card to boot. Verdict is much better because it can't be countered.
Speaking of finishers, AEtherling is crazy. He's the best budget bomb in any blue based control deck. Great choice. I usually sideboard one and mainboard the other. Look at Elspeth, Knight-Errant, Gideon Jura, and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. I recommend them over your current planeswalker because they come down much earlier. Jace is money, though. Keep him.
Here are some more good cards to play in this shell. Logic Knot, a delver tax Counterspell, Ojutai's Command, the best budget modal spell in the game (gets you back a Wall, too), and Blessed Alliance, another really great modal spell.
Lastly, the one thing that will kick this deck into overdrive is a set of fetch lands. It filters your lands out and thus improving your chances of hitting answers rather than lands. I keep getting land flooded when I play mine and these will definitely fix that. Speaking of filtering, Serum Visions is awesome.
I know I've said a lot and it seems like I'm coming down hard. I'm sorry is that's the impression, I love this deck. UW Control is exciting. It's the first deck I ever played so it had a special place in my heart. This archetype is really in a great spot right now. I think it can do well at a budget level. You have a lot of the right pieces so upgrading shouldn't be a problem. The mix seems right, too. Love the deck, may you always topdeck what you need.
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1 week ago
How do you feel about upping the Logic Knot count? If you replace the Prairie Stream and Sunken Hollow with 2x Polluted Deltas, then you could up the Knot count to 2-3, and be able to reliably play it on time. Taking out 1 or both copies of Ojutai's Command to make room. I think Restoration Angel is going to be dead in hand most of the time here, as you only have 3 creatures total to target. Lastly, Remand, in a control shell doesn't let you get to that last game point where you want to be, because it doesn't actually get rid of a threat. I would replace the Remands with 1x Fatal Push, 1x Path to Exile, 1 more Negate. Fill the last Remand slot with a utility card that is meta specific, such as an additional copy of Supreme Verdict, or a maindeck Anguished Unmaking, or whatever you find most useful at your LGS. I haven't tried out Batterskull in any of my esper decks, how have you found it??
1 week ago
Hmm. I've been brewing a Kiki Control deck to bring to FNM, and I can't help but notice our differences. I'm running two Mana Leak and two Remand instead of a playset of the latter. I'm also running a second Electrolyze in place of your Logic Knot. I was originally running one Anger of the Gods, two Electrolyze, and a Negate in place of your Logic Knot.
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2 weeks ago
Thanks Manbeast75 for the feedback.
I've been back and forth on Firemind's Foresight, definitely need to get it in there.
Would a better way be to go Firemind's Foresight into Reiterate + Comet Storm + Mystical Tutor, then Mystical Tutor into Turnabout. Then Turnabout and Reiterate Buyback to make the infinite for Comet Storm. Saves me having to pull a Brain Freeze or Grapeshot which have only modest situational play value outside of this combo? What do you think? If Comet Storm is gone, an Epic Experiment could do the trick too I believe?
Condescend and Logic Knot I can see how they bolster the Experience counters. I worry that I won't have the mana to put into it to counter a spell that I really can't let resolve. Especially against green, or a blue mana ramping deck? Plus I don't like too much Counterspell, I find with 4 players I'm sitting waiting and tough to decide what to Counterspell.
Now the big question, what do I need to remove to get the Firemind's Foresight into the deck? Visions of Beyond maybe? Plea for Power? Voracious Reader Flip. I'm muddling my way into Izzet right now. Any suggestion is appreciated.
2 weeks ago
I like the Dispelidea and I've certainly thought about adding 1 copy to the main. My sideboard copy has come up big in a good number of games.
While I think Remand is a fine card in general, it doesn't jive with my long game control plan. Also, have you ever tried it against the likes of Bant Eldrazi or Death's Shadow? If Bant Eldrazi doesn't get a Cavern of Souls, it can be OK. Leaving the card in their hand really stings though as you aren't likely to draw into a removal for a 4/4 or 5/5. Against Death's Shadow, their CMC is so low that, as the game goes on, your opponent is likely to be able to just recast whatever you hit with Remand.
I'm hoping for playable countermagic in Amonkhet. If nothing shows, I think I'll add 2 copies of Logic Knot to my main since I'm not using my graveyard for much else.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
2 weeks ago
Drowned Catacomb is around 3 bucks if I'm not mistaken, having at least a couple of those will help. Go for the Throat isn't too expensive either. Logic Knot is under a dollar and it can be pretty good as a one-of in control decks in modern. For boardwipes you have some budget options like Yahenni's Expertise, Consume the Meek, Drown in Sorrow, Languish, AEtherize, and AEtherspouts.