Esper Control

Standard* Control W/U/B (Esper)

predian Score: 4


All FNM and tournament results are posted in the updates section so don't forget to check them out and leave me some feedback and +1s.

I will be taking the below list to the coming Games Day so any tips will be greatly appreciated. I expect RB Zombies, RG Aggro, Esper Control and the rest mid range decks so anything to aid in those match ups would be great!


Final results were 4-3-1

Round 1

Jund Midrange 2-1

Round 2

Bant Wolfrun/Control 2-1

Round 3

Esper Tokens 1-2

Round 4

Naya Blitz 0-2

Round 5

Omnidoor 1-2

Round 6

Naya Blitz 2-1

Round 7

Simic Evolve 2-0

Round 8

Junk Reanimator ID for prize support

Well it's games day today so I took my esper deck and here's my match ups plus results.

I ended up going 3-1-1 coming in at third place.

Round 1 Jund Midrange (2-0)

Round 2 Rakdos Zombies (2-0)

Round 3 BW Zombies (1-1 draw)

Round 4 Bant Wolf Run (2-0)

Round 5 Rg Aggro (0-2)

Main deck all star cards for me were, Nephalia Drownyard, Forbidden Alchemy and Sphinx's Revelation.

Sideboard all star cards for me were, Duress, Witchbane Orb and Feeling of Dread.

There's not very many changes I would make to the main board as I'm pretty happy with my game 1 match ups though I would like to replace the 2 Geist of Saint Traft in the sideboard for 2 Blind Obedience to improve the R/x aggro match ups post board.

At my LGS the sunday tournament was standard format so I took my esper list for a test.

I ended up going 4-0 and taking first place.

Round 1 Jund Midrange (2-0)

Round 2 Dimir Mill (2-1)

Round 3 Ozhov Exalted (2-1)

Round 4 Rakdos Aggro (2-1)

Turns out the match up I was most afraid of ended up being my easiest win which was Jund Midrange. The all star cards for me main board were Runechanter's Pike just stealing wins out of nowhere, Lingering Souls and Jace, Memory Adept. All star sideboard cards were Witchbane Orb that just shut off so much of my opponents deck and sideboard hate against me and on several occasions I managed to get Witchbane Orb down with a Jace, Memory Adept which soon locked up the games.

Potential changes I might make to the deck based on it's performance is that I might reduce the number of Jace, Architect of Thought down to 2. There's no denying that this card is a card advanatge engine for us and is another win condition if you manage to go ultimate with him but I found he was very lackluster and when I drew him I wished he was another wrath, counterspell or Sphinx Reverlation so he may be swapped out for an additional Terminus or Supreme Verdict mainboard.


schribes7762 says... #1

I'd definitely put in some Tribute to Hunger over Devour Flesh . You get to gain the life instead of backtracking and letting the opponent gain life. It's only 1 more mana.

January 26, 2013 7:29 p.m.

I love that the only new cards in mainboard is new lands and obzedat and only 2 dimir charm in sideboard

January 27, 2013 1:39 p.m.

TStOrM says... #3

not badheres mine

January 27, 2013 2:38 p.m.

predian says... #4

CrazedXenomorph Not much else really. I am debating on putting Duskmantle Seer into sideboard and possibly mainboard as a 1 of and replacing the Azorius Charm with Dimir Charm . The only thing I feel that was letting Esper superfriends / control down was the manabase which has now been fixed with Gatecrash coming in so at the moment I can't see much else needing to be put in. As the meta develops though I might need to lean more towards the new Gideon and additional wrath effects.

January 27, 2013 3:29 p.m.

Eskimole says... #5

Obzedat, Ghost Council is absurdly powerful. Even as a one-of it could act as a secondary win condition. Also, Liliana of the Veil is really good right now due to the Bant Auras deck. You also might want to consider Tamiyo, the Moon Sage .

January 31, 2013 3:29 a.m.

predian says... #6

Cheers for the comment Eskimole!

I did have Tamiyo, the Moon Sage in the deck as a 1 of but I'm just trying out Jace, Memory Adept over her to see how it works out in testing.

Obzedat, Ghost Council was in here as a 1 of then boosted to a 2 of due to how insane he was but I think he belongs more in a 4 colour control deck where you can flash in instant wraths as he was making it tough to wrath when I really should of been. I think he deserves 1 spot main though and possibly another in the side.

Liliana of the Veil is looking more and more interesting to me now we can actually play her on curve into Jace, Architect of Thought turn 4. I'm sure she will warrant a spot in the main just need to decide where!

January 31, 2013 3:37 a.m.

Gadiner92 says... #7

If you playing tokens, i'd suggest you take some Undercity Informer , it could help you mill a bit faster and block-sacrifice tokens against aggro...

January 31, 2013 6:17 a.m.

predian says... #8

Thanks Gadiner92, Undercity Informer is definitely food for thought. I will bear it in mind in testing!

January 31, 2013 9:54 a.m.

Cur1y_ says... #9

Nice +1, mine is alittle more focused on mill, but take any ideas or leave some suggestions if you can, Esper is a Jerk

February 24, 2013 5:02 p.m.

Eskimole says... #10

Nice results.

Again, the only slight change would be to add in another Supreme Verdict . Sure, it doesn't have to be in the main, and it depends on your meta, but it is so reliable and powerful against the Aggro matchups.

February 25, 2013 3:25 a.m.

predian says... #11

Eskimole Thanks! I want to add another Supreme Verdict into the sideboard but I'm yet to acquire my 4th Sad Face. When I get it I reckon I will probably take out -1 Blind Obedience for it.

February 27, 2013 3:23 a.m.

Eskimole says... #12

That seems fine. Personally, I'd rather take out a Feeling of Dread. Blind obedience does essentially the same thing, but you don't have to commit more mana to it, ie keep mana open in case they have it. Also, Obedience gains you more value over time through extort, which can be very helpful against the Aggro matchups, where yo'd bring in Feeling of Dread.

February 27, 2013 11:36 p.m.

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This deck is Standard legal.

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Avg. CMC 3.06
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