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So basically, im having trouble deciding whether to sideboard 2 kalitas or 2 gideon. I believe kalitas is the better of the two, but is it really worth spendong 40 dollars when i already own the 2 gideon. Thoughts?


druss5077 says... #1

they are both amazing for different reasons gideons seems really good and i own to so ummmm.....

February 3, 2017 5:10 a.m.

druss5077 says... #2


February 3, 2017 5:10 a.m.

bunzillah says... #3

well depending on what you play against at your meta. as you say they play the heroic interventonso ild say gidieon is alot better for you to be able to make blockers.

February 3, 2017 5:35 a.m.

clark1424 says... #4

You won't need them Archangel Avacyn  Flip in your main deck. She'll just be a 4/4 flash until the game ends. What you need here is Liliana, the Last Hope x2 for early to mid game control. Plus the fact that she can get a dead kalitas/gearhulk from your graveyard to the battlefield.

With the addition of Sphinx of the Final Word in your main board, you will also trade late game win condition against control vs. Aggro, which is bad in the current meta. Current mardu decks have 10-12 counts of 1 drop. If you got overwhelmed in turn 3-6, it's probably over and you lose the game. And mind you, Descend upon the Sinful might not see play.

Seeing your mana curve, you are very heavy in 6 drop with 1 descent, 1 sphinx, 1 sorin and 3 gearhulks. How about tuning them into 4 numbers of 6 drops and getting Flaying Tendrils in sideboard as another board wipe against decks with pesky Scrapheap Scrounger? Kalitas alone will not be enough.

I love the idea that you chose ESPER. You can just tune it and make it a better deck or... be a prey of most aggro decks.


  1. Stay in the middle. Not too much removal, creatures or counter spells. Then adjust with your sideboard properly in the 2nd game.

  2. Not all powerful spells are worth 5-6 drops.

  3. Curve your mana well.

  4. Enjoy controlling hehe.:)

February 8, 2017 3:24 a.m.

Vampire_Lord says... #5

Can you take a look at my deck I really need help It's on my profile it's the Esper control one thansk

February 10, 2017 9:51 a.m.

pax.wellington says... #6

Zmb13 With 26 lands and a lot of 2-drop spells, Sorin, Grim Nemesis +1 likely won't ping for much. I would also include your second Gideon, Ally of Zendikar for a Dispel in the sideboard. It's a nice counter but you already have so many. Highly recommend Jace, Unraveler of Secrets (very similar to Ob Nixilis Reignited).

Check out my deck if you have time (YORE) OUT OF CONTROL. It's quite similar but I splash for more reach. My description might help out as well for the same cards :) +1

April 1, 2017 11:51 p.m.

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This deck is Standard legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 3.03
Tokens 1/1 Vampire Knight, Gideon, Nixilis, 2/2 Knight Ally
Folders Standard, Standard Decks To Test, STD-AER
Top rank #22 on 2017-02-10
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