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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.

DanoMania says... #6

I like it. I think I may have a few answers that you might consider. Complete Disregard is one I'm playing with. Also, Angel of Sanctions one of and 2 Kefnet the Mindful. Check it out!

May 3, 2017 8:07 p.m.

FlyMuf says... #7

I would say that Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is a good mainboard card. It is a lifeline against aggro and can help transition into the late game against midrange. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is a good sideboard card to have. You can find my draft of esper control here:

June 11, 2017 12:54 p.m.

CriimsonKing says... #8

Not standard legal no more.

October 9, 2017 3:32 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, Esper decklists
Top rank #22 on 2017-02-10
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