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multimedia sorry, I just realized that I missed a part of your comment! Why I am playing more Negates than Essence Scatters in the mainboard is because I already have a lot of creature removal, and Negate can help to stop a lot of the other spells that decks play. Even when you're playing against aggro, there are scenarios when you will have an Essence Scatter in your hand and your opponent will cast a Chandra, Torch of Defiance or a Karn, Scion of Urza. Ultimately it's just because you have more maindeck answers to creatures than you do to planeswalkers and other various cards that might screw up your whole game.
July 9, 2018 4:21 p.m.
multimedia thanks for the comment!
While The Scarab God is quite powerful, my aggro matchup is already super strong and I would prefer to have Chromium against control.
As for playing more lands, I haven't struggled with getting mana-screwed at all. The vast array of card advantage in the deck helps me make sure to always hit my land drops when I need to.
As for cutting Contempt or Settle, my mana has actually been great so far, allowing me to cast Disallow reliably on turn 3, and Contempt reliably on turn 4. Most of the time I can cast turn 4 Settle as well thanks to my card draw package, but with the rest of your removal you don't usually need to play Settle that early. A lot of the time it will just sit in my hand until turn 7 or so and I will only cast it if my opponent has managed to stick multiple creatures for more than one single turn. Overall, I have felt almost no clunkiness in the mana of the deck.
July 9, 2018 4:14 p.m.
Skyler1776 thanks for the comment! In the current standard meta, I believe that Teferi, Hero of Dominaria is an absurdly strong card that should be at least considered when building any control deck. While there are plenty of UB control and midrange decks that are very good in the format, I think Esper has some very high potential. In addition to losing Teferi, I would be giving up Chromium, all of my sweepers, artifact/enchantment removal, and the surprisingly good Profane Procession Flip in the sideboard. Ultimately, UB very well might be better than Esper, but Esper is my personal preference in the current standard.
July 9, 2018 3:54 p.m.
NotControlPlater I actually just went 3-1 last Friday with a pre-M19 version of this deck, losing only to mono red The Flame of Keld (which seems like my literal worst matchup anyway). I did cut one of the Chromiums for one copy of The Eldest Reborn, but I think Search for Azcanta Flip is way too strong in this deck to not play, making sure that my earlier draws are good and providing insane card advantage in the late game with the help of Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. I have also replaced Anticipate with Chart a Course; I know that they both do basically the same thing, but I have really liked having a lot of filtering/card draw in the deck, and Chart a Course has actually been great. The Scarab God is a card that I have considered playing, but I believe that Chromium will be a stronger card in the control matchup and my aggro matchup is already quite good. Thanks for the comment!
July 9, 2018 3:43 p.m.
July 1, 2018 11:27 p.m.
Nice deck, +1! Just out of curiosity, why isn't this marked as standard?
July 1, 2018 10:28 a.m.
Sweet deck! I would definitely try to find space for a playset of Cascading Cataracts and 2 or 3 copies of Nissa, Vital Force. The synergy between Cataracts and Nissa/Waker of the Wilds is one of my all time favorite standard wombo-combos. +1!
June 29, 2018 3:07 p.m.
I would take out Fertile Ground and Abundant Growth for Rampant Growth and Sakura-Tribe Elder. That should help you get your blue mana easier, and make your deck better against things like Ghost Quarter and even Stone Rain. Your sideboard plan seems good though.
June 27, 2018 5:12 p.m.
Nice deck! If you don't mind me asking, why are you playing Abundant Growth? I don't think it actually helps to ramp you, it just fixes your mana. Also, while Fabricate can tutor up a Proteus Staff, I think you should be fine with playsets of both Polymorph and Proteus Staff. Maybe cut the Fabricates for Remand or Mana Leak? +1!
June 27, 2018 4:33 p.m.
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|Playing since||Dark Ascension|
|Avg. deck rating||3.80|
|Favorite formats||Standard, Commander / EDH, Modern|
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