Jeskai Tempo at Grand Prix Seville

Posted in Daily Deck on February 27, 2015

By Shuhei Nakamura

Shuhei Nakamura is a member of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame, former Player of the Year, and is one of just six players with more than 400 lifetime pro points.

My last deck this week is Martin Jůza's Jeskai Tempo deck, which he used to Top 8 yet another Grand Prix. The Jeskai token deck is more common for Jeskai nowadays, however Jůza combined tempo creatures like Mantis Rider and burn spells to create the newest version of the Jeskai Wins deck mostly played in the early days of the Tarkir Standard format.

This choice was mostly enabled by the two new instants from Fate Reforged: Wild Slash and Valorous Stance. Wild Slash is a cheap way to not fall behind on the board and Valorous Stance protects the deck's main damage source while also counting as removal for problematic creatures, such as Siege Rhino.

However, the red-white beatdown deck can do the same thing, so why play blue? This deck is superior in the sense that it has a backup plan when the deck couldn't get ahead in the early game. It starts with Outpost Siege, a card the red-white deck also plays for the same reason. But the key addition is Treasure Cruise. Treasure Cruise fits the role perfectly because it can draw into creatures for one to two mana and immediately deploy them onto the battlefield. Since the deck plays faster than the opponent's, it always has more cards in the graveyard to make use of.

I was doubting adding blue only for Mantis Rider, but Jůza, and Treasure Cruise, have changed my mind.

Martin Jůza's Jeskai Tempo—Top 8, Grand Prix Seville

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