Mastering the Pro Tour with Jeskai

Posted in Daily Deck on September 24, 2014

By Adam Prosak

From Friday Night Magic to the Pro Tour, Adam Prosak loves all types of tournament Magic. Currently, Adam is working in R&D as a developer.

Khans of Tarkir is coming! Three-color wedges are about to make their way into Standard and every other Constructed format, but by no means will they be new to tournament Magic. This week, we will look at Pro Tour–winning decks that have been based in one of the wedge clans from Khans of Tarkir.

Today's deck is from the Jeskai clan. White-Blue Control decks have been a staple of tournament Magic since Alpha, and this is a deck that has many classic elements of a white-blue control deck: counterspells, card drawing, and efficient win conditions that help you control the game. In the Modern format, however, red is needed to provide enough cheap, efficient removal that appropriately answers the threats in the Modern format.

This combination was enough for Shaun McClaren to win Pro Tour Born of the Gods. For the most part, Lightning Bolt, Lightning Helix, Ajani Vengeant, and Electrolyze are effective removal spells. But once you get in a few hits from Celestial Colonnade or Snapcaster Mage, those spells can make quick work out of an opponent. Mana Leak, Remand, and Cryptic Command provide the countermagic that helped Shaun win a Pro Tour with Jeskai!

Shaun McClaren's Jeskai Control

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