Posted in GRAND PRIX MADRID 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on November 16, 2014

By Tobi Henke

There is some Jeskai Ascendancy, after all. We have found it! Or rather, Eduardo Sajgalik and Joao Choca have found it. The two English players came up with a brand new version of the deck. "It's true. The old version wasn't good enough, but this one is," said Eduardo Sajgalik.

Both players made it to Day 2 and when I spoke to them, Joao Choca was 9-1. The big change in their list is, they cut Noble Hierarch and added Fatestitcher. "We also changed a lot of the card draw, basically replaced all the Wisps in the original build," Sajgalik added. In their version, Fatestitcher is put into the graveyard with the help of Faithless Looting, Thought Scour, Ideas Unbound, or Jeskai Ascendancy itself, of course, and then acts as a mana creature with haste that costs one blue mana.

Eduardo Sajgalik and Joao Choca

"Fatestitcher is the best card in the deck by far, along with Sylvan Caryatid. With Fatestitcher, we can go off even if we don't have a creature in play at the beginning of the turn, and we can still do a turn-three kill with it too," Sajgalik explained. "Sometimes you even get to tap your opponent's permanents. For example, I used a pair of Fatestitchers to tap two untapped Islands in the first main phase and then cast Jeskai Ascendancy in the second main phase when it was safe from counterspells. And Joao used it to tap Trinisphere once."

He added, "We still have Birds of Paradise, but those are bad against red decks and we cut them after sideboarding. Between Sylvan Caryatid and Silence, often none of our creatures can ever be targeted at all."

Eduardo Sajgalik, Grand Prix Madrid 2014 (Modern)

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The deck also features a novel way to actually kill the opponent. "Before, Deflecting Palm was almost unbeatable," said Sajgalik, so he and Choca now use Glittering Wish to get Wheel of Sun and Moon, enchant themselves, and then cast and recast Thought Scour on their opponent over and over again, always alternating with another draw spell, to empty the enemy's library.

They obviously put a lot of thought into the deck. "Much time was spent on Gatherer," Joao Choca admitted. "We basically tried everything. We may still be off a couple of cards from an optimal version, but not much more than that. The mana base was especially hard to get right."

"The speed of this version is about the same, but it's much more resilient," said Sajgalik. "We really like it. It just works so much better than the old version. It can beat anything, except maybe Burn. Blue-Red Delver still is difficult but definitely beatable."

So there you have it. Jeskai Ascendancy in Modern! Who would've thought we'd live to see the day?