White-Blue Midrange with Jacob Wilson

Posted in Event Coverage on May 8, 2016

By Jacob Van Lunen

Jacob Van Lunen began playing Magic in 1995. He has participated in organized play at every level of competition and was a member of the winning team at Pro Tour San Diego in 2007, thanks to an innovative draft strategy. As a writer, Van Lunen has had more than three hundred Magic strategy pieces published

The top tables of Grand Prix New York feature a wide variety of strategies. One deck seems to be catching a lot more attention than the others, though. Jacob Wilson is piloting an interesting White-Blue Midrange deck that's catching opponents off guard as it scratches its way to the top of the standings.

The deck isn't like anything we've been seeing recently. Efficient white creatures are backed up by countermagic and powerful spells like Dragonlord Ojutai .

Wilson has only lost a single match as we enter the eleventh round of competition here at Grand Prix New York. He's clearly found something pretty powerful. I caught up with him after he finished making short work of Jake Mondello's Grixis deck.

Wilson had a pretty clean explanation of how he stumbled onto the deck, “I played White-Blue Humans with a transformative sideboard at the Pro Tour. I loved my deck in post-sideboarded games and decided to just play the post- sideboard version as my main deck.”

Sometimes, the best eureka moments come when we're not looking for them. Wilson wasn't trying to make a new deck. He just wanted to configure his deck better for games two and three. As it turned out, Wilson felt that his deck was just flat out better in games two and three.


Jacob Wilson

“People seem to lose whenever I play Archangel Avacyn or Dragonlord Ojutai. I figured I could just play both in the main.”

Countermagic is criminally underplayed in the current Standard where a lot of decks play tons of cards that don't significantly affect the battlefield. Oftentimes, players are able to counter a single spell and completely dismantle their opponent's plan.

Silumgar's Scorn is really good to find with Dragonlord Ojutai's trigger. I like Force Spike more than most people. I've gotten some criticism about playing it alongside Knight of the White Orchid, but my mana has been working out pretty well.”

The deck has a lot of hidden power. Always Watching combines beautifully with Dragonlord Ojutai. Cards like Tragic Arrogance out of the sideboard get a lot better when we're playing more high-impact threats.

Wilson regularly demolishes Grand Prix events and he'd been playing the deck a good amount on Magic Online in the time before Grand Prix New York. With only a single loss as we start getting deeper into Day 2, it seems like Wilson may have found a new weapon for our Standard arsenal.

“A lot of people aren't happy about Silumgar's Scorn and Knight of the White Orchid in the same deck. People think there are too many five drops.” He paused for a moment and shrugged, “It's been working for me.”

It certainly has.

Jacob Wilson - White-Blue Midrange

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