TES Matchup Battles: Bant Control

Matchup Battles

Bant Control is an iteration of the previous Snow Control decks that's using green for cards like [[Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath]], [[Endurance]], [[Ice-Fang Coatl]], and other sideboard cards. The recent printing of [[Endurance]] has pushed these previous Snow Control decks from Jeskai or four colors to Bant colors. As other Legacy decks evolve and Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Bant Control

Matchup Mulligan

Final UR Delver Hand Answer Hand No. 10: (on the draw) [[Galvanic Relay|]] [[Galvanic Relay|]] [[Abrupt Decay|]] [[Aeve, Progenitor Ooze|]] [[Volcanic Island|]] [[Bloodstained Mire|]] [[Bloodstained Mire|]] » Keep or Mulligan? Keep This hand isn't perfect, but we do have [[Abrupt Decay]] to slow the game down. I would lead the game on the pair of Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: UR Delver II

Matchup Mulligan

Final GW Depths Hand Answer Hand No. 10: (on the play — mulliganed twice) [[Burning Wish|]] [[Dark Ritual|]] [[Mishra's Bauble|]] [[Mishra's Bauble|]] [[Mox Opal|]] [[Ponder|]] [[Brainstorm|]] » Keep or Mulligan? Keep Honestly, I'm not sure how much better a four-card hand would be outside of having exactly the singleton [[Echo of Eons]] paired with a Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: UR Delver III

Matchup Battles

UR Delver is made up of cantrips, burn spells, aggressive creatures, and counterspells. Its game plan is to try to and play an early aggressive creature and then use counterspells and burn spells to disrupt the opponent enough to end the game quickly. [[Dragon's Rage Channeler]], [[Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer]], [[Murktide Regent]], and [[Expressive Iteration]] are Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: GW Depths

Matchup Battles

GW Depths focuses on trying to assemble [[Thespian's Stage]] with [[Dark Depths]] to create an instant-speed [[Marit Lage Token]]. GW Depths uses cards like [[Crop Rotation]], [[Elvish Reclaimer]], and [[Knight of the Reliquary]] to assemble the combo and to find other disruptive lands like [[Wasteland]] and [[Bojuka Bog]]. There are many different variations of [[Dark Read More »

Metalcrafting the Perfect Bauble

Mishra's Bauble

For the past six months, The EPIC Storm (TES) team has been experimenting with many lists cutting [[Rite of Flame]]. extra lands, main deck copies of [[Carpet of Flowers]], and more moxen were all underwhelming and [[Rite of Flame]] was slotted back in. Recently, however, [[Mishra's Bauble]] has taken those [[Rite of Flame]] slots and Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: GW Depths

Matchup Mulligan

Final BR Reanimator Hand Answer Hand No. 10: (on the draw) [[Lotus Petal|]] [[Chrome Mox|]] [[Lotus Petal|]] [[Lion's Eye Diamond|]] [[Lion's Eye Diamond|]] [[Badlands|]] [[Dark Ritual|]] » Keep or Mulligan? Keep This is sort of questionable, but hear me out. This hand can beat a [[Chancellor of the Annex]] on the first turn (assuming that Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: BR Reanimator

Matchup Battles

BR Reanimator is an accurate name to describe this deck. It's a red and black deck that's trying to put a [[Griselbrand]] and other expensive creatures into play from the graveyard. It does this by using cards like [[Faithless Looting]], [[Entomb]], [[Reanimate]], and [[Exhume]]. By using cheap spells and rituals it can do this as Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: BR Reanimator II

Matchup Mulligan

Final Death & Taxes Hand Answer Hand No. 10: (on the play) [[Echo of Eons|]] [[Lion's Eye Diamond|]] [[Burning Wish|]] [[Chain of Vapor|]] [[Abrupt Decay|]] [[Mox Opal|]] [[Wishclaw Talisman|]] » Keep or Mulligan? Keep I've found that it's fairly unlikely that your Death & Taxes opponent will have [[Leyline of the Void]]. This means you Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Death & Taxes III

Matchup Battles

Death & Taxes looks like a white weenie deck to the casual observer. In reality, Death & Taxes is a creature-based control deck that focuses on disrupting the opposing deck. Their goal is to play creature spells that delay the opponent just long enough to try and win the game by attacking before the opponent Read More »