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Posted on r/spikes: [Modern] Jeskai control sideboard choices

Cross-Posted on r/ModernMagic: Jeskai sideboard choices

Hey, looking for some advice. Here's the deck I played at the last tournament:

I'm mostly fine with the main deck (except maybe Tamiyo, a bit weak, if I think of something better in that slot I might swap her out). I'm not playing Nahiri because I don't have time to get them before Saturday, and also because I'm quite used to this build already and in Modern I prefer piloting the deck I already really know

I'm thinking of tweaking the sideboard. No idea the meta to expect for this weekend's WMCQ so I want to hit as wide a base as possible.

Permission magic:

  • Thinking of changing 1 Negate 2 Dispel to 2 Negate 1 Dispel to give better game against Tron
  • Counterflux. This slot is really only good vs Storm, is it worth it? I figure vs Storm you just always stop the start of the storm chain instead of the end, so maybe not worth it?


  • 2 Supreme Verdict or 1 Anger of the Gods + 1 Supreme Verdict? Or should I free up another slot and have 1 Anger + 2 Verdict?
  • is Shatterstorm even good against Affinity or should I have 2 Stony Silence instead? (I don't have the 2nd Stony yet though...)

GY hate:

  • Relic or RIP? RIP turns off GY stuff forever while Relic is a one-off, but RIP is symmetrical so it turns off my own Snaps

Also, is there some guide somewhere that tells me what's the optimal number to choose for EE in various matchups? I just got this EE, so I'm not to used to boarding it in.

Any other suggestions? What matchups should I look out for? Thanks!

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hungryroy said...

I like Verdict mainly for the merfolk matchup, because I'm afraid of dying to islandwalking monsters. What do you think of 2 Anger + 1 Verdict? I'm considering dropping Shatterstorm since I have a bunch of other sweepers anyway

michael18jo said...

I would be content with Supreme verdict over anger. People, in my experience, do not like that suggestion. Take it how you will. I have played with these cards a lot... A whole lot, and I'm risking a down vote to tell you that anger against affinity can be very good, or very frustrating. I believe you need something to deal with a potential etched champion. I'm sure you know why :). Anger doesn't do the trick. I will definitely push for that other stony silence. I wouldn't run counterflux over a second crumble to dust also.

My suggestion

1 Celestial Purge

2 Crumble to dust

1 Dispel

2 Negate

1 Engineered Explosives

1 izzet Staticaster

1 Relic

2 Stony Silence

2 Supreme verdict

1 Timely Reinforcements

1 Wear/Tear

Personally I'm a fan of an alternative win condition. If you will note the trends of most recent Nahiri Jeskai list. They are consistently packing 2-3 geist in the sideboard. Due to your decks similar function, you may consider dropping relic and staticaster for a couple.

As a reference.

Elspeth, sun's champion opposed to Tamiyo maybe?

This deck is awesome BTW. I am currently playing Jeskai Nahiri and considered briefly playing this planeswalker build, simply because I like a super friends style :). As a spike I must remind you Nahiri will be your best route to play this style too, but I believe you know that. Here is what I'm currently running. Just to share.

hungryroy said...

Thanks for the advice! In which matchups do you generally bring in the Geists?