Hello, my name is Bruhsiah and welcome back to Reflecting Pool. Today we will be reviewing our Esper Superfriends deck testing and data collection as we talk about yesterday’s stream. I only ended up playing about seven games on stream but managed to play about eight games off stream totaling out to fifteen games. The goal of this article is to review what I’ve learned, what I believe you should know, and explaining any changes to the decklist for Ranked Best of Three play with the stock list of Esper Superfriends.
Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor: There are some fantastic Planeswalkers in the deck, but not all of them are as useful as Kasmina. Kasmina, on top of drawing a card, allows us to generate a 2/2 Blue Wizard Token and also forces your opponent to spend more Mana to cast spells that target you or a Planeswalker you control. For only having to spend four Mana to cast Kasmina I would say this is an obvious steal.
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria / Teferi, Time Raveler: Both of these cards have the ability to tempo your opponent while giving you some additional card draw. Just like I said in the Jeskai Superfriends article there are some ridiculous things you can do with with the bounce effects of Teferi’s but in the Esper Superfriends build we have access to Oath of Kaya which allows us to deal 3 damage and gain 3 life when it enters the battlefield. bouncing this and allowing the effect to happen multiple times is pretty obscene and should not be brushed off.
Yawgmoth’s Vile Offering: After refusing to really side this card in for the first few matches I quickly learned I was mistaken. This card allows us to go from a losing board state to being able to successfully restore the game in our favor. While it is a slightly high mana cost I strongly believe this card can be brought in against most of the Meta currently and be effective.
Datasheet: The information is tracked on the datasheet I have linked
Meta Match Spread
These are a few of the decks I feel we should mostly be aware of in the current Ranked Best of Three meta based off of what I’ve run into over the last 15 matches.
Esper Midrange (1-1): The Esper Midrange match up feels rough based off of what we have seen. If you can successfully survive the immediate aggression from them you should be okay, but if they are able to establish a good board state early and you don’t have a Wrath spell then it does get a little harder to win.
Izzet Phoenix (2-1): This deck is being heavily played on the ranked ladder right now. The addition of Finale of Promise into Standard has made this deck very hard to fight against if you don’t stack counterspells and, even then, it’s still pretty rough for most decks. Luckily It does seem like Esper Superfriends is able to fend off Arclight Phoenix until we are in a board state that we can quickly remove their creatures or bounce them each turn.
Mono-Red (2-0): Esper Superfriends seems to be in a great position against aggro decks as long as we are able to control the board from Turn 1 or 2. If we allow our opponent to have a hot start we need to do something to slow them down by turn 3 or it’s pretty much unwinnable. We were able to turn both of our games around due to having early removal and our turn four board wipe.
Mainboard – 60 cards (20 distinct)
|Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (16)|
|1 Moment of Craving|
|2 Cast Down|
|4 Thought Erasure|
|4 Kaya’s Wrath|
|2 The Elderspell|
|3 Oath of Kaya|
|4 Drowned Catacomb|
|4 Glacial Fortress|
|4 Isolated Chapel|
|4 Watery Grave|
|4 Godless Shrine|
|4 Hallowed Fountain|
|4 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria|
|1 Ugin, the Ineffable|
|4 Narset, Parter of Veils|
|3 Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor|
|1 Liliana, Dreadhorde General|
|4 Teferi, Time Raveler|
|2 Dovin, Hand of Control|
Sideboard – 15 cards (10 distinct)
|1 Ixalan’s Binding|
|1 Spell Pierce|
|2 Moment of Craving|
|1 Yawgmoth’s Vile Offering|
|2 Cry of the Carnarium|
|2 Command the Dreadhorde|
|1 The Elderspell|
|2 Enter the God-Eternals|
|1 Dovin’s Veto|
I, personally, am not a fan of this deck and feel like it is fairly average in the current Best of Three Ranked Meta, which we can see with the 53.33% win-rate. I will be changing some cards around today. I have some great ideas for the sideboard and even mainboard that I will be tracking data on and discussing in my closing article for Esper Superfriends tomorrow.
I will be tracking more games today and going over the numbers in tomorrow’s Reflecting Pool. You can catch me live at 10 AM PST six days a week on Twitch. You can also check out the VoD below to catch up on some of the gameplay from the current tracked games! If you have any tips or misplays you want to suggest for this article, feel free to leave a comment below.