Running the Gauntlet – Esper vs. 8-Player Queues

I get to battle a bunch of matches today, against a number of different decks. After playing last time, I decided to battle in some events before making further changes. I like playing in events because it simulates tournament conditions pretty well, and you know that your opponents have no goal but to win. Sure, every now and then you play against some questionable decks and the like, but it is still good preparation for the format as a whole.

The list I used:

[deck]3 Ghost Quarter
3 Drowned Catacomb
2 Darkslick Shores
4 Plains
4 Island
1 Swamp
2 Isolated Chapel
4 Seachrome Coast
4 Glacial Fortress
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
3 Snapcaster Mage
2 Consecrated Sphinx
2 Oblivion Ring
2 Timely Reinforcements
1 Gideon Jura
1 White Sun’s Zenith
3 Think Twice
3 Forbidden Alchemy
4 Mana Leak
3 Dissipate
4 Day of Judgment
3 Doom Blade
1 Ratchet Bomb
1 Ghost Quarter
2 Timely Reinforcements
1 Dismember
1 Sun Titan
1 Divine Offering
1 Ratchet Bomb
2 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Negate
2 Phantasmal Image
1 Blue Sun’s Zenith
1 Volition Reins
1 Karn Liberated[/deck]

The matches are pretty self explanatory, and if you ONLY watch one, watch round 2 of the first tournament; it’s pretty unbelievable.

Channel LSV: Standard Gauntlet – Esper Control 8-mans

I ended up going 3-2 in matches played, which isn’t exactly earth-shattering, but the matches themselves felt reasonable. I certainly could have played differently against mono-red in round 3 of the second event, and overall I wasn’t unhappy.

I’m not done tinkering with the deck, and tomorrow I’ll be running it through a Daily Event before I move onto the next one. I like this deck quite a bit, and think that if you make the right choices for the last five or six variable slots, it can be insane for any given tournament.



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