Jeskai Control by romulomg on MtGO

Creatures (8)
4 Snapcaster Mage
4 Spell Queller

Non-Creature Spells (28)
4 Serum Visions
4 Cryptic Command
2 Electrolyze
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
3 Logic Knot
2 Mana Leak
4 Path to Exile
1 Sphinx’s Revelation

Lands (24)
1 Arid Mesa
3 Celestial Colonnade
3 Flooded Strand
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Glacial Fortress
2 Hallowed Fountain
3 Island
1 Mountain
2 Plains
1 Sacred Foundry
3 Scalding Tarn
2 Steam Vents
1 Sulfur Falls

Sideboard (15)
1 Counterflux
2 Crumble to Dust
3 Leyline of Sanctity
1 Negate
3 Rest in Peace
3 Stony Silence
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Wear // Tear


The viability of control decks in Modern is constantly fluctuating. U/W Control has seen a notable uptick of late on MtGO, and it looks like everyone’s favorite counter spells and kill spells may be making their way back to the top tables of Modern. The deck we’re featuring today, Jeskai Control, is a different take on Modern control, using efficient creatures and spells to out-value the opponent into the mid- and late-game.

The creatures in this deck are an excellent indication of what the deck wants to do. Snapcaster Mage is just about a guaranteed 4-of in every Modern control deck, as it ability to act as additional copies of whatever spell you want in your deck makes it a valuable inclusion in every matchup. Spell Queller, on the other hand, is not regularly seen in Modern control mainboards. The 3 mana flier shows us exactly what this deck wants to do. The main drawback of Spell Queller is that it only acts as a 2-for-1 until the opponent kills it. However, the way to negate this is using Queller to kill the opponent quickly, which is exactly what this deck wants to do. This deck has several cheap counter spells that protect Spell Queller and even more burn spells to finish the game off.

Cryptic Command, Logic Knot, and Mana Leak make up the counter spells in this deck. Cryptic Command is the most expensive by far, but its ability to counter a spell and keep the card advantage flowing, as well as its flexibility makes it a valuable inclusion. Mana Leak is also a suspected inclusion in this style of deck. Being able to counter most early game plays for 2 mana is a great deal, and helps keep the deck mana efficient. Logic Knot is a scary card to play with, as the ceiling and floor are very far away from each other. At its best, it’s Counterspell, but at its worse it’s a worse Syncopate, which is beyond unplayable. This deck does a great job throwing cards into its graveyard, however, so Logic Knot is at its best in this deck.

Lightning Bolt, Lightning Helix, and Electrolyze are the burn spells in this deck, and can be thought of as split cards that let you either kill a creature or deal damage to the opponent. The damage that Spell Queller and Snapcaster Mage get in is not inconsequential, as these burn spells can finish the opponent off easily. Additionally, the presence of these burn spells force Death’s Shadow decks to contort their game plan and walk a tightrope while managing their life total.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


No changes.


-1 Wear // Tear

-3 Leyline of Sanctity

-1 Counterflux

+3 Kor Firewalker

+1 Supreme Verdict

+1 Negate

This is day 152 of’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 151 here, where we featured a unique Legacy deck that aims to take advantage of artifact synergies and Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas.

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