Jeskai Midrange by tw33ty on MtGO

Creatures (14)
4 Geist of Saint Traft
3 Restoration Angel
4 Snapcaster Mage
1 Thundermaw Hellkite
2 Vendilion Clique

Non-Creature Spells (21)
2 Electrolyze
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
2 Mana Leak
4 Path to Exile
2 Remand
2 Spell Snare
1 Engineered Explosives

Lands (25)
1 Arid Mesa
4 Celestial Colonnade
1 Eiganjo Castle
4 Flooded Strand
2 Hallowed Fountain
2 Island
1 Mountain
1 Plains
1 Sacred Foundry
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Steam Vents
1 Sulfur Falls
1 Tectonic Edge

Sideboard (15)
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Aven Mindcensor
1 Blessed Alliance
1 Celestial Purge
1 Dispel
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Keranos, God of Storms
1 Negate
2 Rest in Peace
2 Stony Silence
1 Timely Reinforcements


Various “fair” Modern decks have seen play in the format over the last several years, but as the format changes and certain strategies become more or less viable, certain fair decks become better or worse choices for the format. Today we’re featuring a classic Modern deck that has dipped in popularity over the past few years, but shifts in the metagame could bring it back into the spotlight. Primarily, this deck is a tempo-midrange deck, and like all decks of that variety, this deck wants to get power on the board and back it up by cheap removal and counter spells.

Geist of Saint Traft, Snapcaster Mage, and Restoration Angel are the most important creatures for this strategy. Geist of Saint Traft, as a 6 power attacker, outputs more damage than any other creature in the format can. Additionally, hexproof means that it’s incredibly hard to interact with, and punishes players for sitting back and not playing to the board. While it might be a mediocre beater, Snapcaster Mage is fantastic tempo value in this deck, as it allows you to have 2 card’s worth of value every time it’s cast, as well as giving additional copies of important spells in specific matchups. Restoration Angel is a great role player in this deck, as it can save a Geist of Saint Traft from a big blocker, as well as allowing another enters the battlefield trigger from Snapcaster Mage, Vendilion Clique, and Thundermaw Hellkite.

The next important part of this deck is the cheap spells. Casting more spells than the opponent is a recipe for success, and doing so in a tempo deck means the opponent isn’t given the time to cast their own spells. Lightning Bolt, Lightning Helix, and Path to Exile are all attractive and cheap removal spells, the former two being able to be pointed at the face to finish the opponent off.

Mana Leak, Remand, and Spell Snare are very efficient counter spells that keep the opponent at bay. Mana Leak is likely the best, cheap catch-all in the format, while Spell Snare has been rising in value as the format starts to shift towards more combo-oriented decks. While not technically a hard counter, Remand is fantastic in these tempo decks, as it replaces itself while usually occupying the entirety of the opponent’s turn, allowing the creatures already on board to get through for more damagd.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Engineered Explosives

+1 Remand


-1 Blessed Alliance

-1 Dispel

+1 Timely Reinforcements

+1 Engineered Explosives

This is day 219 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 218 here, where we featured a Standard control deck that looks to kill creatures and gain card advantage through planeswalkers.

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