Esper Superfriends by gul_dukat on MtGO

Creatures (3)
3 Snapcaster Mage

Non-Creature Spells (33)
1 Gideon Jura
2 Gideon of the Trials
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Liliana of the Veil
2 Narset Transcendent
2 Collective Brutality
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Lingering Souls
4 Serum Visions
2 Supreme Verdict
3 Thoughtseize
3 Fatal Push
3 Path to Exile

Lands (24)
2 Concealed Courtyard
2 Creeping Tar Pit
3 Flooded Strand
1 Godless Shrine
2 Hallowed Fountain
1 Island
1 Marsh Flats
2 Plains
4 Polluted Delta
2 Shambling Vent
2 Swamp
1 Tectonic Edge
1 Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
1 Collective Brutality
2 Supreme Verdict
2 Countersquall
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Flashfreeze
2 Rest in Peace
3 Spell Queller
2 Stony Silence


Control decks in Modern are all very different. Some like to assemble a combo to lock the game out, some like to consistently counter spells and wipe the board, while some like to tap out consistently and provide more late game power than its opponents. The deck we’re featuring today is Esper Superfriends, which uses a suite of planeswalkers to provide consistent sources of card advantage that defeat the opponent if left unchecked.


The first three of these planeswalkers that we are going to look at are Gideon of the Trials, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, and Gideon Jura. While this combo of Gideons saw pretty much no Standard play together, they do have a lot of power individually and combined. Gideon of the Trials provides a pseudo-removal option, a big body to attack with, and a powerful ultimate ability that has the power to lock several decks out of the game. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, on the other hand, does things quite differently. The Standard powerhouse produces token after token to contest the board, while offering a sizable attacker to get damage in on the opponent when the late game arrives. At the top end, Gideon Jura provides a powerful ‘walker that stops the opponent’s attacks in their tracks while offering a beefy attacker and a kill spell all in one.


Next, Liliana of the Veil and Narset Transcendent are used as consistent sources of card advantage. Liliana of the Veil has been a dominant force in Modern, and for good reason. The 3 mana planeswalker puts a choke hold on the opponent’s hand while making them sacrifice creatures and threatening a powerful ultimate. Narset Transcendent saw little play in Standard after its initial hype, but in Modern it has significantly more play, as the +1 and -2 abilities can hit more powerful spells.

This deck is also filled with the traditional Esper Control elements. For discard spells, it has the one-two punch of Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize, and for removal spells it has Fatal Push, Path to Exile, Collective Brutality, and a sweeper in Supreme Verdict. What’s notable about this deck is that it has no counter magic in the mainboard, instead electing to fight with the opponent sorcery-speed with more powerful and flexible options. This play well with the Superfriends theme of the deck, which demands that you are willing and equipped to tap out and protect the planeswalkers for several turns.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Lingering Souls

+1 Supreme Verdict


-1 Supreme Verdict

-1 Flashfreeze

+1 Stony Silence

+1 Spell Queller

This is day 264 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 263 here, where we featured a Modern Collected Company deck that features a powerful synergy with a Knight and a certain enchantment…

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