Jeskai Stoneblade by 10marce85 on MtGO

Creatures (16)
2 Grim Lavamancer
4 Snapcaster Mage
4 Spellstutter Sprite
4 Stoneforge Mystic
2 Vendilion Clique

Non-Creature Spells (24)
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Council’s Judgment
4 Ponder
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
1 Lightning Bolt
2 Spell Snare
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

Lands (20)
2 Arid Mesa
4 Flooded Strand
4 Island
1 Plains
4 Polluted Delta
2 Tundra
3 Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
3 Blood Moon
2 Containment Priest
2 Disenchant
1 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Flusterstorm
3 Red Elemental Blast
2 Surgical Extraction

Summary

Legacy Stoneblade decks have been around for quite some time, but saw a notable downtick in play during the U/W Miracles days. However, that deck’s weakening thanks to the banning of Sensei’s Divining Top has opened up the format to new decks as well as old favorites. The deck we’re featuring today is Jeskai Stoneblade, which takes the resurgent Stoneblade archetype into the Jeskai color combination.

As the name would suggest, Stoneforge Mystic plays a critical role in this deck, as an early play that can get this deck incredibly far out in front in the early turns if left to its own devices. In this deck, the equipment to search out are Batterskull, Sword of Fire and Ice, and Umezawa’s Jitte. While having equipment is nice and all, actually putting them on something is a whole different challenge. However, this deck has two cheap, evasive, and powerful fliers in Spellstutter Sprite and Vendilion Clique that love to carry equipment. Spellstutter Sprite does a good job of disrupting the opponent on the early turns of the game, while Vendilion Clique strips them of their best card, clearing the path for this deck to execute its game plan.

Grim Lavamancer is a creature that you don’t frequently see in decks like these, but it plays an important role here, taking advantage of the bevy of cheap spells that this deck has at its disposal after they’ve been sued to pick off small creatures on the opponent’s side of the board or close games out. Snapcaster Mage similarly takes advantage of the cheap spells that have been cast in the early game, while Jace, the Mind Sculptor is the most powerful source of card advantage that this deck has access to. It bounces creatures, draws cards, and can kill the opponent by itself if given enough time.

Like most of the decks in these colors, this deck plays Ponder and Brainstorm for card draw, Swords to Plowshares for removal, and Force of Will to counter spells. However, the other cards this deck includes are a bit more interesting. Spell Snare has been much more successful in Modern than in Legacy, but in this deck it’s a cheap enough counter spell that is more relevant now than before thanks to shifts in the overall metagame. Council’s Judgment is best in midrange and control populated metagames, which this one certainly is, hence its inclusion and the limiting of Lightning Bolt to a measly 1 copy.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Lightning Bolt

+1 Council’s Judgment

Sideboard

-1 Ethersworn Canonist

+1 Flusterstorm

This is day 343 of Spellsnare.com’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 342 here, where we featured a Modern deck that looks to play the midrange game supplemented by a traditional Blood Moon game plan.

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