Daily Digest: Remington Steele

Esper Dragons has been on the rise in Standard over the last month, but does it have what it takes to conquer Modern’s $5,000 Premier IQ at #SCGDEN? GerryT thinks the answer may surprise you!

Oftentimes, if a Standard deck is good enough to be ported straight into Modern, something is horribly wrong. Decks I’m thinking of are Caw-Blade and Jund. In this case, it’s “just” Esper Dragons and everything is fine.

Mana Leak and Remand are fine Magic cards, but some people will jump through hoops in order to play a card that mimics the original Counterspell. Sometimes it involves playing six Dragons and two impostors. Dragonlord Ojutai is a reasonable Modern threat as long as you can fade Liliana of the Veil (and Turn 4 kills), but Steel Hellkite? It does block Etched Champion I guess…

This deck is very good at slowing the game down to the point where Dragonlord Ojutai can take over. Various discard spells, removal, and counterspells should keep you relatively safe until then. The underplayed Esper Charm looks great here also.

As always, the white sideboard cards are phenomenal. Timely Reinforcements handles Burn, Stony Silence crushes Affinity, and Rest in Peace hoses various graveyard decks.