Frontier Spotlight: Combo Leaking? Austen Hoey February 1, 2017 Decklists The 2nd week of Weekly Frontier at Fusion Gaming yielded new and exciting results as different players and completely different archetypes rose to the top! I’m Austen from Pauper Ponderings and I’m back to talk about some of the interesting and competitive brews we saw this week. Mono Blue Control by Colby Kitchur Creatures (9)3 x Baral, Chief of Compliance4 x Thing in the Ice // Awoken Horror2 x Torrential GearhulkArtifacts (2)2 x Prism RingSorceries (3)3 x Treasure CruiseInstants (22)4 x Anticipate2 x Unsubstantiate2 x Disallow4 x Spell Shrivel 4 x Void Shatter3 x Engulf the Shore3 x Glimmer of GeniusLands (24)4 x Radiant Fountain20 x Island (335)Sideboard (15)2 x Rise from the Tides3 x Hydrolash3 x Sweep Away2 x AEtherspouts2 x Metallurgic Summonings3 x Dispel Buy This List This innovative Mono Blue control deck by Colby looks to control the board using Thing in the Ice, Engulf the Shores and Aether Revolt stand-out Baral, Chief of Compliance, then mop things up with Torrential Gearhulk. I love the addition of Prism Ring acting as a low priority way to keep your life total high vs Atarka Red. Colby obviously values the exile clauses on Void Shatter and Spell Shrivel over the versatility of a card like disallow. This must be a meta-game call as a card like disallow plays much better in a mono blue strategy than a taxing counterspell like spell shrivel. I can see this list running into issues with a deck like Atarka Red or even Abzan, where even 1 or 2 unanswered threats are capable of closing a game in a few turns. The absense of Dig Through Time also puzzles me, but Colby must have realized a card like Glimmer of Genius was far more consistent on 4 mana than Dig in a mono colour strategy. Would love to see a way to use the energy generated by glimmer though. Something like a shielded aether thief could be a consideration in a list like this. Jeskai Tokens by Kevin Trieu Creatures4 x Monastery Swiftspear2 x Reckless BushwhackerSpells (28)2 x Defiant Strike2 x Expedite1 x Renegade Tactics3 x Raise the Alarm2 x Lightning Strike2 x Dragon Fodder2 x Hordeling Outburst1 x Jeskai Charm4 x Stoke the Flames4 x Treasure Cruise4 x Jeskai Ascendancy1 x Sram’s ExpertiseArtifacts (4)4 x Smuggler’s CopterLands (22) 2 x Prairie Stream4 x Flooded Strand4 x Inspiring Vantage4 x Spirebluff Canal2 x Battlefield Forge2 x Shivan Reef2 x Mountain (343)1 x Island (335)1 x Plains (331)sideboard (15)2 x Arashin Cleric2 x Seeker of the Way2 x Fragmentize2 x Rending Volley2 x Roast1 x Declaration in Stone2 x Gideon, Ally of Zendikar2 x Dispel Buy This List Kevin makes another appearance on Frontier Spotlight this week piloting a much more aggressive build than his UB Control deck from last week. Jeskai Ascendancy has always been known as a powerful engine, Modern and Legacy have both known this to be true. Getting to pair this over powered enchantment with one of the most broken cards they’ve printed in some time, is a match made in Frontier heaven. I don’t have many more things to say about this list other than Sram’s Expertise is a welcome addition being able to add to the board for a relatively low cost. I think their is something here, has Kevin found the perfect 75? Probably not, but he has paired two of the more powerful tools together to form a very large potential threat. Keep an eye on this one. Saheeli Black by Joey Hayes Creatures (10)4 x Jace, Vryns Prodigy2 x Felidar Guardian1 x Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet1 x Pia and Kiran Nalaar2 x Torrential GearhulkPlaneswalkers (2)2 x Saheeli RaiSpells (22)2 x Duress3 x Fatal Push4 x Crackling Doom3 x Kolaghan’s Command2 x Kozilek’s Return1 x Dispel2 x Disdainful Stroke1 x Anticipate4 x Dig Through TimeLands (26)4 x Polluted Delta4 x Flooded Strand 4 x Bloodstained Mire2 x Smoldering Marsh2 x Prairie Stream2 x Sunken Hollow2 x Swamp (339)1 x Island (335)1 x Mountain (343)1 x Plains (331)1 x Mystic Monastery2 x Wandering FumaroleSideboard (15)2 x Tormod’s Crypt2 x Arashin Cleric1 x Ojutai’s Command2 x Negate1 x Chandra, Flamecaller2 x Painful Truths2 x Radiant Flames2 x Hallowed Moonlight1 x Dispel Buy This List Joey was the eventual winner this week with his take on Jeskai black. Adding the standard combo of Saheeli Rai and Felidar Guardian to an already potent strategy. This seems to be the evolution of this deck, adding a very capable 1-2 combo like this to a control strategy in an unknown format like Frontier is a huge boon. It’s very difficult to predict everything your opponents are going to throw at you, especially in a format like this one. Having this “I win” button gives you an edge in all sorts of match-ups, winning out of nowhere and forcing your opponent to hedge vs the combo is something rarely seen in competitive magic these days. Expect this deck to show up big time with the release of Aether Revolt. Where is Frontier headed? I have no idea, but I’m excited to follow along. Stop by next week for another installment of Frontier Spotlight! Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.