Modern Musings: Esper Superfriends in Modern Michael Shapiro May 25, 2019 Modern Musings 1 Hey everyone! Welcome to another Modern Musings! Today we are going to take a look at what I think is a super fun deck post War of the Spark: Esper Superfriends. Obviously we got a lot of new planeswalkers in War of the Spark, most of which are quite powerful. White, Black, and Blue received the best ones though it seems. Among the most powerful being Ashiok, Dream Render, Narset, Parter of Veils, Teferi, Time Raveler, and Dovin, Hand of Control. All of these planeswalkers have powerful static abilities in Modern. Ashiok and Narset in particular are rather nasty. An early Narset neuters Faithless Looting and other such effects, while an early Ashiok stops all tutoring effects. Dovin taxes your opponent, while Teferi stops your opponent from reacting to anything during your turn. All of these effects are super powerful in Modern. That being said, there are a number of matchups where Ashiok and Dovin are somewhat dead cards, so they are relegated to the sideboard unfortunately. I have played a couple versions of this deck over the past couple weeks and after looking around at what other people have done I think this is probably either the best or close to the best configuration: Esper Superfriends Creatures2 x Snapcaster Mage3 x Wall of Omens Planeswalkers2 x Teferi, Time Raveler2 x Kaya, Orzhov Usurper2 x Gideon, Ally of Zendikar2 x Teferi, Hero of Dominaria1 x Narset, Parter of Veils Spells3 x Path to Exile4 x Serum Visions2 x Fatal Push4 x Inquisition of Kozilek2 x Thoughtseize2 x Collective Brutality2 x Supreme Verdict Artifacts2 x Nihil Spellbomb Enchantments1 x Detention Sphere Lands1 x Watery Grave1 x Hallowed Fountain1 x Isolated Chapel1 x Island (335)2 x Swamp (339)2 x Polluted Delta2 x Shambling Vent2 x Celestial Colonnade2 x Godless Shrine2 x Marsh Flats2 x Plains (331)3 x Flooded Strand3 x Field of Ruin Sideboard2 x Disdainful Stroke2 x Stony Silence2 x Dovin’s Veto2 x Surgical Extraction2 x Geist of Saint Traft1 x Timely Reinforcements2 x Ashiok, Dream Render2 x Narset, Parter of Veils Buy This List This list feels incredibly tight and very good. There are a lot of little things going on in this deck so I thought I’d break down a few of the more satisfying interactions that I’ve managed to pull off with Teferi Timebender: With any discard effect, if your opponent is low on cards, you can lock them out of their draw step and effectively Time Walk your opponent. Blocking with Shambling Vent, then casting Collective Brutality to give -2/-2 to their Monastery Swiftspear and taking a Lightning Bolt from their hand that they forgot they couldn’t cast in response. Bouncing my own Wall of Omens for maximum value (so good). Casting Supreme Verdict on my opponent’s combat step. Teferi feels so dumb in so many situations, he really does a good job of breaking the norm on interacting with what your opponent is doing. Kaya, Orzhov Usurper continues to over-perform in every deck I put her in, gaining me life in the aggro matchups, and randomly exiling random important 1 drops my opponent was playing such as AEther Vial and Amulet of Vigor. Ultimately, I feel that if you want to play a control deck in modern, Esper Superfriends is a great choice for you. Anyway, that’s all for this week! Tune in next week for those Modern Horizons Spoiler review. One Response Anonymous June 8, 2019 Could be a good shell for the Narset+Puzzle Box lock? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.