Modern Spotlight: Jeskai Thopter Foundry

6th place at the Modern classic in Columbus this past weekend was taken by this deck, which showcases BOTH of our recently unbanned toys.

Here’s the list that took David Buccelli to his finish:

Creatures (5)
Snapcaster Mage
Vendilion Clique

Spells (31)
Ajani Vengeant
Gideon Jura
Crucible Of Worlds
Engineered Explosives
Sword of the Meek
Thopter Foundry
Cryptic Command
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Helix
Path to Exile
Spell Snare
Sphinx’s Revelation
Ancestral Vision
Supreme Verdict
Lands (24)
Celestial Colonnade
Flooded Strand
Ghost Quarter
Hallowed Fountain
Sacred Foundry
Scalding Tarn
Steam Vents
Academy Ruins

Sideboard (15)
Vedalken Shackles
Izzet Staticaster
Porphyry Nodes
Wheel of Sun and Moon
Celestial Flare
Jace, Architect of Thought

This looks surprisingly like many of the Jeskai control decks that we’ve seen off and on throughout modern’s history. I feel it is slightly more similar to the ones using Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker in that it has a two cards combo that ends the game in short order once assembled (though Restoration Angel OR Kiki-Jiki was a lot better on it’s own, whereas these two pieces are pretty unimpressive without both).

I think the deck also runs into the same issues that it always has: sometimes your answers don’t line up with what you need to stop right now and the deck is very challenging to play over the course of a long event as you have no “free win” rounds. Every single round won will be a grind to hopefully get there, and that certainly takes a toll on you over the course of a day.

That being said, I’ve loved playing Jeskai ever since I won Game Day with it a few years ago (thank you Sphinx’s Revelation). If you are a big fan of control decks this is a solid option, though one that doesn’t have the ability to close out games quite as quickly as Grixis….

Chris Wendelboe

Chris is a level 2 judge from Ashland, New Hampshire. He enjoys Scapeshift, modern, and putting on the best events possible.