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Pioneer Peak: Esper Control


By the time this video comes out, you'll have already heard there will be changes to the companion mechanic. Because of this, I figured I had to play Yorion, Sky Nomad one last time before whatever changes may come. I also love me some Esper so I decided I'd play a more tap out Esper control list. My list isn't really any different give or take a few changes to the sideboard and mainboard but otherwise, the list is similar to that of the other Esper 5-0 lists. The base list came from ovmlcabrera and I changed about 4 cards in the entire 75 so thanks ovmlcabrera for the list!

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Gameplan

As you know, I've been in love with Demonic Pact and the idea of grindy control decks for quite some time. This deck is more of the same but with the addition of blue. The previous iterations of the deck were all in Orzhov but this time we added blue. The difference this time around is we're playing a tap out control deck as opposed to the more counterspell heavy control decks!

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With the addition of blue, we get to play the people's champ Teferi, Time Raveler who by now has made waves in all formats. He decreases interaction from opponents, bounces almost any problematic permanent, or bounces our Yorion, Sky Nomad to blink everything. Narset, Parter of Veils is the card we 've been missing out on in the Orzhov iterations. When we're playing 80 cards, we definitely want the ability to dig through our deck so we can find sideboard pieces and so on. Lastly, Omen of the Sea really helps us continue to dig and smooth out our draws much like Narset. Overall, the blue addition is definitely worth it just for all the card draw and filtering abilities. 

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Blue has allowed us to have better sideboard cards like permission spells this way we can stop key spells from resolving. We also get access to a card like Unmoored Ego. Though Unmoored Ego never helps us deal with stuff on board, it does allow us to snipe key parts from a deck like Inverter of Truth. Though it won't auto win us a game, it will force unfair decks to play the fair and grindy game.

Conclusion

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We finally got our first recorded trophy and it felt nice as it was with my baby, Esper <3. The deck felt perfect. The addition of blue smoothed out our draws and gave us some powerhouses like Teferi, Time Raveler to shut down opposing counterspells. I don't think I would change too much about the deck as I felt everything down to the sideboard was nice. For now, we wait to see what companion changes happen but before that happens, its nice to send Yorion's first iteration off into the sunset with a trophy. 

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Thanks for watching and I'll see you at the next one!

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