Hello and welcome to another addition of Droppin' Baums! Today we are looking at one of the most powerful decks that has ever made its way into competitive Magic: Faeries! Anyone who has been playing magic for 10-plus years like myself has had the joy and satisfaction of suspending a turn-one Ancestral Vision followed up by Bitterblossom. This was one of the most powerful sequences that Standard has produced in the last 15 years. So what makes this Standard powerhouse able to fight with the big Modern dogs? Why didn't Ancestral Vision make the cut if it was once so powerful? Both of those questions can really be answered with the same statement. Modern is just simply way too fast! Ancestral Vision would not have time to come off suspension before you just lose the game, so Blue-Black Faeries must adapt to slow your opponent down enough to be able to gain advantage with Bitterblossom. That's exactly what Shota Yasooka did in a recent event – let's take a look at the powerful pros decklist!

This list of Faeries has much more early interaction than the deck has had in the past. It would not be competitive if it still relied on just casting small flying flash creatures in our current state of Modern where most decks threaten to kill you in three turns or so. That's why we have seven early removal spells along with five hand disruption spells – it is key to be able to control the early game so your Bitterblossom can take over. If you can't manage to do that, this deck becomes very difficult to win with. Faeries is a very tough deck to fight from behind with. Cryptic Command can only do so much.

That's almost exactly how the games played out. When I started off even slightly ahead on turn three or four, I won almost every time. When I was behind I lost every single game. I could have been not playing up to Shota Yasooka's level, but even playing perfectly it felt difficult. I also ran into some bad luck that you will see in the third match!

Sideboard Guide

Humans

This matchup just comes down to keeping as many Humans off the board as possible. If you can manage to stabilize this matchup actually becomes quite easy. Spellstutter Sprite is amazing against them.

Hollow One

LOL. This matchup is a nightmare. I don't see how Faeries can possibly put up positive results against this deck. I played against it twice and it wasn't even close. The deck just attacks Faeries at every angel that the deck is weak against. Fast, non-Fatal Push targets, recurring threats and inevitability. If you play Faeries, pray to dodge this deck.

Control

This is the reason to play the deck. The control matchups are fantastic. This is what Faeries has preyed on for its entirety of its existence. This is likely why Yasooka played the deck – Jeskai is on the rise and he wanted to prey on the control mages. Obviously there are many, many more matches to talk about but Modern is simply too big and diverse to list all of them. If you have questions about a specific matchup let me know in the comments and I would be happy to help you out!

That's it for this week folks! I hope you had just as much fun with Faeries as I did! Next week we move onto NEW STANDARD!!!! BOO YAA!

See you next week,

Corey Baumeister