Hello and welcome to another addition of Droppin' Baums! This week is a very special week for me. Being able to bring you a control list that I feel confident in is not an easy task for me. I have always been much more confident in my abilities with aggro and midrange strategies – until today! Today I think we have finally found the hero we all needed; Teferi, Hero of Dominaria is such a powerhouse at dealing with the best deck in the format in Black-Red Aggro. I firmly believe this list has a fantastic matchup against the powerful Goblin Chainwhirler strategy. Check out this list that I took 23rd with at GP LA!

Yeah that's right me, Corey Baumeister, did well at a big tournament with a control deck! I am more proud of this near miss on Top 8 then I have been with a Top 8 from an aggressive deck! This deck is so powerful and if built correctly can deal with everything the standard format can throw at it! I ended up going 11-2-2 losing to Black-Red Aggro once, (I couldn't draw a fourth land to save my life) and another loss to Mono-Red Wizards, which I do think is the toughest matchup for Esper. The whole plan with the deck is stick a Teferi, Hero of Dominaria and make sure it stays alive. If you can manage to do that you get to win the game! It's truly a treat!

The deck is not all sunshine and rainbows though. This deck is not very forgiving to a play mistake. Tapping out for a removal spell and not being able to counter a key planeswalker is devastating most of the time. You really have to not only think a few turns ahead with your own plays but also consider what your opponent is going to do in the coming turns. There are also certain draws that you just can't beat from decks, which can be frustrating, but being able to punish any deck to the fullest when they stumble is something that really drew me in. Let's check out the sideboard guide!

Sideboard Guide

Vs. Diallows

It is pretty hard to say that the "mirror" match is a good matchup. Unless, of course, you have four Glint-Sleeve Siphoner and your opponent only has the "stock" two or three. These matchups all come down to the powerful creature – it is going to come down to card advantage and being patient. Whoever blinks first is usually the person that gets punished. Relax and make your land drops, your spot to act will be clear when the time comes!

Vs. B/G Steel Leaf Stompy

Vs. U/G Steel Leaf Stompy

This matchup is nice! If you are on the draw and they have a second-turn Steel Leaf Champion and you don't have the Cast Down right away to deal with it you are probably going to lose. Sadly, there's no real way around that. That is the reason I choose to play a second one. It's just too important to not lose to one card. Other than that, it is pretty easy to answer this deck on a one-for-one basis. Just make sure to leave open countermagic whenever they have Vine Mare mana available, if you have the luxury of course. That card is very scary!

Vs. B/R Aggro

This is the reason to play the deck. This matchup is very good. Most of the sideboard guides I write say something along the lines "this matchup isn't bad, BUT Black-Red Aggro can still crush you." While that can still be the case, it isn't as true here, we have all the tools to beat the boogeyman of the format!

Vs. Turbo Fog

This matchup all comes down to my favorite life siphoner! It just blows my mind that any deck would want to play less than four of Glint-Sleeve Siphoner. The card is so darn good! This matchup can get a little scary if you can't pressure your opponent. They have access to way more two mana counters, which is so powerful in this matchup.

That's it for this week! Enjoy controlling the lives of your opponents, but go easy on them friends, it's never fun to see Teferi, Hero of Dominaria single-handedly win games! Unless you're on this side of it of course! ;)

See you next week,

Corey Baumeister