Hello and welcome to another edition of Droppin' Baums! This week we are looking at a new spin on the traditional Jeskai archetype. This deck is trying to end games, instead of just hoping to not be ended. This deck is trying to kill you fast! With Geist of Saint Traft being such a powerhouse against the popular archetypes, I am not surprised that the powerful three-drop is finding its way into more shells. With White-Blue Control sitting on top of the Modern world right now, this is a great way to knock the powerhouse off its throne. Check out this spicy number by Shota Takao.
The main reason to play this version instead of the control deck would just be the fact that this version is way harder to exploit. The tempo version can transition into a much more controlling version if it needs too; But the control version can't just add 12 creatures to change the dynamic of the deck. That is a huge deal!
Figure of Destiny hasn't seen much play in the last few years. Maybe it's because it takes a total of five mana to actually get it up to a respectable creature. Maybe it's the fact that there just isn't a good aggressive red or white deck that can afford that much of a mana commitment. Either way, this deck can do both of those things. Being able to keep mana open for interaction while still being able to power up the powerful one-drop is big game.
This deck really reminds me of Bant Spirits in a few ways. It has early creatures that are powerful, a great top-end in the form of Gideon Ally of Zendikar, and has access to the greatest sideboard cards in the format. Along with these elements that make Bant Spirits one of the strongest decks in Modern right now, this deck also gets to get some reach in the form of Lightning Helix and Lightning Bolt.
I would love to give you a sideboard guide, but I simply don't know the deck well enough to have a concrete opinion on sideboarding decisions. Since it is a new deck I will be playing more games with the deck and hopefully have a better knowledge on the list in the future!
Thank you so much for stopping by! Go drop some more Geist Baum's on your opponents!
See you next week,