Hello and welcome to another addition of Droppin' Bombs! First off, I want to let everyone know the problem with the cards getting squished in the video has been fixed – thank you so much for your patience and continuing to tune-in despite the problems. You are all great!
This week I am diving into new standard with some Esper Control. While everyone is testing out their Llanowar Elves and their Goblin Chainwhirler, I am testing out a card I already know works: Baneslayer Angel! It may have a different name, but it still has the same power level; Lyra Dawnbringer is the truth and it will for sure have an impact at your next Standard tournament. When you pair it with one of the best removal spells in the last couple of years, Seal Away, it makes for some dominant games. Check it out!
This deck was inspired by a list by "azureu09" who went 5-0 in a league with something similar. I made a few changes and gave it a spin! I learned three things after playing the deck. Number one, the interaction and power level of Seal Away and Teferi, Hero of Dominaria is off the charts! Every time I cast the powerful planeswalker, it ended up walking away with the game. My only mistake was playing The Scarab God instead of more Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. It's a weird thing to say I should play less The Scarab God, and more of something else. Maybe our Scarab God winter is finally coming to an end. The interaction with Teferi, Hero of Dominaria and the rest of the deck was very surprising. Every tried activating Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin twice before you untap? It's quite fun!
Number two, this deck really was craving a 26th land and moving forward I would for sure cut a Cast Down for another Irrigated Farmland. Cast Down was okay and all, but it was not as good as Seal Away and Fatal Push. Anytime I was able to make my land drops, I felt like I couldn't lose.
Finally, I might have fallen in love with control all over again. I have always been on the other side, trying to play around Settle the Wreckage or a piece of spot removal. Being the person who just draws them both and gets to watch them think about it for a while was very enjoyable – this deck is very powerful and I highly recommend taking a break from the drafts to jam some new Standard.
The format is so new, I don't really know what matchups to prepare for. I don't have a solid grasp on what should and what shouldn't come in after sideboarding, which is the exciting part! Go out and make some mistakes, I know I made my fair share in the videos. Thankfully I played such a powerful deck it let me have a little wiggle room. As always, leave your comments below what you think of the deck and the new overlay!
Now go try out a deck full of bombs, and thank you for watching Droppin' Baums! See you next week!
- Corey Baumeister