Thought we had seen the last of Narset Transcendent? Well think again! I know Esper Superfriends all too well, though some of the card choices have changed since the last time we saw the deck. Playing huge, expensive Planeswalkers is fun, and a lot the time the Planeswalkers come down and the opponent is immediately helpless. There are not actually very many win conditions at all in the deck so sometimes going ultimate with a Planeswalker is a real path to victory.


Six creatures are not very many, especially when four of them are Jace, Vryn's Prodigy. However the deck needs to have a ton of noncreature spells in order to make Narset Transcendent work. Narset Transcendent is a huge focus of the deck, as it is a four-mana Planeswalker that enters the battlefield with a ton of loyalty and is capable of staying in play for a number of turns. Dark Petition is important as a tutor effect but the other reason is to be able to curve Narset Transcendant into Dark Petition. It may seem weird to play one copy of Dragonlord Silumagr in a deck with so few creatures, but this card can steal games. Just wait for your opponents Nissa, Vastwood Seer to get to seven loyalty and steal it!

The newest addition to the deck is Oath of Jace, and it is an important one. Since the deck plays so many lands, flooding out can be an issue, but Oath of Jace helps solve that problem. Not only does it help loot away excess lands or unwanted spells, but being able to scry means usually drawing gas each turn. This is the type of deck that wants to have a card to help bridge the gap to the lategame. Oath of Jace helps fill up the graveyard so that you can hit delirium in a timely fashion for Emrakul, the Promised End. Personally my favorite part about the deck is the one Coax from the Blind Eternities in the board, to ensure that you always have access to Emrakul, the Promised End after sideboarding.

It seems that I am not the only one who likes this deck right now, as the mirror match is extremely interesting, filled with crazy topdecks. Having two Emrakul, the Promised End in play at once is a rare sight. The other matches felt like we were in control for most of the game and didn't need to suddenly draw an answer like was the case in the mirror match. There are a ton of sideboard slots in the deck dedicated to the mirror as it is actually an important matchup to be aware of. This is a deck that has been revived and with its great matchups against Bant strategies it is easy to see why the deck is doing so well.

Thanks for reading,

Seth Manfield