Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Esper Doom by Seth Manfield

'Esper Doom' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Seth Manfield

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Standard

Market Price: $153.39

Cards

Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Yorion, Sky Nomad

Color Identity:U,W

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Companion — Your starting deck contains at least twenty cards more than the minimum deck size. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Flying
When Yorion enters the battlefield, exile any number of other nonland permanents you own and control. Return those cards to the battlefield at the beginning of the next end step.

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Clearwater Pathway

Color Identity:B,U

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

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When Glass Casket enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with mana value 3 or less until Glass Casket leaves the battlefield.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Omen of the Sea

Color Identity:U

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Flash
When Omen of the Sea enters the battlefield, scry 2, then draw a card.
{2}{U}, Sacrifice Omen of the Sea: Scry 2.

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Brightclimb Pathway

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Golden Egg

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When Golden Egg enters the battlefield, draw a card.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Golden Egg: Add one mana of any color.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Golden Egg: You gain 3 life.

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Temple of Silence

Color Identity:B,W

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Temple of Silence enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Silence enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Temple of Enlightenment

Color Identity:U,W

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Temple of Enlightenment enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Enlightenment enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

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Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}{U}, {T}: Scry 2.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Exile target permanent an opponent controls with mana value 3 or greater.
II — Noncreature spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast until your next turn.
III — Return target creature or planeswalker card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a +1/+1 counter or a loyalty counter on it.

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Elspeth's Nightmare

Color Identity:B

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Destroy target creature an opponent controls with power 2 or less.
II — Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
III — Exile target opponent's graveyard.

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Extinction Event

Color Identity:B

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Choose odd or even. Exile each creature with mana value of the chosen quality. (Zero is even.)

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Doom Foretold

Color Identity:B,W

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a nonland, nontoken permanent. If that player can't, they discard a card, they lose 2 life, you draw a card, you gain 2 life, you create a 2/2 white Knight creature token with vigilance, then you sacrifice Doom Foretold.

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Treacherous Blessing

Color Identity:B

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When Treacherous Blessing enters the battlefield, draw three cards.
Whenever you cast a spell, you lose 1 life.
When Treacherous Blessing becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it.

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Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

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Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—{3}{B}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Archon of Sun's Grace

Color Identity:W

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Flying, lifelink
Pegasus creatures you control have lifelink.
Constellation — Whenever an enchantment enters the battlefield under your control, create a 2/2 white Pegasus creature token with flying.

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Omen of the Sun

Color Identity:W

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Flash
When Omen of the Sun enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 white Human Soldier creature tokens and you gain 2 life.
{2}{W}, Sacrifice Omen of the Sun: Scry 2.

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Heartless Act

Color Identity:B

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Choose one —
• Destroy target creature with no counters on it.
• Remove up to three counters from target creature.

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Temple of Deceit

Color Identity:B,U

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Temple of Deceit enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Deceit enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Duress

Color Identity:B

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.

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Negate

Color Identity:U

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Heliod's Intervention

Color Identity:W

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Choose one —
• Destroy X target artifacts and/or enchantments.
• Target player gains twice X life.

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

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When Skyclave Apparition enters the battlefield, exile up to one target nonland, nontoken permanent you don't control with mana value 4 or less.
When Skyclave Apparition leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner creates an X/X blue Illusion creature token, where X is the mana value of the exiled card.

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's mana value.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

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Emeria's Call

Color Identity:W

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Create two 4/4 white Angel Warrior creature tokens with flying. Non-Angel creatures you control gain indestructible until your next turn.

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Vs. Gruul Aggro

+2 Archon of Sun's Grace
+1 Heartless Act

-2 Mystical Dispute
-1 Negate

I've gone back and forth on leaving in Cling to Dust. It seems like there is a trend of Gruul players leaving in their copies of Ox of Agonas for post-board games. If I didn't have Cling to Dust you could look at Heliod's Intervention or Duress, though neither are that amazing in the matchup.

This matchup is very close as-is. If you want to make it better, then it might be necessary to cut the countermagic from the maindeck.

Vs. Mono-Green Food

+2 Archon of Sun's Grace
+1 Heartless Act
+1 Heliod's Intervention
+2 Duress

-2 Mystical Dispute
-2 Negate
-2 Cling to Dust

Here I am okay with having Duress as a way to nab Trail of Crumbs, The Great Henge, or a planeswalker. Sometimes it can miss completely though. Unlike against Gruul, you don't need Cling to Dust.

I think this is a good matchup for Esper, and I beat it both times I played it in the Zendikar Rising Championship.

Vs. Temur Ramp

+2 Mystical Dispute
+1 Negate
+1 Heartless Act

-4 Extinction Event

I personally haven't liked Extinction Event very much in this matchup. Even though they are playing creatures with all odd converted mana costs, against the Obosh, the Preypiercer version, they will have fewer creatures after sideboard. Often you have to keep up mana to potentially counter a Genesis Ultimatum, so it's important to be careful about tapping too much mana on your own turn.

Vs. Dimir Rogues

+4 Shark Typhoon
+1 Cling to Dust
+2 Mystical Dispute
+1 Heartless Act

-2 Extinction Event
-2 Negate
-4 Elspeth Conquers Death

I like Mystical Dispute more than Negate here, as most of the time you want to spend your countermagic on protecting your spells from their countermagic. Sometimes it's right to wait until turn four to cast something like Treacherous Blessing or Elspeth's Nightmare so you can have Mystical Dispute backup.

I was able to beat Martin Juza playing this matchup, but the games can go long, especially game one. I like leaving in some copies of Extinction Event to punish the Rogues player for putting Lurrus of the Dream-Den into play too aggressively.

Vs. Dimir Control

+2 Mystical Dispute
+4 Shark Typhoon
+2 Duress
+1 Negate
+1 Cling to Dust

-4 Glass Casket
-4 Extinction Event
-2 Heartless Act

This is the matchup I have found most challenging for Esper, but after sideboarding it is quite close. Creature removal just isn't very effective against Dimir Control, and game one they have more countermagic than we do.

Vs. Esper Doom (The Mirror)

+2 Mystical Dispute
+4 Shark Typhoon
+2 Duress
+1 Negate
+1 Cling to Dust
+2 Archon of Sun's Grace

-4 Glass Casket
-4 Extinction Event
-3 Doom Foretold
-1 Heartless Act

Doom Foretold isn't that good in the mirror, because the opponent has all the same cards they don't mind sacrificing. If they are on Dance of the Manse, Cling to Dust is even better, so make sure to target their enchantments and artifacts in the graveyard with it.