Blogspot: Ixalan Standard Deck Tech – Jeskai Vehicles with Jace, Cunning Castaway
So heading into Ixalan we are going to have our first deck tech of the season. And its an oldie but a goodie: Vehicles!
Now due to the increased atifact hate seen in Standard now, we are going to be running a Jeskai list over Mardu. In testing the Blue has proved crucial for both tempo and keeping our vehicles around.
Our vehicle package is the same as it always was four copies of both Heart of Kiran and four copies of Aethersphere Harvester. The evasion on both of these is crucial: allowing us to avoid gummed up board states. Additionally the lifelink on the Harvester is more than necessary in fast match ups, giving us great game against Ramunap Red and friends.
Every single one of our creatures is capable of crewing both of our vehicles. At one-drop we have Toolcraft Exemplar. The ability to swing in for four damage on turn two is something that not even red aggro can keep up with all the time, instantly putting our opponent on the defensive. Our 2 drops are Veteran Motorist and Glory-Bound Initiate. Both are able to crew Heart of Kiran, the motorist making it a 5/5 on turn 3. Which is great when we have the initiative, it is however against fast decks Glory-Bound Initiate becomes or big star. The ability to gain up to 8 or even 12 life over a game is ridiculous, stopping almost any aggro deck in its tracks. Our final creature is 2 copies of Spire Patrol. The tempo we can gain off this is simply too hard to ignore. Tapping down the biggest threat the opponent has for two turns is often all we need to finish the game off in such a fast paced deck.
Our spell package is small but sweet. We run two copies of Abrade, Settle the Wreckage and Spell Pierce. In testing this has allowed us to overcome almost any threat posed by the opponent whether it be in the form of advancing their board or harming ours.
Where this list differs from other vehicle decks though is our planeswalkers. We have a total of 7 of them dived between Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Gideon of the Trials, Gideon Martial Paragon and Jace, Cunning Castaway. Chandra and our smaller Gideon are great on both offense and defence making for incredibly versatile cards. However Gideon Martial Paragon and Jace are somewhat more focussed on attacking than their counter-parts. Jace has the ability to turn Heart of Kiran into a larger Smuggler’s Copter whilst Gideon Martial Paragon allows us to essentially crew our vehicles for free.
Our mana-base is was not easy to construct however this almost never leaves us without the required colours, and most importantly you will be unlucky not to have enough white sources.
3 Sentinel Totem
2 Cast Out
1 Ceremonious rejection
2 Essence Scatter
Coming into a new format it is always hard to gauge what decks will be good and which won’t. And this is reflected in our sideboard. It is a very broad selection of cards so there will be something for every match up. You will notice however the lack of cards designated to aggro match ups. This is because our mainboard is already very well-tuned for that match and it is not often we need to change much to win the second game.
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