The Truth About Jeskai Ascendancy

To open, Mike “goes deep” (a la Patrick) to talk about THE TRUTH.

What is true? What does it mean to be true in Magic? Useful? … A philosophy of Magic (and life) to start a discussion of this transformational Magic: The Gathering card —

Jeskai Ascendancy
Jeskai Ascendancy
Just how good is Jeskai Ascendancy? Mike has it — at least possibly — as the Number One Card in all of Standard Magic: The Gathering.

Can Jeskai Ascendancy crack Patrick’s Top 10 for Standard? Top five? Was this a miss for episode one (advocating Siege Rhino) or episode three (saying Mantis Rider was THE reason to play Jeskai colors in Standard)?

Well I guess you’ll just have to listen to find out!

Over the course of this epic hour-and-a-half Patrick and Mike talk about Dylan Donegan’s domination of the Standard portion of the recent Star City Games Invitational in Seattle (with Jeskai Ascendancy)… As well as Patrick’s Pantheon teammate Sam Black and his utilization of Jeskai Ascendancy in the Legacy portion of the same tournament.

What would Mike cut from the Standard Jeskai Ascendancy deck?

Why did Sam play Wind Zendikon in a Constructed deck… Let alone in the massive Legacy format?

You’re still going to have to listen to find out.

Dylan Donegan’s Standard Jeskai Ascendancy Deck:

4 Treasure Cruise

2 Jeskai Charm
4 Jeskai Ascendancy

2 Chandra, Pyromaster
4 Goblin Rabblemaster
4 Hordeling Outburst
4 Lightning Strike
4 Stoke the Flames

4 Raise the Alarm
4 Seeker of the Way

3 Battlefield Forge
3 Flooded Strand
1 Island
2 Mountain
4 Mystic Monastery
2 Plains
1 Temple of Epiphany
4 Shivan Reef
4 Temple of Triumph

4 Disdainful Stroke
1 Negate
3 Arc Lightning
1 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
2 Erase
2 Glare of Heresy
2 Hushwing Gryff

Sam Black’s Legacy Jeskai Ascendancy Combo Deck:

1 Chrome Mox
4 Lotus Petal

4 Brainstorm
2 Dig Through Time
4 Fatestitcher
4 Force of Will
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Mental Note
3 Pact of Negation
4 Thought Scour
4 Treasure Cruise
2 Wind Zendikon

4 Jeskai Ascendancy

2 Gut Shot

1 Flooded Strand
1 Island
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Polluted Delta
1 Scalding Tarn
3 Tundra
3 Volcanic Island

2 Pithing Needle
1 Echoing Truth
1 Flusterstorm
1 Hydroblast
1 Forked Bolt
2 Lightning Bolt
3 Pyroblast
1 Sulfur Elemental
3 Swords to Plowshares

… All this plus a couple of Jonny Magic stories and mad appreciation (and more props) for the beloved godfather of card advantage, Brian Weissman in:


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