Now that I’ve had a chance to play with opt on stream for a few weeks the following 75 is where I’ve landed.
As I have before I’ll go through the changes, the main roles of each new sideboard card (the roles of the others can be found in my previous post), and finally the baseline sideboard strategies for many matchups.
The main difference here in the main deck is the addition of opt to finally have a nice 12 one mana cantrip suite where all the pieces provide real card selection. Another change is the return of remand to the list. these both come at the expense of the peeks, strategic plannings, and the the third electromancer. The inclusion of opt now gives us enough raw card selection to be able to cut down on the total cantrip package. As many of you probably know I’ve not been playing remand in my list for quite some time but now that we have the space I wanted to try it out again and I must say that it is pretty essential going forward. This is somewhat due to the shifting meta as well which makes us fight more on the stack against opposing counter spells. one thing to note is this list is designed for a more general metagame such as an open or grand prix. If your local meta is very fast, so you would want the third electromancer, I would recommend cutting either a remand or opt for it.
In the sideboard I have made only one big change in including 2 dispel over the second dismember and wipe away. This is also due to the resurgence in blue based control and tempo decks. I have chosen these over putting swan song back in due to not particularly needing the sorcery or enchantment modes and that the 2/2 bird being a real cost in the tempo and grixis shadow matchups. The more minor change is the shift to the fourth pieces of the puzzle over the third empty. This is due to the higher prevalence of graveyard hate as well as the addition of remand to the deck. The remands give us more storm spell density due to its interaction with grapeshot
In my previous post I have covered the main hate cards to look out for so I will be just giving the baseline In and Out lists for sideboarding.
In: 1 Wipe Away
Out: 1 Opt
In: Everything except 2 spree and 1 wipe away
Out: 4 gifts, 4 baral, 2 electromancer, 1 Noxious, 1 Past in Flames
In: 2 spree, 1 wipe away, 2 empty, 4 pieces
Out: 4 gifts, 1 noxious, 1 baral, 2 opt, 1 grapeshot
In: 1 wipe away, 1 dismember, 3 Bolt
Out: 1 PiF, 3 opt, 1 remand
In: 3 bolt, 1 Wipe Away
Out: 3 opt, 1 Noxious
In: 4 pieces, 2 empty, 1 dismember, 2 bolt
Out: 4 gifts, 1 noxious, 2 Electromancer, 1 grapeshot, 1 PiF
Jeskai / UW
In: 2 Pieces, 2 Empty, 1 wipe away, 2 bolt, 2 dispel
Out: 2 gifts, 1 noxious, 2 electromancer, 1 grapeshot, 1 PiF, 2 opt
In: 1 dismember, 2 bolt, 2 dispel
Out: 3 opt, 1 grapeshot, 1 gifts
In: 4 Pieces, 2 Empty, 1 dismember, 3 bolt, 1 wipe away
Out: 4 gifts, 2 electromancer, 1 noxious, 1 PiF, 1 remand, 2 opt
In: 1 wipe away, 1 empty, 4 pieces, 2 dispel
Out: 4 gifts, 1 noxious, 1 grapeshot, 2 opt
In: 2 spree, 3 bolt
Out: 3 remand, 1 PiF, 1 opt
In: 3 bolt, 1 dismemeber, 1 wipe away
Out: 1 remand, 4 opt
In: 2 bolt, 1 dismember, 2 empty, 4 pieces
Out: 4 Gifts, 1 noxious, 2 electromancer, 1 PiF, 1 opt