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Jeskai Stoneblade: an old favourite returns!

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A few weeks ago, Coburg Town Hall hosted the newest large-scale 7PH event: The Mana Clash. The wonderful Plenty of Games, MTG Mate and Josh & Pat’s MTG Bazaar held an incredible event, and I would personally like to thank the teams involved.

Working closely with my team, we came up with a seven and eight point version of a forgotten archetype: Jeskai Stoneblade. Here are the lists.

Playing the eight point version, I came 16th with a 6-2 record, one of three eight point lists in the top 16. This is an incredible showing and I’m glad the community is exploring the space.

The deck itself performed as expected, and the potency of free countermagic with individually powerful threats has been a tried and true formula for years. This deck differs largely from previous eight point lists I have created, as the amount of synergy is much lower. The priority to include threats that didn’t require effort to enhance affected a lot of minor deckbuilding decisions, and I like where the deck ended up.

I don’t typically write full tournament reports or deck breakdowns as most of the information gleaned will be from playing the deck and getting a feel for the play patterns, however there are some minor deckbuilding choices I will discuss.

The surveil lands are very good. Not “I should try one in my two colour deck because sometimes it will be impactful” good, but “I actively want access to multiple copies of this effect throughout a game” good. Surveilling is far more impactful in a singleton format than most constructed formats. This is emphasised by the wealth of cards that are good in some matchups but are not always required, like removal spells. If your deck can support them at all, I would highly recommend giving them a spin to see for yourself.

These two creatures represent a new group of cards that are, in my opinion, underplayed. Hasty evasive threats allow you to challenge the Initiative and the Monarchy, can threaten planeswalkers played on an empty board and can break board stalls single-handedly. They exist in every colour and some effect of this nature should likely be present in your 75 if you are playing for the board.

Notably, these were also very potent with Pre-War Formalwear and the list of exciting creatures to pair with the new equipment expands constantly.

Some players were shocked when Umezawa’s Jitte lost its point. Personally, I have been an advocate for this change for a while, and I’m happy to see it. It’s a decent sideboard card in creature decks, but don’t be surprised if it fades into obscurity over the coming months and years.

While this deck is nothing revolutionary, I can confirm it is a blast to play and would highly recommend it for a weekly event if you’re a Stoneforge Mystic enjoyer.


Melbourne based MtG grinder and content creator. L2 Judge, ex Twitch streamer and multiple PT attendee.