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Shards of Alara Block Constructed Part 2: Esper October 1, 2008

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Today I am introducing my idea for an Esper deck (blue-white-black).And here it is:

Esper (blue-white-black)

4 Ethersworn Canonist
4 Oblivion Ring
4 Scourglass
4 Courier’s Capsule
4 Etherium Sculptor
4 Master of Etherium
4 Sharuum the Hegemon
4 Tower Gargoyle
4 Obelisk of Esper
4 Esper Panorama
4 Arcane Sanctum
7 plains
7 island
2 swamp

I decided to make the Esper deck mainly blue-white because white has such powerful cards for Esper decks, such as Scourglass and Ethersworn Canonist. Black doesn’t have anything to compare to these cards in an artifact-themed deck.

Esper decks show a lot of promise, and mainly because of the white cards. Scourglass is recoculous ™ because it destroys the army of every non-Esper opponent. Ethersworn Canonist is also quite good and can prevent the opponent from playing multiple spells.

Blue is supposed to be the main color for Esper, but it isn’t quite as good. Master of Etherium, of course, is the highlight. It is probably the best “lord” because it makes all your creatures bigger and it is as big as all artifacts you control. (Also, every creature in the whole deck is an artifact creature.)

Like all the Shards decks I think up, this deck is speculative. There are many great decks that could go in an Esper deck. Some of these cards are not considered because I tried to make this a quick deck, and others I rejected because they would take away from the artifact synergy. Esper Charm, for example, is a great card, but I don’t see how I can fit it into the deck when it is one more non-artifact themed card.

Probably the best card that should be considered for an esper deck that I didn’t include is Tezzeret. This is the first Planeswalker that requires synergy in order to be useful. This Planeswalker is made specifically for artifact-themed decks. So it should be perfect for an Esper deck, right? Actually, no. I’m not convinced about this because for five mana I get a planeswalker that doesn’t keep me from dying and it doesn’t win me the game. I have to actually have artifacts in play or it does basically nothing, and for five mana I could cast a much more powerful card, such as Scourglass, which destroys the opponents army.

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