While most players seemed to be more excited about Nissa, Vastwood Seer, Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy also had a strong showing at the SCG Open in Chicago this weekend. There were quite a few decks in the Top 64 featuring 3-4 Jace, with the most successful being Kevin McLesky’s 6th place token list:
Dragon Fodder and Hordeling Outburst have been taking over games for some time, and completely dominating the games when they’re followed up with a Jeskai Ascendancy. The downside of Jeskai decks has been that they don’t pack as much punch as a deck like Abzan and that it’s difficult for them to catch up from behind. The great thing about Kevin’s deck is that it solidly supports a playset of Treasure Cruise. Jace acts as both a value engine on its own and a way to fuel Treasure Cruise, which enables Kevin’s build to power back into games, or to just really press any advantages that the deck gains in the early game.
I’m curious about the Sphinx’s Tutelage in Kevin’s sideboard. Presumably they’re there as a non-creature way to beat control decks. It would be interesting to hear if this is a strategy that Kevin has had success with.