Quote from brosterman »Good work on the Jace lists, everyone. I will be testing some this weekend.
To everyone else dismissing Jace in this deck: The best midrange card ever printed was just unbanned, and is in the colors of our midrange deck. It would be very ignorant to just dismiss him without proper testing. And testing doesn't just include testing vs U/x jace control decks and BBE Jund, there are still other decks out there.
Finally, I think Vendilion Clique should see an uptick in play. It has good play patterns with and against Jace, and if you are including Jace in your lists, I assume you are slightly tweaking your manabase to make double blue easier, thus making Vendilion Clique easier to cast. I know one of the reasons I cut it before was because it's relatively hard to cast without manadorks.
Jace will see play in Bant Knightfall, but i'm tending to run it out of the sideboard simply because it's the best grind-walker this deck will have access to. I'm still on the train that Retreat to Corallhelm will stick in the deck - yesterday i won a game against Griselbrand-Combo, where i mulled down to 5 and just had a Birds of Paradise, Retreat and 3 lands. I couldn't afford to mull down further, so i kept.
In the end my enemy breached in a Worldspine Wurm, which i tapped down. Then the 3 5/5 trample tokens took me down to 3(!). Next turn i stabilized whereas i've scryed Path to exile on top. I drew it and had Tireless Tracker in game (already a 4/3). The first Token got tapped down by a fetchland (down to 2), the 2nd path'd and the third was blocked by tracker. Crack a Clue, damage and i'm down to 1.
I stabilized with Scavenging Ooze which i took off of Company. This game convinced my once more that Retreat is still fine. Combo and aggro will remain archetypes after the release of BBE and Jace - so we are nowhere in a dead spot.
Much worse for our deck is the vastly uptick in Bogles, Mardu Pyromancer and Griselbrand Combo. I fought all three in the last couple of weeks and it ws pretty tough.