Quote from SpinifexV »I was reading the latest tournament results, and I came accross this rather... unorthodox Jeskai Geist list that went 8-0 on MTGO, featuring Rattlechains and no Serum Visions nor Opt.
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Creatures (14)3 Rattlechains4 Snapcaster Mage3 Geist of Saint Traft4 Spell QuellerSpells (22)4 Lightning Bolt4 Path to Exile2 Spell Snare3 Lightning Helix2 Mana Leak1 Negate2 Electrolyze4 Cryptic CommandLands (24)4 Celestial Colonnade4 Flooded Strand2 Hallowed Fountain3 Island1 Mountain1 Plains1 Sacred Foundry4 Scalding Tarn2 Steam Vents2 Sulfur FallsSideboard (15)3 Ceremonious Rejection1 Dispel3 Rest in Peace2 Runed Halo2 Stony Silence1 Izzet Staticaster1 Supreme Verdict1 Elspeth, Sun's Champion1 Wear // Tear
As an early adopter of the Standard Spirits deck during EMN, I know how Rattlechains can be a toolbox creature. It can 1) Be flashed in to chip-in damage, especially against Storm or other decks where you want to hold up mana for counterpsells and where you need a constant source of damage; 2) Flash in Geist of Saint Traft; 3) Protect Spell Queller from targeted removal.
That said, I am still learning to play the deck (and modern in general), so I am wondering if it really makes sense to sacrifice Serum Visions for an additional creature.
Quote from tlhunter07 »Missed Top Eight of an IQ by one match, which I got crushed by Affinity. Even though this is supposed to be a good MU, I've struggled with it repeatedly. Any tips?