Jeskai Fires Perfect Guide

Marcio Carvalho

Marcio Carvalho

(Editor’s Note: fixed Sideboard Guide against Azorius Control part on March 16.)

Introduction to the Best Deck

Hello everyone, it’s nice to finally be back from vacations to talk to you about what is the best deck in Standard for me (I admit it is probably not the best deck, but it’s my favorite one and everytime people understimate it, it comes back and wins everything – or loses in the finals if you are me), Jeskai Fires.

Fires of Invention

As you know, I played this deck at World Championship XXVI for a second place finish, and after taking a few days off to enjoy sunny Hawaii, I decided to run it back at the Mythic Point Challenge. The deck once again performed great, with me getting to 10 wins and only one loss and some precious Mythic Points for this year’s Magic Pro League (MPL) Race.

My Decklist at the Mythic Point Challenge

Here is the decklist I used:

Changes after World Championship XXVI

Main Deck

Let’s talk about changes I made after Worlds:

Elspeth Conquers Death

《Dream Trawler》 was not good enough anymore as you want to be very efficient with your mana, and sometimes you stop at the 5th land and you are happy with it. I decided to give a chance to the powerhouse which is 《Elspeth Conquers Death》: It might look odd to have it on this kind of deck, but the card is very powerful and allows you to come back from behind on unwinnable spots. Also, all the targets on your deck that you can bring back with chapter three are game breaking, and will win some games on the spot.

Brazen Borrower

Another card I decided to try was 《Brazen Borrower》, so as I thought aggressive decks were going to be less represented, I decided to give this guy a chance. Let me tell you the truth:

PLEASE DON’T PLAY THIS CARD ON YOUR FIRES DECK!!! IT’S NOT GOOD!!

Sideboard

In the sideboard I also changed a few things:

《Mystical Dispute》 wasn’t very good for me when I played four, so I decided to go down to only two and add two more 2 CMC creatures to pressure my opponents.

Tithe Taker

2

Robber of the Rich

2

Some people asked why I decided to run 2 of each 《Tithe Taker》 and 《Robber of the Rich》 instead of the full four of either of them. There are two things that made me choose the split:

Why Jeskai Fires is so Good right now?

So Marcio, would you run Jeskai Fires this weekend at MTG Arena Mythic Invitational Qualifier if you could?

Here is my answer:

Yes! I think Fires is VERY well positioned right now.

You ask me why?

After Mono Red won Grand Prix Lyon last weekend, and the rise of Rakdos Sacrifice, both very good match-ups for my beloved Fires, the deck is definitely the right choice. Both Bant Ramp and Temur Adventures are also match-ups that are slightly even, so with tight play and good draws you can come out on top.

Deafening ClarionHeliod's Intervention

I would bring back the 4th 《Deafening Clarion》 to the main deck to combat the aggressive decks, and maybe run a 《Heliod’s Intervention》 in the main deck. I made this suggestion to another Fires master, Toni Ramos and he crushed the Standard Challenge last weekend with an impressive 10-0 score.

Elspeth Conquers Death

If I would make a change I would play another 《Elspeth Conquers Death》 in the sideboard for sure because I think having 2 in the 75 is very important (Probably replacing the second 《Disenchant》 on this list).

Updated List and Sideboard Guide

As I know you guys love sideboard guide so here we go with the most played decks based on the list I would run this weekend:

Mono Red

Against Mono Red

Out

Teferi, Time Raveler Teferi, Time Raveler Cavalier of Gales Cavalier of Gales
Elspeth Conquers Death

In

Devout Decree Devout Decree Tithe Taker Tithe Taker
Aether Gust

Jeskai Fires Mirror

Against Jeskai Fires Mirror

Out

Bonecrusher Giant Bonecrusher Giant Bonecrusher Giant Bonecrusher Giant
Deafening Clarion Deafening Clarion Deafening Clarion Deafening Clarion
Heliod's Intervention

In

Legion Warboss Legion Warboss Legion Warboss Aether Gust
Mystical Dispute Mystical Dispute Mystical Dispute Disenchant
Elspeth Conquers Death

Bant Ramp

Against Bant Ramp

Out

Bonecrusher Giant Bonecrusher Giant Bonecrusher Giant Bonecrusher Giant
Deafening Clarion Deafening Clarion Deafening Clarion Deafening Clarion
Cavalier of Gales Cavalier of Gales Heliod's Intervention

In

Tithe Taker Tithe Taker Robber of the Rich Robber of the Rich
Legion Warboss Legion Warboss Legion Warboss Elspeth Conquers Death
Mystical Dispute Mystical Dispute Mystical Dispute

Azorius Control

Against Azorius Control

Out

Deafening Clarion Deafening Clarion Deafening Clarion Deafening Clarion
Cavalier of Gales Cavalier of Gales Sphinx of Foresight Sphinx of Foresight
Aether Gust Aether Gust Heliod's Intervention

In

Tithe Taker Tithe Taker Robber of the Rich Robber of the Rich
Legion Warboss Legion Warboss Legion Warboss Elspeth Conquers Death
Mystical Dispute Mystical Dispute Mystical Dispute

Temur Reclamation

Against Temur Reclamation

Out

Bonecrusher Giant Bonecrusher Giant Bonecrusher Giant Bonecrusher Giant
Deafening Clarion Deafening Clarion Deafening Clarion Deafening Clarion
Cavalier of Gales Cavalier of Gales Heliod's Intervention

In

Tithe Taker Tithe Taker Robber of the Rich Robber of the Rich
Legion Warboss Legion Warboss Legion Warboss Elspeth Conquers Death
Mystical Dispute Disenchant Aether Gust

Temur Adventures

Against Temur Adventures

Out

Deafening Clarion
Elspeth Conquers Death

In

Aether Gust
Disenchant

Rakdos Sacrifice

Against Rakdos Sacrifice

Out

Teferi, Time Raveler Teferi, Time Raveler
Cavalier of Gales

In

Devout Decree Devout Decree
Aether Gust

Conclusion

That’s it for today, I hope you guys enjoyed this article! I’ll be back soon, good luck to everyone!

Márcio A Carvalho (Twitter / Twitch)

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Marcio Carvalho

Marcio Carvalho Portugal’s top pro player. And he is a member of Hareruya Latin. He owns the title Draft Master of season 2015-2016. As shown in his results, he is a limited format specialist. His daily effort toward Magic earned this result, with an episode that he has picked 287 copies of Clutch of Currents in the Battle for Zendikar draft. Read more articles by Marcio Carvalho