Being on the correct side of Magic history isn't always as easy as it may seem in the moment. Looking back, of course decks like Caw-Blade, Splinter Twin, and Birthing Pod were simply the best choices and anyone who still says otherwise are just saving face for some reason. In the moment, however, the urge to beat the best can easily blind one from becoming the best.
Is that what happened to me this past weekend when I sleeved up Esper Control?
After Pro Tour Dominaria, I was spent. Too exhausted to help Team Genesis register decks on Monday for our Team Standard Super League, I simply took a nap, and then another one right before we crushed Efro, Ben S, and Siggy. I mean, we beat them so badly that they could've been confused with extras for Natalie Portman's newest movie. After three long weeks of tournaments and testing, I just couldn't bring myself to preparing that hard for the Invitational, even though it meant a lot to me. I guess I just hit my ceiling and would need to use theory to craft my deck choices.
Modern was easy. I just called up Benjamin Nikolich and told him to ship me a Jeskai Control list plus sideboard guide. In return, I promised him an easy Round 1 opponent. He was skeptical of the exchange at first, but now he does not question the mystical powers of one Bard Narson.
I ended up going 5-3 in Modern feeling no matches were really decided by skill. What I mean is that I don't think I punted and got punished.
Standard deck selection was much more difficult though. I no longer wanted to play Approach of the Second Sun since it wasn't cool anymore, and I really wanted to keep this hipster branding going. That meant I would either need to move back to winning with just Teferi, Hero of Dominaria or find another deck. Something deep down inside me said that Teferi wasn't the only hero I needed or deserved, so I started to look for other options.