Welcome to What We'd Play! With SCG Worcester this weekend, many are unsure what they'd play in such a high-profile tournament, especially one with new cards from Core Set 2020. That's where we come in and let you know what we'd play and why we'd play it. Hopefully this last-minute advice aids in your decision making! Be sure to vote for who you agree with in the poll at the end!
Shaheen Soorani – Esper Midrange
I know it feels like a cop-out, but Esper Midrange is still one of the most powerful decks in Core Set 2020 Standard. There's no shortage of value from the new Elementals wave that Core Set 2020 brought us; however, Esper Midrange does it best. The creature package lines up well against the new tribal threats and the Planeswalkers are topnotch.
It will take quite a bit to move me off the best shard there ever was and ever will be. Control got significantly worse with the additions of Core Set 2020, so I will place my bets on the midrange cousin. The differences between the gameplay of Esper Control and Esper Midrange is minor, but the chunkiness of Esper Control has finally pushed it from one of the top competitive options.
Although Esper Control is good against aggro decks still, it wasn't a clear favorite against the midrange of old. With most midrange decks leaning heavily on creatures with enters-the-battlefield triggers or devastating planeswalkers in the early-game, this is not the environment for Teferi, Hero of Dominaria to be the sole win condition.
Sleeve up your old Esper Midrange deck with confidence, my friends.