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Stream Gems: Elves, Temur Kiki, and Jeskai Thing Ascension

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Welcome back to another installment of Stream Gems! Today I am going to breakdown bg Elves, Jeskai Thing Ascension, and Temur Kiki Evolution. I'll be talking a bit about what makes each deck powerful, and diving into some sideboarding suggestions for each archetype against some of the more common matchups in Modern.

First up we have what I think is one of the most underrated aggressive decks in Modern currently:


This deck has linear draws that can kill as early as turn three, on the back of explosiveness provided by Heritage Druid and reach from Shaman of the Pack. It can go wide to match other creature decks, while also being able to go over the top of them on the back of lords and Ezuri, Renegade Leader.

Playing both Lead the Stampede and Collected Company gives our aggressive deck an absurd amount of grind against decks that are interested in playing longer games of Magic as well. Elves tends to struggle a bit against faster linear combo decks like Storm that win the game without playing to the board.

You can find an archive of me playing Elves on stream here and below you will find my sideboarding notes for this current iteration of Elves against some of the more popular decks in Modern.

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VS Humans

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VS uw Control

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VS br Hollow One

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VS Burn

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VS Mardu Pyromancer

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VS Robots

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VS Storm

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VS Bridge Vine

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This next deck is something that I often describe as a "Combo Burn Deck". We look to either get a Thing in the Ice or Pyromancer Ascension into play as soon as possible to get online. Once Thing in the Ice flips, it often ends the game fairly quickly. Ascension in conjunction with Lightning Bolt and Lightning Helix also end the game fairly quickly.

The entire deck gets pulled together by the absurd number of card selection we play with Serum Visions, Sleight of Hand, Opt, Faithless Looting, and Manamorphose. Manamorphose is especially powerful when Ascension is active because it actually creates additional mana for us when two copies resolve.

You can find an archive of me playing Jeskai Thing Ascension on stream here and below you will find my sideboarding notes for this current iteration against some of the more popular decks in Modern.

VS Tron

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VS Humans

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VS uwx Control

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VS br Hollow One

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VS Burn

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VS Mardu Pyromancer

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VS Robots

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VS Storm

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VS Bridge Vine

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As a lover of creature combo decks, this last one today is near and dear to my heart - Temur Kiki Evolution. This is an aggressively slanted deck that looks to pressure its opponent's life total with hasty threats like Strangleroot Geist, Shaman of the Great Hunt, and Bloodbraid Elf. We back up this aggressive package with a toolbox powered by a few copies of Eldritch Evolution. This toolbox includes a copy of Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker which can go infinite with our copies of Bounding Krasis and Pestermite.

You can find an archive of me playing Temur Kiki Evolution on stream here and below you will find my sideboarding notes for this current iteration against some of the more popular decks in Modern.

VS Tron

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  • 3 Tireless Tracker
  • 1 Goblin Chainwhirler
  • 2 Lightning Bolt
  • 1 Scavenging Ooze
  • VS Humans

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    VS uwx Control

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    VS br Hollow One

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    VS Burn

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    VS Mardu Pyromancer

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    VS Robots

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    VS Storm

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    VS Bridge Vine

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