Episode 015 — CounterTop Dementor Deck Tech

The Brainstorm Show introduces its latest project: CounterTop DeMentor. The decklist can be found below. An updated sideboard is also provided.

CounterTop DeMentor

Maindeck (60):

Creatures (11):
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Monastery Mentor
2 Snapcaster Mage
1 Vendilion Clique

Planeswalkers (2):
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells (26):
4 Brainstorm
2 Ponder
4 Sensei’s Divining Top
4 Counterbalance
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Counterspell
1 Dimir Charm
1 Vindicate
4 Force of Will

Lands (21):
2 Island
1 Plains
1 Swamp
2 Underground Sea
2 Tundra
1 Scrubland
1 Tropical Island
4 Polluted Delta
4 Flooded Strand
2 Marsh Flats
1 Creeping Tar Pit

Sideboard (15):
2 Duress
2 Thoughtseize
1 Meddling Mage
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Painful Truths
1 Notion Thief
1 Disenchant
2 Zealous Persecution
2 Disfigure
1 Path to Exile

Updated Sideboard (as of 1/30/15)
2 Surgical Extraction
3 Thoughtseize
1 Duress
1 Meddling Mage
2 Painful Truths
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Disenchant
2 Zealous Persecution
1 Path to Exile

11 thoughts on “Episode 015 — CounterTop Dementor Deck Tech”

  1. Darn you and your brews. I was going to happily build storm back. But this pile you’ve built is just too beautiful to pass. So might build this soon. If I do, I’ll tell you how I like it.

    1. That is what we like to hear! Although, you know the Brainstorm Show would never fault you for sleeving up the trusty Storm deck.

  2. How do you guys feel about Cabal Therapy instead of the targeted discard (Thoughtseize/Duress). I know it is a little more hit or miss against some decks, but the ability to combo with Monastery Mentor seems pretty powerful?

    1. Hi Scott, we actually talked about this a bit and tested it a little, but overall decided that the SB discard is best if it is consistent and can be fired off early against combo. Many of the other Mentor decks are running 4 Probe which makes Therapy a more appealing choice, but our deck is more like a CounterTop control deck that also happens to have a powerful Mentor plan within the shell. I would not want to run into a situation against combo where we whiff on a turn 1 blind Therapy and then lose the game before we can flash it back. Hope that helps answer your question!

  3. Nice list

    You should try -1 Tar pit – 1 Clique +2 Ponder. Jace doesn’t look like a Problem with your 4 Maindeck Mentor.
    Vindicate looks also underwhelming in a deck playing Cspell and snap. Why not try snare instead ?

    I m also not a fan of scrubland ; you re seemingly getting lured by : “I want to have access to my all 4 colours with 2 lands”.

    1. Hi Yann,
      I think those are reasonable suggestions. If I were to cut a couple cards for Ponder though it would probably be the Tar Pit and Vindicate, and I would keep the Clique.

      I can see why some people would not like the Scrubland on paper, but I have found it to be pretty useful at times, even more so than the Tropical Island. We actually run one more blue land in our deck than Joe Lossett’s Miracles list which is interesting.

      I am not a fan of the Spell Snare swap because the raw power of Counterspell feels important for the deck, and we tried to stay away from narrow answers when building the list, so much so that we didn’t even include discard maindeck because of how bad it is in the lategame. There are so many must-counter cards that are 3-4 mana, and Counterspell has been performing great for us online. Keep in mind too that we are trying to maintain a solid Counterbalance curve in this list and ideally need 8-9 2-drops.

      If you want to test these changes please keep us updated on how it works for you!

  4. I just brought this deck to a weekly legacy event at my LGS and took first place. Some of my game one wins were definitely on the back of players not really know what I was up to. And even in sideboarded games, several of my opponents said they had a tough time sideboarding against my strategy.

    My matchups went as follows: draw with Lands, win vs Stax, win vs Burn, win vs Shardless BUG.

    All in all I really liked the deck. I didn’t have a Scrubland so I ended up putting a Tundra in its place which worked out just fine. Having the double blue consistency that Tundra afforded me for JTMS and Counterspell was nice.

    Out of the sideboard the Painful Truths was definitely the MVP of the evening. It was how I was able to win against my Shardless opponent.

    Great deck, would definitely play it again and even at a larger event.

    1. Awesome results and feedback, Scott! You even played against some decks that are traditionally pretty difficult for some of DeMentor’s “sister decks,” so it’ nice to see you get the win.

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