Hmm, you can play blue with just a few cards, he has a fairly good uncommon deck too.
Jessian Thief or Whirler Rogue
Artificer's Epiphany or Tower Geist or Foundry of the Consuls
(Jace's Sanctum) or Angel's Tomb
Anchor to the Aether
Disperse or Artificer's Epiphany
Is a deck with no rares.
I'm a Jace player, just some comments. Some of the thing that you don't like become useful when you consider that your hand almost always fills up, preventing you from using your second ability or drawing more useful cards. For instance, I play Negate over Stratus Walk, because both cards do nothing but Negate has the *advantage* of freeing up a card slot in your hand. Not to mention paying for itself by rubbing your opponent's face in the dirt. Similarly I use the ultimate a lot, because I have no targets for the first ability, no card slot for the second, and the ultimate helps keep the opponent away from doing anything. And finally Screeching Skaab frees a card slot for 4 mana, plus every now and then you live the dream and time it so you only pay 1. This might be a function of me not having a lot of cards (I've yet to buy my first 600-yellow-crystal box even) but I use all of these tier Cs to good effect.
Here's a deck that required a huge amount of mental processing power and poring over cards to create.
After an agonizing whole minute over the proper cards and combos to use, I present to you:
Timmy's Blue Deckhttp://mtgpq.com/deck/details/timmys-blue-deck
Thanks for putting this together. I haven't compared all my own observations with yours yet but I see a lot of the cards that are mainstays in my decks present.
I'm curious, where do you rank Day's Undoing?
Simply because I want faster wins instead of safer wins.
Hey Panda quick questions: what are those 3 ratings near each color? At first i thought it was each planeswalker ability but you also have it for colorless. Also how did your thread become sticky?
I've also played a bit more with Stalwart Aven and while it is useful in an opening hand I'm not sure if I would cast it anytime else.
It -is- the cheapest good flyer that Gideon has, and is a good counter to blue stuff. I dunno if I would put it in A but it is at least one of the best B ranks.
I've put it at A because Gideon's only weakness is flyers and bounce, and this guy is cheap enough to take care of both, esp if he gets Voidmage or Disperse bounced, only taking 1 match to come back. Gideon's other flyers are similar in usefulness but this guy is really cheap.
You don't have to reinforce it for it to be good.
Oh I took him out actually, I just use the healing spell instead.
He is slightly too small to be useful with vigilance, and I'm not high enough for the big pumps, mana gain is slow so I stuck in the flyer and the usual rares instead. Wish I had relic seeker.