A Black/Blue/Green control deck for the new RTR standard season.


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Over the course of the past week the deck has gone through many changes. Testing has proven that Thragtusk, Jace, and Vampire Nighthawk are all extremely good and are what the deck wants to be doing. Vraska has been either great or terrible, but most people will scoop to her regardless which is pretty sweet.

Another fact: the matches can take a long time. Since you're gaining so much life & trading ground creatures, the deck is a slow grind. However, it has cards some decks can't beat, so you should get concessions from them rather easily. The midrange decks are going to be the longest matchups, probably even longer than the control matchup.

Barter in Blood is one of the biggest potential blowout cards you can cast with this deck. There is a 2nd in the sideboard. Cyclonic Rift has also been quite good, but its usually used as a safety net to fall back on. However, against the G/W, U/W, and Bant decks (aka decks with Restoration Angel), Cyclonic Rift is the best card you have against them. It's hard to board it out, but it is correct to do so occasionally. One could consider adding a second Cyclonic Rift to the board.

Sideboard: Bloodline Keeper  Flip is insane. People board out most of their removal against you - (especially Bonfire of the Damned and Mizzium Mortars, and the Bant decks only way to deal with it is Detention Sphere/Oblivion Ring or Wrath. Vampire Nighthawk & Bloodline Keeper  Flip keep Sigarda, Host of Herons in check. Liliana of the Veil is there for Geist of Saint Traft matchups. If the card proves to be popular in the new format definitely add another Liliana to the board (or maybe even maindeck). For non-liliana fans, a more affordable substitute, (or perhaps even better due to synergies with Augur of Bolas and Snapcaster Mage and being less intensive on the mana 1BB, Tribute to Hunger should also be explored. The argument for the 2nd Tamiyo, the Moon Sage over the singleton Vraska the Unseen has been made (and is probably correct), but for now I'm testing with the mix maindeck.

Feel free to explore new possibilities and let me know what you think. Thanks again everyone for stopping by and looking at the deck & for the feedback. It's been very helpful. +1 if you like it, always appreciated :)

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Date added 5 years
Last updated 4 months

This deck is not Standard legal.

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Illegal cards Abrupt Decay , Appetite for Brains , Barter in Blood , Bloodline Keeper  Flip , Curse of Death's Hold , Cyclonic Rift , Dead Weight , Dissipate , Forbidden Alchemy , Hinterland Harbor , Jace, Architect of Thought , Liliana of the Veil , Nephalia Drownyard , Overgrown Tomb , Sever the Bloodline , Snapcaster Mage , Sphinx of Uthuun , Syncopate , Tamiyo, the Moon Sage , Think Twice , Thragtusk , Tragic Slip , Ultimate Price , Vampire Nighthawk , Vraska the Unseen , Woodland Cemetery
Cards 65
Avg. CMC 3.18
Tokens Tamiyo, 3/3 Beast
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