Go infinite with Crackdown Construct and Wandering Fumarole? Sure, that'll do nicely!

The core idea is to make Crackdown Construct HUGE by activating Wandering Fumarole and swapping its Power and Toughness an arbitrarily large number of times, then attacking with an Unblockable effect. Here's the Gatherer text for Crackdown Construct, in case you're wondering if this actually works. Spoiler alert: It does! :-)

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions!






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And please don't hesitate to +1 Upvote this deck if you like it ... especially if you like it enough to put it in a folder :-)


I made a bunch of changes to the deck, based on playtesting and Raymond Perez' U/R Control (Top 16 SCG Columbus). I'm sure it will continue to evolve, but I'm going to start the season like this.

As always, thanks for all the comments and suggestions so far ... they're archived here or under the View Archive button.

And as a reminder, this is an Izzet Control deck. If you're looking for other approaches, please check the accordion in the deck description :-)

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Snivy__ says... #1

May i suggest Slip Through Space? Its a good 1 mana unblockable spell.

January 25, 2017 4:18 p.m.

clayperce says... #2

Slip Through Space has proven to be extremely meh in testing. I love the card in an Izzet Prowess deck, and actually started with it as four-of. But I moved it to a three-of, then a two-of, and just today dropped it to zero. The problem is it's basically a dead card in hand until the last play of the game (ok, it's not totally dead ... you can always cycle it or discard it to Key to the City for a Rummage). And having it countered on the Big Swing feels TERRIBLE.

Thanks though!

January 25, 2017 9:38 p.m.

Argy says... #3

I've been playtesting this a lot against my Speedway Champions deck and it does really well.

Basically it comes down to whoever has the right Counter spell at the right time, as to who wins.

January 28, 2017 10:15 a.m.

clayperce says... #4

Thanks, but I have to confess Speedway Champions may be the only fair match-up for this deck. I played against a bunch of different brews earlier this week and seriously went 0-5:

  • 0-2 vs. GW Tokens
  • 1-2 vs. Abzan Goodstuff
  • 0-2 vs. Jund Goodstuff
  • 0-2 vs. GW Goodstuff
  • 1-2 vs. UW Reservoir

I know Control is always tough early in the season and especially against Rogue brews (because it's hard to tell what really needs to be countered). And I also know I have a TON to learn about playing Control. But frankly, your time might be better invested testing against Raymond Perez' U/R Control (Top 16 SCG Columbus) :-/

January 29, 2017 3:21 a.m.

Zaueski says... #5

So far in my testing a card I've found to be invaluable for control is Horribly Awry. Turning off Scrapheap Scrounger is huge, and its hits almost every relevant creature in standard. So far I've been going for a 4 HA - 2 Negate - 2 Disallow for my counter suite and I've had great results.

Torrential Gearhulk should also be somewhere in the deck... The value is just to real to make it any other way.

January 29, 2017 3:59 a.m.

Argy says... #6

How has this deck been going in tournaments?

February 2, 2017 6:44 a.m.

clayperce says... #7

I unfortunately haven't been able to do any tournaments since AER released :_(

February 2, 2017 7:11 a.m.

Torderro says... #8

Have you ever thought of Fling? If it's the sacrifice that's a worry, you can always bring it back from the graveyard. Key to the city seems cool, but it's susceptible to artifact hate. Unless you've thought and tested Fling before. Also, if they have Creature removal in response to attacks and KTTC, you can fling in response, and hold a counter spell for it. Let me know what you think because I have been wanting to build this combo abusing crackdown construct without playing that crazy artifact deck with metal work colossus. Also, fevered visions wouldn't be bad!

June 7, 2017 7:31 p.m.

clayperce says... #9

I haven't ever tested with Fling (as I was fiddling with this deck for AER, before Fling was in Standard), but I love the card and agree that it could be AWESOME in here.

I've found Fevered Visions to be great sideboard tech vs. Control (where I can run it effectively as a three-of), but I don't like it as much in the mainboard or for other matchups, where I really want to run it as a four-of.

Thanks so much for your comments and for getting me to take fresh look at the deck!

June 7, 2017 7:51 p.m.

Torderro says... #10

hey awesome of you to reply so fast. I'm going to be building a list similar to yours but also add a few things I think might work. If you ever want to play test on Cockatrice let me know.

June 8, 2017 1:12 a.m.

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