Fear Angrath and his mighty Flame Chain.


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The key to playing a Control deck is to learn how to prioritise spells.

You usually don't want to use Fatal Push to get rid of a 2/2 Creature, if you have a Magma Spray in hand.

You're better off saving it to get rid of a 4CMC Creature later in the game.

On the other hand, if that same Creature can return from the Graveyard, Magma Spray is perfect.

Early Game

  • Use Magma Spray to take out Creatures with low Toughness. Magma Spray can be used to Exile Creatures so they can't be returned by God-Pharaoh's Gift.

  • Fatal Push can be used to destroy a Creature with 2CMC, whose Toughness is too high for other spells to take care of.

  • Harnessed Lightning is very situational. It can be used to dispatch a Creature with 1 Toughness, saving 2 to use with a second Harnessed Lightning later in the game, or it can be used to take out a strategic threat with 3 or less Toughness. You can even choose to spend 0 , if you need to save them up to take out a bigger Creature later in the game eg. Torrential Gearhulk.

Mid Game

  • Cut // Ribbons is a good mid game play. Having it in your Graveyard can give you an earlier win in the late game.

    Try to prioritise playing this over just about any other removal spell. Its Aftermath ability is how this deck usually wins games.

  • Unlicensed Disintegration can be used to mop up a Creature which earlier removal has missed. Cast Metalspinner's Puzzleknot before playing it, for an extra 3 damage to your Opponent.

  • Vraska's Contempt is best used to get rid of a Planeswalker, an Indestructible Creature, or a Creature that you want to Exile eg. A God.

  • Scavenger Grounds can be sacced to trigger Revolt on Fatal Push.

  • This stage of the game is where you usually want to play and sac Metalspinner's Puzzleknot to draw cards. The only time you would play it earlier is if you needed the draw, or the game gave you an opportunity to do so.

    Don't sac the Artifact if you need it to achieve the City's Blessing, or to get more out of Unlicensed Disintegration.

    DO sac it to trigger Revolt.

Late Game

There is where the action heats up.

  • Glorybringer gives you not only an Instant speed way to attack Planeswalkers, but can also act as a constant source of 4 damage to Opponent Creatures.

    Don't be afraid to hold it up to protect Angrath, the Flame-Chained.

  • Tetzimoc, Primal Death can be used to mop up Opponent Creatures that have survived through the other phases of the game. You can activate its ability multiple times before playing it, then swoop in for the kill.

    Alternatively, if the Opponent has gone wide, put Prey counters on everything the turn before you cast it.

  • Angrath, the Flame-Chained starts to deplete your Opponent's hand straight away, while pinging them for 2 life each turn.

    You want to mostly stick to using his +1, resorting to his -3 only if situationally relevant, and his ultimate only to finish the game.

    He has amazing synergy in this deck, due to the fact that you are usually filling the Opponent's Graveyard with Creature cards, and you are constantly whittling their life down.

  • Hold off playing Twilight Prophet until this stage of the game. You will be more likely to obtain the City's Blessing, and this Creature may siphon off an Opponent Card that would otherwise be used to destroy Glorybringer, or Tetzimoc, Primal Death.

  • Ifnir Deadlands can be used at this stage of the game to nerf a large or Indestructible Creature.

  • The game can be closed out with direct damage from Angrath's ultimate, or the Aftermath of Cut // Ribbons.


  1. Ongoing damage from the first ability of Angrath, the Flame-Chained.

  2. Hits from Glorybringer, Tetzimoc, Primal Death, or Twilight Prophet.

  3. Life lost through Twilight Prophet's ability.

  4. Final damage/life loss from Cut // Ribbons, or the ultimate ability of Angrath, the Flame-Chained.


Lands produce slightly more than , as that seemed necessary from testing.

I have gone for 25 lands, as I have found that with this "Destroy and Damage" form of Control that 26 is not needed.

Arch of Orazca gives a chance for late game draw.

Ifnir Deadlands can be used to nerf or kill Creatures in the late game.

Scavenger Grounds can be sacced to trigger Revolt on Fatal Push, or sacced in response to an Opponent trying to return a Creature from their Graveyard, while the ability is still on the stack.

Bontu's Last Reckoning is an all purpose boardwipe. May end up replacing this with Sweltering Suns, if that turns out to be a better fit.

Gonti, Lord of Luxury helps to grab the first copy of Approach of the Second Sun when it is siting in the top four cards of the Opponent's library. It also comes in against Control, as both an extra Creature to draw Counter spells, and to give a chance at grabbing key cards.

Lost Legacy grabs annoying cards like Approach of the Second Sun, and Hexproof Creatures, before they are cast.

Unlicensed Disintegration gets rid of bigger Creatures. If Metalspinner's Puzzleknot is on the field it will also deal 3 damage to the Opponent.

Torment of Venom comes in against decks that try to win using Marionette Master, to bring its Power down, and can also be used to nerf Gods.

I may end up putting Duress, Dispossess, or Doomfall in the Sideboard, based on my local meta.


Sample deck:
Rivals of Ixalan Merfolk by Corbin Hosler


4x Harnessed Lightning
4x Magma Spray


4x Bontu's Last Reckoning
4x Gonti, Lord of Luxury

Play Twilight Prophet earlier, and use it to block Hexproof Merfolk.


Sample deck:
UW Auras by MosesBlue


3x Angrath, the Flame-Chained
4x Vraska's Contempt


3x Unlicensed Disintegration
4x Bontu's Last Reckoning

Don't be afraid to use Bontu's Last Reckoning once you have five lands, to keep their early game under control.

Sample deck:
Grixis Energy by Eric Froehlich

No card exchange.


Sample deck:
Grixis Control by yuta666


4x Fatal Push
4x Harnessed Lightning


4x Gonti, Lord of Luxury
4x Lost Legacy

Name The Scorpion God, then Essence Scatter, then Disallow with Lost Legacy.

Don't forget that you can empty Graveyards with Scavenger Grounds.

You often win by decking your Opponent, so be careful with draw.


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I played a different deck at Showdown last week, because I was sick and tired of people on TappedOut ragging me about how bad they think this deck is.

This week I thought, "Fuck it, I enjoy playing this deck, I'm going to give it another spin."

That was the right move. I came fourth. I always consider a deck successful if it sits in the top four.

1-1 Mill

Our games were sooo slooooow.

I crushed him in the first game. The best play I did was putting Prey counters on four of his Creatures, after he had gone wide with Servos, then casting Tetzimoc, Primal Death next turn to board wipe him.

Second game we went to turns.

I would have killed him on the next turn, but he was able to mill me.

I made an earlier play where I Fatal Pushed his Creature, which made me mill an extra card. At the time it felt like not the best idea.

Turns out, if I had not done that, I probably would have won.

2-0 Pirates

This Creature heavy deck does poorly against mine.

Took out all his Creatures easily both games.

1-1-1 Marionette Master

This Opponent played very slowly.

I killed or Exiled all his Creatures, and Tezzeret the Schemer , in the first game.

Second game I think he Sided in more Counter spells. He was able to get Marionette Master to stick, and had a bunch of Treasure Tokens to sac.

We didn't get through our third game, due to his slow play.

I had some lucky breaks tonight, but that's Magic.

I made some silly plays, too. There were times when I could have gotten rid of an extra Creature, or drawn an extra card.

If I'm going to keep playing this deck, I need to practice it a bit more.

Play of the night was the Tetzimoc board wipe. It's the first time I've done that, and it felt good.

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