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Instant Izzet, Just Add Water!

Standard Control U/R (Izzet)



A long time ago I tried out a Grixis deck, but it just didn't work. It was too inconsistent. So, I looked at the play-sets of dual lands I had and thought, "Hm, what can I make with this?"


Counter, get creatures, swing. It's simple enough. Use Guttersnipe to burn them out, Electromancer to cast your spells easier, and Pyromancer to make chumps.

Win Conditions

AEtherling: Once he resolves with at least 7 mana on-board, he's essentially un-killable. An extremely good card with almost no downsides.

Jace, Architect of Thought: Card draw, protects himself, and allows you to bring out both yours and your opponents big guys under your control? Hell yes, please.

Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius: U/R's answer to Sphinx's Revelation, deals damage and draws you cards. Though expensive, he's incredibly handy and a big threat if left unchecked.



AzureMage says... #1

Wow, this deck looks great! I understand why Ral Zarek is in here, but I'm not entirely sure if you need him. He's great as a T4 play, but could probably be replaced by another Jace or possibly Niv-Mizzet, depending on your local meta. How has playtesting been going for you?

August 6, 2013 10:26 a.m.

MikeJS says... #2

AzureMage - Thanks! Yeah, I like Ral Zarek because of his -2, mostly, because aside from Burn and Izzet Charm , I don't have any way to deal direct damage with spells. Still, you may be right, there's probably something better than I could throw in there.

As for the playtesting, I haven't had a chance to play it against another deck, but I'm hoping to test it out this Friday.

August 6, 2013 11:41 a.m.

AzureMage says... #3

What about Shock , if you have it? Cheap, efficient, good 'ol Shock .

August 6, 2013 12:30 p.m.

myasuoka says... #4

What about Counterflux ?

August 7, 2013 2:16 p.m.

Zacoly says... #5

You do not need 4x Goblin Electromancer You gain very little from having a second one in play since most of your spells can only be reduced by one. I suggest you take out two of them and put 2x Guttersnipe because nothing makes a big pile of counter spells MORE Duchie than dealing damage, and making weenies as you counter everything they try to play. :)

August 10, 2013 1:25 p.m.

Zacoly says... #6

Also clean up your sideboard -

Adding in Izzet Staticaster may be the answer you need to respond to a certain deck type, but if you only have one your chances of getting to use her are pretty low. Remember, you switched to Izzet for consistency, as a general rule don't have less than 2 of any card in your Sideboard.

Wouldn't you agree?

August 10, 2013 1:28 p.m.

MikeJS says... #7

Zacoly - On the Izzet Staticaster . The sideboard was tailored specifically to fit my local meta, and she doesn't really come in handy there. I have her in as a just-in-case. But yeah, normally I'd agree with you, it's pretty good advice to have more than one of most things in the SB.

As for the Goblin Electromancer , I think I will end up taking them out, since most of the people I've shown this deck to seem to be against them.

August 10, 2013 4:01 p.m.

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Date added 4 years
Last updated 4 years

This deck is Standard legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 3.00
Tokens 1/1 Elemental
Folders Potential Decks, Izzet, Decks I like
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