[ISD-RTR STD] Setting Sun

Standard* Control U/B/R (Grixis)

chinkeeyong Score: 15


Description

I like to be in control. I like to watch my opponent squirm. This is my deck.

It's a fairly standard Grixis control list, once you know what it's about. Playsets of Think Twice and Forbidden Alchemy let me grab exactly the answer I want, when I want. Vampire Nighthawk and an impressive burn suite keep pressure off my back. When things get too hot to handle, I blow everything up with Magmaquake or Barter in Blood and start fresh.

I chose these colors because they neatly answer the metagame. Fighting Zombies? Hope you like the triple Pillar of Flame , set of Syncopate , and triple Augur of Bolas . Up against control? Rakdos's Return , Dreadbore and a sick disruption suite might have something to say about that. Some ridiculous Johnny deck at FNM? Sorry, kid, but my deck can handle anything you throw at me.

When my opponent is at my mercy, I can take my time choosing just the right finisher for the situation. Olivia Voldaren crushes midrange, Lone Revenant is almost impossible to answer, and Devil's Play stylishly ends a long and drawn-out game. When in doubt, of course, I can just pull the trigger and drop Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker .

This deck takes skill, balls, and a little bit of ruthlessness to play. I like crushing my opponents after a long and bitter battle of attrition. This is my deck. Fear it.

Updates

Nighthawks Return — Nov. 2, 2012

After a series of soul-crushing losses to Thragtusk and unanswered planeswalkers at FNM, I decided to tweak the deck to fare better against the developing metagame. Vampire Nighthawk triumphantly returns to block fatties and dodge Magmaquake all day long. I also decided to take the plunge and get a Dreadbore as insurance against random Garruk, Primal Hunter s or Tamiyo, the Moon Sage s that sneak through the counterspell net.

Conscript you — Oct. 21, 2012

Added a silver bullet Zealous Conscripts in the sideboard to troll Reanimator and Stompy.

More sweepers — Oct. 9, 2012

Added Barter in Blood , Liliana of the Veil , Augur of Bolas and Ultimate Price . In this metagame, you can never have enough creature control. I also removed Vampire Nighthawk , as it confirmed my worst fears by eating removal all throughout playtesting.

Improved Zombies matchup — Oct. 8, 2012

I realized that Lotleth Troll wrecks this deck, so I added Tragic Slip and Curse of Death's Hold in the sideboard to keep him honest. Also cut the Demolish in the sideboard, as they were a cute idea that didn't really pan out in reality.

ajacobik says... #1

Why does this not have a higher rating?!

October 6, 2012 1:32 p.m.

rickthebrave says... #2

I'd throw in Thundermaw Hellkite for funzies

October 6, 2012 1:49 p.m.

rickthebrave says... #3

but this id the type of deck i love to run. +1 from me

October 6, 2012 1:50 p.m.

chinkeeyong says... #4

I would play Thundermaw Hellkite and Snapcaster Mage, but I don't want to spend too much on this deck. Thanks for the suggestions and comments, everyone!

October 7, 2012 5:15 a.m.

Tat says... #5

Maybe throw in a Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius for card advantage and can even be used to mow down hordes of tokens.

October 13, 2012 8:36 a.m.

chinkeeyong says... #6

I had a Dracogenius earlier, but I found that tapping out for a removal-prone finisher was just too much of a commitment. If I'm going to spend my entire turn playing a threat, it damn well better win me the game.

October 14, 2012 5:45 a.m.

Tat says... #7

It seems to be winning me games, as if it lasts the turn (which is usually does, no need to drop it as soon as you can) it is able to use any un-tapped mana more efficiently to draw cards than a Think Twice or a Forbidden Alchemy .

October 14, 2012 6:31 a.m.

Jamesxeri says... #8

what about Tamiyo or Jace, Architect of Thought ?? both good planeswalker for the deck

October 23, 2012 11:29 a.m.

Jamesxeri says... #9

i meant Tamiyo, the Moon Sage ...

October 23, 2012 11:36 a.m.

Jamesxeri says... #10

i play tested this deck alot on and found that -1 Evil Twin in the side board then move the Magmaquake to the sideboard and main board Tamiyo, the Moon Sage worked wonders when i play tested this deck i rarley had to use Magmaquake but it is a great card to side board if in need of more board wipes

just my thoughts

October 24, 2012 11:28 a.m.

chinkeeyong says... #11

Sadly, I don't own a Tamiyo. Even if I did, I'd trade it for a Jace, Architect of Thought , which is clearly the better planeswalker.

October 25, 2012 12:38 p.m.

Jamesxeri says... #12

yes u r right Jace, Architect of Thought is amazing but he costs double than Tamiyo, the Moon Sage lol

November 1, 2012 11:39 a.m.

Jamesxeri says... #13

you gonna try and update this with gatecrash cards?

February 1, 2013 11:07 a.m.

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Legality

This deck is not Standard legal.

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Illegal cards Magmaquake , Rakdos's Return , Steam Vents , Vampire Nighthawk , Sulfur Falls , Drowned Catacomb , Dreadbore , Dragonskull Summit , Olivia Voldaren , Blood Crypt , Devil's Play , Forbidden Alchemy , Pillar of Flame , Lone Revenant , Mizzium Mortars , Desolate Lighthouse , Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker , Sever the Bloodline , Augur of Bolas
Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.50
Folders grixis control, contrl <3, likes, Standard, Cool looking decks, Greatest Hits
Top rank #11 on 2012-10-20