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Let's Begin With Control...

Modern Control W/U (Azorius)




I consider this deck to be a classic U/W control- keeping my opponent's board clean and cast my big creatures to end the late game.

For background, this deck was my first intro to the Modern Magic: The Gathering format. I built it entirely of cards I had in my original collection, and each update below shows times when I either searched my collection for more cards, shopped at local stores, or traded online or with friends in order to make my build more competitive.

Cards I'm still looking for the main deck:

Wrath of God- A boardwipe that will create more diversity ad dodge Meddling Mage if they name Supreme Verdict.

Cryptic Command- Cryptic Command is a must-have for any U/W control... and I just don't have the budget for now. I Definitely need to add it ASAP though.

Faerie Conclave- Is useful since most removal can't target lands, but it will eventually be replaced with Celestial Colonnade (once I have a larger budget).

Gideon of the Trials- I need more planeswalkers, and Gideon of the Trials seems like a perfect addition to this deck. That was until it spiked from $3 all the way up to $30. Now I think I'll just settle for two Gideon Jura.

And a new mana Base! Including 3 more Hallowed Fountain, 4 Flooded Strand, 1 Mystic Gate, and the above mentioned 4 Celestial Colonnade

Explanation Of Main Deck Choices

Remand over Mana Leak- I find the card draw from Remand to be much better than the early-game counters that Mana Leak gives.

Ghost Quarter over Field of Ruin- While using Ghost Quarter puts me back one land, I find being able to remove lands even when tapped out of mana can be very useful. Though maybe I'll be proven wrong after testing the deck with these new inclusions.

Approach of the Second Sun- While I plan on eventually removing this card, for now, it serves as a fun alternate win condition for very grinding matchups where I just can't seem to find my creatures and put in that final damage.

Torrential Gearhulk over Snapcaster Mage- Two reasons. One, I believe the best target for Snapcaster Mage is Cryptic Command, so for 6 cmc you get a 2/1 and a Cryptic Command While with Torrential Gearhulk you get a 5/6 and a Cryptic Command. The second reason is that I already owned 2 copies of Torrential Gearhulk, which is also about $60 cheaper than Snapcaster Mage.

Explaination Of The Sideboard:

Blessed Alliance- Bring in against Burn or Aggro decks, and against Death's Shadow decks to make them gain life and shrink their shadows.

Celestial Purge- Bring in against mono-red decks, mono-black decks, red-black decks, but mostly used against Grixis Death's Shadow and other popular Grixis decks in modern.

Ceremonious Rejection- Bring in against Tron, Affinity, Robots, Eldrazi, or any other artifact/colorless deck I come across.

Damping Sphere- Bring in against Storm, Tron, or Combo.

Disdainful Stroke- Bring in against Eldrazi, the mirror match, Grixis Death's Shadow and any other deck that uses high-costing spells.

Dispel- Bring in against Storm, Combo, Burn, or the mirror match (Maybe).

Rest in Peace- Bring in against Dredge, Grixis Delver, Grixis Death's Shadow and any other graveyard deck.

Stony Silence- Bring in against Affinity, Robots, and any other deck based on artifacts. Also bring in against Eldrazi Tron’s Chalice of the Void.

Timely Reinforcements- Bring in against Burn, Dredge, and any aggro strategies that leave me at a suboptimal life total.

-The MaybeBoard:-

Settle the Wreckage- I'm uncertain about this card in general... It seems like a good way to surprise an opponent, but the amount of ramp I give them seems fairly significant. All in all, it looks like a Path to Exile in boardwipe form.

Snapcaster Mage- I would add... But Snapcaster Mage is stupidly expensive, and I'll have recursion through Torrential Gearhulk anyways so, up to the jury, I guess.

Secure the Wastes- This card looks awesome- especially as an instant. I would definitely add to my deck somehow, either through sideboard or main decking it, I just don't own it yet and I'm not sure what I would swap out.

Thank you!


Updates Add

Took out 2x Archangel Avacyn  Flip, 1x Opt, 2x Haunted Fengraf and 1x Field of Ruin. While Field of Ruin is very popular in control right now, I feel that being able to destroy out opponent's lands without paying the two mana is very valuable. As for Haunted Fengraf I didn't really get the opportunity to bring back anything useful, and since the choice is random I rarely got what I wanted when I needed it.

I replaced those cards with 1x Path to Exile, 1x Wall of Omens, 1x Torrential Gearhulk, and 4x Ghost Quarters. This completes a few playsets to increase consistency and adds more land destruction to control our opponent's mana base.


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Date added 6 months
Last updated 1 month

This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.77
Folders 1, Just The Decks That I Make. You Know. Those Ones., 1
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