ducttapedeckbox Counterer of Spells


I started playing with a few friends when Mirrodin came out. Until Shards of Alara, I only played for fun (and didn't know many of the rules), but then I started playing at FNM tournaments. And, when Zendikar came out, I played mono-black Vampires for a few months with great success. I entered a hiatus right before Worldwake. I got back into Magic around the Innistrad block, but started to seriously collect again in the Return to Ravnica block. I am currently in college and don't get to play as much as I'd like to, but I still draft and occasionally throw together Standard jank for FNM.



My meta and deck building tendencies

I play control. I pilot Nekusar, the Mindrazer in EDH and UTron and Blue Moon in Modern. If a deck doesn't let you move the game at your own pace, it isn't for me.

My experience is obviously with control. I wouldn't consider myself an expert, but I know my way around a deck list. Feel free to ask for advice! I'm more than happy to check out lists given that they're linked in relevant places. Please do not comment on my decks with just a link to your own deck; either post that on my wall or leave me feedback as well.



Current Projects

I'm mainly working on one EDH deck and two Modern decks, you can check them out below:

I'm also toying around with Mono-Blue Control feat. Vedalken Shackles and Skred red.


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That's likely where I was heading, Errast. I've been toying with a red splash for Magma Spray and Harnessed Lightning for cheap removal (both price and cmc). This also gives me Release the Gremlins or By Force in the side. The land base gets tricky, but it should be manageable with only single red costs.

I've also toyed with Esper, but it lacks the cheap exile effects that Jeskai does to deal with the recurring Zombies. It does give access to other removal like Anguished Unmaking and Grasp of Darkness, as well as Sorin, Grim Nemesis to diversify finishers. Not sure how good he is here, I just really like the card. Black seems like it would also be taxing much more on my land base.

May 21, 2017 3:34 p.m.

It's obvious that this wouldn't be an ideal list. I just want something that I can run into a friendly MTGO league and not 0-5 every time.

May 21, 2017 2:03 p.m.

@ Argeaux - With Gearhulk and Fumarole at 30 and 10 tix each, respectively, they are outside of the range that I'm willing to spend at the moment.

May 21, 2017 11:55 a.m.

With the top contenders revealed at PT Amonkhet, it's a great time for hard control decks to materialize. The question is, however, which colors are best?

In order to survive, control would need both main and sideboard answers to:

  1. Aetherworks Marvel lists - the best answers here are countermagic (main) and disruption spells such as Transgress the Mind and Lost Legacy (side). Artifact destruction such as Release the Gremlins and By Force are also sideboard options.
  2. Zombies variants - Cheap removal, especially those that exile (yay Magma Spray) are great, as are unconditional board wipes like Fumigate, and maybe even Descend upon the Sinful? Other, more conditional options are Sweltering Suns and Yahenni's Expertise. Flying creatures are an effective way to get through the horde.
  3. Vehicles - The artifact destruction and removal mentioned above work here.

So, we have effective answers across four colors - white, blue, black, and red. Since I'm personally looking at a budget (getting into MTGO, but hesitant to spend much on virtual goods for now), Archangel Avacyn  Flip, while an incredible answer to Zombies and good against Vehicles, is a little above my price range. Unfortunately Fatal Push is pushing it, and likely too much for the time being.

Blue is certainly the core with countermagic and access to budget finishers such as Sphinx of the Final Word, Glyph Keeper, and potentionally Dynavolt Tower However, there are arguments for each of white, black, and red. So, what do you think? What's the best route for a budget control deck in standard?

May 21, 2017 11:13 a.m.

Decks

Crudelis Imperium - A Cyclic Chaos

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 34 | 146 COMMENTS | 5911 VIEWS | IN 15 FOLDERS

Control & Conquer: Mono-Blue Tron

Modern* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 28 | 99 COMMENTS | 12139 VIEWS | IN 17 FOLDERS

Karador Brewing

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox

76 VIEWS

Tasigur Brewing

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox

33 VIEWS

Kaladesh RB Budget Burn

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 2 | 7 COMMENTS | 156 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

[KLD] Budget UR Spells

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

1 COMMENT | 84 VIEWS

[KLD] Budget 4C Panharmonicon

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 3 | 6 COMMENTS | 372 VIEWS

Finished Decks 47
Prototype Decks 34
Drafts 0
Playing since Mirrodin
Points 75
Avg. deck rating 36.56
T/O Rank 2919
Helper Rank None yet
Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Modern, Limited
Good Card Suggestions 108
Cards Added/Fixed 5
Last activity 5 days
Joined 4 years