x12721 Control Freak

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Favorite Creature: Hungry Boi

Favorite Enchantment: The Night Sky

Favorite Instant: Banana Peel

Favorite Sorcery: Read the Bones or No Angels

Favorite Artifact: Reverse Beartrap

Favorite Planeswalker: Lord Bolas

Favorite Land: Azcanta

Favorite Block: Theros!

Favorite Colors:

Least Favorite Card to Play Against: Control F***er

Favorite Format: Standard

Friends: Exernos and Mizzazzi

Me.t says... #1

Hi I am the kid from friday night magic and I finished my dinosaur deck deck and I would like if read over what I have done.My Deck

March 10, 2018 9:52 a.m.

multimedia says... #2

Hey, you asked for my help with [Backup] Torment From the God-Pharaoh. My advice is if you want to play Esper Control competitively is to play Dimir splashing white for Approach of the Second Sun. This has a more consistent manabase having to worry about black and blue for most of a game only white in the late game. Dominate black manabase lets you take the more advantage of Push and Contempt especially Contempt.

I suggest going with black and blue as the two dominate colors in the manabase only splashing white for Approach. This direction is very different than your current deck as it's dominate blue and white splashing black. My argument is that black is not a good color to splash right now with Control because the two best spells in black Push and Contempt are hard to splash for instead wanting dominate black in the manabase.

First is an example of Esper Control: Dimir splashing Approach with an explanation. Second is some advice of how you can change your current deck to be more competitive.

Esper: Blue and Black splashing White

Consider this list, it's much different than your current deck (giving you a full list to consider first then will explain):

Dimir Control is really good right now in Standard with The Scarab God as a finisher and Azcanta as an engine. The combination of Torrential Gearhulk with Push, Contempt, Glimmer and Scatter is very formidable with lots of versatility. There's however one thing Dimir lacks, a backup win condition that works with Azcanta. White has this in Approach of the Second Sun. This is a powerful interaction that pure Dimir Control doesn't have access too.

Azorius Control is however not very good right now in Standard. Settle the Wreckage and Fumigate are fine, but they don't measure up against The Scarab God and Vraska's Contempt cards with the same CMC. Azorius also lacks a powerful early game instant removal spell like Push. Cast Out conflicts with Settle as both are four drops and you want lots of both, but you also need Glimmer which is also a four drop. This is a lot of four drops. The trio of Settle, Fumigate and Cast right now is not better than black's tandem of Push and Contempt. The problem is due to the manabase you can't easily mix all these powerful cards into the same deck for Esper; too many double color CMCs too much strain on the manabase and consistency issues. You also want double blue for Disallow and Torrential.

Consistency is what you want with Control and one of the reasons that Dimir Control and/or Azorius Control is so consistent is because of only two colors in the manabase. Adding a third color for Esper complicates things, even as a splash. In the above example is Esper manabase as dominate blue and black you only want and which is doable you don't need . To compare your deck is Esper, but you want dominate blue, black and white: , also for Contempt. Three equal dominate colors in a manabase is asking for consistency issues.

Approach is seven mana and has only one white mana in it's CMC because of this splashing white for Approach can work because your only casting Approach in the late game. Plenty of turns in a game to get a white source of mana. This is the Esper direction I suggest you play, dominate black and blue with a splash of white for Approach. It's more practical for a three color manabase to play only two dominate colors only splashing the third.

Esper: Blue and White splashing Black

Your current deck is Azorius splashing black for Push and Contempt. While I think this is too problematic for the manabase there are some changes you can make to help.

Consider this list (giving you a full list to consider first then I'll explain):

The manabase is very complicated wanting , and . It's 16 blue sources, 16 black sources and 15 white sources. Concealed Courtyard makes it easier to cast Push and Craving when you want them in the early game to combat aggro. Without Courtyard consistently you will not be able to cast Push until turn three.

I've gone with 2x of the double color CMC spells: Contempt, Disallow, Settle and Fumigate mimicking what your currently doing in the deck, it's a good approach. I've done this to reduce the strain on the manabase and give you a better chance of drawing Glimmer. The main deck is heavy removal, less counterspells. I've put the counterspells and more control in the board.

In the sideboard is 1x more of each of Contempt, Disallow and Fumigate. Instead of having a third copy of each in the main deck I've put them in the sideboard. This way in various matchups you can board in another copy of one of these cards. This is a tricky operation though because you need to be careful for instance don't board 1x of all three of these spells giving you 3x of each in the main deck because then you'll have mana issues playing them all. Something to follow is when you board in Contempt such as in Midrange matchups to exile Gods, Phoenix, Glorybringer, etc. then board out Fumigate. Same can be said when you want to board in Fumigate such as in Token or Merfolk matchups then board out Contempt.

Glint-Sleeve Siphoner is an amazing card, it's here to board in when you opponent boards out a lot of removal for game 2. It can run away with a game both Hub and Glimmer help to produce energy another plus of using energy. She's also fantastic when embalmed by The Scarab God.

In summary to be more competitive I suggest changing the color configuration of your deck around. Right now your playing dominate blue and white splashing black, but instead I suggest dominate black and blue splash white. This change will help to make the manabase more consistent, relying less on equal numbers of all three colors. Instead focus on black and blue for the majority of the game and only white in the late game for Approach.

Good luck with your deck.

February 28, 2018 11:26 p.m.

KINGofORESKOS says... #3

Hi there! I have these 2 Modern decks and 1 article made into a deck. I was wondering if you could look at these for me, maybe give some suggestions (or an upvote hehe), as I am really pushing to get all three decks into the top 20. Here are the Modern decks: Extreme Ramp and Punny Cat Tribal. My article/deck is this one. All suggestions and upvotes are appreciated, as they make the deck better and give it a higher ranking. Thanks, KINGofORESKOS

February 25, 2018 12:29 p.m.

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TheChaosVault the code I used is below:

[[Serum Visions (000)]]
The name of the card, followed by the code for the set you want the printing of (in this case, 000). Thus, Serum Visions.

March 19, 2018 7:21 p.m.

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March 19, 2018 9:06 a.m.

HARDsofty the dinosaurs of Ixalan are very similar to dragons, but with different names, as mentioned in the text of Dragonskull Summit.

March 18, 2018 3:56 p.m.

Switch Hardy Veteran for Merfolk Branchwalker, it's a much better card. Also consider Evolving Wilds for fixing as well as to trigger revolt.

March 16, 2018 10:46 a.m.

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Also, if you want to get a user's attention, tag them in the comments by typing this:


For example, this would send Mizzazzi a message, to take a look at the deck.

March 16, 2018 10:42 a.m.

Said on Naya Dinosaurs...


PartyJ makes a good point, I would also consider some amount of Evolving Wilds. It's a tried-and-true staple to fix mana. It's also worth mentioning that Deathgorge Scavenger and Silent Gravestone create a non-bo together. To go off of that, you do not under any circumstances need a total of 4 Gravestones in your deck. I would drop them altogether and keep the Scavengers. I would also consider some more cheap dinosaurs such as Ranging Raptors and possibly Wayward Swordtooth.

As for what to cut, remove the Temple Altisaurs, and move the Prowling Serpopards to the sideboard (vs Control). Replace 1 or 2 Thunderherd Migration with 1 more Commune with Dinosaurs and something else (Blossoming Defense?).

If you can, I'd heavily recommend a few Carnage Tyrants and Huatli, Warrior Poet. Also consider Kinjalli's Sunwing as a possibility. To fill out the sideboard, Abrade is amazing, as well as Thrashing Brontodon. Cast Out and/or Ixalan's Binding should also find a way in there. Hope this helps, and good luck!

March 16, 2018 10:36 a.m.

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Watch out for the new Dampening Sphere (Not yet added to the site). This deck looks really cool!

March 16, 2018 8:19 a.m.

Said on 5 Spell Clock...


What do you think about the new Wizard Tribal Lightning Bolt-esque card from Dominaria? It could be really good with something like Sanguinary Mage, Fireslinger, or Sparkmage Apprentice.

March 13, 2018 1:46 p.m.

Mono red in standard just got a million times worse. T1 Soul-Scar Mage into the new Lightning Bolt and a Bomat Courier? Sheesh.

March 13, 2018 10:09 a.m.

I just playtested your deck against mine, [PRIMER] Torment From the God-Pharaoh. While I can definitely see where control matches can be difficult, I had no problem with removing your win conditions. Vona's Hunger on a lone Tyrant gets around hexproof, and because it was instant speed I could reuse it with the Grearhulk. Your build is definitely annoying for control, but unlike a true control deck it lacks the ability to "lock" the game and secure a win. I would focus on going more aggressive, because control decks thrive on being able to outlast the opponent.

March 13, 2018 10:02 a.m.

Boza here you go!

Tragedy of Elspeth

Enchantment- Saga

(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)I - Exile up to one target enchantment. Its controller loses life equal to its mana cost. II - Exile target creature or Planeswalker III - Return target creature or Planeswalker exiled with this card to the battlefield under your control. It is an black enchantment in addition to its other types and colors.

The hive has met the brood! Create an Eldrazi Sliver that would still be somewhat balanced.

March 12, 2018 10:58 a.m.

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Hello Dr_Jay, I was looking around TappedOut and I saw your profile. If you don't mind, could you please teach me how you formatted your name and the background to your profile? Thank you!

March 11, 2018 3:21 p.m.

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Hello! Good to hear from you! The deck you linked me is either private or deleted, is it supposed to be the "Naya Enrage" deck on your profile?

March 10, 2018 10:50 a.m.

Said on B/W Vampires...


If you can afford it, Legion's Landing  Flip is a great card. Two-three copies should be good. I'm glad to see a sideboard too, I'll be back later with feedback. I would also go with a full set of Moment of Craving. Besides Fatal Push and Vraska's Contempt (which are well over the price range), you need some solid removal.

March 9, 2018 5:46 p.m.

With the goodstuff build you're going for here, I'm surprised to not see a few Ravenous Chupacabras in the list. It's an amazing ETB, and becomes better with a Scarab God returning it.

March 9, 2018 5:31 p.m.

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What is your budget for this deck? I can provide better suggestions with a budget in mind. But as it is right now, I would remove Vampire Revenant, Duskborne Skymarcher, Exultant Skymarcher, Glorifier of Dusk, Skyblade of the Legion, and probably Voracious Vampire. You definitely want a playset of Legion Lieutenant, Adanto Vanguard, and Skymarcher Aspirant. Also, go with a full playset of Dusk Legion Zealot. Again, with a budget in mind I can provide better choices.

March 9, 2018 8 a.m.

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You could easily drop the white from this deck. Radiant Destiny is a fine card, but you don't need it in this deck. If you really want to run three colors, black offers removal such as Fatal Push, Vraska's Contempt (watch out for the double black mana cost though), and Moment of Craving, which Simic would otherwise lack. I would also drop the Ghaltas for either two more Jadelight Rangers, Mist-Cloaked Herald, any of the merfolk enchantments, or Forerunner of the Heralds. You also need a sideboard, if you'd like help on it please feel free to message me!

March 8, 2018 3:25 p.m.

Mastermind's Acquisition is strictly better than Diabolic Tutor. I saw your update about taking it out, but would the wish mode be good enough to warrant a slot?

March 8, 2018 2:50 p.m.

Ooh, as an article, perhaps you could write about the history of Death and Taxes, and its recent Eldrazi adaption!

March 8, 2018 1:41 p.m.

My favorite tribe is still Slivers, with a close second being Eldrazi. Both from a mechanics and a flavor standpoint, I have always enjoyed them, even though my first introduction to them was in the 2014 Core Set. The way they all interact and share their abilities while each individual Sliver is still well within its part of the color pie is just... so fun. My least favorite, if I had to choose, would be Dinosaurs. I'm probably just tired of getting screwed by Carnage Tyrant though... what can I say? I play control.

March 8, 2018 1:40 p.m.


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