Just built my first deck. Need help.

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Posted on May 4, 2016, 3:55 a.m. by SandmanG23

Hey everyone! I'm pretty new to MTG (only been playing a couple weeks). I just built my first deck and wanted to go with a mono blue control deck. Because I don't have that many cards yet I pretty much had to use all of my blue cards to make a deck. I will list my deck below. I'm looking for any feedback you can give. Ie. Changes I should make, recommendations of any kind, and is this deck good, decent or complete garbage. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. Keep in mind I'm working on a budget here...

Blue control deck (65 cards)


Island. 16

Wastes. 7

Meandering River. 1


Oath of Jace. 1


Slip Through Space. 2

Press for Answers. 1

Nagging Thoughts. 2

Write into Being. 1

Pieces of the Puzzle. 1


Just the Wind. 1

Negate. 3

Sweep Away. 2

Grip of the Roil. 2

Comparative Analysis. 2

Unity of Purpose. 1

Overwhelming Denial. 1


Seagraf Skaab. 2

Furtive Homunculus. 2

Blinding Drone. 2

Manic Scribe. 1

Ancient Crab. 1

Reckless Scholar. 1

Harvest Hand. 1

Runaway Carriage. 1

Thought Harvester. 2

Gravity Negator. 2

Silent Observer. 1

Guardian of Tazeem. 1

Aven Surveyor. 1

Stormrider Spirit. 1

Jwar Isle Avenger. 1

Silburlind Snapper. 1

PistonGolem says... #2

First of all, Never run more than 65 cards. It lowers the odds of you drawing your major pieces. Speaking of that, it generally is better to reduce your deck down to its major parts, and have playsets(4 cards) or 3-sets of each of your major parts, not just "1 here" and "1 over there" of a bunch of cards. Make a decklist on this site and then you can deckcycle it to get help.

May 4, 2016 10:22 a.m.

McSleuthburger says... #3

Welcome to the site and mtg!
A little recommendation might be post your deck in the right area and not just post a list here (you will probably get more help that way)

Go to your profile and on the right of it click the green Add deck button.....with that fill out everything and put in all your cards (make sure you have the right format)

Like what was mentioned above what makes a deck good is consistency, having more than 60 cards means you will be less likely to draw what you need and having all those 1 of's hurts consistency as well

First I would say pick a format (if its just casual then anything goes, but Im going to be assuming you want to play standard) so the first two things you would want to get rid of would be Aven Surveyor and Write into Being because they are from older sets and not legal in standard

I personally dont like Runaway Carriage because it doesnt stay on the field, Unity of Purpose because you dont have many creatures that will get +1/+1s and Meandering River because you dont have any cards that use white mana so why have a land come in tapped when you could have a regular island that comes in untapped

Here is a good example of a cheap control deck Investigate Mill - 25$ (post rot)

Good luck with future deck building!

May 4, 2016 6:31 p.m.

SandmanG23 says... #4

Thank you for your help. I did not realize there was an add deck section. I totally understand the not playing a bunch of 1 ofs, I just used the only thing I had available to me. I'm thinking that I might rework this as a blue black control deck as that would give me more options with the cards that I currently own. I have no idea the difference between formats but I'm guessing standard? I just want to play against my son and my brother and the occasional Friday night Magic. Again thanks for the help McSleuthburger

May 5, 2016 5:05 a.m.

You should run Delver of Secrets  Flip since you seem to be playing quite a lot of spells.

May 5, 2016 5:41 a.m.

SandmanG23 says... #6

TheInsanelyMadWizard Thanks. That does look like a good card for this situation.

May 5, 2016 6:10 a.m.

I'd be looking forward to see your deck! :D

This was the first deck I made here and it would be great if you could check it out! Thanks.

May 5, 2016 6:33 a.m.

In the future you should try to keep your decks to 60 cards, if possible, as you will be more likely to get the cards you want. That was one of the things I didn't know when I started, and my decks have improved drastically.

May 11, 2016 12:13 a.m.

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