The Unexpected!


Well it appears that my streak of fairly good luck came to an abrupt end this past weekend by going 2/3/0 and one of the wins was a bye in the GPT in Truro.  At FNM I decided to attempt to play the U/R Mill deck using Sphinx’s Tutelage I went 3/2/0 with it and felt that it was a deck that requires  a lot of practice.  After seeing what the GP London top 8 looked like, I also expected an over abundance of enchantment hate being main decked thanks to Abzan Aggro running 4 coppies of Dramoka’s Command.  I also expected to see R/G Devotion and Dragon’s lists which if they land a Geia’s Revenge there is literally nothing I could do.  So with that I thought about playing G/B elves and was going to run it but thought that the Abzan Aggro match up might not be favourable.  With that In mind I put Abzan Control back together to compete in the GPT.  Here is the List I ran:

Abzan Control

Creatures: 15

3 Den Protector

3 Nissa, Vastwood Seer

4 Courser of Kruphix

4 Siege Rhino

1 Dragonlord Dramoka

Other Spells: 18

4 Thoughtsieze

3 Abzan Charm

2 Bile Blight

2 Ultimate Price

1 Heroes Downfall

2 Languish

1 Crux of Fate

2 Elspeth Sun’s Champion

1 Ugin, The Spirit Dragon

Land: 26

2 Caves of Koilos

2 Llanowar Wastes

4 Sandsteppe Citadel

3 Temple of scilence

3 Temple of Malady

2 Temple of Plenty

4 Windswept Heath

1 Urborg, tomb of Yawgmoth

1 Plains

4 Forest

I felt that the list was pretty solid, Main Deck Ugin and Dramoka might have been an error, but other than that I am pretty happy with the deck list.  However round 1 I ended up playing against what I expected to see Abzan Aggro, however I had to Mull to 5 in both games 1 and 2 which in the end lead to my demise I just didn’t have enough answers on hand in the end.  Round 2 Game one I had an awesome opener against U/W Heroic I Thoughtsiezed there only creature and had removal for everything else while having Siege Rhino in play.  Game two went very differently as my opponent had the God’s Willing and Stubborn Denial every time.  Game three was pretty much the same and at this point I was 0/2/0.  Round three was again against U/W Heroic in which I mulled both games one and two but couldn’t draw removal at all and thanks to that the games ended fairly painfully on my part.  Round 4 was a bye YAY! POINTS!  And finally round 5 was a Mardu deck using thopter generators in conjunction with Butcher of the Horde, game one went to my opponent but games 2 and three were mine when my deck finally started functioning the way I would like it too.  Overall Looking at the field I believe my deck choice was correct minus a few inclusions, especially Considering 2 Abzan Control lists made it into the top 8, one of which was Jeremy Thideau who won the whole thing with a record of X/0/2.  U/R Sphinx’s Tutelage ended up playing in the finals as well, so perhaps that would have been the better deck choice for this event.  I would like to send out another Congratulations to Jeremy Thideau for winning the event and with him the best of luck at GP Quebec City.

With this event now in the past, I’m now attempting to brew like a mad man for the up coming Standard PPTQ’s that I will hopefully be able to attend as well as GP Quebec.  GP Quebec is a bit hard to start brewing for since Battle for Zendikar comes out 2 weeks prior to the event.  And thanks to such a diverse Standard metagame at the moment it is really hard to be prepared for every different deck out there.  So I have come up with a few different lists. nothing conclusive yet or play tested but I feel these decks have potential. with that here is Idea number one:

Grixis Burn: 

4 Monastery swiftspear

3 Zurgo, Bell Ringer

3 Lightninng Brawler

4 Abbot of Keral Keep

3 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy

1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang

4 Wild Slash

4 Lightning strike

4 Exquisite Firecraft

3 Kolaghan’s Command

3 Stoke the Flames

1 Murderous Cut

2 Treasure Cruise

3 Polluted Delta

3 Bloodstained Mire

1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

4 Shivan Reef

7 Mountain

2 Island

1 Swamp

My idea with the deck is that while using the Mono Red shell adding some card advantage to compete with the more grindy match ups, and give the deck some resiliency.  I think Kolaghan’s Command in conjunction with Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy which turns into effectively snapcaster mage for no mana in this deck could be very potent.  I’ve also added 2 copies of treasure cruise to refill the hand with hopefully burn spells and if not it at least adds to our Prowess triggers.  The one of Murderous Cut I added to simply give the deck the ability to Kill just about any creature in the event it needs too.

I’ve also been brewing  a Grixis Control list, which looks like it might not be bad at all.

Grixis Control

Creatures: 10

4 Hangerback Walker

4 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy

2 Tasigur, The Golden Fang

Other Spells: 25

2 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver

4 Thoughtsieze

4 Clash of wills

3 Kolaghan’s Command

3 Languish

4 Lightning Strike

2 Heroes Downfall

1 Murderous Cut

2 Treasure Cruise

Lands: 26

4 Temple of Deceit

4 Temple of Epiphany

4 Polluted Delta

3 Bloodstained Mire

2 Shivan Reef

4 Islands

3 Swamp

2 Mountain

This deck definitely makes me smile, it feels like it has everything a control decks wants, and I would love to simply point out the awesome synergy between Hangerback Walker and Kolaghan’s Command.  In all honesty  I feel that Kolaghan’s Command is probably just one of the better cards in the deck, the versatility of the commands is what makes them awesome and I’m sure we will see Kolaghan’s and Dramoka’s Commands see play for as long as they are legal in standard.   This List is probably the one I am more likely to play test at my next FNM to see what it is capable of!

Stay tuned for next week, as spoilers for Battle for Zendikar are supposed to be making there début  and I am very excited for potential landfall cards as well as Eldrazi.  So far the only thing that has been spoiled that I personally like is the uncommon enchantment: Retreat to Kazandu.

sorry Red decks….this might just hurt a little.

Retreat might not be a great main deck card but it will definitely see some sideboard action if burn remains a viable deck.  There is also potential for Retreat to Kazandu to be a great card, as of the moment Zendikars Roil comes to mind drop a fetch land stack the triggers make a 2/2 elemental and then gain 2 life or give the elemental +1/+1 crack the fetch and do it all again.  With that Let me knnow what you guys think about my deck brews and I’m sure I’ll be seeing you around.otb

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