Putting together a Control Deck
Control decks should aim to stall the early and mid game and have a big pay off at the end. I attempted a controlling game plan with this pool!
This was the pool I opened today (creatures in the first image, and the rest in the second image):
Despite having 4 dual lands, there was no room nor cards worth splashing for.
Black had an abundance of removals—5 in total, 6 counting Tetzimoc, Primal Death! Despite having minimal black creatures, I think black will still be one of the two main colors I want to build around.
- Pairing it with white gives me access to more early drops and three more removals
- Pairing it with blue gives me more removals (Waterknot) and evasive creatures (Slippery Scoundrel, Soul of the Rapids, Spire Winder)
- Pairing it with green seems fine, but nothing exciting and no extra removals/instants
Utilizing the abundance of removals (if I pair it with white or blue), this may be the start of a control deck and with pay off cards like Golden Guardian and evasive creatures to close out the games.
Here are the two decks I have built from the pool:
For the UB Control, I’m also thinking of swapping Negate for Pirate’s Cutlass or Fell Flagship for another pseudo-creature.
I was surprised how the BW version felt much better than the UB version. I assumed UB was better in theory.
- The two drops from white and the awkward double blue cost of Waterknot makes the BW version much, much smoother.
- The UB deck did not make ascend as easy compared to my past experiences with other ascend decks, due to it being a heavy non-creature deck. This makes the pay off of hitting ascend not as enticing.
- The BW vampire synergy (though not much) also upped the power level of the deck.
- Golden Guardian just ends games consistently once the board has been stabilized.
- Be sure to have late game pay off cards and methods to stall the board early game when putting together control (also called durdle) decks.
I ended up going 8-1, netting me 310 play points and 7 tickets (from selling the booster packs).