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Why I’ll Never Play Control Decks Again


The individuals who comply with me know that a few years in the past, I made a rule for myself to by no means play management decks. It’s been the most effective selections I’ve ever made.

It was Professional Tour Kaladesh in Honolulu, and my group broke the format with two totally different decks: 4C Automobiles (regular Automobiles lists weren’t enjoying Unlicensed Disintegration, and didn’t splash blue for Ceremonious Rejection) and U/W Spirits.

I didn’t belief their decks and needed to play Jeskai Management, blinded by the facility of Torrential Gearhulk and Glimmer of Genius.

Lee Shi Tian made Prime eight with Mardu, and Eduardo Sajgalik and others put up insane outcomes with U/W Spirits. I went 2-1 in Draft, Zero-Four in Constructed, and was eradicated from the event.

That was the final time I performed a management deck, and the final time I did not take part in Day 2 of a Professional Tour or a Mythic Championship. I scored at the very least 6-Four in Constructed within the following 9 Professional Excursions.

You might level out that the identical occasion was gained by Shota Yasooka enjoying Grixis Management within the finals versus Carlos Romao, who performed a Jeskai Management deck made out of playing cards he owned in his binder. These are simply details.

Jeskai Management

Carlos Romao, 2nd place at PT Kaladesh

Four Port City
Four Aether Hub
three Inspiring Vantage
1 Spirebluff Canal
Four Wandering Fumarole
Four Island
6 Plains
2 Dovin Baan
2 Archangel Avacyn/Avacyn, the Air purifier
three Torrential Gearhulk
2 Fumigate
three Radiant Flames
2 Abstract Dismissal
Four Harnessed Lightning
Four Glimmer of Genius
three Immolating Glare
three Void Shatter
1 Blessed Alliance
three Anticipate
1 Quarantine Area
1 Stasis Snare

1 Fumigate
1 Blessed Alliance
three Negate
three Spell Queller
1 Linvala, the Preserver
three Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
three Ceremonious Rejection

Esper Management

Yoshihiko Ikawa, 2nd place at MC Cleveland

Four Remoted Chapel
Four Hallowed Fountain
Four Godless Shrine
Four Glacial Fortress
Four Drowned Catacomb
Four Watery Grave
1 Island
1 Swamp
Four Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
1 Karn, Scion of Urza
Four Thought Erasure
three Kaya’s Wrath
2 Cry of the Carnarium
1 Second of Craving
three Forged Down
three Vraska’s Contempt
1 Negate
three Chemister’s Perception
three Mortify
three Take in
2 Seek for Azcanta/Azcanta, the Sunken Break
1 The Eldest Reborn

1 Second of Craving
1 Negate
1 The Eldest Reborn
Four Thief of Sanity
three Hostage Taker
2 Lyra Dawnbringer
2 Duress
1 Kaya, Orzhov Usurper

Sure, individuals have succeeded with management decks, regardless of my radical selection of slicing it out of my life. Right now I’ll clarify why it’s dangerous to register a management deck for a event with many rounds if you end up enjoying towards decks that you simply don’t know.

Scouting is an important factor when enjoying a management deck. In case you are enjoying a 10-person FNM occasion together with your Esper Management deck and you already know what everyone seems to be enjoying, you’re closely favored over enjoying 10 matches on Area the place you don’t know what your opponent is enjoying.

Think about you open a hand with three lands, Second of Craving, Cry of the Carnarium, Kaya’s Wrath, and Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. You’ll hold it towards any aggressive deck, however what in case you get paired towards Nexus of Destiny, Wilderness Reclamation, or a mirror match? Your beginning hand is lowered to a mulligan to Four.

Kaya's Wrath

What when you mulligan to six, and the scry card is a Kaya’s Wrath? That could possibly be both one of the best card within the deck, or the worst. Or underneath the brand new guidelines, what if you must choose a card out of your hand to placed on the underside of the deck and you’re staring on the second copy of Take in or the primary copy of Cry of the Carnarium?

However, you see White Weenie and pink aggro decks, and even combo decks like Nexus of Destiny, that solely make mulligan selections based mostly on their deck and the way they need to function, and never based mostly on the unknown issue of what your opponent is enjoying.

Some might argue that midrange decks have an analogous drawback to Esper, however on a smaller degree. You do have beatdown creatures within the type of Merfolk Branchwalker and Jadelight Ranger, however you even have Forged Down and Discover // Finality that may vary from A to F based mostly on the matchup.

Cast Down

Whereas that’s true, it’s to a lesser diploma, so I’m wonderful taking my dangerous beats if I find yourself retaining a hand with two Forged Down towards Temur Reclamation or Esper Management. These are dangerous matchups recreation 1 anyway.

Sultai Midrange can afford to lose recreation 1 due to how properly positioned it’s post-sideboard (Enjoyable information: On Day 2 of GP Lille, the place I performed Golgari Midrange, I went Zero-7 in recreation 1s and 6-1 general), however Esper Management can’t afford to lose recreation 1 as a result of they are going to be closely focused post-board.

To proceed the instance of Sultai Midrange vs. Esper Management, we discovered the matchup very unfavorable recreation 1, however as soon as Sultai began bringing in Duresses, Disdainful Stroke, Kraul Harpooner, and extra, the matchup swung closely in Sultai’s path.

The best way Esper fights sideboard hate is with a transformational sideboard plan with playing cards like Thief of Sanity and Hostage Taker, and hoping that their opponent could have sideboarded out their Forged Down or Lightning Strike to allow them to catch them off-guard. (On this matter, I want to remind you to not board out Forged Down vs. Esper with Sultai. Board within the fourth one!)

Biogenic Ooze

The identical factor goes for U/G Nexus and Temur Reclamation. Biogenic Ooze is among the few methods they will get across the hate of Duress and Negate coming in from Sultai. (On this level, play Disdainful Stroke over Negate in your Sultai deck!)

Greatest-of-one Normal is a special story and a unique format. It is extremely new and there aren’t that many pure predators to regulate decks but, particularly because the banning of Nexus of Destiny, which makes Esper Management an excellent good selection and almost definitely one of the best deck in that single format.

Let’s take a look at Legacy, and whether or not management decks have the identical issues.

Andreas Petersen, 6-2 at Magic On-line Legacy Playoff

three Underground Sea
2 Badlands
three Bloodstained Mire
Four Polluted Delta
2 Island (335)
2 Swamp (339)
2 Volcanic Island
three Scalding Tarn
Four Baleful Strix
2 Gurmag Angler
three Snapcaster Mage
Four Brainstorm
2 Diabolic Edict
2 Deadly Push
Four Pressure of Will
three Hymn to Tourach
three Jace, the Thoughts Sculptor
three Kolaghan’s Command
2 Lightning Bolt
Four Preordain
1 Thoughtseize
2 Inquisition of Kozilek

2 Blood Moon
2 Spell Pierce
2 Liliana, the Final Hope
1 Marsh Casualties
2 Pink Elemental Blast
three Surgical Extraction
1 Poisonous Deluge
2 Bitterblossom

Andreas Petersen (Ecobaronen) is my go-to man for any Everlasting format. He’s in all probability one of the profitable gamers on Magic On-line between Legacy and Classic Challenges, and final weekend on the Legacy Playoff he determined to deliver good previous Grixis Management.

Leovold, Emissary of Trest

When Deathrite Shaman was round, he and I have been massive followers of Four-Colour Leovold, which was principally Grixis Management with a inexperienced splash for Leovold, Emissary of Trest. Now the fourth colour has been eliminated, as a result of with out Deathrite Shaman, it isn’t that straightforward to repair your mana anymore, and you’re a lot slower, having misplaced a strong 1-drop that would have helped you retain up with different methods.

That’s why I don’t assume Grixis Management is sweet in Legacy anymore. The deck has misplaced velocity, and Kolaghan’s Command isn’t as interesting when you possibly can’t deploy your mana shortly like earlier than.

On prime of that, the deck has the identical mulligan choice issues as management decks in Normal. However not solely in opening arms (that could possibly be fastened with Brainstorm)—even which playing cards to maintain with Brainstorm and Ponder, and which of them to shuffle away. Are you going to maintain Deadly Push towards Advert Nauseam Tendrils? Are you going to shuffle Kolaghan’s Command versus Chalice of the Void? These are game-changing selections that may flip a win right into a loss.

On this matter, Jonathan Sukenik, very long time and profitable Legacy participant, opened my eyes to how a lot he hates Deadly Push—or any removing that may’t go to the face—in the primary deck of decks like Grixis Delver, since you want to have the ability to forged 100% of your playing cards in a tempo deck like Delver.

That’s it for right now. Now I’m going to return to the Normal best-of-one queues as a result of this weekend is the Mythic Invitational at PAX East. Don’t miss it!

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