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11:17 AM
Learning to play control with this deck, which as before is metagame-inspired but homebrew:
Deck
7 Island (LTR) 275
7 Island (LTR) 274
2 Make Disappear (SNC) 49
1 Negate (DMU) 58
1 Negate (ZNR) 71
2 Moment of Truth (MOM) 67
2 Swamp (LTR) 277
2 Swamp (LTR) 276
2 Shipwreck Marsh (MID) 267
2 Underground River (BRO) 267
2 Fading Hope (MID) 51
3 Shore Up (DMU) 64
2 Slip Out the Back (SNC) 62
2 Cut Down (DMU) 89
1 Negate (RIX) 44
2 Go for the Throat (BRO) 102
3 Delver of Secrets (MID) 47
2 Faerie Vandal (SNC) 44
2 Thirst for Discovery (VOW) 85
4 Consider (MID) 44
3 Haughty Djinn (DMU) 52
2 Darkslick Shores (ONE) 250
Thoughts? Feedback?
I know people hate mono-blue tempo, and a lot of control players play quite slowly on Arena, so I've mixed things up here by doing a Dimir deck and I try to play reasonably quickly.
(I've had more than one player concede the moment Haughty Djinn hits the board)
(and yes, these are the LTR full-art map lands I'm using here)
Is 24 lands too few for a control deck?
(even after accounting for card draw and filtering)
...dropped a Shore Up for a third Essence Scatter.
 
 
5 hours later…
4:37 PM
Revised a bit more:
Deck
7 Island (LTR) 275
7 Island (LTR) 274
2 Make Disappear (SNC) 49
1 Negate (DMU) 58
1 Negate (ZNR) 71
2 Moment of Truth (MOM) 67
2 Swamp (LTR) 277
2 Swamp (LTR) 276
2 Shipwreck Marsh (MID) 267
2 Underground River (BRO) 267
2 Fading Hope (MID) 51
2 Shore Up (DMU) 64
2 Slip Out the Back (SNC) 62
2 Cut Down (DMU) 89
1 Negate (RIX) 44
2 Go for the Throat (BRO) 102
2 Delver of Secrets (MID) 47
2 Faerie Vandal (SNC) 44
2 Thirst for Discovery (VOW) 85
3 Consider (MID) 44
3 Haughty Djinn (DMU) 52
2 Darkslick Shores (ONE) 250
It feels weird to be the one playing control. I have had several opponents just concede out of frustration.
 
 
6 hours later…
10:24 PM
It's insane that in this Standard environment, one untapped Island is all it takes to say "nope!"
(Haughty Djinn cost reduction and loads of counterspells that cost {1}{U}, even if they're restricted or soft counters)
 

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