From now on until Friday, I will try to introduce a deck a day which I consider viable to be played on HL GP 7 on Saturday.
A friend of mine decided to play UW Control on that GP, but in the last few test games the deck didn’t perform all too well. Especially the matchup vs. Stax didn’t look very promising. But how could the deck be improved?
After some thinking, it came to my mind that UW Control could probably best be played as UW Stax Control. This is my draft of such a deck:
UW Stax Control 1.0
So why should this deck be better than pure UW Control?
First of all, it obviously has a better matchup versus other Stax variants since it incorporates alot of artifact mana, which should render the opposing stax’ landdestruction mostly useless. The matchup should in theory even be positive since instead of alot of mass land destruction this deck has quite some countermagic. This should – in comparison to 4c or 5c-stax-builds also improve the matchup versus control.
With alot of early protection (StoP, PtE, Oblivion Ring, Ghostly Prison, Propraganda, Wall of Omens) and 4cc-massremoval (WoG, DoJ) the deck should also be capable of constantly beating aggro decks like the ever-annoying zoo decks.
Alongside these things, the deck runs the best planeswalkers available: 2x Jace, Elspeth, Gideon, Tezzeret. It also runs two combos: Mindslaver Recursion is possible via Academy Ruins, and the Thopter Foundry/Sword of the Meek combo is also included.
Apart from that, we need solutions. We have solutions for about anything that could cross our way: Pithing Needle, Faith’s Fetters, Treachery. Tormod’s Crypt and Phyrexian Furnace add to the solution mix vs. graveyard action, we also have Timetwister here.
Now, so much for this deck. If you have any suggestions as to what you’d like to read about the decks published here, drop me a line in the comments. Also improvement suggestions for the deck itself are warmly welcome.