Saturday, May 30, 2009

[Decklist] Planeswalker's Control

A control deck with with my favorite control combo: Mox Diamond, Maze of Ith, and Riftstone Portal.

[Decklist] Planeswalker Control

The Planeswalkers
1 Ajani Goldmane
1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
1 Garruk Wildspeaker

2 Swords to Plowshares
1 Balance
2 Force of Will
1 Confiscate
2 Akroma's Vengeance

The Fun Stuff
4 Accumulated Knowledge
4 AEther Burst
4 Rune Snag

4 Careful Study
1 Frantic Search
2 Life From the Loam
1 Regrowth
1 Fastbond
1 Zuran Orb
1 Crop Rotation

1 Sol Ring
4 Mox Diamond
4 Maze of Ith
1 Dark Depths
4 Riftstone Portal
1 Strip Mine
3 Flooded Strand
4 Tundra
4 Tropical Island

I've used this 3-card combo in the past, but this time it's straight up control. Begin with the combo, throw in some more land and graveyard abuse, add in some kill conditions in the forms of planeswalkers and an ominous Dark Depths, and you've got yourself a control deck.

What I like about this one is just the intentionally demoralizing the kill conditions are. Usually a deck like this would finish off with a Mirari's Wake and Decree of Justice or something like that, where dominance is established, a mana base is built, and the final blow explodes on the board and the kill is made. In this deck, each of the kill conditions will be on the board multiple turns, just daring the opponent to find a solution, before it makes a spectacular finish.

The Mazes of Ith are especially demoralizing. If they don't have an answer for them, there isn't much they can do.

Akroma's Vengeance is particularly devastating. It's one of those cards that was designed without planeswalkers in mind. It was just before their time. In this deck, not only do the mazes and Dark Depths survives, but each of the planeswalkers comes along for the ride.

And the best part about this deck?

It's designed with future planeswalkers in mind. Planeswalkers by their very nature, lend themselves to slow meticulous decks. There's a lot of wiggle room here and even some of my selections are questionable. But it's pretty solid and you get the idea.

Feel free to make your own changes.

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