Welcome to Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column! This is day 1 of 365 (obviously). Each day you’ll see a new deck in this column that we think is new and exciting that can shake up Standard, Modern, and Legacy (or Frontier if that takes off). You’ll also see a summary of what the deck does well and what it does poorly, as well as recommendations for some cards to add to the deck. Without further ado, here is Deck of the Day #1/365.

Mardu Control by JMM on MtGO

Creatures (4)
3 Goblin Dark-Dwellers
1 Noxious Gearhulk

Instants, Sorceries, and Enchantments (26)
4 Cathartic Reunion
3 Descend upon the Sinful
3 Fragmentize
1 Fumigate
4 Harnessed Lightning
2 Live Fast
3 Pick the Brain
3 Dead Weight
3 Transgress the Mind

Planeswalkers (5)
4 Nahiri, the Harbinger
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited

Lands (25)
2 Concealed Courtyard
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Foreboding Ruins
3 Inspiring Vantage
4 Mountain
2 Plains
4 Shambling Vent
2 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
1 Cataclysmic Gearhulk
1 Dead Weight
1 Descend upon the Sinful
1 Fragmentize
1 Fumigate
1 Goblin Dark-Dwellers
1 Live Fast
3 Mind Rot
1 Pick the Brain
3 Radiant Flames
1 Transgress the Mind

Summary

We’ve seen this type of non-blue control deck pop up here and there in this Standard format, and JMM’s performance in a constructed league on December 28 shows that this archetype could end up being viable in this format as it evolves. It has a small delirium theme in the deck, where it uses Cathartic Reunion and Nahiri, the Harbinger to enable Pick the Brain and the very-powerful-but-hard-to-turn-on Descend upon the Sinful. This package also plays very well with Goblin Dark-Dwellers.

This deck appears to play very excellently against U/W Flash variants as well as Temur Aetherworks. In both of these matchups, the discard package and Descend upon the Sinful shine. Additionally, if Vehicles makes a comeback, the Harnessed Lightning, Dead Weight, and 3 maindeck copies of Fragmentize will shift that matchup heavily in your favor.

It does seem odd that this deck has no copies of Emrakul, the Promised End for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s not terribly hard to cast in this deck, as it is already trying to get card types into its graveyard. Secondly, it’s a very good target for Nahiri, the Harbinger’s ultimate, which this deck currently doesn’t have (sorry, Noxious Gearhulk). I also think that the 3 maindeck Fragmentize are a little too aggressive fro my liking, and I think this deck would rather more consistent removal in the maindeck. Here are the changes I would make:

Maindeck

-2 Fragmentize

+1 Emrakul, the Promised End

+1 Fumigate

Sideboard

-1 Goblin Dark-Dwellers

-1 Live Fast

+2 Fragmentize

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