U/R Control by Raymond Perez at SCG Columbus

Creatures (4)
4 Torrential Gearhulk

Non-Creature Spells (30)
1 Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
2 Dynavolt Tower
4 Anticipate
1 Brutal Expulsion
4 Disallow
4 Glimmer of Genius
4 Harnessed Lightning
3 Negate
3 Revolutionary Rebuff
4 Shock

Lands (26)
9 Island
4 Mountain
4 Aether Hub
1 Highland Lake
4 Spirebluff Canal
4 Wandering Fumarole

Sideboard (15)
3 Dragonmaster Outcast
1 Brutal Expulsion
2 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Dispel
3 Kozilek’s Return
1 Negate
2 Summary Dismissal
1 Jace, Unraveler of Secrets

Summary

To continue this week’s theme of SCG Columbus decklists, today we’re looking at Raymond Perez’s U/R Control deck that he piloted to a 13th place finish at SCG Columbus on January 21 and 22. It’s always been clear that Dynavolt Tower is a powerful card in the right shell, and it saw some fringe play in Kaladesh Standard, but the strategy was positioned poorly in the format, and it fell by the wayside. Raymond Perez, however, saw Aether Revolt as a new format, and brought this deck to battle.

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Unlike other control decks, this deck doesn’t completely drown the opponent through removal, counters, and card advantage. Instead, it aims to disrupt the opponent until it can get a Torrential Gearhulk down and turn the momentum quickly. A 5/6 is well-sized in this format, and it can generally beat down to victory by itself when backed up by removal spells. The other main win condition in this deck is Dynavolt Tower, which offers a completely different type of strategy, which encourages you to cast spells turn after turn. It itself offers a reusable removal spell in the early game, then when the opponent is stumbling it turns towards the opponent and can single-handedly win the game for you faster than you may think. The notable absence from this deck that was included in previous iterations of this deck in Kaladesh Standard is Thing in the Ice. I think that it’s fine to cut it, especially when the format seems to be much less about board control and more about mana, and I think that Raymond Perez was spot-on in that prediction. However, I think you’ll want it in your sideboard if you want to play this deck in the future.

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Going forward, I have some reservations about playing this deck in a format where +1/+1 counters on already aggressively-sized creatures are popular, due to the damage limit that the burn spells in this deck have. However, if you predict a metagame heavy with Saheeli Rai and her cats, this deck is extremely well-positioned. It has enough removal and counter spells that Copycat will find it hard to resolve and stick any of its meaningful cards. Against other control decks, this deck seems to be very strong, as Dynavolt Tower‘s incremental damage is extremely hard to interact with.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Negate

+1 Dynavolt Tower

Sideboard

-2 Ceremonious Rejection

-2 Summary Dismissal

+4 Thing in the Ice

This is day 26 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can ready day 25 here, where we covered a different control deck that aims to take down the Copycat menace.

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