U/B Control by panoma on MtGO

Creatures (1)
1 Grave Titan

Non-Creature Spells (35)
2 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
3 Jace, Architect of Thought
4 Liliana of the Veil
4 Ancestral Vision
4 Damnation
4 Serum Visions
4 Fatal Push
1 Go for the Throat
4 Rune Snag
1 Think Twice
4 Spreading Seas

Lands (24)
3 Creeping Tar Pit
4 Darkslick Shores
1 Flooded Strand
3 Island
4 Polluted Delta
1 Sunken Ruins
2 Swamp
4 Tectonic Edge
2 Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
2 Batterskull
2 Collective Brutality
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Dispel
1 Engineered Explosives
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Pithing Needle
1 Vendilion Clique

Summary

The general idea that control decks aren’t viable has been proven wrong time and time again, and in different color combinations each time. U/W, Jeskai, and Grixis have all had viable control decks in Modern over the last year or so. Today, we’re featuring a U/B Control deck that’s very different from any other Modern control deck we’ve seen in a long time, and is sure to get any control player excited.

 

Let’s start with what sticks out most in this deck: the 9 planeswalkers and the singleton copy of Grave Titan. Liliana of the Veil is almost a must-include for black control decks in Modern, so it’s not much of a surprise to see it as a 4-of in this deck. Jace, Architect of Thought, on the other hand, was a Standard all-star throughout its time in the format, but hasn’t seen much play in Modern. However, shifts in the format towards small creature decks and control decks have made Jace’s stock rise.

 

Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver, similarly, has seen little-to-no play in Modern, but its power level against midrange creature decks, especially those with Tarmogoyf and Dark Confidant, can’t be questioned. Grave Titan isn’t the most consistent finisher in Modern, but its ability to produce three blockers is frequently relevant both on the front foot and the back foot, so it’s likely the best option around.

The next thing that stands out in this decklist is the playsets of Damnation and Rune Snag. Damnation is the best sweeper that this color combination has to offer, but it’s still surprising to see the full playset. The general groupthink about sweepers in Modern is that they are only good in certain matchups, and you don’t want dead cards if you face a matchup where they’re not good. This deck, however, needs this sort of effect to win most games its involved in, and has a lot of card draw to make up for dead draws in any matchup, so its inclusion is merited. Rune Snag is also barely seen in Modern, but in this deck it does well as the only counter spell in the deck, staying ahead of your opponent’s mana for most of the game. The only time your opponent will have enough mana to fully evade Rune Snag is the control mirror, and this deck is already heavily favored due to its planeswalkers suite.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

No changes.

Sideboard

-2 Disdainful Stroke

-1 Engineered Explosives

+1 Vendilion Clique

+2 Negate

This is day 114 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 read day 113 here, where we featured a Modern midrange deck featuring everyone’s favorite Rhino.

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