Temur Control by scappie on MtGO

Creatures (9)
3 Kefnet the Mindful
2 Tireless Tracker
4 Torrential Gearhulk

Non-Creature Spells (29)
1 Nissa, Steward of Elements
4 Attune with Aether
1 Brutal Expulsion
2 Censor
1 Confirm Suspicions
3 Disallow
2 Essence Scatter
4 Glimmer of Genius
4 Harnessed Lightning
2 Magma Spray
3 Negate
1 Pull from Tomorrow
1 Void Shatter

Lands (22)
4 Aether Hub
4 Botanical Sanctum
3 Forest
3 Island
2 Lumbering Falls
2 Mountain
1 Sheltered Thicket
3 Spirebluff Canal

Sideboard (15)
2 Bristling Hydra
1 Confiscation Coup
1 Dissenter’s Deliverance
1 Dragonmaster Outcast
1 Fevered Visions
1 Heaven // Earth
1 Natural Obsolescence
1 Prowling Serpopard
2 Radiant Flames
2 Release the Gremlins
1 Sphinx of the Final Word
1 Walking Ballista

Summary

U/R Control splashing green for Attune with Aether and several role-players was a viable option in Aether Revolt Standard, due in large part to the powerful Dynavolt Tower. However, it seems that Temur Tower may have given way to a version of the deck without the 3 mana artifact, and instead using more card draw and consistently powerful beatdowns. Most of the cards in this deck will look very familiar to anyone who played Temur Tower before Amonkhet, so let’s take a look specifically at what Magic’s newest set has to offer in this deck.

Kefnet the Mindful has certainly fallen under the radar for many players. A 3 mana 5/5 flyer is straight-up unprintable, but most people were of the opinion that because you need 7 cards in hand each turn to attack with it, cost of turning Kefnet on was not worth it. Even in situations when you have 7 cards in hand every single turn, you’re likely to win the game in the long run via sheer card advantage. However, its used a little differently in this deck. The 5/5 body is really only used once the proverbial corner has been turned. In the mean time, it’s activated ability is incredibly useful for this deck, and has great synergy with Tireless Tracker, which has now moved to the mainboard.

Censor and Essence Scatter are both welcome inclusions to this deck, as the old version’s early turn interactions were limited heavily by the counter spells available. Negate feels really good against Heart of Kiran, but it looks less than stellar against cards like Whirler Virtuoso. I was pretty down on Censor when it was spoiled, and I’m still a little skeptical, but I think it’s an excellent option in the first few weeks of a format when fewer people will play around it. Essence Scatter is also a welcome inclusion, as early turn interaction for this deck is almost exclusively focused on creatures.

Magma Spray is a very welcome inclusion in this deck, as it allows the deck to not play awkward sorcery-speed removal like Incendiary Flow in order to answer Scrapheap Scrounger. Pull from Tomrrow has been compared to Sphinx’s Revelation a lot since it was spoiled, and we’ll just have to wait and see if it is close to as good. My inclination is that it’s an extremely powerful card in its own right and it will see a lot of Standard play, but I’m fine limiting it to 1 copy for now.

Nissa, Steward of Elements is an interesting inclusion in this deck. Given sufficient loyalty, you’ll only hit on her 0 ability about 50% of the time, with the vast majority of those hits being lands. This tells us that her applications in this deck are mostly tied to her +2 ability and the powerful ability for her to threaten 10 damage in the air. Sheltered Thicket is the only cycling land added to this deck, and I think it wants more than 1 copy, so I’ll be shifting that around a little.

This sideboard is clearly trying to cover all its bases while the format is still largely undecided, but it includes some interesting Amonkhet cards that could make an impact as the format develops. Dissenter’s Deliverance feels like a great upgrade over the artifact removal that was already seeing play, and Heaven // Earth is a powerful sweeper on both halves of the card. It’s not entirely unreasonable to board it in against a small creature deck, discard it for G, then use Earth to wipe the board as needed. Prowling Serpopard is a really interesing option in this deck against the expected influx of control decks in the format, and I think we could be seeing more and more of this card in the coming weeks.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Void Shatter

-1 Spirebluff Canal

-1 Botanical Sanctum

+2 Sheltered Thicket

+1 Essence Scatter

Sideboard

-1 Dragonmaster Outcast

-1 Fevered Visions

-1 Natural Obsolescence

-1 Walking Ballista

+1 Confiscation Coup

+2 Dissenter’s Deliverance

+1 Prowling Serpopard

This is day 117 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 115 here, where we featured a Standard favorite updated for Amonkhet.

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