U/R Control by habakiri on MtGO

Creatures (11)
1 Grim Lavamancer
1 Keranos, God of Storms
4 Snapcaster Mage
1 Torrential Gearhulk
4 Young Pyromancer

Non-Creature Spells (25)
1 Chandra, Pyromaster
1 Jace, Architect of Thought
1 Tamiyo, the Moon Sage
2 Roast
4 Serum Visions
1 Sleight of Hand
3 Cryptic Command
3 Electrolyze
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Mana Leak
1 Shadow of Doubt
1 Crucible of Worlds

Lands (24)
4 Flooded Strand
1 Ghost Quarter
6 Island
2 Mountain
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Spirebluff Canal
2 Steam Vents
1 Sulfur Falls
2 Tectonic Edge
1 Wandering Fumarole

Sideboard (15)
1 Grim Lavamancer
2 Blood Moon
1 By Force
1 Dispel
3 Dragon’s Claw
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Izzet Charm
1 Izzet Staticaster
3 Relic of Progenitus
1 Spell Pierce

Summary

Control decks in Modern have traditionally been U/W or U/B variants, due in large part to blue’s powerful controlling elements and white or black’s sweepers. However, the deck we’re featuring today goes in a slightly different direction, forgoing white and black in favor of red, which offers cheaper and more efficient kill spells and powerful high end finishers.

Lightning Bolt, Electrolyze, and Roast are the three red removal spells in this deck, and are big reasons why red is a viable option for the control archetype in Modern. While both Lightning Bolt and Electrolyze have somewhat fallen out of favor in Modern due to overall format shifts, they’re starting to be among the best options once again. Roast might not be as efficient as other removal spells, but it more often than not can kill anything in the format.

This deck wants to gain an advantage in the early and mid game, and has a couple of ways of doing that. The biggest one is Young Pyromancer, which allows you to gum up the board and offer a win condition for just 2 mana. Similarly, Grim Lavamancer wants you to cast a lot of spell turn after turn, and it can be a repeatable removal spell against the smaller decks of the format. It also has multiple 4 mana planeswalkers which look to gain card advantage and bridge the gap into the mid game.

In the late game, this deck has many powerful options for gaining unrivaled card advantage and ending the game. Keranos, God of Storms is a little played creature, but one that demands either and answer or to be overpowered, as drawing an extra card or killing a creature/dealing damage to the opponent gets out of hand quickly. Similarly, Tamiyo, the Moon Sage demands an answer with two solid first abilities, but the ultimate is where it really becomes an attractive option, offering infinite spells if the ability is activated.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Chandra, Pyromaster

-1 Shadow of Doubt

+2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Sideboard

No changes.

This is day 259 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 258 here, where we featured a Standard Turbo Fog deck!

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