UWR Control

Loosely based on the Austrian-style control list that LSV and others wrote about a while back, I went a reasonable 2-1 at last Monday’s FNM losing in two sideboarded games against an innovative Grixis control, but despatching Bant and mono-white Luminarch Ascension control each in two fairly quick games. 

The list below is what I had hoped to assemble for the night:

(5)
2 Sphinx of Jwar Isle
3 Wall of Denial

(11)
1 Comet Storm
3 Double Negative
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Path to Exile

(9)
3 Day of Judgement
3 Earthquake
1 Martial Coup
2 Mind Spring

(3)
3 Oblivion Ring

(6)
3 Ajani Vengeant
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

(26)
4 Arid Mesa
3 Celestial Colonnade
4 Island
3 Mountain
4 Plains
4 Sejiri Refuge
4 Scalding Tarn

(15)
4 Baneslayer Angel
4 Flashfreeze 
3 Negate 
4 Spreading Seas

However, sketchy last-minute deck construction and borrowing all the money cards led to my final  75 being down a Day, a Flashfreeze and the pair of Mind Springs, and filling in the gaps with the 4th Double Negative, a Chain Reaction, an Into the Roil and a sideboard Celestial Purge.

Whilst I love the Raka control list and will be playing something similar next week, the Jund match-up (arguably the only one that really counts in Standard before this weekend) is still pretty poor without reverting to the playset of maindeck Flashfreeze and still trying to board into every hate card available. With the potential for some kind of Simic Polymorph / Summoning Trap list being the new enemy to contend with from next Monday I’ll see how it plays out, but perhaps this time the boogeyman will win out.

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