Standard Showdown / Pro Tour Hour of Devastation Update
The Bad News: My UR Control homebrew got decimated this passed Thursday.
The Good News: I converted the deck into a Jeskai Control deck, which allowed me to utilize Irrigated Farmland, as well as a few other awesome cards in Blessed Alliance, Cast Out, and Linvala. The Result? 3 matches that went 1-2, 2-1, and 1-2. (A whole lot more respectable than 0-6.)
Relying too heavily on basic lands with a deck that almost always makes it to the late game meant that I was top-decking a lot of mana with no way to get rid of it. That's when I remembered I have plenty of cycling lands at home, and the only question that remained was, "What color do I want to splash into the mix?"
Additionally, the losses came primarily from a bad starting hand keep, and an ill-timed cycle. In other words, user error. The deck list is pretty solid.
I know this to be the case because typically, I have a ton of substitutions in mind when I get home from an FNM, but after returning from today's Standard Showdown, I wasn't able to think of any substutions that I could justify. Any changes would have been entirely experimental, and I think I'd rather just keep the deck list as is and play it more attentively the next go-around.
That said, Pro Tour Hour of Devastation Quarterfinals are going down as we speak, live on twitch. Mono Red Aggro and Rakdos Aggro are making a strong showing. With Grixis Control and Control in general being as popular as they are, some players are trying to get up under these decks before they can get legs, and their strategy seems to be paying off, since about 75% of the Top 8 players are running some form of aggro deck.
If you wanna check out the action, swing by www.twitch.tv/magic and follow along as these MTG Pros duke it out!
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