CKL Plays (Modern) Grixis Control

I noticed an old favorite of mine popping up in recent MTGO league results and was hopeful that it might be time to dust off Grixis Control.  Is this meta ripe for the return of Kolaghan’s Command and friends?  We’ll see…

For older iterations of the archetype, check the following links:

As you can see, I was a bit obsessed with this deck.  When Hollow One decks appeared, the headache that I endured caused me to put this deck aside for some time.  This December, a number of lists popped up that looked rather similar…no discard/Liliana package, a couple of maindecked Tasigurs, Search for Azcanta…and I was enticed.  But, because I was also feeling a bit lazy, I started by throwing together a list that I cannot take credit for…


BFCxKrazyak’s Grixis Control [5-0 December 2018]

Planeswalkers (1)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Creatures (7)
Snapcaster Mage
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Vendilion Clique

Spells (25)
Dreadbore
Countersquall
Cryptic Command
Fatal Push
Kolaghan’s Command
Lightning Bolt
Logic Knot
Spell Snare
Terminate
Thought Scour

Artifacts (1)
Engineered Explosives

Enchantments (2)
Search for Azcanta
Lands (24)
Blood Crypt
Creeping Tar Pit
Field of Ruin
Island
Mountain
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Steam Vents
Sulfur Falls
Swamp
Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
Countersquall
Anger of the Gods
Ceremonious Rejection
Damnation
Disdainful Stroke
Dispel
Izzet Staticaster
Surgical Extraction
Young Pyromancer


I made a couple of minor changes.  Notably, -1 Kolaghan’s Command for +1 Countersquall and a few sideboard swaps which I will explain in the “Deck Tech”…

Grixis Control Deck Tech


Corey’s Grixis Control

Planeswalkers (1)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Creatures (7)
Snapcaster Mage
Vendilion Clique
Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Spells (25)
Fatal Push
Lightning Bolt
Spell Snare
Thought Scour
Cryptic Command
Kolaghan’s Command
Countersquall
Dreadbore
Terminate
Logic Knot

Artifacts (1)
Engineered Explosives

Enchantment (2)
Search for Azcanta
Lands (24)
Blood Crypt
Creeping Tar Pit
Field of Ruin
Steam Vents
Watery Grave
Island
Sulfur Falls
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Bloodstained Mire
Mountain
Swamp

Sideboard (15)
Dispel
Anger of the Gods
Ceremonious Rejection
Ravenous Trap
Nihil Spellbomb
Disdainful Stroke
Damnation
Izzet Staticaster
Young Pyromancer


Without further ado, here’s the league.

Round 1 vs. BTL Scapeshift

Round 2 vs. UW Tron

Round 3 vs. Jeskai Saheeli

Round 4 vs. UW Miracles

Round 5 vs. Counters Company

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