(Pioneer) Esper Hero: The One We Need, but Don’t Deserve

(Pioneer) Esper Hero: The One We Need, but Don’t Deserve

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Pioneer is a great format that has all the benefits of Standard without the mistakes of Modern, likely because its been handled more progressively than Modern. The aggressive bans cleared… Read more

Locking with Narset in Pioneer

Locking with Narset in Pioneer

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Now that we’re two months into the Pioneer format, things have settled down just enough to sort through the debris left from its numerous initial bans. With all the Oko,… Read more

All Things Azorius in Pioneer

All Things Azorius in Pioneer

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When Pioneer was first announced, I was extremely excited to cast off of . I almost immediately started working on an Esper Control deck because I knew that and were… Read more

The Philosophy & Transcendence of Azorius Control

The Philosophy & Transcendence of Azorius Control

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The UW Control archetype is generally designed to drown opponents in card advantage, answer threats one-for-one via counters and removals, stabilize the board with sweepers, disrupt mana bases, force concession… Read more

Modern Meta-Call #152: Modern Control and Horizons Previews (Feat. Francesco Neo Amati)

Modern Meta-Call #152: Modern Control and Horizons Previews (Feat. Francesco Neo Amati)

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https://www.cardknocklife.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/CKL-152.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSSubscribe to Modern Meta-Call iTunes Feed This week, Corey and Darrel welcome Francesco Neo Amati back on the cast to talk… Read more

A Look Into Blue-Based Control in Standard with Ravnica Allegiance

A Look Into Blue-Based Control in Standard with Ravnica Allegiance

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Jeskai, Esper, or Grixis? Welcome to Ravnica Allegiance Standard, where the mana is perfect and the colors don’t matter! Control decks got a lot of new tools to work with… Read more

The Evolution of BennyHillz UW Control

The Evolution of BennyHillz UW Control

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Before ’s debut in Modern, BennyHillz dominated the UW Control scene with a UW Control deck that would become a new standard for the archetype, known for its versatile proactive… Read more

UW Tron Primer: A Fresh Twist on an Old Favorite

UW Tron Primer: A Fresh Twist on an Old Favorite

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Yo! It’s Darrel, seemingly back from the dead (when it comes to writing for the website). It has been a while since I have had some time to write a… Read more

CKL Plays (Modern) Esper Control

CKL Plays (Modern) Esper Control

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I recently posted a write-up of my Esper Control list after a 9th place finish at the SCG Classic in Milwaukee.  I haven’t had an opportunity to take the deck… Read more

UW Control with Aggroathlet (2nd Place @ MTGO PTQ)

UW Control with Aggroathlet (2nd Place @ MTGO PTQ)

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My name is Maximilian Baier (Aggroathlet on MTGO) and I recently placed second in the MTGO PTQ with my version of UW Control.  I’ve played Modern since 2014 and would consider… Read more