Jun
07

Deck Feature: Golgari Control

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Magic Online has been the field of predicting future decks on various formats. We all noticed in the past that before the deck hit in a major tournament, it has been doing an excellent performance on the online Daily events.

One of the decks that was doing well but I think is still categorized under the Tier 2 level was the Golgari Control. It got into the top 8 of one of the SCG Open and I think it is still a potential archetype if you don’t want to go into the traditional Jund Midrange approach.

Here is a deck list I’ve based on a few decks which made 4-0 online.

Lands
4 Overgrown Tomb
4 Woodland Cemetery
2 Golgari Guildgate
14 Swamp

Creatures
2 Bloodgift Demon
2 Desecration Demon
1 Disciple of Bolas
4 Geralf’s Messenger
4 Thragtusk
2 Vampire Nighthawk

Spells
3 Abrupt Decay
1 Deadbridge Chant
2 Sign in Blood
1 Victim of Night
1 Underworld Connections
3 Mutilate
2 Putrefy
3 Tragic Slip
1 Murder
1 Devour Flesh
2 Garruk Relentless/Garruk, the Veil-Cursed
1 Liliana of the Veil

The singleton removals are for the usual situational purposes. Liliana isn’t that great at the current metagame so I just leave her at one copy as additional removal for hexproof dudes.

Desecration Demon is a pseudo removal and beater but still I cut it down to two copies in favor of Bloodgift Demon. Surely it is also killable (because of the four toughness), but the deck needs to compensate on the card advantage.

Geralf ‘s Messenger is the best three drop of the deck and Vampire Nighthawk gives extra early beater.

Deadbridge Chant is my best option for a late game gas in case the board positioning goes back & forth. I am thinking of including a single Vraska in the main but she might be not that good in a few specific matchups.

Your sideboard plan will usually be against the top decks of the current meta, though I suggest you go more on dealing with Jund and control varieties as well as beating Aristocrats and the latest Immortal Servitude decks. I also prefer to be more generic on my sideboard list to be able to be flexible as possible, like having Duress and Deathrite Shamans.

Thanks for the read and until next post.

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