Blue is Back in Standard: LSV’s 1st Place UWR Control Deck
January 5, 2010 | Posted by Dee
Looks like blue is back in Standard.
Grixis Control posted some high finishes in December and last weekend LSV won the SGC $5k Standard Open in Los Angeles with the following Blue/White/Red Control deck.
UWR Control Shows Up Again
Many players tried to build UWR Control when Zendikar first came out but the initial lists were not very good and soon the deck lost popularity. LSV’s list looks somewhat similar to those early lists but he made some crucial changes to make the deck much better.
Flashfreeze was overlooked but it’s the best counterspell in Standard. It’s awesome against Jund and there are many other decks that play a lot of red or green cards.
It took a while for Spreading Seas to become a popular sideboard card against Jund. LSV just took the next step and moved it to the maindeck since Jund is such a big part of the metagame.
Earthquake is another sleeper card. Most people were playing Day of Judgment but you don’t want to kill your Walls and Sphinxes. Earthquake is also better because it can kill planeswalkers.
LSV cut down Path to Exile to only two copies. Path is still great but it can be subpar early in the game. You don’t want to ramp up your opponent’s mana since most decks have powerful expensive spells.
Divination seems pretty bad, but in a world of Blightnings, it’s often better than Jace.
Finally, LSV cut Sphinx of Lost Truths and moved Baneslayer to the board. This move gives you a big advantage in game one versus Jund. All your creatures maindeck have shroud so you blank Jund’s removal.
For more information about LSV’s deck, check out his latest article. It includes a tournament report and sideboard plans.