Beat Standard’s Tough Threats with Izzet Control! MTG Deck Guide

All the difficult threats in Standard succumb to one thing: counterspells. It doesn’t matter if it’s Fable of the Mirror-Breaker, Sheoldred, the Apocalypse or Invoke Despair – against a counterspell, they’re all equal. The purest control – Izzet Draw-Go Control – is back and better than ever. Today, I’ll illustrate why I like Izzet over other control shells, how to play the deck and provide you as always with my sideboarding advice. 

As a deck builder and competitive player, my drive is sparked by the idea of finding the best deck in any given metagame. I’ve tried a ton of different decks in this format, especially control decks. I’ve played Azorius, Jeskai, Dimir, Esper, Temur and Izzet Control. Some of them are better than others and they each have their own advantages and disadvantages. What makes Izzet shine compared to the others? 



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With the adoption of more and more Make Disappear over the course of the latest Standard results, clunky and expensive spells become worse. Powerful finishers like Titan of Industry out of Temur or Sanctuary Warden out of Azorius can look outright embarrassing against the cheap counterspell. Esper and Grixis are looking right now to be the most played and most successful decks in the format. How do you tackle the fact that they can deal with your win-cons in such an efficient way?

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3 thoughts on “Beat Standard’s Tough Threats with Izzet Control! MTG Deck Guide”

  1. György Szabolcs

    Ok, I’ll bite. Why no Jaya? The deck seems to be an ideal home for her prowess tokens. What am I missing?

  2. Arne Huschenbeth

    I am not a fan of expensive sorcery speed cards in my Draw-Go Control Decks. Jaya could be a fine sideboard option, but I don’t really see any matchup where I would want her.

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