Azorius-based control is one of the oldest archetypes in Modern. Like all Modern decks, its fortunes have waxed and waned over the years, and yet it’s always been there in one form or another. Today, Azorius Control is quite strong. However, adding a splash of black to make Modern Esper Control is arguably even stronger. And if there’s one card from Modern Horizons 2 that we know for sure is going to be strong, it’s Counterspell. I’ll first go over what Esper Control looks like today, and then I’ll speculate on what it might look like with the release of Modern Horizons 2.