Cut the Epiphany and Just Play Alchemy UR Control Instead!


Alchemy Izzet Control by ThisIsWonderful



UR Control in Standard only exists in combination with Alrund’s Epiphany, but in Alchemy, with Alrund’s Epiphany being nerfed, you can explore other routes. That’s exactly what Max Dore did, who Top 8’d the DotGG event with Izzet Control without any Alrund’s Epiphany!

Galvanic Iteration and Unexpected Windfall still make up for an incredible pair, allowing this deck to skyrocket from six to 11 mana.

I recently wrote a Deep Dive about the Alchemy format and highlighted my Izzet version, which included Geistchanneler and Alrund’s Epiphany, whereas Max’s list is just a pure and simple control deck.

You want to keep the board state in check with Fading Hope, Divide by Zero, Abrade and Burn Down the House, have card advantage engines with Discover the Formula and Key to the Archive and finally, use Lier, Disciple of the Drowned to take over the game.

A card that Max plays that I haven’t seen in Standard or Alchemy yet is Magma Opus. While it’s widely played in Historic in combination with Mizzix’s Mastery or Torrential Gearhulk, it’s pretty scary to play in a format where you can’t cheat it into play for cheaper than eight mana. However, in this deck, between Key to the Archive and Unexpected Windfall, you’re able to get a ton of mana and gain all the card advantage from it.


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