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Deck Highlight: Standard Orzhov Control

This Orzhov Control from Greg Kowalski did pretty well this weekend in the Standard Challenge, which is awesome for a rogue deck.

Standard Orzhov Control

Instead of highlighting some specific cards in this deck, I want to talk about when I believe it could be correct to play a deck like this. Competitively speaking, of course.

I am personally not a fan of cards like Eyetwitch and Shambling Ghast. This a format where you can play decks like Izzet, which have access to busted cards like Goldspan Dragon, Alrund’s Epiphany and Memory Deluge. In addition to that, you have great DFC land options like Jwari Disruption, Shatterskull Smashing and Spikefield Hazard, so you rarely get screwed or flooded. Not to mention having 3 different builds of Izzet to choose from, all of which are playing the absolute best cards in the format with great card options on every slot of the mana curve.

This Orzhov control deck is a rogue deck. It is a deck where your biggest edge comes from your opponent having no clue what you are doing and how to play against you.

I could see choosing this deck for a tournament where your opponent doesn’t get to see your decklist. This means events like the Standard Challenge or the Arena Open. Preferably also a tournament where you expect a lot of creature decks.

I don’t think it would be a great choice for a tournament like the Set Championship, where your opponents see your decklist. You can also expect a much higher level of play, where even if your opponent plays against your deck for the first time, there is a pretty good chance that they will figure out how to play against you on the fly and it is very unlikely they will be just blindly overextending all their creatures into your sweepers.

That said, this is all competitive talk.  If your top priority is not winning as many matches as possible, just enjoy and play this deck!

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