I’ve got 4 words for you, which are among the most exciting in Magic with the release of Eldritch Moon:
Meld is here and its presence on the battlefield is outstanding.
BW Control was a popular deck among top players before Eldritch Moon. It’s a Languish deck at its core, relying on removal spells and board control to stay at a high enough life total before powerful planeswalkers can win the game.
Languish is the premier piece of interaction, but it’s far from alone. Grasp of Darkness and Ultimate Price are great removal spells at trading up. Ruinous Path can kill a creature, a problematic planeswalker, and even threaten to win the game from time to time. Anguished Unmaking comes at a cost, but the power level is very high.
Most versions of BW Control would focus on planeswalkers to do the dirty work, with creatures in the sideboard, to turn off opposing removal spells in game 1. This version still utilizes awesome planeswalkers.
Sorin, Grim Nemesis is the big finisher, coming down to gain life and card advantage. Ob Nixilis Reignited plays a similar role, taking down a creature before starting to rack up cards. Both are really nice due to their high casting cost in a world where Spell Queller is everywhere!
Liliana, the Last Hope is a new planeswalker that does a ton of work in control decks. Her +1 is similar to using the plus ability on a Jace, Telepath Unbound, while also killing the smallest creatures. With it, you force your opponent to overcommit right into your Languishes.
This version does not go creatureless, however. Far from it. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet was a common sideboard card in the deck, but with other creatures helping to draw removal spells, it slots right into the main. It can also be searched out, thanks to its legendary status and this new card from Eldritch Moon:
Thalia’s Lancers stats as a 4/4 first strike for 5 aren’t above the curve, but they’re solid. The ability to tutor up a monster threat is what earns the Lancers a slot as a Standard playable.
Where the Lancers really shines is in assembling the combo I outlined earlier. Gisela, the Broken Blade is already a strong threat as a mini-Baneslayer Angel. It comes down a turn earlier and threatens to dominate the game. In conjunction with Bruna, the Fading Light, you get a nearly unbeatable melded threat. The fact that they work so well together is amazing. Bruna can get Gisela out of the graveyard to set up the combo before your opponent can deal with it using any sort of sorcery-speed removal. The fact that Ruinous Paths and Reflector Mages can’t get through after the meld is an amazing bonus. A single Thalia’s Lancers can set up everything as it can search up Bruna, Bruna can return the Lancers once your opponent deals with it, and the Lancers will trigger again to go get Gisela!