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Deck Highlight: Standard Izzet Control

Standard Izzet Control - Michail-Georgios Mitsotakis

MDFCs have allowed control decks to mitigate their biggest weakness: Mana flood.

Spikefield Hazard // Spikefield CaveJwari Disruption // Jwari RuinsSea Gate Restoration // Sea Gate, RebornShatterskull Smashing // Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass

This Izzet control list plays just 16 lands, but with 11 MDFCs it actually runs 27. Spikefield Hazard, Jwari Disruption, Shatterskull Smashing and Sea Gate Restoration are exactly what a control deck wants. Removal, card draw and counter, all available as a land if needed.

Like most control decks right now, Shark Typhoon is the primary win condition, with Teferi, Master of Time to help that along. Bonecrusher Giant is also available for beatdown if things go wrong, but it’s hard to imagine a deck with so much card draw failing to find a Shark Typhoon. You’ve got Mazemind Tome, Frantic Inventory and even Thassa’s Intervention doing double duty as draw or an emergency counterspell.

Zenith Flare

It is a little light on win-cons though, which might be why Jeongwoo Cho opted to splash white for Zenith Flare. This would also open up sweepers and some hard removal, so it’s definitely a deck you can tweak to suit the meta you expect to face.

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