Ixalan Brews, pt. 9 – Looking for Orazca

Back in the day, a long, long time ago, [card]Icy Manipulator[/card] was a great card, because you could use it to force an opponent to play more than one threat, so you could gain value from [card]Wrath of God[/card]. These days the ole Icy is long gone, but we do have [card]Gideon of the Trials[/card] and now [card]Thaumatic Compass[/card].

You still need to get over the initial hump, which might not be easy, because the amount of efficient removal seems to be at a local minimum. We might even have to think about using cards such as [card]Compulsory Rest[/card] or [card]Impeccaple Timing[/card]. Not really something you would like to do, but there we are. There is [card]Skywhaler’s Shot[/card] and [card]Cast Out[/card], but they are pretty expensive. Ixalan has [card]Slash of Talons[/card], which might be fairly strong in a meta full of Monored (which might be the situation where we end up, because dealing with [card]Hazoret, the Fervent[/card] seems pretty difficult without [card]Stasis Snare[/card] or [card]Grasp of Darkness[/card]).

On the other hand, maybe our control deck should be white-red instead of white-blue, as is the norm. Then we would have access to other good removal.

4 Gideon of the Trials
4 Thaumatic Compass
4 Fumigate
2 Hour of Devastation
4 Magma Spray
4 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
4 Abrade
4 Lightning Strike
4 Cast Out
4 Inspiring Vantage
4 Stone Quarry
9 Plains
9 Mountain

The matchup against blue-based control decks is pretty bad, but otherwise, I don’t really know.

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