Deck Guide of the Day: Grixis Control

Everybody thought Control Decks in Modern were dead. This weekend Corey Burkhart prove us wrong reaching the final with his trusted Grixis Control Deck.

Snapcaster Mage mostly provides incredible value. In conjunction with any other cheap spells, the Mage represents at least a 2-for-1. Sometimes the flashbacked spell offers its own 2-for-1, making the value such an incredibly high amount that scientists would be unable to calculate how far ahead you are. It also can  ambushes creatures and attacks for 2 and that is what makes it a well-rounded card. Tasigur, the Golden Fang is super good in this deck for the fact that you can cast him for real cheap. And when I say real cheap I mean only one Black mana. That’s why Tasigur is in here, a 4/5 beater that costs just one mana.


Cheap counters like Spell Snare and Countersquall are what you need to answer different threats. Lightning Bolt is already such an efficient removal spell, but Bolt, Snap-Bolt alone represents 6 damage to your opponent face.


Serum Visions is a prominent player in Modern as a way to dig deeper into your deck and make sure your draws stay consistent. Ancestral Vision is a powerhouse that was worthy of being banned for much of its existence. Having an extra mana laying around to suspend it is generally trivial, but the 3 cards you draw are anything but. Thought Scour helps you fill the graveyard and dig deeper through your deck.


Kolaghan’s Command and Cryptic Command are pure value in this deck, always providing you a 2-for-1 effect. In conjunction with Snapcaster you are generating a real amount of value that should put you ahead in the game. Engineered Explosives is a great catch all removal spell for problematic permanents.


Here’s the full list:

Creature (7):

4 Snapcaster Mage
3 Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Spells (31):

4 Ancestral Vision
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Serum Visions
2 Spell Snare
4 Thought Scour
2 Countersquall
3 Terminate
3 Kolaghan’s Command
4 Cryptic Command
1 Engineered Explosives

Lands (22):

1 Blood Crypt
2 Creeping Tar Pit
3 Island
1 Mountain
4 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Spirebluff Canal
2 Steam Vents
1 Sulfur Falls
1 Swamp
2 Watery Grave

Sideboard (15):

2 Anger of the Gods
1 Damnation
2 Dispel
1 Engineered Explosives
3 Fulminator Mage
1 Izzet Staticaster
2 Sun Droplet
3 Surgical Extraction

Grixis Control is a good deck in the right meta because you’re plying a deck that it’s essential a metagame call. In fact the answers, typical of a control deck, that you put in are solely based on the decks you are expecting to face. This is a really good deck if tuned right, so expect to see it a lot more in Modern tournaments.

Thanks Everybody for reading,




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