Deck Tech: Black-White Control with Tsubasa Seki
Tsubasa Seki is rocking a homemade B/W Control Deck.
This Standard season has seen a ton of innovation in its multitude of interesting, effective decks, but we haven't seen a deck utilizing Inquisitor+Exarch do well until now. Yokohama, Japan native Tsubasa Seki cooked up a brilliant black-white control deck to continue his love for board control decks, eschewing the blue that many players stretch their mana for in order to utilize the efficient role-player.
In reality this is a Mimic+Vat control deck, packing a suite of creatures that are effective under the imprinting artifact, along with a never-ending string of boats and removal. Tragic+Slip, Go for the Throat, Mortarpod, Ratchet Bomb and Day+of+Judgment all combine to fuel the dangerous artifact, while Liliana+of+the+Veil and Sorin%2C+Lord+of+Innistrad take advantage of the clear board. If anything goes wrong, Sun+Titan can piece things back together, reconstructing lost Mimic+Vats (or anything else) to put the hurt back on the opponent.
Seki also found a way to fit a slim reanimation package into his list, letting him capitalize on Liliana+of+the+Veil's discard ability, or just to rebuy a bomb in the late game. Mortarpod also plays a key role in the deck, and Vault+of+Whispers turns the living weapon into a deathtouching, lifelinking machine gun while turning on Mimic+Vat.
The huge suite of removal, lifegain and game-ending monsters gives Seki's deck a natural advantage against anything aggressive while Mimic Vat puts the popular blue-black control decks in a real bind, making it a lose-lose proposition to kill any of the creatures. Even the little Inquisitor Exarch fills a great role as a beater that can end a game very quickly if Mimic Vat eats it (or prolong a game the same way).
It's truly an interesting deck that utilizes a ton of powerful cards, and Seki did well in the Standard Open with the prototype. Do you think it has what it takes to break through? Try it out and let us know!
- 3 Solemn Simulacrum
- 3 Blade Splicer
- 1 Geist-Honored Monk
- 1 Grave Titan
- 3 Inquisitor Exarch
- 2 Sun Titan
- 1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite