Deck Tech: BUG Control with Nicholas Spagnolo
Similarly, Dread+of+Night is a monster sideboard card that crushes popular sectors of the format for just one black mana, shutting off spirit tokens, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Mother+of+Runes, Aven+Mindcensor, Mirror+Entity, and even narrower guys like Flickerwisp and Mangara of Corondor, Soul+Warden, Nomads en-Kor and Martyr+of+Sands. Nicholas credits his friend Brainstorm and Ponder along with a thick suite of removal and counterspells to keep the opponent in check. Nicholas switched from the Crucible+of+Worlds he was playing to the “just better” Life+from+the+Loam, and it has worked wonders so far, allowing him to break the parity on Liliana+of+the+Veil and force the opponent into a very tough spot between losing a card or a creature every turn while Wasteland does a number on their manabase. Creeping+Tar+Pit and Mishra’s Factory also provide Nicholas with a solid threat that he can recur in an attrition war or if they get caught by a removal spell.
The deck even has a use for the dredge abilities of Life+from+the+Loam and Darkblast, allowing Nicholas to find his sideboard Raven’s Crime for further decimation of the opponent’s hand. It seems to truly have game against everything and Nick is proving that it’s a force to be reckoned with as he tears through day one of the Invitational, though he admits that he might want to change the Pernicious+Deeds to Damnation and some one-mana removal, and you may want to try those changes at the next Legacy Open, which will be in Des Moines, Iowa on April 8th.