GP Vancouver Champion
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Local Montreal hero and perennial golden boy Alex ‘Insayne’ Hayne went on to win yet another Grand Prix tournament in what is turning into an illustrious and formidable young career. As you may have already heard that makes three such victories in the past six months. If he keeps this up there’s no telling where he and his team ManaDeprived will soar to this year. And to mention his team Alex had to battle fellow teammate and Montrealer Jon Stern, who has also been making waves on the Pro circuit, in the semifinal in a tough battle spotlighting the talent emerging from ManaDeprived and Montreal alike.
The deck he piloted is a rather straightforward U/W Control shell based around the Return to Ravnica trilogy of Sphinx’s Revelation
, Supreme Verdict
and Detention Sphere
with full set of each of those. For his win conditions Alex chose a singleton Ætherling
to go with a trio of Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
. He was also able to squeeze three Mutavault
in by bringing his land count up to twenty-seven to have the extra reach against other control decks. The permission package is a robust combination of a set of Dissolve
and a trio of Syncopate
to prevent threats from hitting the board. To keep pressure off the board there is a set of Last Breath
which do well to answer a variety of threats big and small. We also have Jace, Architect of Thought
with its ability to either weaken opposing armies or dig for answers which has been a key to many a blue based decks success. The final cog in the machine comes from the versatile Azorius Charm
where a pair of them help to either gain some life in a pinch, bounce a pesky creature to the top of the library or most often as a means to cycle for another card which is hopefully the one you’ve been waiting for.
With the ability to answer so many questions I don’t doubt that this deck is going to show continued success going forward into Born of the Gods Standard. There are a few cards which look interesting with the most important of course being the UW scryland Temple of Enlightenment
. I’m also interested to see if Ephara, God of the Polis
can be work into Elspeth
heavy builds to max out on draw potential. I could also see some possible sideboard options with Glimpse the Sun God
, Fated Retribution
or Revoke Existence
. Only time will tell us what the new look of U/W Control deck is going to be.
In honor of this amazing win by Alex we are offering a 5% discount on all Standard sets this week until Friday Jan. 31st.