Abzan Midrange/Control at the World Championship

Posted in Daily Deck on January 16, 2015

By Shuhei Nakamura

Shuhei Nakamura is a member of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame, former Player of the Year, and is one of just six players with more than 400 lifetime pro points.

It was the third game of the last round. There was a continuous exchange of sharp plays, a seesaw game swaying back and forth between tempo and card advantage, game plans reconsidered over and over as the initiative switched. It finally ended with Chapin unleashing Duneblast to end the game in his favor, only to be blown out by Nissa, Worldwaker off the top.

Personally, this is my favorite bout from Worlds Week. Although falling slightly short of Sunday after such a dramatic victory, Shaun McLaren's Abzan Midrange deck is my final deck of this week.

Actually, I would call this deck Abzan Control, rather than Midrange.

The Jeskai deck he brought to Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir was controlish, but this time there is no doubt.

For example, Wingmate Roc is replaced by Read the Bones, almost shedding all "attackers" from the deck.

The mana base also reflects this with additional scry lands over Sandsteppe Citadel. The title "midrange" seems incorrect since card quantity is valued over early mana.

This deck reminds me of Jund Control two seasons ago.

Change Farseek to Sylvan Caryatid, Huntmaster of the Fells to Siege Rhino and you might see what I mean.

Shaun McLaren's Abzan Midrange/Control

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