UB Control at the World Magic Cup

Posted in Daily Deck on January 14, 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.

The World Championship was not the only place for deck development.

Many of the successful nations' UB control decks at the World Magic Cup had been modified from the original version. I assume this was partially because of the restrictions of Team Constructed.

The UB control piloted by Thomas Enevoldsen from the champions, Team Denmark, is a clear example of this.

Shockingly, there are zero creatures in the mainboard. Instead, what you find is four Ashiok, Nightmare Weavers. This Ashiok is the deck's only win condition.

Why was Ashiok chosen? The answer is simple if you list the decks in Standard. Abzan, Jeskai, Mardu, Mono-Green, Mono-Red, etc. All these decks are similar in the sense that they are aggressive decks with many creatures.

To such decks, Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver is a threat that must be dealt with immediately. Ashiok also doubles as a source of protection, preserving UB control's precious life total during the early game.

What if they ignore Ashiok?

Activate Perilous Vault with Ashiok's minus ability on the stack. I'm sure your opponent will soon change his or her mind.

Thomas Enevoldsen's Team Denmark UB Control

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