Guillaume Wafo-Tapa, Hall of Famer

Posted in Daily Deck on August 14, 2014

By Adam Prosak

From Friday Night Magic to the Pro Tour, Adam Prosak loves all types of tournament Magic. Currently, Adam is working in R&D as a developer.

If you enjoy playing games that last until turn thirty, you would do well to study the ways of Guillaume Wafo-Tapa. Long before Guillaume was known as a world-class professional, the French player was known as a world-class deck builder. The unique thing about Guillaume was that he was always building and playing control decks. In nearly every event Guillaume played in, he played a blue-based control deck that seemed to have answers for everything. Guillaume tuned and practiced his decks so much that he was likely to win even when his opponents know what he was playing.

At the 2010 World Championships in Chiba, Japan, Guillaume's strategy was in full force. Based on the power of Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Grave Titan, Blue-Black Control was one of the strongest decks and nearly every player built their decks to combat the powerful control deck. Guillaume knew this, and adjusted his deck to have answers to any possible situation. Spreading Seas and Tectonic Edge helped keep opposing mana bases, including powerful lands such as Creeping Tar Pit, in check. Duress allowed Guillaume to preempt opposing Jaces, while Memoricide took the Titans out of opposing decks. Guillaume made the finals of the World Championships, only losing to his friend Guillaume Matignon playing a nearly identical decklist as Guillaume Wafo-Tapa's.

Guillaume Wafo-Tapa's Blue-Black Control

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