Angel Esper

Posted in Feature on April 27, 2012

By Gavin Verhey

When Gavin Verhey was eleven, he dreamt of a job making Magic cards—and now as a Magic designer, he's living his dream! Gavin has been writing about Magic since 2005.

The Avacyn Restored Prerelease is happening this weekend, and Magic pro Luis Scott-Vargas, already locked in for Platinum, is as excited as anybody for the new set! When not crafting the number of puns he's going to entreat upon people with this new set, he's been busy working on new decks—like this three-color control deck!

The deck sets up with traditional control elements, filtering its draws with Think Twice and removing creatures with Mana Leak or Doom Blade. Day of Judgment and Curse of Death's Hold serve their usual roles by buying you time. But once this deck enters the midgame, it begins to play differently than most control decks.

Using the miracle Entreat the Angels as a finisher, Luis's deck can treat the opponent to fighting off a flight of Angels in the midgame. Lingering Souls clogs up the air even further, providing blockers or attackers as necessary. Sorin and Gideon also serve as even more ways to move from control to aggression, threatening the opponent with damage.

Luis also goes over the moon for Tamiyo, which is a perfect fit for this deck. Not only can she lock down any opposing threats, but her -2 can target yourself—an excellent engine with Lingering Souls. If the game goes long, she can build up to her ultimate and make the game nearly unloseable!

Which of your decks will you update using Avacyn Restored cards? Check out Luis's article on this deck for more thoughts on this deck and head out to an Avacyn Restored Prerelease this weekend to come up with some ideas of your own!

Luis Scott-Vargas's Esper Control

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