Challenging Common Wisdom

Posted in Feature on June 17, 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.

AAzorius Charm, Supreme Verdict, Sphinx's Revelation, Detention Sphere. Those have been the pillars of white-blue-based control decks for the entirety of their existence in Standard. If you want to play White-Blue Control, with or without a splash, don't leave home without those cards.

Apparently, Jim Davis didn't get the memo. Jim built a deck without format staple Detention Sphere or its Journey into Nyx cousin, Banishing Light. The reason for this is twofold. First, with all three sets of Theros block in Standard, enchantments are at an all-time high. This means that enchantment removal is also more prevalent, and Detention Sphere is not the permanent removal spell it once was. You can see the increased amount of enchantment removal in a main-deck Deicide.

The other major reason Jim cut Detention Sphere is that he wanted to play Planar Cleansing. Planar Cleansing would destroy any Detention Spheres in play, unlocking the permanents that he wanted to remove in the first place! Another powerful card that is enabled by removing Detention Sphere is Renounce the Guilds. Many of Standard's strongest permanents are multicolored, including Blood Baron of Vizkopa, Reaper of the Wilds, and a variety of Planeswalkers.

Sometimes, challenging common wisdom can have its rewards!

Jim Davis's White-Blue Control

Latest Feature Articles

FEATURE

The Artists of Magic: Winona Nelson by, Nicholas Wolfram

Where Fantasy Becomes Reality Winona Nelson's art has been with Magic for over six years now, and on behalf of the community at large, I can say we're very grateful for that. She has dem...

Learn More

Articles

Articles

Feature Archive

Consult the archives for more articles!

See All

We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience. By clicking any link on this page or by clicking Yes, you are giving your consent for us to set cookies. (Learn more about cookies)

No, I want to find out more