Infinity Angels

Posted in Feature on May 21, 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.

You sit down to play at a Grand Prix Minneapolis, and your opponent is none other than then-reigning Pro Tour Champion Shaun McLaren. You have him pegged as playing the same deck he won the Pro Tour with, a Red-White-Blue Control deck featuring lots of removal and card drawing. An Electrolyze here, a Lightning Bolt there, a Snapcaster Mage everywhere, and you've got Shaun figured out. You've tested this matchup, and you know how you're going to defeat a Pro Tour Champion.

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker

"At the end of your turn, Restoration Angel."

Interesting. Shaun didn't play Restoration Angel at Pro Tour Born of the Gods! This is a pretty reasonable card to play, and you'll have to be on your toes for the rest of the match.

"Untap, draw, play Kiki-Jiki, copy Restoration Angel, blink Kiki-Jiki."

Oh no, you've been had.

Don't worry, you're not alone. Shaun defeated many players in this way on his way to a semifinals appearance at Grand Prix Minneapolis. Adding a combo element into his control deck gave his potent Pro Tour–winning deck a new dimension and kept his opponents on their toes all tournament long.

Shaun McLaren's Red-White-Blue Kiki Control

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