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Behold Xanathar, Standard Dimir Control Overlord!

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Alrund's Epiphany this.

Esika's Chariot that.

Look me in the eye and tell me that's all you can do in Standard!

Xanathar, Guild Kingpin
Lier, Disciple of the Drowned

There's a new control deck in town and it's of the much more classic variety, utilizing two extremely powerful creatures in Lier, Disciple of the Drowned and Xanathar, Guild Kingpin. Both cards present an extreme amount of card advantage if you are able to untap with them, which is exactly what this deck is set to do. Furthermore, being creatures helps to insulate them against all the cards meant to prey on Alrund's Epiphany like Test of Talents, Duress, Negate, and Malevolent Hermit // Benevolent Geist.

Duress
Power Word Kill
Divide by Zero

Kill stuff, strip your opponent's hand, kill more stuff, and land a bomb.

Just good old-fashioned Magic!

Time Stamps:

00:03:34 - Match 1

00:20:10 - Match 2

00:40:44 - Match 3

01:04:25 - Match 4


Like any good control deck, the deck can be tailored to adapt to whatever metagame you're expecting.

Shadows' Verdict
Malevolent Hermit // Benevolent Geist
Graveyard Trespasser // Graveyard Glutton

This particular list is definitely skewed towards beating the aggressive decks, with Mono-Green Aggro as the number one target. We saw this in the games in the video, as you've got to turn to a very impressive sideboard when it's time to beat the combo and control decks in all of your awesome creatures, with Graveyard Trespasser // Graveyard Glutton being the biggest standout.

If you like control decks, as well as win conditions that really make your opponent slump into their chair, then behold!

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