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Why The Brothers’ War May Make Control Good In Standard Again

Miss playing Control in Standard? So does Chris Botelho, but you may not have to miss it for long! Chris goes over what Control has been missing in Standard, what it needs, and how The Brothers War may make Control viable again!

Standard is in a very unusual equilibrium - Midrange is everywhere and everything. As per the traditional metagame equilibrium triangle theory, that should mean that Standard is ripe for a control deck to come along and go over the top of all of the midrange decks with its superior late game potential. Yet we’re at the tail end of Dominaria United Standard looking into a future with The Brothers' War and that never came to pass: Why?

To answer that question, we have to dig a bit into what it means for a deck to be a “Control” deck in the se...


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Chris Botelho
Chris Botelho

Professional Magic: The Gathering Player, 2022 Magic Pro League Member, Jank aficionado.
On a quest to become good at this game, even if that means making every mistake possible to get there.
Most of all: I'm hoping that helps you get better with me.

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