Temur Control is a Force to Be Reckoned With
Temur Control is a Standard deck that some players don’t consider to be tier one, but it has been putting up really strong results lately and pushing up in popularity. Since the New Capenna Championship where the deck broke out it has remained a fixture in the format, on the back of strong Izzet based interactive cards, and the powerful top end that is Titan of Industry. We are going to be looking at the list that won the latest GGtoor event in the hands of “lilium.” https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/4908895#paper
This deck doesn’t ramp quickly, but it doesn’t need to. In the early game cards like Voltage Surge and Fading Hope can keep opposing creatures in check. Once you get to turn three, Fable of the Mirror-Breaker is of course present here, as well as Kolaghan’s Command, and if you are able to generate some extra treasures it’s going to be very helpful. Once Goldspan Dragon enters the battlefield this deck can start to really take over a game.
Ideally you have some treasures in play in order to cast Titan of Industry. If you have to wait until turn seven, there will be times where you don’t naturally have three green mana. This deck wants to be playing its Pathways on blue and red early in the game, as the green mana isn’t necessary until you want to cast Titan of Industry. There are also three copies of Koma, Cosmos Serpent in the sideboard, though if you bring those in it will normally mean taking out some Titan of Industry.
This deck is similar in many ways to Jeskai Hinata, and some of the other flavors of Izzet in the format. You don’t need to put many win conditions in the deck. Cards like Jwari Disruption are perfect, as hitting land drops or having the option to stop an early play is exactly what the deck wants access to. While the deck already has access to Expressive Iteration, it can sideboard in Reckoner Bankbuster for slower matchups. Fading Hope for instance is a card you will want to cut against decks without a lot of creatures.
Torch Breath is interestingly a way to get Koma, Cosmos Serpent off the board, as that is a card that players should have an answer to especially in open decklist tournaments. This is because you will have perfect information in terms of the times where Torch Breath is going to be useful. For players who haven’t played a ton of Standard and are choosing what to play, I actually would recommend this deck over any of the other Izzet decks in the format. It plays out in a very straightforward way, because of the ramp element, and taking over the game with a single big creature.
Titan of Industry can be copied by Fable of the Mirror-Breaker as a way to really end the game quickly. The best way to attack Temur Control is by countering the big threats, but after sideboard cards like Reckoner Bankbuster and Koma, Cosmos Serpent mean that this deck doesn’t need to worry as much about countermagic. There actually aren’t many holes in the Temur Control deck, which is why we should expect to see a lot more of it moving forward.
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