You might have seen Gerry Thompson almost lose to this particular Pauper standout. Unfortunately, depending on whom you’re rooting for, Gerry was able to blow up all his lands, but that doesn’t mean that Yawgz’s Grixis Control deck isn’t awesome.
Very few formats in Magic allow the powerful artifact lands from Mirrodin, but this deck is all about it. In addition to using Thoughtcast and Kuldotha Rebirth, metalcraft is a major presence in this deck, topping out with the underused Bleak Coven Vampires in addition to the removal and reach of Galvanic Blast.
Any incidental damage from this Grixis Control deck is incredibly dangerous as it can culminate in a quick burn-out finish with its variety of direct damage elements.
While there are a variety of incidental artifact-matters themes in this deck, there are still a bunch of generically powerful cards present in this strategy. Mulldrifter, Firebolt, and Chainer’s Edict are all some of the best two-for-one cards in the format, and you haven’t lived until you’ve Excluded one of your opponent’s creatures.
The sideboard here features the usual suspects for an Izzet concoction. Pyroblast and Hydroblast are staples of the format – some of the most efficient answers to their respective permanents. Gorilla Shaman is not only an excellent answer to Affinity and the various incidental artifacts that folks are used to playing, but it would be a great tool for the mirror!
If you like playing competitive control decks in a diverse and interesting format on the cheap, this is the deck for you.