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MTG Deck of the Week: “Esper Control” – Shimmering Death

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Aug 30 2023

Check out the current trending decks in Magic: The Gathering! This week, “Esper Control” plays like Azorius with a faulty TARDIS.

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Our deck of the week is “Esper Control” by Venom1, which is currently trending on TCGPlayer. The deck came in first place during the MTGO Standard Challenge 32 on August 20th.


10 Plains
2 Island
3 Ambitious Farmhand
1 The Celestus
1 Field of Ruin
4 Wedding Announcement
3 The Restoration of Eiganjo
3 Spirited Companion
4 The Wandering Emperor
2 Roadside Reliquary
1 Sanctuary Warden
4 Obscura Storefront
4 Raffine’s Tower
1 Destroy Evil
3 Serra Paragon
1 Adarkar Wastes
4 Lay Down Arms
1 Teferi, Temporal Pilgrim
1 The Eternal Wanderer
1 Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines
3 Ossification
2 Sunfall
1 Invasion of New Phyrexia


2 Negate
4 Disdainful Stroke
2 Farewell
1 Destroy Evil
2 Temporary Lockdown
2 Loran of the Third Path
1 The Eternal Wanderer
1 Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines


Deck Notes

This isn’t really Esper in its truest form (it’s missing the Black control pieces), but it still plays the same. It isn’t quite as “shut you down” as Azorius, but it still maintains a control deck slightly left of center with a sprinkling of draw. The blinking is my favorite part: there are so many ways to dodge board wipes, get extra ETBs, and just be a menace. The Wandering Emperor and Elesh Norn are the stars of the show for sure, but there really aren’t any dead cards. This is a top table deck in the first degree.

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Author: Clint Lienau
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