Rhystic Study: Grand Arbiter Augustin IV

by Prophet of Kruphix on 16 November 2016, Wednesday

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Rhystic Study: Grand Arbiter Augustin IV

Grand Arbiter Augustin IV


Greetings, chosen one... Welcome to the 25th column of "Rhystic Study"!

Today's theme is all about control. White-Blue Control. That's because Grand Arbiter Augustic IV will be out build-around Commander today. It's been reprinted in Modern Masters, which makes it easy to find!

Aside from him having a rather annoying ability himself, we also want to maximize it's ability and tie up our opponent's mana. Today, let's explore how we can build a dedicated control deck that can stand up well in multiplayer games!




Building Blocks #1: Taxation


Grand Arbiter Augustin IV has an ability that makes all your White and Blue cards cheaper, while making everyone else's spells more expensive. To make it even more taxing for them to progress the board or to attack you, here are some of the deterrents to slow them down.


Propaganda Rhystic Study Ghostly Prison Spelltithe Enforcer Aura of Silence Thalia, Heretic Cathar Sphere of Safety Norn's Annex Monastery Siege


The beauty of these cards are that they all delay your opponent in some way or another. Every turn that you survive to the late game means that you become more and more powerful.




Building Blocks #2: Board Sweepers


When things are getting out of hand, you have at your disposal a lot of board sweepers. There is nothing more frustrating (for your opponent) to have spent so much time and effort to build up a force, only to have you destroy them in one fell swoop!


Wrath of God Supreme Verdict Terminus Day of Judgment Hallowed Burial Fumigate




Building Blocks #3: Planeswalkers


Since it is so difficult to attack you, Planeswalkers are a good route to secure victory. The reason why Planeswalkers are good in this deck is because they're cheaper to cast with the help of Grand Arbiter Augustin IV. This means that you can protect your Planeswalker more effectively than usual.


What are some good choices for good Planeswalkers?


Venser, the Sojourner Tamiyo, the Moon Sage Narset Transcendent

Jace, the Mind Sculptor Jace, Unraveler of Secrets

Elspeth, Sun's Champion Tezzeret the Seeker Elspeth, Knight-Errant




Building Blocks #4: Cheap Interaction


In order to protect your Planeswalkers on the same turn you cast them, you will also appreciate some cheap and mana-efficient methods to back them up. This is why we want a lot of low-costed cards in the deck as well.


Counterspell Mana Drain NegatePath to Exile Swords to Plowshares Condemn


Remember, some of the cards also receive a discount if you have your Commander in play!




Building Blocks #5: The Other Awesome Azorius Cards


Basically, the goal is to prolong the game such that you destroy the whole board with a sweeper and then take control of the game with a large "business" spell, as well as a lot of cards in your hand, plus a win condition such as a Planeswalker on the board.


Here are some other cool cards that are great with your game plan!


Cloudblazer Drogskol Reaver Dragonlord Ojutai Sphinx's Revelation Consecrated Sphinx Luminarch Ascension




The Final Product!


You can continue to make the deck even more mana efficient by shaving some of the high-costed cards into low-costed or free cards such as Misdirection or Commandeer. In addition, you can also play more X spells such as Blue Sun's Zenith or White Sun's Zenith to serve as win conditions. You can also cut some Planeswalkers if you think they are too clunky. Whatever it is, Azorius is an awesome color for the control freak!

I hope you enjoy the following deck!


Rhystic Study: Grand Arbiter Augustin IV (Commander - Others)

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