Arena Standard - Turbo Fog Mill Control Standard

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Control Combo

This deck is a rehash of throwback Turbo Fog Mill decks, but at a competitive level requiring some advanced strategy playing skills (similar to numerous Turbo Fog Mills placed in top ranks in former SCG Championship games). It's extremely fun when you establish control, and the payoff is very satisfying for control freaks. The premise is to not have many creatures, which nullifies the opponent's removal spells (giving you indirect card advantage), and you use fogs to buy time (almost like extra turns) while you setup your control and eventually mill the opponent to death. Your key to victory is primarily comprised of:

{{Root Snare}} {{Pause for Reflection}}

{{Wilderness Reclamation}} {{Teferi, Time Raveler}} {{Jace, Wielder of Mysteries}}

General Strategy
Early to mid range survival is key to winning. You need to buy enough time for your setup. Don't blow your [[Root Snare]] and [[Pause for Reflection]] early, take small early damage, and wait until you have strategic critical mass to use your fogs. [[Gift of Paradise]] will not only give you mana fix and increase, but also buy you some time with a bit more life. Once you can get [[Wilderness Reclamation]] on the board, lock down the board with [[Teferi, Time Raveler]] to prevent surprise enemy instants and counterspells, and enable the ability to cast [[Fae of Wishes]] and other sorceries at instant speed. Make sure you have an extra fog or two to protect your planeswalkers, or otherwise a [[Time Wipe]]. [[Once and Future]] can help sustain your lifespan by extending your fogs and board sweeps from your graveyard (or things you destroyed with [[Planar Cleansing]]). [[Fae of Wishes]] is there to get you specific tools you need in a crunch from your sideboard -- it's almost like a 15-option multi-tool. Your sideboard IS part of your main deck here -- use it. Bounce [[Fae of Wishes]] back with extra cards you draw but don't need, or use the [[Time Wipe]] to do it. Your win condition is [[Jace, Wielder of Mysteries]] and [[Folio of Fancies]], and occasionally [[Finale of Glory]]. Remember you are milling your opponent, not yourself, but if you have Jace out you can let your library run out for victory as well.


  • There are lots of versatile options in this deck, and so timing and proper reaction to threats on the board may take some practice.
  • Once control is established, you can pair [[Fae of Wishes]] and [[Folio of Fancies]] in your sideboard to force drawing if your opponent's library is running low, and chuck drawn cards to [[Fae of Wishes]] to reuse it.
  • Don't be afraid to fetch for key spells when in need (e.g., [[Dovin's Veto]]) with [[Fae of Wishes]] as you can reuse those spells later with instant-speed [[Once and Future]].
  • You generally want to try to get [[Wilderness Reclamation]] and [[Teferi, Time Raveler]] out as soon as possible so you can cast sorceries, especially [[Fae of Wishes]], at instant speed. [[Jace, Wielder of Mysteries]] is also important for card advantage to replenish your fogs. This is especially a priority once you have the extra mana to protect your planeswalkers with [[Root Snare]] or [[Pause for Reflection]]
  • [[Single Combat]] is useful against indestructible situations (e.g., Nissa lands).
  • [[The Wanderer]] is useful against heavy upkeep based damage, such as Chandra's emblems.

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Yes, control decks are the biggest weakness. It holds up the questing beast and cat oven just fine. For cats, trick is to keep fogging until you can Ashiok away the graveyard.
It's a very specific deck, it has a good chance against most creature decks, but will fall flat against other control decks, questing beast and cat oven decks.
Last Updated: 16 Jan 2020
Created: 15 Jan 2020
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Mainboard - 60 cards (22 distinct)

Creature (4)
Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (24)
Land (25)
Planeswalker (7)

Sideboard - 15 cards (15 distinct)


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