Arena Standard - Surveil Etrata (Dimir)

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Control Jank
TCGPlayer $136.00
Cardmarket €101.64
Main 60 cards (18 distinct)
Creature (18)
Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (18)
Land (22)
Planeswalker (2)
Side 15 cards (9 distinct)

Simulating MTG Arena Best of 1 starting hand
(Simplified, true algorithm in MTGA not revealed by Wizards yet)

DeckHub DeckHub Twitch Extension

The DeckHub Twitch extension is used by Twitch streamers to display their currently played deck in the video overlay. After a quick install you can select any public deck on AetherHub to be displayed in your overlay, here is how you set it up:

How to install

Open your Aetherhub Profile editor
  • Select "My Account" top right corner, then "Edit Profile". Click the "Copy" button where it says "Twitch Secret"
Install DeckHub Twitch extension on
  • Install DeckHub on Twitch by clicking this link
Configure App
  • After install click the app and select "Configure" put in Aetherhub Username and the Twitch Secret, click "Connect".
  • Make sure the Extension is active! Go back to Extensions, you will see a list of your installed extensions. Set it is set as an Active Component overlay and put it on the far left side and on the top for the best experience. If you only use one extension you can set it as Overlay 1 instead of Component
You are done!
  • Clicking the Twitch button on any public deck will now set it as your current Deck in the extension

First thing we should cover is that this deck is not going to win a lot. 

However the stars may align and one day it may actually win a game for you, it did for me. 

I found that the most effective way to use this deck is to throw [[Etrata, the Silencer]] into the grave then use [[Lazav, the Multifarious]] and [[Spark Double]] plus another Etrata or Spark to get 3 on board in one turn. Then just hope that your opponent doesn't have removal and 3 creatures you can exile and you win.

Other than that the deck isn't that hard to figure out, the surveil mechanic drives the deck to go faster while [[Thought Erasure]] and [[Sinister Sabotage]] gives you some control over the game.

[[Cavalier of Gales]] is a really good card and its ability, combined with surveil, is a really powerful way to fix your hand. [[Dimir Spybug]] and [[Thoughtbound Phantasm]] can tick up really fast and become big mid-game threats. [[Spark Double]] is a versatile card in this deck as it contributes to all 3 win conditions. Those win conditions being Etrata, Jace, or beat down by creatures.

[[Jace, Wielder of Mysteries]] doesn't work amazingly with surveil but it can help in the grind heavy match ups, and it helps toss things in the grave. [[Mission Briefing]] can actually have a decent impact on the game giving you a second use out of a spell, or first use if it was tossed earlier in the game. It also works in tandem with [[Soul Salvage]] to give you the confidence to toss everything into the grave.

[[Tyrant's Scorn]] helps to bridge the gap into the mid and late game but also allows you to recast a Spark Double or Lazav if you need it for Etrata. 

[[Etrata, the Silencer]] is actually not a terrible card, I mean it is bad but not terrible, it works as pseudo removal, if the opponent has creatures, and while it does that it puts a really slow clock on the table. That clock is also attached to a bomb across the world but it still does mean that the opponent is forced to work around the win condition. Sometimes while your opponent deals with the jank you end up winning because they forgot to deal with the 10/10 bug on the table. 

Put whatever you want into the side board as I doubt that anyone is taking this jank into a best of 3, but still I did throw some solid cards into the side board that can be exchanged in and out. 

Overall this is not a deck that I recomend anyone build to win. So unless you just happen to have the cards laying around or are a jank loving fool like myself then only build this at your own risk! Good luck gamers!


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Last Updated: 19 Aug 2019
Created: 07 Jul 2019
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Good luck friend :) this is probably one of the harder decks to win with! I try to focus on non-rotating cards for my decklists!! Also I have a cool artifact deck that I am about to post within the next couple hours if you get a chance check that one out too!
I will give it a try... I had some wildcards to complete the deck (not the entire sideboard tho, but as you mentioned, I'm going to B01 anyways) so why not xD , also none of those cards will not rotate right now ^^