Welcome back for some more Arena Standard Action! Today we will be trying a slow and steady wins the race approach with a Control deck that I have been playing around with for a bit. We are going to explore Sultai Control. Sultai stands out to me as I get to play one of my favorite new cards: Frilled Mystic. Anyone who knows me know that Mystic Snake has always been a long-time favorite of mine and I love to brew with the card! (ask me about some of those attempts sometime). In addition to the chance to get in some reps with Frilled Mystic, Sultai has always been a favorite.

The current list I am playing features a wide mixture of counters and removal. The deck is looking to control the early game with cards like Syncopate and Cast Down. Once we are stable on an empty board we can use our hard counters like Sinister Sabotage and Frilled Mystic to keep the game locked up and generate some tempo card advantage. Search for Azcanta is our main engine for the deck and our win conditions feature format staples Hydroid Krasis and Carnage Tyrant.

4x Hydroid Krasis
4x Frilled Mystic
1x Carnage Tyrant


4x Syncopate
2x Search for Azcanta
4x Cast Down
3x Moment of Craving
2x Negate
4x Sinister Sabotage
2x Ritual of Soot
3x Vraska’s Contempt

2x Vraska, Relic Seeker

2x Island
2x Swamp
1x Forest
4x Drowned Catacomb
3x Watery Grave
3x Overgrown Tomb
4x Woodland Cemetery
3x Breeding Pool
3x Hinterland Harbor

Those were some fun games!

Overall that was a solid display of how I would like this deck to operate. We were able to keep boards stable and close out the game with our bombs. I would like to fix up the manabase a bit, but besides that I am not sure of any immediate changes I would make to the list. If you enjoy control this seems like a solid deck of choice. Do you like counter magic, removal, and threats in the form of hard-to-answer creatures and planeswalkers? Give it a spin! If you have any suggestion on deck changes let me know! Remember if you want to see this deck or other Standard, Modern, Legacy, Pauper, and Limited action check out my stream at

Happy Gaming,

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