I wanted to play with a new kind of control, and i chose Grand Arbiter IV. I do not play a death&taxes style of play, but a pure control style.

The deck


Grand Arbiter Augustin IV

Lands and Mana Sources

Academy Ruins
Adarkar Wastes
Arid Mesa
Azorius Chancery
Glacial Fortress
Hallowed Fountain
Kjeldoran Outpost
Kor Haven
Marsh Flats
Minamo, School at Water\’s Edge
Misty Rainforest
Mystic Gate
Nimbus Maze
Polluted Delta
Reliquary Tower
Riptide Laboratory
Scalding Tarn
Seachrome Coast
Strip Mine
Wanderwine Hub
Mana Vault
Azorius Signet
Grim Monolith
Sky Diamond

General suite for punishing opposing perms and protecting self.

Punish and Defend

Swords to Plowshares
Path to Exile
Return to Dust
Ray of Distortion
Hallowed Burial
Austere Command
Wrath of God
Force of Will
Pact of Negation
Spell Crumple
Faerie Trickery
Cryptic Command
Spell Burst

Every warlord needs some allies.


Jace Beleren
Elspeth, Knight-Errant
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

The general suite of spells that enable combos, draw cards and provide general usefulness for anything. This are grouped here because of the diverse array of utility.

Combo Enablers, utility, other

Sensei’s Divining Top
Mystical Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Rhystic Study
Leyline of Anticipation
Mind Over Matter
Future Sight
Gifts Ungiven
Time Warp
Time Stretch
Decree of Justice
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Light and Shadow

Creatures. Lots of copy efects, combos for locks, winning. I tried to fit as many wizards as possible, and mostly creatures that interact with themselves. There is also a Sword of Light and Shadow that will bring creatures back if it connects.


Body Double
Gilded Drake
Mirror Entity
Mistmeadow Witch
Phantasmal Image
Snapcaster Mage
Weathered Wayfarer
Vendilion Clique
Sakashima the Impostor
Venser, Shaper Savant
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
Godhead of Awe
Sun Titan
Iona, Shield of Emeria
Consecrated Sphinx
Brine Elemental
Vesuvan Shapeshifter

As for sideboard i elected to run a protective suite of artifacts and creatures, mostly against very aggresive decks.


Ghostly Prison
War Tax
Hokori, Dust Drinker
Magus of the Moat
Windborn Muse
Teferi’s Moat
Sunblast Angel
Blazing Archon
Blatant Thievery

I had a fai amount of fun with it, winning or losing. This deck i s a versatile tool, and you must select your weapons very careful, because it answers almost anything. In multiplayer it is good to ally with palyer that can protect you, while you set your combo, Vesuvan ShapshiterBrine Elemental, providing the time to win.

We will have a 4 player game soon (the league top4 finals), featuring Planechase. We will chase Commanders across planes and battle in different worlds as we try to become the next League Champion.

As it stands now….Grand Arbiter Augustin IV, Omnath, Locus of mana and Captain Sisay are already qualified. The 4th is still to be determined among: Vorosh, the hunter, Teneb, the harvester, Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund and Jenara, Asura of war.