Sure, I'm gonna try to make my best remembering (I'm relatively new, so it's a double effort to analyze my matches and play...LOL)
1st game, ULTIMATUM wins: This was a complex opening, I don't know my opponents deck so I try to keep with a versatile hand. He tried to win by poison, but Kolaghan's Command make a so much good work. Special thanks to bolt and snapy mage that keep the Inkmoth Nexus away after a 9 poison match. The win condition? Batterskull attached to snapy.
2nd game, for AFFINITY: In this match I remember that Vandalblast wasn't on my SB, so I just insert staticaster, rakdos charm and anger removing one ultimatum, one cryptic and rise/fall.
Not much to say, bad opening hand (no kolaghan's, no electro) 3 lands and a mulligan to 5 give my opponent card advantage, the Master of Etherium was my nightmare.
1st game: My opponent start, both players mull to 6, he was a "aggro guy" trying to learn control, so the match goes pretty "easy" for me. He play a lot of "face damage" EOT, that give me the big picture of his technique, after 5 turns my card advantage forced me to discard and he with a 3 cards hand (no counter) can't fight against a Rise // Fall played on my next turn and boom! Batterskull again make my day.
2nd game: Basically the same "mistakes" of my opponent, but this time dispel and negate give me the change to play the cruel ultimatum on 8th turn and GG.
This was a really hard match, the technique of my opponent consist on playing lot of humans and with Athreos, God of Passage keep them always on his hand, besides his Cartel Aristocrat and Bloodsoaked Champion, make my removal technique less effective. So after a long 1st match, ultimatum beats him and 2nd match it's a time draw.
4: My favorite victory of the night JUND.
This match was against a JUND-guy. He really know his deck, he know the modern archetype and he know how to play against control.
1st game: Nice opening hand against him: 1 bolt, 2 terminate, 3 lands, 1 cryptic. Well I start to kill every thing that comes into play, and everyone of my draws was pure gold, so I try to make my best on controlling the table and don't let Liliana of the Veil comes into play. Nice smooth victory for the ultimatum.
2nd game: SB the Wurmcoil Engine, 1 Spellskite and Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver. Well this game basically make a 180 degrees turn around the turn 5, when my opponent only with a Liliana of the Veil on board and 2 Raging Ravine decides to give a -2 to lili to kill my Batterskull germ, at that point on my hand was a bolt that kills the attacking ravine, after that was a just a matter of time to the batter to kill lili and give me the life advantage, finally ultimatum resolves and GG
Visions being unbanned makes me want to take a second look at various Grixis builds.
GDD into visions seems super strong as well.
I am very excited for Ancestral Vision. Control finally getting the love it deserves. I am also glad that they banned Eye of Ugin. It will make our Tron match-up a lot more reasonable as they will no longer have the better late game option.
I will certainly be brewing some more Cruel with these changes. My only concern is how to fit it in. Do we still want Serum Visions or can we get away with not running it?
Thank you so much for making the new primer. Cruel Control was my very first modern deck and I'm glad to see it finally get a new update after a year or two. Great timing too, I actually just revived my Cruel Control deck around the time that this new primer was uploaded. I sold an expedition I got during the OGW prerelease and bought cards I needed to get the deck back to being Modern playable. Went through with running it last week and I ended up going 3/1 for 4th place out of 20 at my FNM.
Here's my decklist, I'll do a match rundown below it:
Both games were won with an Ob Nixilis ultimate. Second game, I got stuck in the lock with no way to draw cards or remove the artifacts. Third game got really scary once the Pithing Needles started dropping. Jace and Tasigur got needled and Bolas was milled, so I had to get Ob up to 8 loyalty as fast as possible before he got needled. Ended up getting there right before he was going to draw into another needle and I won within a few turns. Won 2-1
Round 2: vs. Jund
It was a massacre for Jund. I drew into every kill and counterspell I needed, picked his hand apart with Blightnings and Thoughtseizes, and won both games after dropping an Ultimatum or dropping Bolas and picking off his lands before ulting. Won 2-0
Round 3: vs. Abzan Company
Both games were pretty rough. Game one, I died to the Melira/Finks combo with no removal in hand for either of them. Second game, I countered four Collected Companies and Chord of Callings total before my opponent dropped an Eternal Witness and returned Chord to grab the combo and win. Lost 0-2
Round 4: vs. Mirror
Won both games, but it was a major, major grind. Got into a lot of counter wars trying to prevent a snapcaster or LotV from resolving or trying to get my own Walkers and creatures to resolve. Ended up ulting Jace in game one to get Bolas and one of his Tasigurs, game two I won after swinging for lethal with Gurmag Angler and my own Tasigur. Won 2-0