I've only recently gotten back into magic, and I've been playing Arena everyday for the last 6 weeks or so I guess. I was only able to rank to gold in the first season with weak decks. This season I managed to build a nice mono red deck that plowed through everything...till now. I'm in Platinum and it seems like 3/4 matches are against Esper control. I can beat it sometimes, but that annoying deck usually just slow plays me to my doom (I'm just constantly living in fear of a board wipe to end me lol).
I want to build a new deck to try and push through these control decks...what's the best at dealing with it? Being that I'm pretty new I don't have a ton of depth in my cards, so I sort of have to prioritize what I get and build towards 1 thing...I don't have the luxury of trying out different strategies to see what works (yet).
Do you mean actual control with counters, because that deck is virtually dead thanks to all the super friends decks (primarily thanks to little Teferi making counterspells useless). If you mean the Super Friends version it's actually midrange. It's probably the most well rounded deck but it does lose badly to the Green Ramp decks that play with Nissa.
And when you say Arena, are you playing Bo1 or Bo3? That also severely impacts what you should play.
Just playing the regular Bo1 ranked. I guess I've seen a fair bit of both regular control with tons of removal AND 5 color super friends.
I actually went on a nice run today...just really depends how fast I can play the red. I need to immediately recognize what they're doing, throw everything at their life points, and if it gets past turn 5 I'm probably done.
With limited resources, I find it difficult to recommend an investment. Bo1 supposedly rewards linear decks like Mono-R, Mono-W and Control. The deck I think of as having a chance against both in Bo1 is Gruul. Here is the Sally's thread, but there is more discussion on Reddit here.
To be clear, this is not a recommendation as much as a suggestion for your consideration.
Since this is about Arena Bo1, I'll move it there.
Ya Gruul is something thats on my list to try, thanks for the recommendation. Funny enough I've seen less control in the last couple days and have been thoroughly stomped by Gruul. I swear the game ramps up the difficulty every time I'm about to tier up.
Sorry didn't realize there was a forum specifically for Bo1 arena :).
Ya it's pretty bad. I got to platinum super fast this season...then it stalled. Just finally hit tier one today, but I think it has taken me an easy 60 matches (probably more) at platinum to get there. Seem to always get one win away from tiering and the mana screw hits hard for a few.
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