I think this is a very good point and also, I think that's why GB midrange is doing well against Phoenix.Quote from Godrik1374 »First, people should know how to play against UR Phoenix.
The dude who finished first this weekend with Grixis Shadow did beat UR Phoenix in final.
He said that both gds and phoenix want the draw in that matchup as it's a battle of raw resources. Phoenix needs a critical mass of cards in hand to function.
So.. If you are playing a control/midrange deck. Choose the draw against UR Phoenix. It'll help.
(just a lil advice (= ) Worked for him.
My opinion, play B based decks, with 4-6 discard spells and removals and you should be set for the Phoenix matchup at about 55%.
In top 32 of GP Tampa (I think) was also a UB Faeries deck with 6 discard spells and Kalitas. Faeries have a very good Phoenix MU and with this build it is even better, I would argue at around 55-60%. You have enough removal to battle their TiTis and enough champ blockers for Phoenix with BB, until you can actually win the game. Also, the SSSs basically counter the entire deck.
In general, if you want to beat Phoenix, go B+something. That something should be to compensate for your other MUs.
Also, make sure you are packing some kind of mainboard GY hate, not so much for the Phoenix MU, but for dredge and because it hits other things as well. That should be Surgical if you have ways to discard it/shuffle it back (i.e. Jace, Collective Brutallity etc.) or Nihil Spellbomb.
Play two colors so you can run 3-4 Field of Ruins to make the Tron MU a bit better pre-board and not scoop to it. It is also good to fight against Amulet.
If you are on control (Uw or Ub) pack 3-5 sweepers.
I believe that there is a way to battle the current meta with midrange control decks, but that way is definitely 2 colored and possibly B based.