Community Deck Tech: Standard Red White Control

30 Apr 2018

One of the goals of this site is to act as a platform for the Magic community to share their expertise and experiences. One of the ways this site has done this is by letting limited players create their own set review with the community limited set review. You guys have responded amazingly and have to date contributed over 90,000 grades to the Dominaria set review. I want to give constructed players a similar platform to share their insights. This series, the community deck tech aims to do just that. With each installment I'll be reaching out to players who went undefeated in an MTGO competitive constructed league and let them highlight their deck.


Today's deck is a Red White control deck that Riachuelo piloted to a 5-0 finish in a competitive standard league.


Planeswalker (4)

4 Chandra, Torch of Defiance


Creature (17)

3 Captain Lannery Storm
3 Earthshaker Khenra
4 Glorybringer
1 Hazoret the Fervent
2 Pia Nalaar
4 Rekindling Phoenix


Instant (10)
4 Abrade
2 Lightning Strike
4 Magma Spray


Enchantment (4)
2 Cast Out
2 Thopter Arrest


Land (25)
4 Clifftop Retreat
1 Field of Ruin
4 Inspiring Vantage
12 Mountain
1 Plains
3 Scavenger Grounds


Sideboard (15)
1 Hazoret the Fervent

1 Thopter Arrest

1 Crook of Condemnation

1 Fiery Cannonade

2 Forsake the Worldly

3 Ixalan's Binding

1 Sorcerous Spyglass

3 Sweltering Suns

1 Treasure Map

1 Vance's Blasting Cannons


I'll let Riachuelo introduce himself:


"I am an Argentinian but quit the game 4 years ago because I moved to Mexico, to an island, so it was hard to play. Now, I came back online since I can't play in real life. I saw Luis winning the Pro Tour and Sebastian Pozzo, a friend, winning a GP, so now I want to come back to the Pro Tour. So I figured that on MTGO I can get a PT invitation without playing in real life."


And introduce his deck:


"I started, like everyone else, with mono red."



"Then I figured out that mono red is good but everybody is against it, and if you don't start fast you are in a bad position. So I made a big red deck with Captain Lannery Storm for some accelaration."



"I had some good results with big red, then with Dominaria I put in the new lands, so I got 8 different ways to get white specifically to kill the Scarab God, Lyra and Hazoret from mono red, since that was the hardest thing mono red had to deal with."



"I get Cast Out, Thopter Arrest and Ixalan's Binding. It's now more control than aggro."



"The deck's best match up was UR gift, UR and UW gifts. You kill all the creatures and then you have 4 Scavenger Grounds and 2 Crooks to remove their graveyard [after sideboard]."


If you wanted to play the deck Riachuelo offered this advice:


"You should plan your play around Chandra. Kill all the creatures and then play Chandra to kill the last creature because Chandra is the key to the deck, she kills creatures and gives you mana for the big stuff."



Riachuelo also explained some of his sideboard plans:


"You have Cannonade and Sweltering Sun against tokens and vampires. Chandra's Defeat to beat RG Dinos."


And though not in this build he likes "Puncturing blow against Scarab God, Phoenix or other big stuff with 5 toughness."


While he clearly enjoyed success with white/red he has some bad news for players interested in playing the deck:


"I think this deck is for the old metagame. I don't like it anymore, too weak in the new meta."


"Before, mono red was losing territory so it was better for me, but now the weakness is against control decks with white, there are too many Settle the Wreckages now, and the deck is not fast enough to deal with control because in the long game plan they always win."


"I'm trying to make a different version, maybe more midrange with Lyra maindeck, but I'm not sure, I think WR is not working anymore."


However, obviously, despite these flaws, the deck is still potent and delivered a good perfromance for Riachuelo. So if you have a local metagame still tuned to fight the mono red menace or with lots of players looking to cast God Pharaoh's Gift, red white control might be the perfect call for your next Friday Night Magic.

I hope you enjoyed this community deck tech. Thanks to Riachuelo for taking the time to share his thoughts and insights into his recent 5-0 deck. If you recently had a deck 5-0 published and would like to participate in a community deck tech you can contact me at or a cricketHunter on mtgo or reddit. Thanks for reading!

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