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Total Control v2.0

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A slightly diferent approach to the original:
Total Control

As the name already states, this is a control deck. Fast matches are possible, but the deck rather concentrates on winning over time. There has yet been no match up that could not be beaten. The streak's arrived at an amazing 30-0 (full runs), thats 210 single match ups won in a row. Braggin rights reserved.

To the deck:
As its original version it focuses on board wipes and single target removals.
- 13 board wipes = Nothing Remains, Harsh Rule, Fall to Ruin (can also be marketed earyl to pull back later, Saloon Massacre
- 11 single target removals = Sinister Rumors, Auren Condemnation, Slay
thats bascily 33% just to control the board with spells.

Additionally to the direct removals, there's double functional units to stall the board and access the market.
- Vine Grafter is a no brainer, nice when setting regen on the market pick or Kerendon Merchant
- Kerendon Merchant has deadly and AI doesnt like that
- Hidden Road Smuggler for occasional lifesteal

Skullmarket Delivery as another market access without losing hand capacity
14 Market access cards in total

Vara, Vengeance-Seeker serves multiple purposes, whether its the occassional Lifesteal, setting up a deadly blocker, Summon kill potential or Aegis Killer, all of that will come in handy against any opponent.

But whats the win Condition?
There's diferent approaches at winning here. Maindecking Stormhalt Plating due to its Inscribe to not get mana screwed, but to also finish off matches.
Yet that's not the only win condition it carries. The market is the key to winning here, that's why there are 14 Market access cards:
- Poacher's Menagerie is a win condition by its own
- Inquisitor Makto a control must include (also nice with regen)
- Rolant, Iron Tyrant can not only become massive himself, but the minions he spawns are game changers. When the enemy reaches a board stall situation, you can just Harsh Rule the board and Rolant will still spawn his units onto the board from the void
- Black Book, Pit Boss is hard to kill and its warcry 2 will buff your units rapidly
- Hoarding Builder, so your win con got removed? just get it back and pull it again, there's enough market access

The low amount of units within the deck is wanted. Once PM gets rolling Argenport Blueprints and Sinister Rumors can be used to get them back (or any other units you wanna pick)

All in all there is NO match up that favours the AI.

The most important thing at the end though:
NEVER keep a hand with less than 3 Power. NEVER EVER!

Have fun!

EDIT: swapped Rift Distaster for Fall to Ruin
Another board wipe that can be marketed early to pull buck later on when needed.

now on 34-0 runs


Shiftstone Cost
Does not include campaign cost

Premium Cost

Influence Requirements
4 3

Power Sources
20 23 18

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Deck Rarities
1 34 26 12

Card Types
18 5 32 0 25

Contains Cards From Campaigns
Into Shadow [Set1004]
Hour of Glass [Set1115]


April 4, 2023

April 1, 2023


Eternal Version
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Revisions (Since last major patch) April 4, 2023



Xlxc1992 Eternal Version: 23.08.17
Sabrewulf81 Eternal Version: 23.07.19
Hello to everyone, I'm new on the game and I want to farm gauntlet, this is a good deck for do that, I like control deck, I have the shiftstone to build this deck, do you recommend?
Badplayer01 Eternal Version: 23.04.05
Don't have any Stormhalt Plating or Fall to Ruin atm or the shiftstone to make them. I'm using Spire Loyalist and End of the Story to get by. They seem to work, lots of fun running the gauntlet with this. Thx for posting it.
Makash Eternal Version: 23.04.05
Thx for the comment.
Stormhalt is just an additional win con apart from units. The alternative you found seems pretty ok though and if it works for you, then why no use it ;)
Badplayer01 Edited Eternal Version: 23.04.05
I switched out Black Book for a Flamebathe Reformation and it has been super fun. It helps to keep your board from being clogged up with unwanted units and has led to some interesting combos.
neraidaphobia Eternal Version: 23.03.22
this deck is awesome. Ive only lost 1 match out of 5 runs, to an 8/8 Icaria, The Liberator, into a second 10/10 the next turn. outside of that fluke, seems to work great. The only suggestion i could possibly make would be some sort of plunder/fixing such as exploit or maybe lost scroll, but that isnt prbly needed, and more of a personal preference.
Makash Eternal Version: 23.03.22
Hey there, many thx for the comment. :)
I haven't yet needed fixing, since the deck tops out at 5 Mana nad it should never be played without 3 Starter mana (including Inspire and argenport blueprints).
As for your Icaria situation: i had something similar happen one match, just not icaria but silverwing fam + double mantle. Used saloon massacre to pop the aegis and passed into auren condemnation, easy 21 shield to me :)
Abednegogogo Eternal Version: 23.03.22
The original version of this deck, just barely altered (did add menagerie to market) has been my go to need a winning run deck for ages, just superb. Looking forward to trying out the updated version, many thanks
Makash Eternal Version: 23.03.22
Many thanks to you for the comment :)
pal Eternal Version: 23.03.22
Feels very odd not having removal in the market with 14 ways to get it xD but you do have the win streak to prove it.
Will try the deck out, thx for sharing
Makash Eternal Version: 23.03.22
You can just put one you dont need into the market, to get it out again later in the match. That's how i usually do it. Turn 3, put a surplus Wipe into Market to fetch PM or Rolant and then get it back later