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Win with weenies has been my main mantra. This is partially because the weenie approach works on a budget, and partially because I simply may not have the patience required to play a strict control approach.

This week features two decks because I flip-flopped repeatedly when I tried to build an “Azorius Control Deck.” I pictured myself brewing a sweet pile of frustration based around bouncing Stonehorn Dignitary to halt your opponent’s attack whilst using Render Silent to ruin their entire turn. Rage quits baby!

Alas, it just didn’t work. I tweaked and twiddled until I had a bunch of heroic soldiers … and not much else. No bouncing rhinos. Protection spells instead of counters – in other words, not a control deck. Not even close.

So this is the first deck – Daxos Azorius Weenies:

Daxos Weenies (Modern)

Land (24)
Halimar Depths
Evolving Wilds
Island
10 Plains
Glacial Fortress

Creatures (22)
Favored Hoplite
Battlewise Hoplite
Phalanx Leader
Preeminent Captain
Daxos of Meletis
Lavinia of the Tenth
Captain of the Watch

Spells (14)
Feat of Resistance
Ordeal of Thassa
Gods Willing
Curiosity
Apostle’s Blessing
Sideboard (15)
Celestial Flare
Detention Sphere
Relic of Progenitus
Render Silent
Oppressive Rays
Echoing Truth
Echoing Calm

I played a few games with the weenie deck – and it was fun enough. The goal is to play a Preeminent Captain on turn 3 or 4 and then attack with it, launching either a Daxos of Meletis, Lavinia of the Tenth, or Captain of the Watch straight from your hand onto the battlefield. This is plenty powerful when it happens, but like all weenie approaches, the right removal card at the wrong time leaves you vulnerable to any tier 1 mid-range deck or anything with a strong turn 4 or 5 combo.

So I went back to the drawing-board with the goal of making a budget mid-range deck that could keep the board free of pests until the Preeminent Captain move could take hold (but later in the game, say turn 6 or 7).

So this is the second deck – Daxos Azorius Midrange:

Daxos Midrange (Modern)

Land (24)
Halimar Depths
Evolving Wilds
Island
10 Plains
Glacial Fortress

Creatures (12)
Preeminent Captain
Daxos of Meletis
Captain of the Watch
Lavinia of the Tenth

Spells (24)
Detention Sphere
Render Silent
Echoing Truth
Celestial Flare
Ætherize
Delay
Reciprocate
Curse of the Swine
Foresee
Singing Bell Strike
Oppressive Rays
Sideboard (15)
Relic of Progenitus
Echoing Calm
Mana Leak
Dispel
Aegis of the Gods
Foresee
Hindering Light

This deck features a slew of removal options lead by Reciprocate, Curse of the Swine, and my personal favorite, Aetherize. There are also a smattering of counters led by Delay as an alternative to Mana Leak (which too often with a slow approach has opponents holding the three open mana). The creature curve starts at three mana, where Preeminent Captain still leads the charge into a Daxos, Lavinia, or Captain.

Which deck is stronger in the current meta?

I played a half-dozen games with each and ran across everything from infect to elves to a fan of 19th-century German philosophy and a guy playing 2/2 bears. I did better with the weenie deck but only, I think, because I made more mistakes and rushed my games with the midrange approach. (I didn’t upload the infect video, but it was a satisfying 2-1 win for the midrange deck.)

Check out the gameplay videos and let me know your thoughts on which deck is stronger!

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