Meta Monday – Temporal Control

Week 3 of season two was a pretty exciting week! Aside from an interesting and diverse ETS weekly, we also saw the first “Team Draft” for an upcoming team tournament put on by RNG! For those who do not know what it is, essentially its a team tournament with 8 captains, and over the weekend they drafted teammates from a pool of entrants in the event. Yottabyte did an awesome job of casting the draft, and provided some really quality commentary on picks! Here is a list of the draft results, in order of picks.

Due to unforseen circumstances, the ETS team was unable to cast this weekends ETS, and we wish them all the best in getting things sorted! After a sadly shortlived run in the event, Sifudanny was able to spectate and comment on some matches, inviting ThePlatypusKing to join in some of the last rounds of the day! Hopefully some of you got a chance to catch some of that.

Here is a meta break down of the event, courtesy of Unearthly:

Total: 65
Praxis Midrange – 10.8% (7)
Hooru Flyers – 9.2% (6)
FTP Moment – 7.7% (5)
TJP Midrange – 7.7% (5)
Argenport Midrange – 6.2% (4)
Icaria Blue – 6.2% (4)
FJS Removal Pile – 4.6% (3)
Feln Control – 4.6% (3)
Big Xenan – 3.1% (2)
Chalice Control – 3.1% (2)
Combrei Aggro – 3.1% (2)
FTJ Rogue – 3.1% (2)
JPS Control – 3.1% (2)
Skycrag Aggro – 3.1% (2)
Skycrag Yetis – 3.1% (2)
Other – 21.5% (14)
Big Combrei
Burn Queen
FJP Aggro
FPS Aggro
FPS Scream
FTP Rogue
FTPS Rogue
FTS Midrange
FTS Moment
Grenadins
Praxis Tokens
TJP Control
TPS Control
TPS Crown
This is a decent swing from the meta of the past few weeks! AP Mid and FTP Moment were not as popular as they had been, with only 1 AP Mid making it into the top 8. Trumpets took it down with a deck they have championed frequently, Icaria Blue. This list leans a bit more toward its Armory cousins, with the inclusion of Starsteel Daisho. SooNo’s take on FTS Mid is very spicy. The inclusion of Banish in the mainboard seems like a great call with all of the Mask of Torment decks floating around. DrStein’s Praxis Tokens was something I did not expect to see! This is a deck I wish I got to see some of the games for, but hopefully it will make another appearance. Flash and Pepdicus both brought a new and exciting take on Fliers – the list looks streamlined and I expect to see this pop up a bit more on ladder this week. Last, but certainly not least, Blastard brought a deck to hedge vs late game control lists in the form of 4 maindeck Flamestokers. This list looks like it can really crash against control decks favorably, and is probably a blast to pilot.
The deck we chose this week is a once popular control strategy, that has fallen out of favor likely due to other decks evolving, while it stays mostly the same: Temporal Control.

 

3 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
4 Desert Marshal (Set1 #332)
2 Disjunction (Set3 #63)
2 Eilyn’s Favor (Set0 #24)
2 Find the Way (Set1 #513)
2 Lightning Strike (Set1 #197)
4 Strategize (Set3 #165)
3 Vanquish (Set1 #143)
2 Eilyn’s Choice (Set2 #220)
4 Hailstorm (Set1003 #11)
2 Moondial (Set3 #70)
4 Wisdom of the Elders (Set1 #218)
1 Lumen Reclaimer (Set3 #80)
4 Harsh Rule (Set1 #172)
2 Stronghold’s Visage (Set1 #339)
1 Celestial Omen (Set1 #241)
4 Channel the Tempest (Set1 #244)
1 Sword of the Sky King (Set1 #186)
2 Temporal Distortion (Set3 #96)
1 A New Tomorrow (Set1 #348)
2 Justice Sigil (Set1 #126)
3 Primal Sigil (Set1 #187)
2 Time Sigil (Set1 #63)
2 Amber Waystone (Set3 #51)
2 Cobalt Waystone (Set3 #151)
2 Crest of Impulse (Set3 #251)
4 Crest of Wisdom (Set3 #261)
3 Seat of Order (Set0 #51)
3 Seat of Progress (Set0 #58)
2 Seat of Wisdom (Set0 #63)

Temporal control has been the boogey man of the ladder since Dusk Road hit – and though it hasn’t been widely adopted much like “John Wick: The Deck” – it will definitely win the game if you don’t kill it quickly. The inevitably puts the deck in a unique spot, as a control list, making it a powerful choice in most metas. In a similar style to the JPS unitless Tinman Deck, this was perhaps the precursor to here we can end the game with any number of win conditions. The most effective of these is perhaps your opponent conceding out of pure frustration and boredom — which is of course hugely satisfying to me as you just get to play with your food without ever making any efforts to actually win.

 
In our version we decide to split win conditions between Channel the Tempest, Sword of the Sky King package and Lumen Reclaimer. Reclaimer is perhaps the weakest card in the deck and I was just playing it because I wanted to see what it could do, in theory it sounds great as a way of recycling channels but the reality is you have so much power search that you can fill your deck not only with useless 4/4s but with a bunch of dead power search. Sword of the Sky King allows you to incorporate the Visage package which can really do some work against fire based beatdown decks as you slowly move out of range of the opponent with a virtual life gain of two per turn.  Channel the Tempest is perhaps the most explosive as you can kill opponents out of nowhere especially with a Temporal Distortion in play.

Distortion here is the most powerful card in the deck as it really changes the way the game plays, you are allowed to be in a position where you have the maximum amount of information before you play any of your spells. I have seen versions of the deck that don’t play it and you could try some of those Time Justice Primal Visage decks out but I really enjoy how relaxing this game play is.

Temporal as a deck isn’t perhaps the most efficient for ladder grinding, but if your opponent hasn’t killed you by turn five or six then the game is generally over it’s just only you who knows it. Being able to play a deck that gets to play Hailstorm, Harsh Rule and Desert Marshal really puts you in a position where should be good against pretty much anyone as long as your initial hand plays out.

Perhaps the roughest matchups are going to be other unitless or unit light decks like Primal Icaria and JPS Tinman but you should be walking all over any time or justice based midrange decks. The fire based aggro matchups aren’t too terrible too though they tend to concede a little bit earlier if they’re trying to grind the ladder quickly.

Time is an interesting concept as each win is only really worth plus or minus ~15 points before masters and though these games feel longer it isn’t always by much so it’s really up to you if you want to give this a shot on the ladder.

I personally like any deck that is doing something a little bit different so this style of deck calls out to me and for any fellow primal scions who just want to draw a bunch of cards and win when we feel like it, you’ll love it.

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If you are looking for some tournament “Best of Three” practice, Kaelari has set up a really great resource that is open 24/7 here as well as a Tuesday night tournament here.

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– Aphelion and ThatResolves

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