Explosives and Pithing Needle are narrow? Manglehorn and Kataki are narrow? Chalice and Lavinia are narrow? Dispute is narrow, but Dispel isn't? Unmoored Ego and Plague Engineers are narrow? Damping Sphere is narrow?Wraithpk wrote: ↑1 year agoSo a bunch of narrow cards that people aren't already playing? As a UW player, the only one of those I would play is Pithing Needle, but that does nothing against Urza's construct or Sai/Saheeli's tokens.
The bottom line is that the deck has very few weaknesses, if any. It's not weak to graveyard hate. It's not weak to Stoney Silence or point artifact removal. Creature removal can be good, but they'll still get some value before you get to use it, and if their payoff is Saheeli it does nothing. Counters can be good, but they can overload you with must-counter spells, so something will eventually get through.
So what's actually good against the deck? Burn if they have an early Eidolon? Shadow decks if they have a really good first few turns? That's kind of the problem with the deck. At least with the Whirza deck it was weak to graveyard hate, but this new build is not.
What the hell are you putting in your sideboard...
As a UW control you had a bad matchup with Thopter Sword before Urza and RiP was mediocre against it even then. If you play Damping Sphere against Tron does tha mean that you're set for life because you "crippled" the and that you can easily ignore whatever else they have?
Your 2nd paragraph can be said for almost every deck in Modern and there was plenty of whining about 2-for-1 creatures in these threads, especially when Humans were at the top.
The problem of the deck is that their opponents may stumble and/or do little during the setup turns? Gee, then the deck is unbeatable.
Infect, Mono-R Prowess and Burn are awful for the PO version, less so for Whirza. Shadow decks are great against both - who knew that disruption and a fast clock is bad for combo decks. E-tron is - in theory- good against PO (haven't played against it yet), as is Tron. Amulet has a great match up against it as well. Unclear about humans, but company decks can really dismantle both versions of Urza (and Vizier decks %$#% on both versions).
Note that the above is for the non-Ascendancy versions of PO, which I haven't played with yet, but my intuition is that you're trading consistency and great mana base for another way to combo and a chance for T2-T3 kills and several awkward draws.