With the rise of U/R Control in Standard, Pull from Tomorrow reaches center stage…
or does it?
U/R Control (generally with Pull from Tomorrow) really took off last weekend!
U/R Control made Top 8 of both Grand Prix Montreal and Grand Prix Santiago. This was a big pickup, post-Pro Tour, for an archetype that did not crack Top 8 at PT Amonkhet.
In Montreal, Maxime Aubin played only a single Pull from Tomorrow.
But in Santiago, Niels Noorlander made numerous departures in his Top 8 deck…
- Only 24 land! For contrast, Aubin played 26 and (at Pro Tour Amonkhet Patrick played 27)
- 3 copies of Sweltering Suns (instead of just one or two)
- Just 3 copies of Censor (which seems odd given only 24 lands)…
- But 4 Hieroglyphic Illumination! (maybe this helps out his low land total)
Hieroglyphic Illumination versus Pull from Tomorrow
Pull from Tomorrow is the more powerful card, sure; comparable (and maybe even better than) Sphinx’s Revelation. The problem? It’s basically always expensive. So expensive, that in a pressure filled format this ace has been reduced to as few as one copy main deck.
Can you realistically slot in Hieroglyphic Illumination?
Hieroglyphic Illumination is almost always going to be worse that Glimmer of Genius… Provided you plan on casting it. (Scry being as valuable as it is)
On the other hand, Hieroglyphic Illumination has another mode!
- If you are going to cycle it, U is a great (and cheap) way to go
- Putting an instant in your graveyard is great when you are a deck with four copies of Torrential Gearhulk
- Upping your one mana cycliers so much may justify lowering your land counts
U/R Control in Context
Tons of removal, one-for ones, and card advantage make for a great lineup against Zombies.
Permission, consistent ability to hit land drops, and card drawing make U/R a contender against Aetherworks Marvel.
Put it all together? You might have a real option against the most popular decks from Pro Tour Amonkhet.
Check out “How Many Copies of Pull from Tomorrow?” for more discussion on these cards, plus G/R Energy, Bant Marvel, and more!