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    UBR Control has a rich history across highlander. Aidan Frisch won the 2015 Australian National Highlander Championship with his yearling Grixis list and many players had been experimenting with the colour trio since the advent of Blue Moon. The birth of the present day Kess Pile lists came about sometime around December 2016. Richard Owen posted on his wordpress blog an ill-received article about the pros and cons of a Grixis style control deck in the Melbourne Meta of the day. With the release of Kess in August of 2017 the deck suddenly seemed like it belonged and became wildly popular among Melbourne players almost immediately. Kess Pile is the 4th most successful highlander deck of all time, trailing Dark Bant, Blue Moon, and the One True Tolaria. Kess Pile is the 2nd most consistently placing deck across a variety of pilots.

    Experiend Pilots include (Discord names): Paul Jackson (PJMizzle), Tom Clift (Tom Clift), Tom Jancik (Jack Miton)
    Noteworthy Finishes: 1st (/33+) Australian Nation Highlander Championship 2015, 1st (/) Eternal Masters Highlander 2017, 1st (/30) Adelaide Eternal Challenge 2018, 1st, 3rd, 5th, & 7th (/98) GP Side Event 2018, 2nd & 7th (/?) Australian National Highlander Championship 2019

    List last updated 14/09/19 13:35 AEST
    Lands (23)
    Badlands
    Underground Sea
    Volcanic Island
    Blood Crypt
    Steam Vents
    Watery Grave
    Creeping Tar Pit
    Wandering Fumarole
    Drowned Catacomb
    Fetid Pools
    Field of Ruin
    Sulfur Falls
    Bloodstained Mire
    Flooded Strand
    Marsh Flats
    Misty Rainforest
    Polluted Delta
    Scalding Tarn
    Verdant Catacombs
    Island
    Snow-Covered Island
    Snow-Covered Swamp
    Swamp

    Instants (16)
    Mental Misstep
    Brainstorm
    Fatal Push
    Lightning Bolt
    Spell Snare
    Counterspell
    Mana Drain +
    Mana Leak
    Remand
    Electrolyze
    Kolaghan’s Command
    Fire / Ice
    Force of Will +
    Mystic Confluence
    Dig Through Time ++

    Creatures (8)
    Baleful Strix
    Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
    Snapcaster Mage +
    True-Name Nemesis +
    Vendilion Clique
    Kess, Dissident Mage
    Tasigur, the Golden Fang
    Gurmag Angler

    Sorceries (9)
    Ancestral Vision
    Inquisition of Kozilek
    Ponder
    Preordain
    Thoughtseize
    Angrath’s Rampage
    Dreadbore
    Hymn to Tourach
    Toxic Deluge

    Planeswalkers (4)
    Dack Fayden
    Liliana, the Last Hope
    Narset, Parter of Veils
    Jace, the Mind Sculptor +

    Enchantment (1)
    Search for Azcanta

    SB: Hydroblast
    SB: Pyroblast
    SB: Red Elemental Blast
    SB: Duress
    SB: Flusterstorm
    SB:
    Blood Moon
    SB: Magus of the Moon
    SB: Submerge
    SB: Dystopia
    SB: Subterranean Tremors
    SB: Anger of the Gods
    SB:
     Young Pyromancer
    SB: Bitterblossom
    SB: Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
    SB: Engineered Explosives

    Substitutions

    – Dack Fayden
    – Fire / Ice
    + Thoughtscour
    + Mental Note

    Other cards that have or do see play:

    Terminate
    Fiery Confluence

    SB: Ashiok, Dream Render
    SB: Nihil Spellbomb

    -1 Moxen (from 3 to 2)
    -1 Library of Alexanrdria (from 2 to 1)
    -1 Crop Rotation (from 1 to 0)
    -1 Sensei's Divining Top (from 1 to 0)
    -1 Tainted Pact (from 1 to 0)
    +2 Gaea's Cradle (from 0 to 2)

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