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    Drew Carter

    Bourbon and Coke is a deck designed by Drew Carter from Adelaide Eternal. It performed well in several tournaments in late 2018.

    Here is a relevant deck tech and three feature matches.

    Bourbon and Coke is a blue-white-red control deck with a combo element.

    The deck name stems from Adelaide Eternal team-mate Beckett Wolfe accidentally spilling bourbon and coke over the deck. The deck name also serves to focus tuning efforts around the deck’s two key cards, Balance (Bourbon) and Entreat the Angels (cokE). The deck could also be thought of as Jeskai Miracles or Jeskai control with Balance.

    Balance and Entreat the Angels allow the deck to ‘combo out’ in two different ways. They give the deck powerful plans against creature-based decks and non-blue decks, in particular.

    Balance is an unusually powerful card in that it allows you to recover or even gain massive advantage from very far behind. The deck features many cards that help you to gain advantage through Balance. A mediocre Balance returns you to parity after falling behind or puts you slighty ahead (on cards, tempo or both). A really good Balance virtually wins you the game, leaving the opponent with zero creatures and zero cards in hand while you have multiple cards in the bank. An artifact that you can trade in for a card functions as a piggy bank that you can break after Balance. Other cards function as savings accounts that over time yield interest (usually card advantage). These include an unflipped Search for Azcanta, a suspended Ancestral Vision, a cast Portent, and most importantly a resolved planeswalker. The gradual accumulation of advantage after Balance is difficult for the opponent to fight because Balance has deprived the opponent of key resources (creatures on board and cards in hand). (There are exceptions: notably, opposing planeswalkers and artifacts like equiptment are good against the Balance plan.) You can recur Balance with Mission Briefing, Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy and Cunning Wish for Noxious Revival.

    Entreat the Angels is a powerful win condition that is enabled by a number of cards that also interact favourably with Balance. These include the following. Mystical Tutor and Sensei’s Divining Top put Entreat the Angels on top of your deck for the miracle trigger. Cunning Wish for Noxious Revival does the same if Entreat the Angels is in the graveyard (having been looted away in the early game, for instance). Finally, Portent, along with all of the artifacts except Chrome Mox, can be used to trigger miracle in the opponent’s turn. This is particularly handy when playing against counter magic.

    The deck is quite consistent and resilient. It is also well suited to a diverse metagame. The deck is particularly suited to a metagame in which a burn or aggro is prominent, since white cards provide good options for life gain.

    The deck has fairly even match ups across the board. Playing few creatures blanks the opponent’s removal in game one, securing virtual card advantage. This is particulary helpful in the control mirror. Against combo, the deck lacks black for hand disruption, but it gains white hate bears out of the board, if needed. The deck is very strong against lands-based decks, having maindeck graveyard hate for land recursion and post-board Blood Moon and Magus of the Moon. The Moons also serve well against decks that run four or five colours. The deck is strongest against creature-based decks and decks that lack counter magic, such as Zoo and Junk, since the Balance and Entreat plans are strongest there. The deck is fine against ramp, since you play counter magic and red for both Dack Fayden and artifact destruction post-board. The deck can struggle a little against tempo, unless you find good board stabilising tools, such as Swords to Plowshares and Gideon of the Trials.

    Below is a recent list. Then I present results posted by the deck to indicate its competitiveness.

    1 Arid Mesa
    1 Celestial Colonnade
    1 Field of Ruin
    1 Flooded Strand
    1 Glacial Fortress
    1 Hallowed Fountain
    1 Island
    1 Marsh Flats
    1 Misty Rainforest
    1 Mountain
    1 Plains
    1 Plateau
    1 Polluted Delta
    1 Sacred Foundry
    1 Scalding Tarn
    1 Snow-Covered Island
    1 Steam Vents
    1 Tundra
    1 Volcanic Island
    1 Wandering Fumarole
    1 Windswept Heath
    1 Wooded Foothills

    1 Chrome Mox
    1 Mishra’s Bauble
    1 Phyrexian Furnace
    1 Scrabbling Claws
    1 Sensei’s Divining Top

    1 Search for Azcanta

    1 Brainstorm
    1 Counterspell
    1 Cunning Wish
    1 Electrolyze
    1 Fire // Ice
    1 Force of Will
    1 Izzet Charm
    1 Lightning Bolt
    1 Mana Drain
    1 Mental Misstep
    1 Mission Briefing
    1 Mystical Tutor
    1 Remand
    1 Spell Snare
    1 Swords to Plowshares

    1 Ancestral Vision
    1 Balance
    1 Council’s Judgment
    1 Entreat the Angels
    1 Ponder
    1 Portent
    1 Preordain

    1 Dack Fayden
    1 Gideon of the Trials
    1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
    1 Karn, Scion of Urza
    1 Narset Transcendent
    1 Narset, Parter of Veils
    1 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
    1 Teferi, Time Raveler

    1 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
    1 Vendilion Clique

    1 Blood Moon
    1 Flusterstorm
    1 Hydroblast
    1 Magus of the Moon
    1 Pyroblast
    1 Red Elemental Blast
    1 Submerge
    1 Wear // Tear
    1 Lightning Helix
    1 Pyroclasm
    1 Ashiok, Dream Render
    1 Engineered Explosives
    1 Snow-Covered Plains
    1 Abrade
    1 Noxious Revival


    Undefeated winner of the Adelaide Eternal Highlander Challenge – December 2018. http://auseternal.com/forums/topic/adelaide-eternal-highlander-challenge-december-2018/

    5th in the Good Games Adelaide 2018 EOY Highlander, losing in the quarter final after topping the Swiss undefeated. http://auseternal.com/tournament-report-and-top-8-meta-good-games-2018-end-of-year-highlander/

    Drew Carter

    Another undefeated winning result was posted by this deck here: http://auseternal.com/forums/topic/adelaide-eternal-highlander-challenge-october-2019/

    That link features the deck list, which has been substantially updated, evolving into ‘Bauble and Coke’!!

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