Rector Flash Control
Cruising through the forums I saw this old deck list from Brian Kelly someone posted that looked absurd as would expect from any deck of his, and it looked too fun. A link to the old deck list here:
Re: Arena Rector Control
So after trying out a list from 2019, I tinkered around with a few cards and it seems like the deck can actually put up a fight.
Here's the list I've settled on for the moment.
The deck is an absolute blast to play. I did have a match where game 1 I ultimated Bolas, then game 2 ultimated Ugin. Thank you to whoever that was for letting me play it out. Maybe he was as in awe of how ridiculous the deck is, as I was in awe myself.
A few notes after playing the list.
Pithing Needle -- it's popular, but still not difficult to beat. The Teferi's definitely make it more fightable too. I will always keep 1 Fragmentize main for this reason as it's easily searchable and can get you out of a pinch.
Rector targets Main Board -- I've tried some games with Elspeth in place of Ugin main because obviously Ugin is bad against Shops and Urza's Saga. I found that I'd rather just hedge my bets against the decks this is good against rather than playing around the shops match-ups.
Mana Crypt -- I feel like it should be in the deck. On the other hand, this is a control deck and mana crypt can kill you.
Mana Drain -- I kept 1 in because it can lead to some swingy turns, and it's also nice some times to just have a cheap hard counter that you can search out. But man... this a tough card to set up anymore.
Snap Caster -- Seems good as a combat trick to stop walkers from dying.
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker -- I had to find this out the hard way, but stealing a creature DOES NOT UNTAP IT!... shakes head
Other walkers worth mentioning:
Vraska, Relic Seeker -- Acts like another Bolas. I like that it's + ability is gumming up the board too. I would honestly play this over Ugin as it's just more versatile, but Ugin on the other hand being able to hit multiple permanents in 1 turn has proven it's worth.
Karn the Great Creator -- A searchable Null Rod. If I go to test this more, I might try and redo the sideboard a bit with pithing needle and ensnaring bridge or something.
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria -- There once was a time this was playable in Vintage, but I don't think it does enough anymore. This Teferi is powerful for sure, but you're often not alive long enough for it to really do it's thing. Maybe if the deck ran more Mana Drains, Echoing Truth, or even Hurkyl's main it would be a lot better, but that takes a lot of reworking the deck.
I'll try and run this through a league and put up some results. It'll likely be a 0-5, but it'll be fun.
Has anyone tried any version of this deck recently? Any good tips or ideas?
There is a menendian decklist from the VSL that uses the other rector that I have messed areound with for a bit. Not the same deck and a bit out of date but might be worth a look at.
1 [ROE:4] Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
1 [A25:62] Jace, the Mind Sculptor
3 [UDS:1] Academy Rector
1 [FRF:20] Monastery Mentor
3 [EMA:83] Cabal Therapy
1 [VMA:116] Demonic Tutor
1 [NPH:35] Gitaxian Probe
1 [HML:33] Merchant Scroll
1 [M10:68] Ponder
1 [M11:70] Preordain
3 [CN2:121] Show and Tell
1 [VMA:2] Time Walk
1 [VMA:1] Ancestral Recall
1 [CNS:91] Brainstorm
1 [KTK:36] Dig Through Time
1 [VMA:68] Flusterstorm
1 [10E:88] Hurkyl's Recall
1 [NPH:38] Mental Misstep
1 [MIR:80] Mystical Tutor
1 [VMA:145] Vampiric Tutor
4 [VMA:69] Force of Will
1 [VMA:4] Black Lotus
1 [VMA:5] Mox Emerald
1 [VMA:6] Mox Jet
1 [VMA:7] Mox Pearl
1 [VMA:8] Mox Ruby
1 [VMA:9] Mox Sapphire
1 [VMA:283] Sol Ring
1 [VMA:272] Mana Crypt
1 [V09:10] Sensei's Divining Top
1 [M13:63] Omniscience
1 [VMA:147] Yawgmoth's Bargain
1 [A25:57] Flash
1 [BFZ:255] Island
1 [VMA:289] Ancient Tomb
2 [KTK:233] Flooded Strand
1 [VMA:303] Library of Alexandria
2 [MM3:240] Misty Rainforest
2 [MM3:244] Scalding Tarn
2 [VMA:322] Tundra
3 [VMA:323] Underground Sea
1 [KTK:239] Polluted Delta
1 [WAR:61] Narset, Parter of Veils
1 [MM3:72] Griselbrand
1 [KTK:59] Treasure Cruise
SB: 2 [10E:88] Hurkyl's Recall
SB: 1 [VMA:14] Balance
SB: 1 [EMA:240] Karakas
SB: 4 [M11:101] Leyline of the Void
SB: 1 [V09:14] Tinker
SB: 1 [CHK:273] Boseiju, Who Shelters All
SB: 1 [MBS:99] Blightsteel Colossus
SB: 1 [ISD:36] Stony Silence
SB: 1 [WAR:221] Teferi, Time Raveler
SB: 1 [7ED:60] Arcane Laboratory
SB: 1 [SCG:93] Form of the Dragon