Commander 2018 Subjective Reality Review and Upgrade

Subjective Reality
Designer: Wizards of the Coast
Commander (1)
Aminatou, the Fateshifter

Lands (40)
Arcane Sanctum
Azorius Chancery
Azorius Guildgate
Barren Moor
Command Tower
Dimir Aqueduct
Dimir Guildgate
Dismal Backwater
Forge of Heroes
Forsaken Sanctuary
Halimar Depths
Island
Isolated Watchtower
Jwar Isle Refuge
Lonely Sandbar
Meandering River
Mortuary Mire
New Benalia
Orzhov Basilica
Orzhov Guildgate
Plains
Scoured Barrens
Secluded Steppe
Sejiri Refuge
Submerged Boneyard
Swamp
Tranquil Cove
Creatures (26)
High Priest of Penance
Magus of the Balance
Sigiled Starfish
Boreas Charger
Jeskai Infiltrator
Loyal Subordinate
Pilgrim’s Eye
Yuriko, the Tiger’s Shadow
Conundrum Sphinx
Duskmantle Seer
Loyal Unicorn
Ninja of the Deep Hours
Varina, Lich Queen
Djinn of Wishes
Geode Golem
Mulldrifter
Night Incarnate
Phyrexian Delver
Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign
Adarkar Valkyrie
Sower of Discord
Sphinx of Jwar Isle
Enigma Sphinx
Serra Avatar
Silent-Blade Oni
Sphinx of Uthuun

Instants and Sorceries (22)
Brainstorm
Ponder
Portent
Predict
Telling Time
Treasure Hunt
Crib Swap
Dream Cache
Entreat the Angels
Entreat the Dead
Esper Charm
Mortify
Aethermage’s Touch
Return to Dust
Utter End
Devastation Tide
Akroma’s Vengeance
Banishing Stroke
Terminus
Aminatou’s Augury
Army of the Damned
Skull Storm

Other Spells (11)
Sol Ring
Azorius Signet
Dimir Signet
Mind Stone
Orzhov Signet
Commander’s Sphere
Crystal Ball
Seer’s Lantern
Cloudform
Lightform
Primordial Mist

Ok this looks like it is trying to do a lot of different things. Looking at the commanders in general Aminatou, the Fateshifter draws cards and flickers permanents with her first two abilities and the ultimate is switching the nonland permanents everybody controls….. Interesting. Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign cares about the top of your deck, as long as it has an odd CMC? Varina, Lich Queen the one I’m personally most excited about, ZOMBIES, and she doesn’t really belong here. Overall The deck seems to kinda do what it promises but it is very lacking. I think the deck should have been a little more control based.

Lets start with top deck manipulation. Some of these are not the cheapest and I can’t fault Wizards for not including some of these.

A fine showing to start, now this really looks like a control deck. One of the best card types for a control deck is planeswalkers. Some even come with more top deck manipulation.

Look at that all that value. Control wants to keep the board clean. Let’s look at some board wipes, starting with a couple classics.

Its feeling more like control. Next we want to look at some creatures that really belong here.

Now lets see what I, an aggro player, cooked up for this control deck

Aminatou Control
Designer: Andy Bentley
Test Build
Commander (1)
Aminatou, the Fateshifter

Lands (37)
Strip Mine
Wasteland
Ghost Quarter
Arid Mesa
Bloodstained Mire
Flooded Strand
Marsh Flats
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Verdant Catacombs
Windswept Heath
Celestial Colonade
Creeping Tar Pit
Arch of Orazca
Ash Barrens
Command Tower
Shambling Vent
Island
Swamp
Plains
Creatures (18)
Magus of the Balance
Loyal Subordinate
Djinn of Wishes
Sower of Discord
Sphinx of Jwar Isle
Riverwise Augur
Magus of the Future
Mulldrifter
Sphinx of Uthuun
Thassa, God of the Sea
Prognostic Sphinx
Torrential Gearhulk
Chromium, the Mutable
Consecrated Sphinx
Nezahal, Primal Tide
Doomed Traveler
The Scarab God
Lyra Dawnbringer

Instants and Sorceries (21)
Entreat the Angels
Entreat the Dead
Brainstorm
Fumigate
Wrath of God
Damnation
Evacuation
Terminus
Devastation Tide
Ponder
Serum Visions
Opt
Rout
Cyclonic Rift
Supreme Verdict
Merciless Eviction
Austere Command
Portent
Utter End
Anguished Unmaking
Aminatou’s Augury

Other Spells (22)
Sol Ring
Sensei’s Divining Top
Scroll Rack
Commander’s Sphere
Orzhov Signet
Azorious Signet
Dimir Signet
Crucible of Worlds
Jace the Mind Sculptor
Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
Elspeth, Sun’s Champoin
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Teferi, Temporal Archmage
Jace, Memory Adept
Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
Jace Beleren
Dovin Baan
Sorin, Grim Nemesis
Narset Transcendent
Soothsaying
Future Sight
Search for Azcanta

I really didn’t restrict myself to odd CMCs here, so Aminatou is the commander. I could rock this, even as an aggro player. There are some sweet interactions and awesome creatures. Feel free to use this list or pick pieces from it and do your own thing, there is no wrong way to build a deck. Give me some feedback in the comments with more ideas.