If you are new to Modern, choosing an established strategy is the safest way to safeguard the value of your purchases. Take Dredge or Tron; these strategies remain evergreen in the format due to their versatility, power and card quality. Luckily, there is something for everyone in that regard, even if you fancy playing something slower and more reactive.

Azorius Control is a timeless archetype that remains a strong contender in Modern. In a similar realm to Jund or Tron, it's an archetype that will always see play and generate plenty of success due to its continued support. However, Azorius Control leans on format knowledge and experience to warrant any success. These take a modest amount of time to develop, but doing so presents a high reward. It's common to see players such as Gabriel Nassif achieve fantastic success with Azorius Control in a metagame favored against it. It's a resilient strategy that rewards patience and astute deck building.

Another benefit of playing Azorius Control is that the archetype receives plenty of new options in every set, expanding on that already impressive arsenal. You can build Azorius Control in whichever way you see fit—which can be overwhelming if you are looking to create the strategy from scratch.

Budget Azorius Control

Fortunately, the core of Azorius Control is relatively affordable thanks to recent sets such as Double Masters. Not to mention, the heart of Azorius Control is made from commons and uncommons.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Azorius Control (Budget) by Emmmzyne

'Azorius Control (Budget)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Emmmzyne

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $193.84

Cards

Dovin's Veto

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.14

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This spell can't be countered.
Counter target noncreature spell.

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Celestial Colonnade

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $4.71

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Celestial Colonnade enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.
{3}{W}{U}: Until end of turn, Celestial Colonnade becomes a 4/4 white and blue Elemental creature with flying and vigilance. It's still a land.

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Glacial Fortress

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $4.99

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Glacial Fortress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or an Island.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Narset Transcendent

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $10.73

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+1: Look at the top card of your library. If it's a noncreature, nonland card, you may reveal it and put it into your hand.
−2: When you cast your next instant or sorcery spell from your hand this turn, it gains rebound. (Exile the spell as it resolves. At the beginning of your next upkeep, you may cast that card from exile without paying its mana cost.)
−9: You get an emblem with "Your opponents can't cast noncreature spells."

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Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.72

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+1: Until end of turn, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar becomes a 5/5 Human Soldier Ally creature with indestructible that's still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn.
0: Create a 2/2 white Knight Ally creature token.
−4: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +1/+1."

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Prairie Stream

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.52

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
Prairie Stream enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.85

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Field of Ruin

Market Price: $0.39

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles their library.

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Lyra Dawnbringer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $7.66

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Flying, first strike, lifelink
Other Angels you control get +1/+1 and have lifelink.

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Geist of Saint Traft

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.83

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Whenever Geist of Saint Traft attacks, create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying that's tapped and attacking. Exile that token at end of combat.

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Celestial Purge

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.22

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Exile target black or red permanent.

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Fact or Fiction

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.19

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Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

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Jace, Architect of Thought

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.69

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+1: Until your next turn, whenever a creature an opponent controls attacks, it gets -1/-0 until end of turn.
−2: Reveal the top three cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other on the bottom of your library in any order.
−8: For each player, search that player's library for a nonland card and exile it, then that player shuffles their library. You may cast those cards without paying their mana costs.

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Logic Knot

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.47

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {X}.

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Winds of Abandon

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.40

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Exile target creature you don't control. For each creature exiled this way, its controller searches their library for a basic land card. Those players put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their libraries.
Overload {4}{W}{W} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Mystic Gate

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $5.35

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{T}: Add {C}.
{W/U}, {T}: Add {W}{W}, {W}{U}, or {U}{U}.

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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.83

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Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}{U}, {T}: Scry 2.

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Timely Reinforcements

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.98

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If you have less life than an opponent, you gain 6 life. If you control fewer creatures than an opponent, create three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.17

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.17

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Damping Sphere

Market Price: $1.03

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.70

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({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Detention Sphere

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.13

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When Detention Sphere enters the battlefield, you may exile target nonland permanent not named Detention Sphere and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.
When Detention Sphere leaves the battlefield, return the exiled cards to the battlefield under their owner's control.

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Cataclysmic Gearhulk

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.51

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Vigilance
When Cataclysmic Gearhulk enters the battlefield, each player chooses an artifact, a creature, an enchantment, and a planeswalker from among the nonland permanents they control, then sacrifices the rest.

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Spell Snare

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.70

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 2.

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Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $6.52

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
As Hallowed Fountain enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Archmage's Charm

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.91

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell.
• Target player draws two cards.
• Gain control of target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 1 or less.

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Opt

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.09

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Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
Draw a card.

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Stony Silence

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.03

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Activated abilities of artifacts can't be activated.

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Disenchant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.37

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $6.33

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Torrential Gearhulk

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.87

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Flash
When Torrential Gearhulk enters the battlefield, you may cast target instant card from your graveyard without paying its mana cost. If that spell would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead.

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Wrath of God

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $20.36

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Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

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Mana Leak

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Restoration Angel

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.30

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Flash
Flying
When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.

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Wall of Omens

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.23

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Defender
When Wall of Omens enters the battlefield, draw a card.

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Settle the Wreckage

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.93

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Exile all attacking creatures target player controls. That player may search their library for that many basic land cards, put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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The build above will serve well in an FNM environment, allowing you to build an understanding of the strategy. Compared to optimized Azorius Control builds, I have added a few more haymakers to ensure you can close out the game.

Long was the time that running four Celestial Colonnade seemed optimal in Azorius Control, but thanks to Mystic Sanctuary, these numbers are beginning to dwindle. For budgeting purposes, I have added two copies of Celestial Colonnade to guarantee a threat. Also, I have included one copy of Torrential Gearhulk, which offers extra value alongside Restoration Angel.

One of the biggest draws to playing Azorius Control is the superfriends subtheme, and some of the most effective planeswalkers fall into the Azorius color pairing. Even on a budget, you can run decent imitations of the more expensive planeswalkers. Narset, Parter of Veils denies resources, Jace, Architect of Thought generates card draw, and Narset Transcendent can give your instants and sorceries rebound. Going back to the point made earlier, I have included one copy of Gideon, Ally of Zendikar as an additional win condition. Sometimes with Azorius Control, you may struggle to close out the game due to the nature of the strategy. As insurance, I have included threats that can attack all angles so you don't fall to a draw or a close loss.

Semi-Optimal Azorius Control

Once you have your bearings with budget Azorius Control, you can begin to expand into more reliable win conditions and options.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Azorius Control (Semi-Optimal) by Emmmzyne

'Azorius Control (Semi-Optimal)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Emmmzyne

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $355.24

Cards

Opt

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.09

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Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
Draw a card.

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.70

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({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Restoration Angel

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.30

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Flash
Flying
When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.

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Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $8.94

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Each opponent can cast spells only any time they could cast a sorcery.
+1: Until your next turn, you may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash.
−3: Return up to one target artifact, creature, or enchantment to its owner's hand. Draw a card.

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Disenchant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.37

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Prairie Stream

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.52

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
Prairie Stream enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Celestial Colonnade

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $4.71

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Celestial Colonnade enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.
{3}{W}{U}: Until end of turn, Celestial Colonnade becomes a 4/4 white and blue Elemental creature with flying and vigilance. It's still a land.

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Flooded Strand

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a Plains or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $6.33

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Cataclysmic Gearhulk

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.51

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Vigilance
When Cataclysmic Gearhulk enters the battlefield, each player chooses an artifact, a creature, an enchantment, and a planeswalker from among the nonland permanents they control, then sacrifices the rest.

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Stony Silence

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.03

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Activated abilities of artifacts can't be activated.

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Wall of Omens

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.23

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Defender
When Wall of Omens enters the battlefield, draw a card.

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Mystic Gate

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $5.35

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{T}: Add {C}.
{W/U}, {T}: Add {W}{W}, {W}{U}, or {U}{U}.

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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.83

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Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}{U}, {T}: Scry 2.

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Spell Snare

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.70

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 2.

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $12.51

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

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Damping Sphere

Market Price: $1.03

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $20.68

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+1: Draw a card. At the beginning of the next end step, untap up to two lands.
−3: Put target nonland permanent into its owner's library third from the top.
−8: You get an emblem with "Whenever you draw a card, exile target permanent an opponent controls."

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Detention Sphere

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.13

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When Detention Sphere enters the battlefield, you may exile target nonland permanent not named Detention Sphere and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.
When Detention Sphere leaves the battlefield, return the exiled cards to the battlefield under their owner's control.

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Mana Leak

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Timely Reinforcements

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.98

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If you have less life than an opponent, you gain 6 life. If you control fewer creatures than an opponent, create three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.17

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Dovin's Veto

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.14

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This spell can't be countered.
Counter target noncreature spell.

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Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $6.52

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
As Hallowed Fountain enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Lyra Dawnbringer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $7.66

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Flying, first strike, lifelink
Other Angels you control get +1/+1 and have lifelink.

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.85

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Celestial Purge

Color Identity:W

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Exile target black or red permanent.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.17

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $15.99

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Cryptic Command

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $22.43

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Choose two —
• Counter target spell.
• Return target permanent to its owner's hand.
• Tap all creatures your opponents control.
• Draw a card.

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Settle the Wreckage

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.93

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Exile all attacking creatures target player controls. That player may search their library for that many basic land cards, put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Field of Ruin

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles their library.

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Logic Knot

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.47

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {X}.

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Winds of Abandon

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.40

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Exile target creature you don't control. For each creature exiled this way, its controller searches their library for a basic land card. Those players put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their libraries.
Overload {4}{W}{W} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.72

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+1: Until end of turn, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar becomes a 5/5 Human Soldier Ally creature with indestructible that's still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn.
0: Create a 2/2 white Knight Ally creature token.
−4: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +1/+1."

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Supreme Verdict

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $5.12

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy all creatures.

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Geist of Saint Traft

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.83

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Whenever Geist of Saint Traft attacks, create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying that's tapped and attacking. Exile that token at end of combat.

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In regards to upgrades, I would begin by picking up Flooded Strand and both Teferi, Time Raveler and Teferi, Hero of Dominaria first.

Maindeck

Admittedly, there is plenty to acquire here, but it's all strict upgrades on budget alternatives. As mentioned above, I strongly recommend picking up Flooded Strand and both Teferi's first, as these will make the most significant impact. Otherwise, Cryptic Command and Supreme Verdict are hallmark cards within the archetype that you'll always be happy to see.

Brazen Borrower is a newer addition to Azorius Control that is beginning to see play over Vendilion Clique. Brazen Borrower is better in the current Modern environment as the format is very permanent-based, which means Brazen Borrower creates excellent tempo. Not to mention, a 3/1 body is enough to close out games. Vendilion Clique is ideal within the right metagame, especially if you are beginning to see more combo strategies such as Ad Nauseam or Storm. Ultimately, it is up to you on which you prefer, but I have included Brazen Borrower given how good it is in Modern at present.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Azorius Control (Semi-Optimal - Part 2) by Emmmzyne

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Modern

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Cards

Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $8.94

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Each opponent can cast spells only any time they could cast a sorcery.
+1: Until your next turn, you may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash.
−3: Return up to one target artifact, creature, or enchantment to its owner's hand. Draw a card.

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Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $20.68

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+1: Draw a card. At the beginning of the next end step, untap up to two lands.
−3: Put target nonland permanent into its owner's library third from the top.
−8: You get an emblem with "Whenever you draw a card, exile target permanent an opponent controls."

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Celestial Colonnade

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $4.71

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Celestial Colonnade enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.
{3}{W}{U}: Until end of turn, Celestial Colonnade becomes a 4/4 white and blue Elemental creature with flying and vigilance. It's still a land.

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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.83

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Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}{U}, {T}: Scry 2.

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Opt

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.09

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Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
Draw a card.

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Detention Sphere

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.13

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When Detention Sphere enters the battlefield, you may exile target nonland permanent not named Detention Sphere and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.
When Detention Sphere leaves the battlefield, return the exiled cards to the battlefield under their owner's control.

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Flooded Strand

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a Plains or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.17

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $12.51

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

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Restoration Angel

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.30

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Flash
Flying
When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.

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Force of Negation

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $42.93

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If it's not your turn, you may exile a blue card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target noncreature spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $6.33

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Cryptic Command

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $22.43

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Choose two —
• Counter target spell.
• Return target permanent to its owner's hand.
• Tap all creatures your opponents control.
• Draw a card.

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Mana Leak

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.37

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.17

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Stony Silence

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.03

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Activated abilities of artifacts can't be activated.

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Timely Reinforcements

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.98

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If you have less life than an opponent, you gain 6 life. If you control fewer creatures than an opponent, create three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.

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Logic Knot

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.47

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {X}.

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Wall of Omens

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.23

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Defender
When Wall of Omens enters the battlefield, draw a card.

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Dovin's Veto

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.14

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This spell can't be countered.
Counter target noncreature spell.

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Polluted Delta

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.72

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+1: Until end of turn, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar becomes a 5/5 Human Soldier Ally creature with indestructible that's still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn.
0: Create a 2/2 white Knight Ally creature token.
−4: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +1/+1."

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Geist of Saint Traft

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.83

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Whenever Geist of Saint Traft attacks, create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying that's tapped and attacking. Exile that token at end of combat.

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.70

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({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $15.99

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Lyra Dawnbringer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $7.66

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Flying, first strike, lifelink
Other Angels you control get +1/+1 and have lifelink.

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.85

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Cataclysmic Gearhulk

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.51

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Vigilance
When Cataclysmic Gearhulk enters the battlefield, each player chooses an artifact, a creature, an enchantment, and a planeswalker from among the nonland permanents they control, then sacrifices the rest.

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Field of Ruin

Market Price: $0.39

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles their library.

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Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $6.52

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
As Hallowed Fountain enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Mystic Gate

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $5.35

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{T}: Add {C}.
{W/U}, {T}: Add {W}{W}, {W}{U}, or {U}{U}.

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Supreme Verdict

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $5.12

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy all creatures.

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Damping Sphere

Market Price: $1.03

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Settle the Wreckage

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.93

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Exile all attacking creatures target player controls. That player may search their library for that many basic land cards, put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Celestial Purge

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.22

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Exile target black or red permanent.

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Winds of Abandon

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.40

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Exile target creature you don't control. For each creature exiled this way, its controller searches their library for a basic land card. Those players put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their libraries.
Overload {4}{W}{W} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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After that, the upgrades are marginal but effective.

Maindeck

* 1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar moved to the sideboard replacing 1 Disenchant

Similar to the previous list, I'm adding Polluted Delta to encourage deck filtering so you can mitigate flood and draw into more threats. As blue is the primary color, it's important to have access to blue in all of your fetches. If you have them already, Scalding Tarn and Misty Rainforest are suitable options instead of Polluted Delta.

Force of Negation is the big purchase in terms of upgrades, as it plays a critical role in Azorius Control.

Before, you would have to keep mana open to interact with your opponent. Now with Force of Negation, you can tap out and cast a threat without pulling the shields down for a turn. It's an incredible card that comes at a demanding price tag. Unfortunately, it does not look like a reprint is not on the horizon, so you may have to pick these up slowly. However, using Archmage's Charm as a placeholder is a decent option, as it gives you a flexible answer to various threats. It's not uncommon to see lists run 2 Force of Negation and 1 Archmage's Charm for versatility—that could be a comfortable option for you.

Optimal Azorius Control

To optimize the strategy, incorporate Snapcaster Mage and Jace, the Mind Sculptor, which go a long way to encourage wins.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Azorius Control (Optimal) by Emmmzyne

'Azorius Control (Optimal)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Emmmzyne

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $764.41

Cards

Winds of Abandon

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.40

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Exile target creature you don't control. For each creature exiled this way, its controller searches their library for a basic land card. Those players put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their libraries.
Overload {4}{W}{W} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Polluted Delta

Market Price: $28.01

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Mystic Gate

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $5.35

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{T}: Add {C}.
{W/U}, {T}: Add {W}{W}, {W}{U}, or {U}{U}.

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Supreme Verdict

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $5.12

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy all creatures.

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Geist of Saint Traft

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.83

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Whenever Geist of Saint Traft attacks, create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying that's tapped and attacking. Exile that token at end of combat.

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Mana Leak

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Opt

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.09

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Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
Draw a card.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Celestial Purge

Color Identity:W

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Exile target black or red permanent.

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Flooded Strand

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a Plains or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Stony Silence

Color Identity:W

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Activated abilities of artifacts can't be activated.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.17

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Lyra Dawnbringer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $7.66

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Flying, first strike, lifelink
Other Angels you control get +1/+1 and have lifelink.

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Snapcaster Mage

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $39.26

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Flash
When Snapcaster Mage enters the battlefield, target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost. (You may cast that card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Damping Sphere

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Detention Sphere

Color Identity:U,W

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When Detention Sphere enters the battlefield, you may exile target nonland permanent not named Detention Sphere and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.
When Detention Sphere leaves the battlefield, return the exiled cards to the battlefield under their owner's control.

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $15.99

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Cryptic Command

Color Identity:U

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Choose two —
• Counter target spell.
• Return target permanent to its owner's hand.
• Tap all creatures your opponents control.
• Draw a card.

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Logic Knot

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.47

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {X}.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.17

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Cataclysmic Gearhulk

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.51

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Vigilance
When Cataclysmic Gearhulk enters the battlefield, each player chooses an artifact, a creature, an enchantment, and a planeswalker from among the nonland permanents they control, then sacrifices the rest.

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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.83

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Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}{U}, {T}: Scry 2.

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Field of Ruin

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles their library.

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Force of Negation

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $42.93

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If it's not your turn, you may exile a blue card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target noncreature spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $8.94

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Each opponent can cast spells only any time they could cast a sorcery.
+1: Until your next turn, you may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash.
−3: Return up to one target artifact, creature, or enchantment to its owner's hand. Draw a card.

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Search for Azcanta // Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.32

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At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may put it into your graveyard. Then if you have seven or more cards in your graveyard, you may transform Search for Azcanta.

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Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $45.26

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+2: Look at the top card of target player's library. You may put that card on the bottom of that player's library.
0: Draw three cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.
−1: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
−12: Exile all cards from target player's library, then that player shuffles their hand into their library.

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Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $6.52

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
As Hallowed Fountain enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $20.68

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+1: Draw a card. At the beginning of the next end step, untap up to two lands.
−3: Put target nonland permanent into its owner's library third from the top.
−8: You get an emblem with "Whenever you draw a card, exile target permanent an opponent controls."

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Celestial Colonnade

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $4.71

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Celestial Colonnade enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.
{3}{W}{U}: Until end of turn, Celestial Colonnade becomes a 4/4 white and blue Elemental creature with flying and vigilance. It's still a land.

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.70

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({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Timely Reinforcements

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.98

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If you have less life than an opponent, you gain 6 life. If you control fewer creatures than an opponent, create three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.

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Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.72

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+1: Until end of turn, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar becomes a 5/5 Human Soldier Ally creature with indestructible that's still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn.
0: Create a 2/2 white Knight Ally creature token.
−4: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +1/+1."

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Dovin's Veto

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.14

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This spell can't be countered.
Counter target noncreature spell.

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $12.51

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.37

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $6.33

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Settle the Wreckage

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.93

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Exile all attacking creatures target player controls. That player may search their library for that many basic land cards, put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Maindeck

Although expensive, Jace, the Mind Sculptor is a fantastic way to leverage the game in your favor. Fortunately, you only need to pick up two as that's the standard in these builds, but it can be an expensive acquisition. Once again, Jace is beginning to decrease in price thanks to a reprint in Double Masters.

I expect this to be a temporary trend, so I suggest picking these up as soon as you can as it won't be this low forever.

Rounding out the upgrades are Snapcaster Mage and Search for Azcanta. As mentioned in my recent Grixis Death's Shadow article, Snapcaster Mage is a Modern staple that provides plenty of value in your favor. Due to this, it keeps a high price tag. However, most Azorius Control lists have two to three copies included, which makes this a little easier to achieve.

Search for Azcanta may seem a late inclusion given how cheap it is, but as I am removing the Restoration Angel package, there is room to add a little deck filtering. Not to mention, Search for Azcanta is fantastic in the late game, allowing you to Impulse thanks to Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin.

Optimal Azorius Control ft. Stoneforge Mystic

One of the benefits of playing Azorius Control is that it is highly customizable. If you aren't feeling the traditional variant, you can opt for the Stoneforge Mystic package that is seeing regular success due to its aggression.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Azorius Control (Optimal - Stoneforge Mystic) by Emmmzyne

'Azorius Control (Optimal - Stoneforge Mystic)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Emmmzyne

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Modern

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Cards

Celestial Colonnade

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $4.71

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Celestial Colonnade enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.
{3}{W}{U}: Until end of turn, Celestial Colonnade becomes a 4/4 white and blue Elemental creature with flying and vigilance. It's still a land.

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Geist of Saint Traft

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.83

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Whenever Geist of Saint Traft attacks, create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying that's tapped and attacking. Exile that token at end of combat.

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Mana Leak

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Logic Knot

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.47

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {X}.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.17

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.72

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+1: Until end of turn, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar becomes a 5/5 Human Soldier Ally creature with indestructible that's still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn.
0: Create a 2/2 white Knight Ally creature token.
−4: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +1/+1."

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $12.51

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

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Supreme Verdict

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $5.12

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy all creatures.

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Damping Sphere

Market Price: $1.03

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Stoneforge Mystic

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $18.12

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When Stoneforge Mystic enters the battlefield, you may search your library for an Equipment card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
{1}{W}, {T}: You may put an Equipment card from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $15.99

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Mystic Gate

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $5.35

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{T}: Add {C}.
{W/U}, {T}: Add {W}{W}, {W}{U}, or {U}{U}.

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Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $6.52

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
As Hallowed Fountain enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Lyra Dawnbringer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $7.66

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Flying, first strike, lifelink
Other Angels you control get +1/+1 and have lifelink.

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Snapcaster Mage

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $39.26

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Flash
When Snapcaster Mage enters the battlefield, target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost. (You may cast that card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Dovin's Veto

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.14

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This spell can't be countered.
Counter target noncreature spell.

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Timely Reinforcements

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.98

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If you have less life than an opponent, you gain 6 life. If you control fewer creatures than an opponent, create three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.

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Cataclysmic Gearhulk

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.51

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Vigilance
When Cataclysmic Gearhulk enters the battlefield, each player chooses an artifact, a creature, an enchantment, and a planeswalker from among the nonland permanents they control, then sacrifices the rest.

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $6.33

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Sword of Feast and Famine

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Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from black and from green.
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card and you untap all lands you control.
Equip {2}

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Celestial Purge

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.22

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Exile target black or red permanent.

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Sword of Fire and Ice

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Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from blue.
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, Sword of Fire and Ice deals 2 damage to any target and you draw a card.
Equip {2}

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.37

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $20.68

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+1: Draw a card. At the beginning of the next end step, untap up to two lands.
−3: Put target nonland permanent into its owner's library third from the top.
−8: You get an emblem with "Whenever you draw a card, exile target permanent an opponent controls."

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Opt

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.09

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Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
Draw a card.

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Flooded Strand

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a Plains or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.17

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Stony Silence

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.03

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Activated abilities of artifacts can't be activated.

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Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $8.94

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Each opponent can cast spells only any time they could cast a sorcery.
+1: Until your next turn, you may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash.
−3: Return up to one target artifact, creature, or enchantment to its owner's hand. Draw a card.

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Force of Negation

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $42.93

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If it's not your turn, you may exile a blue card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target noncreature spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Settle the Wreckage

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Exile all attacking creatures target player controls. That player may search their library for that many basic land cards, put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Mystic Sanctuary

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({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Castle Vantress

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Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}{U}, {T}: Scry 2.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Field of Ruin

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles their library.

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Batterskull

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Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, create a 0/0 black Germ creature token, then attach this to it.)
Equipped creature gets +4/+4 and has vigilance and lifelink.
{3}: Return Batterskull to its owner's hand.
Equip {5}

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Jace, the Mind Sculptor

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+2: Look at the top card of target player's library. You may put that card on the bottom of that player's library.
0: Draw three cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.
−1: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
−12: Exile all cards from target player's library, then that player shuffles their hand into their library.

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Polluted Delta

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Cryptic Command

Color Identity:U

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Choose two —
• Counter target spell.
• Return target permanent to its owner's hand.
• Tap all creatures your opponents control.
• Draw a card.

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To include the Stoneforge Mystic package, you have to trade some interaction for raw power.

Maindeck

Fortunately, as you can draw so many cards, shaving Path to Exile and Teferi, Time Raveler won't be a huge loss. Adding Stoneforge Mystic grants you an additional win condition that isn't just chipping in with Snapcaster Mage or locking the opponent out with Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. Sword of Feast and Famine is in an excellent spot thanks to the resurgence of Death's Shadow and Jund, and Batterskull is backbreaking against Prowess archetypes. If you can afford it, I suggest picking up Stoneforge Mystic and the equipment as it's well positioned in Modern at present. Not to mention, it's excellent within Azorius Control that provides a quicker clock compared to traditional variants.

Optimal Azorius Control ft. Miracles

Although not as popular at present, there is an option to include a Miracle subtheme with Entreat the Angels and Terminus. Often you see Azorius Miracle Control when Modern becomes heavily aggressive or creature-focused, including strategies as Dredge or Five-color Humans.

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Cards

Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.70

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({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Timely Reinforcements

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.98

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If you have less life than an opponent, you gain 6 life. If you control fewer creatures than an opponent, create three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.

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Cataclysmic Gearhulk

Color Identity:W

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Vigilance
When Cataclysmic Gearhulk enters the battlefield, each player chooses an artifact, a creature, an enchantment, and a planeswalker from among the nonland permanents they control, then sacrifices the rest.

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Damping Sphere

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Opt

Color Identity:U

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Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
Draw a card.

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Force of Negation

Color Identity:U

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If it's not your turn, you may exile a blue card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target noncreature spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Terminus

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.23

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Put all creatures on the bottom of their owners' libraries.
Miracle {W} (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)

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Search for Azcanta // Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin

Color Identity:U

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At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may put it into your graveyard. Then if you have seven or more cards in your graveyard, you may transform Search for Azcanta.

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Polluted Delta

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Color Identity:U,W

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+1: Draw a card. At the beginning of the next end step, untap up to two lands.
−3: Put target nonland permanent into its owner's library third from the top.
−8: You get an emblem with "Whenever you draw a card, exile target permanent an opponent controls."

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Snapcaster Mage

Color Identity:U

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Flash
When Snapcaster Mage enters the battlefield, target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost. (You may cast that card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

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Celestial Purge

Color Identity:W

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Exile target black or red permanent.

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Cryptic Command

Color Identity:U

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Choose two —
• Counter target spell.
• Return target permanent to its owner's hand.
• Tap all creatures your opponents control.
• Draw a card.

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Dovin's Veto

Color Identity:U,W

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This spell can't be countered.
Counter target noncreature spell.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Mana Leak

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Flooded Strand

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a Plains or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

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Each opponent can cast spells only any time they could cast a sorcery.
+1: Until your next turn, you may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash.
−3: Return up to one target artifact, creature, or enchantment to its owner's hand. Draw a card.

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Geist of Saint Traft

Color Identity:U,W

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Whenever Geist of Saint Traft attacks, create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying that's tapped and attacking. Exile that token at end of combat.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Entreat the Angels

Color Identity:W

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Create X 4/4 white Angel creature tokens with flying.
Miracle {X}{W}{W} (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)

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Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

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+1: Until end of turn, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar becomes a 5/5 Human Soldier Ally creature with indestructible that's still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn.
0: Create a 2/2 white Knight Ally creature token.
−4: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +1/+1."

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Lyra Dawnbringer

Color Identity:W

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Flying, first strike, lifelink
Other Angels you control get +1/+1 and have lifelink.

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Settle the Wreckage

Color Identity:W

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Exile all attacking creatures target player controls. That player may search their library for that many basic land cards, put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Field of Ruin

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles their library.

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Stony Silence

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Activated abilities of artifacts can't be activated.

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Winds of Abandon

Color Identity:W

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Exile target creature you don't control. For each creature exiled this way, its controller searches their library for a basic land card. Those players put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their libraries.
Overload {4}{W}{W} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Mystic Gate

Color Identity:U,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{W/U}, {T}: Add {W}{W}, {W}{U}, or {U}{U}.

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Celestial Colonnade

Color Identity:U,W

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Celestial Colonnade enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.
{3}{W}{U}: Until end of turn, Celestial Colonnade becomes a 4/4 white and blue Elemental creature with flying and vigilance. It's still a land.

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Logic Knot

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.47

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {X}.

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Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Color Identity:U

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+2: Look at the top card of target player's library. You may put that card on the bottom of that player's library.
0: Draw three cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.
−1: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
−12: Exile all cards from target player's library, then that player shuffles their hand into their library.

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Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
As Hallowed Fountain enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

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Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}{U}, {T}: Scry 2.

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If you have optimized Azorius Control and want to switch to Miracles, I recommend making these small changes.

The fourth Snapcaster Mage is not essential, but would benefit this variant greatly. You can get away with three, but there are instances where casting a Terminus for its native mana cost will come up with Snapcaster Mage's enters-the-battlefield ability. A quick note that the sideboard remains mostly unchanged throughout this piece as it is already optimized. Azorius Control sideboards include cheap countermagic and threats which are already affordable. You may want to change a few cards to reflect your metagame, but this sideboard will give you a decent bearing until then.

As mentioned before, Azorius Control relies on format knowledge and clever deckbuilding to get ahead. It's far from an easy strategy to pick up, but it will grant you skills that can transfer into other archetypes. Azorius Control can struggle when the metagame is fresh and unsolved, but over time, it remains one of the best archetypes you can play in Modern, as long as you have a little patience.