modern cruel control: why run white?

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so ive been looking at some cruel control decks and ive been thinking: why run white? whats wrong with a three color cruel deck? wouldnt 3 colors have a more "stable" mana base than 4 colors? please post your opinion or explination below
Stability isn't that big of an issue when you have fetches and duals. And white gives you access to Path to Exile, pretty much the best removal in Modern

(at)MrEnglish22

but is it really neccesary to have path to exile?
all im trying to say is that is it possible to run a 3 color cruel control deck and be able to compete in tournaments?
sure, its probably POSSIBLE, but when you're talking about running the best deck possible, there's no reason NOT to splash for the best removal spell in the format.

(at)MrEnglish22

White offers the following:


Path to Exile


Ajani Vengeant


Wrath of God


Gideon Jura


Elspeth, Knight-Errant


Esper Charm


Celestial Colonnade


Sorin, Lord of Innistrad (Post Dark Ascension)


Esper Charm is the big one.
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White offers the following:


Path to Exile


Ajani Vengeant


Wrath of God


Gideon Jura


Elspeth, Knight-Errant


Esper Charm


Celestial Colonnade


Sorin, Lord of Innistrad (Post Dark Ascension)




i have already stated that i think path to exile can be irrelivant.
ajani vengeant: great card, but again, really necessary?
wrath of god: damnation is the same thing exept black
gideon: too much mana (for a planeswalker and again, necessary?)
elseph: just like ajani great card, but really necessary?
esper charm: blightning is just as good
celestial colonnade: isnt creeping tar pit or lavaclaw reaches just as good?
the only card so far as to run white in this deck is the new sorin.
You're missing the point of Esper Charm. The discard is the one mode that isn't important. It's primarily used as instant-speed draw, with the enchantment destruction being a mildly useful bonus against certain things.

And the new Sorin is terrible in a control deck.
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So, your argument is that though it makes the deck better, you don't have to do it? Heck, it isn't necessary to play Cruel Ultimatum, there's so many other finishers, is it really necessary?
The point isn't that you don't -have- to do this, but it makes your deck BETTER. 

(at)MrEnglish22


i have already stated that i think path to exile can be irrelivant.
ajani vengeant: great card, but again, really necessary?
wrath of god: damnation is the same thing exept black
gideon: too much mana (for a planeswalker and again, necessary?)
elseph: just like ajani great card, but really necessary?
esper charm: blightning is just as good
celestial colonnade: isnt creeping tar pit or lavaclaw reaches just as good?
the only card so far as to run white in this deck is the new sorin.



Path's relevance isn't really the issue. The issue is that it's simply better than anything else. It costs less, doesn't have any targeting restrictions at all and pre-empts all the various stuff that destroy wouldn't. Gideon and Ajani may not be neccesary, but they're miles better than anything else allowed.

For Esper Charm and Colonade... you seem to be ignoring what this deck does. It's control. In the control matchup coloande does the same damage as reaches for 5 mana, and while you can't pump it for a one turn win, but it's bigger buttwise, blocks flyers and can block is huge. For Esper Charm, well, you do realize that we're the control here, right? The damage is irrelavant, but the possibility to draw cards, be an extra solution to enchantments that we're maindecking and the instant-speed all play into control's hands. You may very well just want to gut their hand, but being able to do it at their EoT, or (much more likely) draw during their EoT make it miles better.

The manabase may have it's pain, but it's not unstable and the options that white have give Cruel Control more power. Those cards may be "unneccasary", but their better than the options in other colors. 
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Luckily, we have stop-having-fun guys to remind us that having anything more than 60 cards in your deck is tantamount to being a rapist and anyone considering it should be strung up by their ****.
Also, Modern has literally perfect mana, so there's seriously little incentive not to run the white.