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Marlon Gutierrez wins 'Magic' Grand Prix Dallas Fort Worth with Orzhov Control

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On Dec. 8, 2013 Marlon Gutierrez fought his way through a field of 833 competitors to become the victor of "Magic" The Gathering" Grand Prix Dallas Fort Worth. There weren't just other players standing in Gutierrez's way of winning though: He had to overcome a "twelve hour trek through the ice and freezing rain." For his unrelinquishing effort and determination Gutierrez earned a coveted trophy, title, and check for $3,500. It was his deck though, Orzhov Control which helped him get there.

I chose it (Orzhov Control) because I'm in love with Vizkopa and Pack Rat. 14 removal spells and 6 discard spells are a perfect mix for this Grand Prix.

Gutierrez's Orzhov Control leads by stripping away any potential problematic cards that your opponent may be holding with a Thoughtseize, Duress, or Sin Collector. There's a diverse removal package in the form of Devour Flesh, Hero's Downfall, Last Breath, and Ultimate Price which will take care of most creatures your adversary may cast.

You'll win by riding the back of a Blood Baron of Vizkopa, Desecration Demon, or Pack Rat to victory fueled by card advantage from Underworld Connections. Mutavault can be pivotal against other control matchups.

Gutierrez's sideboard is packed with additional discard spells, removal, and a silver bullet Pithing Needle.

If you're looking for a powerful deck to play at your local Friday Night Magic event or on "Magic Online," check out the full list below.

Marlon Gutierrez's Orzhov Control:
Creatures (13)
4 Blood Baron of Vizkopa
4 Desecration Demon
4 Pack Rat
1 Sin Collector
Other Spells (22)
4 Devour Flesh
2 Duress
4 Hero's Downfall
2 Last Breath
4 Thoughtseize
2 Ultimate Price
4 Underworld Connections
Lands (25)
4 Godless Shrine
4 Temple of Silence
4 Mutavault
1 Plains
12 Swamp
Sideboard (15)
3 Dark Betrayal
1 Doom Blade
1 Duress
3 Lifebane Zombie
3 Pharika's Cure
1 Pithing Needle
1 Shrivel
2 Sin Collector

While this may be the first major win for the 30 year-old professor from Mexico City, Mexico, Guiterrez is no stranger to competitive play. Previous accomplishments include Top 64 at Grand Prix Guadalajara, Top 100 at Pro Tour Barcelona, and a Top 8 during the 2008 Nationals.

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