Stax is also known as Prison Control, and that probably gives everything away. Guess what, if you face this deck and it gets ahead of you, you really feel like you are imprisoned. Slowly losing all of your permanents while the opponent keeps on getting an advantage, that’s how it goes.

Smokestack has definitely been in some of my nightmares, laughing at me with their friends: Tangle WireSphere of Resistance, and powered up by Mishra’s Workshops. I get shivers just by thinking about it.

Óscar Canedo’s semifinalist deck at the 2023 Old Frame Vintage World Championship.


1 Black Lotus
4 Grafted Skullcap
2 Karn, Silver Golem
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Memory Jar
4 Metalworker
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
3 Powder Keg
4 Smokestack
1 Sol Ring
4 Sphere of Resistance
4 Tangle Wire
2 Nether Void


4 Goblin Welder


4 Badlands
2 City of Traitors
4 Mishra’s Workshop
1 Polluted Delta
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
2 Underground Sea
1 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland


2 Arcane Laboratory
2 Caltrops
3 Jester’s Cap
2 Karn, Silver Golem
3 Null Brooch
1 Powder Keg
2 Tormod’s Crypt

Black Lotus