Welcome back ladies and gentlemen!
I am back with the second portion of this article to talk about Legacy! First, I want to touch a little bit on Standard and how the format has changed. It seems that both of my go to decks have fallen out of favor and I have been dabbling in Abzan Control since the release of Languish. Both decks have a very tough time recovering from a well timed Languish.
However a new challenger has arrived. Abzan Rally has come out of left field and taken the SCG world by storm. The deck is very powerful and doesn’t just fold to a Thoughtseize or wrath effect. It is resilient and powerful and that makes for a very good deck. A friend and I were talking about playing Rally the Ancestors at an open before Magic Origins debuted but at the time the aggressive decks were just too much for the deck to handle. We were running Nyx Weaver and Siege Rhino because our options were limited and we didn’t have anyway to keep going so we were all in on a one shot Rally the Ancestors but now with Den Protector, Nantuko Husk, and Collected Company opponents are in for the long haul against that deck.
Now for the real reason I am writing this article… Legacy.
After some brainstorming with friends I believe that I have found a deck that I can really rely on to win the SCG Invitational. It really took some thoughts seized from other people.
Tarmogoyf, Thoughtseize, Liliana of the Veil, Hymn to Tourach, and Deathrite Shamans!
You might be thinking “So you’re just going to play Jund again?” And the answer sadly is YnEoS.
I won’t be playing Jund exactly. I will be playing Shardless Sultai whichmyself and many people I talked to have dubbed the “Blue Jund.”
I am trading in my burn spells for draw spells and Force of Will. I am pretty sad that I will be losing red because I feel like red cards are very powerful in the eternal formats. IE. Blood Moon, Ancient Grudge, Lightning Bolt, Punishing Fire, Pyroblast, and Red Elemental Blast. All of the cards above are absolutely amazing cards and will devastate certain things.
Blue really is the go to color in Legacy. It really shows in how many copies of Brainstorm are in the top 16 or when players decided to mainboard Pyroblast.
It is very good in legacy and a blue deck that I can pick up and really play because I have played many of the cards already in other decks. I am excited and saddened that I am going to play this deck. I dislike giving up on my tried and true deck but I know that this is the better choice.
Someone posted a very interesting piece on Reddit back in May that I looked at. https://www.reddit.com/r/MTGLegacy/comments/3522py/scg_legacy_results_for_major_archetypes_dc/.
This person took all of the data available to them and compiled the information into this for all to see and it is quite the read and I recommend it to everyone. It has the win loss records for all top tier legacy decks currently and it is awesome to have handy when trying to meta-game vs a field.
A few things I really like about Shardless Sultai is that it really is just a value midrange style of deck. It plays awesome creatures amazing removal spells and has the ability to draw a lot of cards and help you find the answers that you are looking for.
I was playing a sideboarded game versus Death and Taxes this past Tuesday and I was able to Brainstorm fetch Brainstorm and find a Toxic Deluge to kill two Mother of Runes and a Phyrexian Revoker that was on my Liliana of the Veil. I then ticked down Liliana to kill a Mirran Crusader. I didn’t pay 2 life for the card because I was at 2 life and had two Deathrite Shamans and a Shardless Agent on the field. My opponent untapped and played a Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and I had a Jace, the Mind Sculptor and a freshly drawn Disfigure.
I really feel like Brainstorm is an odd card. It is powerful enough to have been restricted in Vintage and sees a heavy amount of play in every legacy tournament. I can see and note the power level of the card very easily and it is a difficult card to play without a doubt. Sometimes I feel like the card is too powerful and other times I am just casting it on turn 1 to be mana efficient.
I am enjoying this deck so far and my overall record with it is 8-4 which is a very good record with a deck you just picked up in a format that is so wide open.
Michael Braverman is a player that I have seen play this deck quite a bit. So I trust his judgement when it comes to this deck. He recently top 16ed the legacy open in Washington D.C. with the deck: http://sales.starcitygames.com//deckdatabase/displaydeck.php?DeckID=89139
I am sad that there aren’t any Meddling Mages in the sideboard anymore but I can see not having them. This deck plays very well against fair decks and has discard and Force of Will to be able to combat the non-fair decks. I really like the way the deck flows and how efficient the cards are. I am going to start fiddling with the list shown above but may switch some things around to suit my liking a little bit better.
Now is the time that I can really start to get some testing in. I have jammed games versus Omni-Tell, Miracles, Maverick, Death and Taxes, BUG Delver, RUG Delver, WUR Delver, Reanimator, Landstill, Aggro Loam, and a W/R Blood Moon Deck. This is a very wide range of decks and they only thing that is missing is a Stoneblade strategy but sadly the Standard environment is one that changes so rapidly that the deck you are testing today becomes irrelevant by next week.
I’m locked on my deck for legacy but the 75 is subject to change. I will need to keep an eye on standard and keep up with all the fluctuations with that format however.
Thanks for reading! and as always stay humble and hungry.