Deck Of The Day #44 - UR Option For Legacy

Deck Of The Day #44 - UR Option For Legacy

Split Card Control!

Legacy is one of the most fertile formats in terms of ideas for this column. I don't know if it is because of the sheer amount of playable cards, or because Legacy players like to Explore, but the truth is that I find a lot of new ideas in Legacy formats - for example, this one by Shun Iwasaki - he used it to won a Legacy tournament in Hareruya (Tokyo). 

1 Faerie Conclave
4 Flooded Strand
4 Island
4 Mishra's Factory
4 Polluted Delta
1 Steam Vents
4 Volcanic Island
1 Wasteland
4 Snapcaster Mage
2 True-Name Nemesis
4 Brainstorm
2 Counterspell
3 Dead // Gone
3 Fire // Ice
4 Force of Will
1 Izzet Charm
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Pyroblast
3 Spell Snare
1 Set Adrift
2 Standstill
2 Engineered Explosives
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Dodecapod
1 Sower of Temptation
2 Sulfur Elemental
1 Firestorm
1 Flusterstorm
1 Harvest Pyre
1 Price of Progress
1 Red Elemental Blast
2 Smash to Smithereens
1 Roast
1 Pyrostatic Pillar
2 Relic of Progenitus

I see many beloved cards here. I don't know what's more to love: those Standstill? (which are very good if played on the 2nd turn and followed by a manland); the Fire // Ice ? which are very good at beating Elves, Infect, or being pitched to Force of Will? ; those Dead // Gones, which are also good against the aforementioned cards but also against Sneak and Show or Reanimator? Heck, we could even call this deck "Split Card Control"!

The deck plays like a port of Blue Moon into Legacy (just withouth the Blood Moons) or like a revival of those Standstill decks of yore. I love the number of singletons, which make this deck a Nightmare to play against. They are not much of a problem since they can be pitched to Izzet Charm or shuffled away with Brainstorm or Jace. Brainstorm just makes every Legacy deck so much better...

Winning once we have stablished control is not difficult - True-Name Nemesis is so good at killing opponents that it is not fun. Snapcaster Mage or the manlands can also act as backup killers if needed.

The sideboard is built on the same terms as the main deck (probably Iwasaki just thought about the cards he wanted to play in every matchup, thinking on the whole 75 cards instead of just 60+15 - this is something I totally recommend)


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