Turbo Dark Depths by zday12345 on MtGO

Creatures (8)
4 Elvish Spirit Guide
4 Vampire Hexmage

Non-Creature Spells (29)
3 Expedition Map
4 Lotus Petal
3 Pithing Needle
4 Crop Rotation
4 Duress
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
3 Not of This World
4 Sylvan Scrying

Lands (23)
2 Bayou
2 Blooming Marsh
1 Bojuka Bog
4 Dark Depths
1 Ghost Quarter
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Sejiri Steppe
1 Shizo, Death’s Storehouse
1 Snow-Covered Forest
1 Snow-Covered Swamp
4 Thespian’s Stage
3 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Sideboard (15)
4 Abrupt Decay
1 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
2 Dread of Night
2 Faerie Macabre
1 Karakas
3 Sylvan Library
2 Tsunami

Summary

The powerful lands-only combo of Dark Depths and Thespian’s Stage has been a fixture of the Legacy format ever since the release of Gatecrash. Most decks that aim to take advantage of this combo do so in a prison shell, featuring cards like The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale and a Life from the Loam + Wasteland engine. This deck, however, is very different. It’s much more reliant on the combo and dedicates every card in the deck to protecting the combo or finding the combo itself.

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This deck forgoes the powerful synergies found with Exploration and Punishing Fire + Grove of the Burnwillows for Vampire Hexmage, which acts as another way of immediately comboing with Dark Depths. Crop Rotation, Expedition Map, and Sylvan Scrying can find you Thespian’s Stage or Dark Depths, while Duress and Inquisition of Kozilek protect the combo (I can’t realistically think of why Duress shouldn’t be Thoughtseize, so I’ll be making that simple swap at the end of the article).

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Not of This World and Pithing Needle also serve unique purposes when protecting the combo. Not of This World is excellent at protecting your Marit Lage from Swords to Plowshares, while Pithing Needle will frequently come down in the early turns of the game in order to name Wasteland, the one commonly-played card that disrupts the combo before it even gets going.

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Since it’s constantly searching its deck for lands, this deck can afford to play several lands that might not be optimal in producing correct mana, but offer utility in certain situations. Bojuka Bog can exile an opponent’s graveyard if they’re playing Dredge or Reanimator, Sejiri Steppe can be fetched at instant-speed through Crop Rotation to protect your Marit Lage, and Shizo, Death’s Storehouse lets your Marit Lage punch through pesky blockers, such as those from Lingering Souls.

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As it might be expected when taking a cursory glance at this deck, it struggles against Blood Moon, which frequently waxes and wanes in terms of its playability in the format. However, one should always be prepared for it, and the full playset of Abrupt Decay are effective against the enchantment. Boseiju, Who Shelters All is specifically included for Miracles, as it can break through a Counterbalance plus Sensei’s Divining Top lock. Sylvan Library and Tsunami are also excellent in that matchup. The games will go longer than you may anticipate, and running them out of their copies of Swords to Plowshares is entirely reasonable. Death & Taxes can give this deck trouble sometimes, but Dread of Night helps massively to that end.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-4 Duress

-1 Inquisition of Kozilek

+4 Thoughtseize

+1 Not of This World

Sideboard

-1 Karakas

+1 Inquisition of Kozilek

This is day 59 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 58 here, where we featured a Modern deck named after everyone’s favorite breakfast cereal.

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