Food Chain by higor on MtGO

Creatures (19)
4 Baleful Strix
4 Deathrite Shaman
1 Eternal Scourge
3 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
3 Misthollow Griffin
4 Walking Ballista

Non-Creature Spells (22)
4 Food Chain
4 Abrupt Decay
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
3 Manipulate Fate
3 Ponder

Lands (19)
1 Bayou
1 Forest
2 Island
4 Misty Rainforest
3 Polluted Delta
1 Swamp
1 Tropical Island
2 Underground Sea
4 Verdant Catacombs

Sideboard (15)
2 Carpet of Flowers
1 Collective Brutality
2 Fatal Push
2 Golgari Charm
2 Mindbreak Trap
3 Surgical Extraction
3 Thoughtseize

Summary

Legacy is unique in just about every way, including the sheer range of playable decks. If there’s a particular strategy that you enjoy playing, Legacy will have a deck for you to try out. Midrange-Combo isn’t really something that exists in any other format, but Legacy is blessed with this deck, Food Chain. Primarily, Food Chain is a combo deck that is more than capable of playing a “fair” game.

The combo part of this deck comes through the powerful enchantment Food Chain. Once you have Food Chain in play, you can sacrifice either Eternal Scourge or Misthollow Griffin to make mana, then using that mana to cast either of those cards from exile. Since Food Chain sacrifices your creature for 1 more than its mana cost, you’ll be left with 1 mana left over. Then you can repeat this process infinitely to produce infinite mana.

 

You win through casting a Walking Ballista for X=infinite. Previously, this deck won through Emrakul, the Aeons Torn or other creatures that can use your infinite mana to good effect. Manipulate Fate‘s inclusion in this deck is fairly straightforward. It grabs you 3 copies of Misthollow Griffin into exile, essentially acting as Demonic Tutor for half of your combo that also draws a card. 4 copies is generally too much though, as any past the first are essentially 2 mana copies of Reach Through Mists.

The rest of the deck very closely resembles a Legacy midrange deck. Deathrite Shaman, Baleful Strix, and Leovold, Emissary of Trest are all very playable creatures in this format, and Abrupt Decay, Brainstorm, Force of Will, and Ponder are among the most commonly-played instants and sorceries in the format. The true strength of this deck comes not from its combo, but from its ability to play the fair game, contorting the opponent into respecting the combo throughout the game.

The sideboard has many of the usual suspects that you expect from a Legacy midrange deck’s sideboard, along with Carpet of Flowers, which is a very unique effect in Legacy. It can frequently be the most powerful mana-producer in the format in the matchups where you want it. Collective Brutality is an interesting inclusion. It seems a little low-impact a lot of the time, but it’s possible that the flexibility it offers makes it a better option than another Thoughtseize or another removal spell.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

No changes.

Sideboard

-1 Collective Brutality

-2 Mindbreak Trap

+2 Flusterstorm

+1 Thoughtseize

This is day 67 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 66 here, where we featured a powerful Modern combo deck that gained a really valuable tool from Eldritch Moon.

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