B/R Reanimator by Lethalbiscotti on MtGO

Creatures (10)
4 Chancellor of the Annex
4 Griselbrand
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
1 Sire of Insanity

Non-Creature Spells (38)
4 Dark Ritual
4 Entomb
4 Exhume
4 Faithless Looting
4 Reanimate
4 Thoughtseize
4 Unmask
4 Animate Dead
2 Chrome Mox
4 Lotus Petal

Lands (12)
2 Badlands
4 Bloodstained Mire
3 Polluted Delta
1 Scrubland
2 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
1 Blazing Archon
4 Collective Brutality
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1 Grave Titan
1 Inkwell Leviathan
3 Massacre
1 Tidespout Tyrant
3 Wear / Tear

Summary

Legacy combo archetypes have a tendency to not have just one deck contained within them. Storm has ANT and TES, who are ultimately similar, but have several critical differences that cause them to operate differently. Similarly, the archetype tag Reanimator can be applied to more than one type of deck. The more traditional version, which is U/B, uses blue for card draw and counter spells to protect its combo, as well as Show and Tell as an additional combo piece.

 

This version is B/R, and forgoes the blue cards for more fast mana, Faithless Looting, and Unmask. If these changes indicate anything about how this deck wants to operate in comparison to the classing U/B Reanimator, it’s clear that this version wants to be as fast as possible.

It’s not quite glass cannon, however. It has Unmask and Thoughtseize to protect its combo, and can play the long game if needed. Don’t be surprised if you end up hard-casting Sire of Insanity once or twice over the course of a tournament. It’ll feel really good, too. Another form of protection comes in Chancellor of the Annex. If it’s in your opening hand, it essentially buys you a full turn where your opponent is caught in the mud. It’s also not a bad target for your reanimation spells, which makes it a very appealing card for this deck.

The sideboard of this deck has several new reanimation targets, as well as 3 copies of Wear / Tear to deal with cards like Rest in Peace or Ensnaring Bridge, 3 copies of Massacre to help in the aggressive matchups, and 4 copies of Collective Brutality, which help against decks that are heavy on counter spells. All in all, the makeup of the sideboard makes a lot of sense for the strategy of this deck. The deck is streamlined and fast, meaning it wants to maximize its relevant draws in its opening hand. 1-ofs, and even 2-ofs don’t make a lot of sense when you’re not going to see many cards, if any, past your opening hand.

This deck has the power level to beat any deck in the format, the real deciding factor is how well you draw and how tight you play. I highly recommend giving it a shot if you’re looking for something a little different in Legacy. Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Chrome Mox

+1 Sire of Insanity

Sideboard

-1 Tidespout Tyrant

-1 Grave Titan

+2 Duress

This is day 69 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 68 here, where we featured a Standard deck that’s primed to have an excellent weekend at Grand Prix New Jersey.

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