Nic Fit by PunishingWaterfalls on MtGO

Creatures (17)
4 Baleful Strix
4 Deathrite Shaman
1 Emrakul, the Promised End
1 Eternal Witness
1 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
1 Scavenging Ooze
2 Tireless Tracker
3 Veteran Explorer

Non-Creature Spells (21)
1 Garruk Relentless
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Nissa, Vital Force
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
3 Pernicious Deed
3 Sensei’s Divining Top
3 Abrupt Decay
4 Cabal Therapy
2 Traverse the Ulvenwald

Lands (22)
2 Bayou
3 Forest
1 Island
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Phyrexian Tower
4 Polluted Delta
2 Swamp
1 Tropical Island
2 Underground Sea
2 Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
1 Damnation
1 Fatal Push
1 Golgari Charm
3 Lost Legacy
1 Negate
3 Pulse of Murasa
3 Surgical Extraction
1 Thoughtseize
1 To the Slaughter

Summary

Nic Fit is a Legacy ramp-control deck that aims to ramp early and then leverage powerful planeswalkers and value-producing creatures. For those who are curious, which should be just about everyone, the name “Nic Fit” comes from the creator of the deck who posted it on a Legacy message board (I can’t for the life of me remember which one it was), and meant to say that it was a “nice fit” for the format, but a typo would permanently effect the player’s creation forever.

Previous versions of this deck were more creature-focused, using cards like Thragtusk to gain value against the format’s removal spells. However, as newly-printed planeswalkers become more and more powerful, why not just limit the number of targets we have for our opponents’ Swords to Plowshares? Nic Fit is especially encouraged to play fewer creatures when planeswalkers like Garruk Relentless and Nissa, Vital Force are creature-makers themselves. The reason that these cards don’t see much play (if at all) in Legacy is due to the unfortunate fact that most of the time players never have the time to cast these cards. Legacy is a fast format, and you don’t want to die before you even get going. How, then, do we make sure that we get to cast our best cards?

The main ramp “combo” in the deck is the rarely-seen Veteran Explorer plus the powerful discard spell Cabal Therapy. This can give the deck access to 5 mana on turn 3, which is the perfect amount for Standard favorites Nissa, Vital Force and Ob Nixilis Reignited, as well as Jace, the Mind Sculptor with mana to spare, a Pernicious Deed to wipe the board, and several others. One thing that newer players in Legacy don’t notice about Pernicious Deed is that it names which permanent types it destroys, so planeswalkers can stick around even if you activate Deed for 10 mana. This interaction is incredibly powerful, and this deck aims to take advantage of it.

There’s also a small delirium sub-theme to this deck, which it didn’t have in previous iterations. Traverse the Ulvenwald is almost always reserved for when you have delirium, but its ability to search up your best creatures nullifies some of the inconsistencies in this deck. And, of course, would we even be talking about delirium if we didn’t have at least 1 Emrakul, the Promised End? The Standard-banned creature was deemed too powerful for the small format, but it still remains in eternal formats. Especially in Legacy, where shenanigans are frequently the best route to victory, taking control of your opponent’s turn can frequently be game over.

Nic Fit is certainly in the category of “those Legacy decks that you’ll see pop up every once in a while.” However, it’s a ton of fun to play and you get to operate on an axis that Legacy doesn’t frequently allow. I highly recommend picking it up if you’re looking to do something a little different in Legacy. Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Nissa, Vastwood Seer

-1 Tireless Tracker

-1 Windswept Heath

+1 Veteran Explorer

+1 Thragtusk

+1 Phyrexian Tower

Sideboard

-1 Golgari Charm

-3 Lost Legacy

-1 Negate

-3 Pulse of Murasa

-1 To the Slaughter

+1 Abrupt Decay

+1 Pernicious Deed

+3 Thoughtseize

+1 Fatal Push

+1 Thragtusk

+2 Krosan Grip

This is day 71 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 70 here, where we featured an innovative Standard deck that’s looking to break through in this rigid Standard format.

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