Maverick by Egget on MtGO

Creatures (28)
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Knight of the Reliquary
2 Mirran Crusader
4 Mother of Runes
2 Qasali Pridemage
2 Sanctum Prelate
2 Scryb Ranger
4 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Non-Creature Spells (11)
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Aether Vial
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

Lands (21)
2 Bayou
1 Forest
1 Karakas
2 Marsh Flats
2 Plains
2 Savannah
1 Scrubland
2 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wasteland
4 Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
2 Council’s Judgment
2 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Gaddock Teeg
1 Garruk Relentless
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Maze of Ith
3 Surgical Extraction
3 Zealous Persecution

Summary

Maverick is a Legacy aggro-disruption deck that plays efficiently-costed creatures while attempting to disrupt the opponent’s removal spells and disrupt their mana. It’s frequently compared to Death & Taxes due to the overlap in cards, but the extra color that Maverick includes makes it an entirely different entity.

One good way to look at Maverick is the differences between it and Death & Taxes. Deathrite Shaman, Knight of the Reliquary, Qasali Pridemage, and Scryb Ranger are all meaningful inclusions to the “D&T” shell. Deathrite Shaman accelerate your mana very quickly. It was deemed too good for Modern, and it is certainly one of the top cards in Legacy, despite having a little bit of friction with Knight of the Reliquary.

Speaking of Knight, it serves multiple uses in this deck. First of all, it’s an impressive beater that outsizes much of the format, and can push through a lot of damage when paired with Mother of Runes. It also very much likes to find more copies of Wasteland, which stunt the opponent’s mana growth while growing itself.

Qasali Pridemage is an excellent catch-all in Modern, especially against Miracles, which these types of decks can struggle against. Scryb Ranger combos meaningfully with Deathrite Shaman, Knight of the Reliquary, and Mother of Runes, but is mostly a role-player in this deck, and it isn’t vital to the deck’s strategy.

The rest of the deck looks a lot like Death & Taxes, which aims to disrupt the opponent on as many angles as possible. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Aether Vial help you to disrupt your opponent’s mana and effective ramp yours, while Sanctum Prelate offers a flexible option that has the power to single-handedly win a game given the right matchup.

The sideboard for this deck has two types of cards in it: one type lets the deck grind out advantages, and the other type aims to disrupt further in specific matchups. Garruk Relentless and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar let the deck grind with the best of them, while Ethersworn Canonist, Gaddock Teeg, Maze of Ith, Surgical Extraction, and Zealous Persecution have limited applications, but are extremely powerful in the matchups that they are included for.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Scryb Ranger

+1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Sideboard

-2 Council’s Judgment

-1 Garruk Relentless

+1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

+1 Qasali Pridemage

+1 Maelstrom Pulse

This is day 95 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 94 here, where we featured an innovative Modern deck that uses Goryo’s Vengeance as a value card, and not as a combo piece!

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