Sneak & Show by timclock on MtGO

Creatures (8)
4 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
4 Griselbrand

Non-Creature Spells (33)
3 Gitaxian Probe
4 Ponder
2 Preordain
4 Show and Tell
4 Brainstorm
2 Flusterstorm
4 Force of Will
4 Lotus Petal
2 Omniscience
4 Sneak Attack

Lands (19)
4 Ancient Tomb
1 City of Traitors
4 Island
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Mountain
1 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
3 Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
2 Blood Moon
2 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Pyroblast
2 Pyroclasm
2 Sudden Shock
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Through the Breach
1 Vendilion Clique

Summary

The favorability of certain combo decks in Legacy shifts greatly from tournament to tournament, but one deck has been popular in several iterations for many years, Sneak & Show. With Show and Tell as the primary way of cheating in a large creature, this combo deck is a 2 card combo that can effectively win the game through disruption like Force of Will as early as turn 1.

One of the unique qualities of Sneak & Show is that it plays a counter spell package built-in. Force of Will and Flusterstorm are the two most common counter spells that the deck plays, alongside Spell Pierce and sideboarded copies of Pyroblast. Unfortunately, due to using these spells to protect Show and Tell, this deck already plays at a mana disadvantage when fighting counter wars. Because of this, the fast mana that this deck has is crucial in order to go off on early turns.

Lotus Petal is the easiest and simplest way to get an extra mana in this format. In the land base, 4 copies of Ancient Tomb and 1 copy of City of Traitors gives the deck extra mana without taking up a non-land slot. Previous versions ran more copies of City of Traitors, but the slimming indicates that this deck is comfortable playing a slightly slower game in this particular metagame.

The two copies of Omniscience are an interesting and powerful inclusion. Before the banning of Dig Through Time, Omni-Tell was the superior Show and Tell deck, and the power of the namesake cards have transferred over to this deck. When casting Show and Tell, putting in Omniscience is very close to winning the game, as an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn to follow up allows you to take an extra turn immediately. Even if the powerful Eldrazi isn’t in your hand, this deck plays 13 spells that draw cards and Griselbrand, which when it finds Emrakul will represent 22 damage during the extra turn.

The sideboard of this deck is a classic one from Sneak & Show. Blood Moon helps shut off greedy manabases, Boseiju, Who Shelters All is incredible at forcing through Show and Tell, Jace, the Mind Sculptor is both a powerful draw spell and an alternate win con, and the copy of Through the Breach helps against opponents’ sideboard cards like Ashen Rider, which normally shut off Show and Tell.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Misty Rainforest

+1 City of Traitors

Sideboard

-2 Sudden Shock

-1 Vendilion Clique

+1 Red Elemental Blast

+1 Surgical Extraction

+1 Blood Moon

This is day 103 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 102 here, where we featured a Modern Delver deck that’s looking to play the tempo game from start to finish.

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