U/R Midrange by ziggy_stardust on MtGO

Creatures (10)
1 Grim Lavamancer
4 Snapcaster Mage
3 True-Name Nemesis
2 Vendilion Clique

Non-Creature Spells (29)
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Forked Bolt
2 Temporal Mastery
4 Brainstorm
2 Counterspell
1 Electrolyze
1 Flusterstorm
4 Force of Will
1 Izzet Charm
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Pyroblast
1 Spell Pierce
3 Spell Snare
2 Sensei’s Divining Top

Lands (21)
1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Cavern of Souls
3 Flooded Strand
6 Island
2 Mountain
2 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
1 Grim Lavamancer
1 Flusterstorm
1 Pyroblast
1 Bonfire of the Damned
1 Electrickery
1 Pithing Needle
1 Price of Progress
2 Red Elemental Blast
2 Smash to Smithereens
1 Sulfur Elemental
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Tormod’s Crypt

Summary

During Treasure Cruise‘s go-round in Legacy, U/R archetypes were king of the format. Since its and Dig Through Time‘s bannings, Legacy is in a much healthier place color-wise, but it’s still very possible to pull out the counter spells and removal spells and do well in Legacy, just as this U/R Midrange deck has done on MtGO.

The notable lack of Delver of Secrets in this deck indicates strongly its central game plan. It doesn’t want to beat down from turn 1. Instead, it wants to out-value the opponent and then beat down hard once they have the card advantage game locked down. Snapcaster Mage‘s importance to this deck cannot be overstated.

Being able to effectively double the number of copies of Lightning Bolt and Brainstorm in your deck helps make the deck a more cohesive whole, and that 2/1 body will eventually win you the game a lot of the time. True-Name Nemesis is the only dedicated “beater” in this deck, but its aimed specifically at the format’s other midrange decks, especially those that have been trying to take advantage of the rising stock of Leovold, Emissary of Trest.

No cards in this deck stick out as odd, except for Temporal Mastery, which sticks out like a sore, 7 mana thumb. The card that many hyped up to be the best card ever printed in a Modern-legal set, the Time Walk mimic has seen next-to-no play in any format, including Standard, since its release. However, its prospects are probably best in Legacy, where hand and library manipulation is already playable in cards like Brainstorm and Sensei’s Divining Top. Due to the extra library manipulation in Sensei’s Divining Top, this deck can afford to play a lot of slightly situational 1-ofs and 2-ofs.

Similarly, due to the extra library manipulation, this deck’s sideboard can be filled with a variety of slightly situational cards and maximize the chances of drawing any of them. Electrickery and Bonfire of the Damned are not normal sideboard cards in Legacy, due to their very situational natures, but this deck gets to play both and not need to play multiples to rely on drawing them. Also, getting to Bonfire your opponent is one of the truest joys in life.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Pyroblast

-1 Flusterstorm

+1 Sensei’s Divining Top

+1 True-Name Nemesis

Sideboard

-1 Tormod’s Crypt

-1 Pithing Needle

+1 Flusterstorm

+1 Price of Progress

This is day 111 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 110 here, where we featured an innovative Modern tribal deck aiming to take advantage of powerful graveyard synergies.

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