W/r Death & Taxes by egget on MtGO

Creatures (26)
3 Flickerwisp
2 Magus of the Moon
1 Mirran Crusader
4 Mother of Runes
1 Palace Jailer
2 Phyrexian Revoker
2 Recruiter of the Guard
1 Sanctum Prelate
1 Spirit of the Labyrinth
4 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
1 Vryn Wingmare

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

Lands (23)
2 Arid Mesa
3 Cavern of Souls
3 Flooded Strand
3 Karakas
3 Plains
1 Plateau
4 Rishadan Port
4 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
1 Magus of the Moon
1 Mirran Crusader
1 Sanctum Prelate
2 Council’s Judgment
2 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Faerie Macabre
1 Goblin Sharpshooter
2 Path to Exile
1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
1 Pithing Needle
1 Relic of Progenitus
1 Rest in Peace


The Death & Taxes archetype is one of Legacy’s most popular, and for good reason. It has game against so much of the format due to the variety of interesting creatures it can play. This version elects for a red splash for Magus of the Moon, which offers a lot of game against the format’s greedy manabases.

This deck has many of the same cards as Death & Taxes, and only has a few small differences. The Stoneforge Mystic package with Batterskull, Umezawa’s Jitte, and Sword of Fire and Ice is still intact, and Flickerwisp, Mother of Runes, and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben are all still critical pieces of the deck.

Aether Vial‘s inclusion should be no surprised, but it’s important to note its increased importance in this deck. Because this version of Death & Taxes is more prison-based than the traditional version, it needs to get its prison elements in place quickly, whereas the normal version can play a “regular” game of Magic and still be well off.

The inclusion of Recruiter of the Guard opens up a world of possibilities for this deck. Outside of Magus of the Moon, which is one of the big draws to splashing another color, Recruiter allows Mirran Crusader, Palace Jailer, Sanctum Prelate, Spirit of the Labyrinth, and Vryn Wingmare (which is essentially a 5th Thalia) to be valued inclusions in this deck. Similarly, it allows several impactful options in the sideboard. Ethersworn Canonist is a necessary inclusion to fight against Storm, Faerie Macabre can also be searched up to give more game against Dredge and other graveyard decks, and Goblin Sharpshooter is nigh unbeatable against Elves.

The rest of the sideboard is more copies of a few mainboard cards and several non-creature spells that are impactful in certain matchups. The 2 copies of Path to Exile act as the 5th and 6th copies of Swords to Plowshares in the matchups where they’re needed. Relic of Progenitus and Rest in Peace are the graveyard hate cards beyond Faerie Macabre. I don’t think that diversifying your graveyard hate is necessary in this deck, so I’ll be opting for Rest in Peace, which is the consensus best Death & Taxes graveyard hate card.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Flickerwisp

+1 Recruiter of the Guard


-1 Mirran Crusader

-1 Relic of Progenitus

+2 Rest in Peace

This is day 112 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 111 here, where we featured a Legacy deck that plays the most exciting Miracle card, Temporal Mastery.

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