U/W Miracles by sunsong on MtGO

Creatures (8)
1 Dragonlord Ojutai
1 Palace Jailer
4 Snapcaster Mage
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Venser, Shaper Savant

Non-Creature Spells (31)
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Council’s Judgment
4 Ponder
2 Supreme Verdict
1 Terminus
1 Banishing Stroke
4 Brainstorm
2 Counterspell
1 Flusterstorm
4 Force of Will
1 Mana Leak
1 Negate
1 Spell Pierce
2 Spell Snare
4 Swords to Plowshares

Lands (21)
2 Cavern of Souls
4 Flooded Strand
5 Island
1 Karakas
1 Minamo, School at Water’s Edge
2 Plains
3 Scalding Tarn
3 Tundra

Sideboard (15)
1 Flusterstorm
2 Back to Basics
1 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Containment Priest
1 Disenchant
2 Invasive Surgery
1 Mindbreak Trap
1 Pithing Needle
1 Redirect
1 Relic of Progenitus
2 Teferi’s Response

Summary

U/W Miracles? But Sensei’s Divining Top was banned! Sure, this deck isn’t quite the Miracles deck that was dominating Legacy until the recent banned list update, but it still has an extremely high power level once the deck’s overall strategy has been adjusted.

 

With the Sensei’s Divining Top + Counterbalance soft lock no longer an option, this deck is forced to play more creatures that will close games out. Previous iterations of Miracles have played Stoneforge Mystic and Batterskull, but this deck opts for bigger, more impactful creatures. Vendilion Clique and Venser, Shaper Savant were classified as “sometimes” inclusions in Miracles previously, but they are both included now, and their synergy with Cavern of Souls and Karakas is hard to beat for slower decks.

 

Similarly, the card advantage created by Dragonlord Ojutai is hard to come back from if it’s allowed to remain alive for several turns. This can also be achieved by having a Minamo, School at Water’s Edge in play, essentially giving Ojutai vigilance.

Interestingly, Terminus still remains as a 1-of in this deck, despite the lack of Sensei’s Divining Top making it the best sweeper in the format. Supreme Verdict comes in to supplement the sweeper suite. Banishing Stroke is the other miracle in this deck, and when it’s miracle’d it turns into a better Swords to Plowshares. Because of these high casting cost miracles needing to be out of the hand, Brainstorm is taxed in this deck. In order to keep Brainstorm for when it’s needed most, other draw spells have to be used, namely 4 copies of Ponder and 4 copies of Snapcaster Mage.

In the sideboard, Back to Basics provides a powerful hate card against the format’s aggressive manabases, while Teferi’s Response targets Wasteland in order to protect the powerful Karakas + Cavern of Souls synergy that this deck has built in. The rest of the sideboard is a mix of hate cards and counter spells that give this deck a lot of play against most decks in the format. The deck has several good ways to dig through the deck, so 1-ofs and 2-ofs are more impactful here than they would be in other sideboards.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Mana Leak

-1 Negate

-1 Tundra

+1 Karakas

+2 Spell Pierce

Sideboard

-1 Mindbreak Trap

-1 Redirect

+1 Flusterstorm

+1 Ceremonious Rejection

This is day 119 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 118 here, where we featured a Standard deck that aims to discard its hand as fast as possible.

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