B/G Charbelcher by monkeyscantcry on MtGO

Creatures (8)
1 Deathrite Shaman
4 Elvish Spirit Guide
1 Skullwinder
1 Slithermuse
1 Wild Cantor

Non-Creature Spells (50)
4 Cruel Bargain
1 Dark Petition
1 Ill-Gotten Gains
4 Infernal Contract
4 Infernal Tutor
4 Land Grant
2 Tendrils of Agony
4 Cabal Ritual
4 Culling the Weak
4 Dark Ritual
4 Summoner’s Pact
4 Chrome Mox
2 Goblin Charbelcher
4 Lion’s Eye Diamond
4 Lotus Petal

Lands (2)
1 Dryad Arbor
1 Bayou

Sideboard (15)
3 Autumn’s Veil
4 Carpet of Flowers
4 Leyline of the Void
4 Lotus Bloom

Summary

While most Goblin Charbelcher decks in Legacy are R/G, B/G is also a viable color combination that has seen some play here and there. Outside of the obvious replacement of red mana producers with black mana producers, B/G Charbelcher is much less reliant on Goblin Charbelcher itself, and instead has the ability to frequently kill through Tendrils of Agony on turn 1. Unlike traditional Charbelcher decks, this deck has quite a bit of play to it between sequencing draw spells, mana sources, and tutor effects. Let’s start with the mana sources in this deck.

Dark Ritual and Cabal Ritual are the traditional one-two punch of black mana in Legacy, and both are welcome 4-ofs in this deck. Additionally, Lotus Petal and Lion’s Eye Diamond are the most common sources of artifact mana for all Storm decks in Legacy. Lion’s Eye Diamond‘s positive interaction with Infernal Tutor makes both of them critical pieces of the puzzle.

Chrome Mox is the only slightly surprising part of the mana package. Charbelcher decks will gladly waste a card in their hand for extra mana, but the same isn’t generally true for Storm decks. With a deck this hungry for mana sources, however, Chrome Mox is a necessary evil. Finally, Culling the Weak offers a great mana rate off of the impactful creatures in this deck, and especially Dryad Arbor, which more than not finds its way into play in most games. No onto the draw spells!

Cruel Bargain and Infernal Contract operate at a fairly remarkable rate, especially when the game won’t last past the turn when either are cast, one way or the other. 4 cards in a deck that isn’t being diluted by lands is incredibly impactful on the shape of the turn and the game overall. Ill-Gotten Gains is one of the most unique draw spells in the format, but it’s an excellent tutor target that warrants a spot. Similarly, Slithermuse can draw a full 7 cards when found with Infernal Tutor + Lion’s Eye Diamond. Skullwinder offers a mini-Ill-Gotten Gains effect that pairs excellently with Culling the Weak.

The sideboard of this deck is as straightforward as possible. Autumn’s Veil is a quality reactive response to blue counter spells, Carpet of Flowers is a powerful mana producer against the format’s series of blue midrange decks, and Leyline of the Void offers the lowest-cost graveyard hate spell. Frequently, this deck can be outran by Dredge, so having access to Leyline is important. Lastly, 4 copies of Lotus Bloom offer additional mana against slower decks.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

No changes.

Sideboard

-1 Lotus Bloom

+1 Autumn’s Veil

This is day 120 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 119 here, where we featured a new take on Miracles in Legacy.

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