Manaless Dredge drinkard on MtGO

Creatures (44)
3 Balustrade Spy
3 Chancellor of the Annex
1 Flayer of the Hatebound
4 Golgari Grave-Troll
4 Golgari Thug
4 Ichorid
4 Narcomoeba
4 Nether Shadow
4 Phantasmagorian
4 Prized Amalgam
1 Shambling Shell
4 Stinkweed Imp
4 Street Wraith

Non-Creature Spells (16)
4 Cabal Therapy
4 Dread Return
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Bridge from Below

Sideboard (15)
1 Chancellor of the Annex
1 Ashen Rider
2 Disrupting Shoal
2 Faerie Macabre
1 Progenitus
1 Serra Avatar
3 Sickening Shoal
2 Vengeful Pharaoh
2 Whirlpool Rider

Summary

The beauty of Legacy is its ability to facilitate many viable strategies ranging from the aggressive, to the controlling, to the absurd. This deck, Manaless Dredge is certainly in the last camp. This deck, as the name would suggest, has literally zero mana sources in the entire deck. It wins by spilling cards over with the Dredge mechanic and taking advantage of all that affords the player. Wait, but how do we get cards into our graveyard to begin with without any mana for cards like Faithless Looting? We naturally discard them of course! That’s right, if you play Manaless Dredge you will have the great honor of telling your opponent that you would like them to play first, telling them exactly how the game is going to go and immediately letting them know what deck you’re playing.

After naturally discarding on your first end step, the Dredge creatures can start to do their thing. These creatures are: Golgari Grave-Troll, Stinkweed Imp, Golgari Thug, and Shambling Shell (in order from best to worst). One of the beauties of the Dredge mechanic is that one card mills over more, which keeps the train going. While Dredging, some “free” creatures will be turned over that allow this deck to put enough creatures into play to fulfill Dread Return‘s flashback cost.

These creatures are Ichorid, Narcomoeba, Nether Shadow, and Prized Amalgam with any of the above. The true power of this deck is its ability to dredge several times in one turn. Gitaxian Probe and Street Wraith allow for the deck to frequently win on turn 2.

The main Dread Return target in this deck is Balustrade Spy, as it turns over the rest of your deck, including at least 2 more copies of Dread Return and several copies of Bridge from Below, bringing back a Flayer of the Hatebound and a sizeable Golgari Grave-Troll, which one-shots the opponent for victory. If you don’t have access to the one turn kill, it’s still entirely possible to use the grindy recursive creatures to out-value the opponent if they are playing a fair deck.

Since this deck can’t cast any non-free spells, the sideboard options are limited. This deck has another copy of Chancellor of the Annex and 2 copies of Disrupting Shoal for additional protection, Ashen Rider for Sneak & Show decks, Serra Avatar to protect against self-decking, and Progenitus as another Dread Return target. It also has access to Sickening Shoal and Vengeful Pharaoh to kill creatures, Faerie Macabre to deal with opposing graveyard strategies, and Whirlpool Rider as another Dredge facilitator.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Shambling Vent

+1 Balustrade Spy

Sideboard

-1 Chancellor of the Annex

-2 Whirlpool Rider

+3 Unmask

This is day 126 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 125 here, where we featured a Modern deck that got a big upgrade with Amonkhet.

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