G/W Death & Taxes by jmaster0 on MtGO

Creatures (30)
4 Blade Splicer
2 Deathrite Shaman
4 Flickerwisp
4 Leonin Arbiter
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Restoration Angel
2 Scavenging Ooze
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Non-Creature Spells (8)
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Aether Vial

Lands (22)
1 Forest
4 Ghost Quarter
4 Horizon Canopy
1 Karakas
1 Plains
4 Razorverge Thicket
4 Savannah
1 Temple Garden
2 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
1 Scavenging Ooze
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
1 Eternal Witness
2 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Gaddock Teeg
2 Path to Exile
3 Rest in Peace
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Umezawa’s Jitte


Death & Taxes has been a fixture of the Legacy metagame for many years now, and the deck’s ability to constantly change and evolve alongside greater metagame shifts has made it a very appealing long-term option for many players. This version that we’re featuring today goes away from the traditional Mono-White version and splashes green for powerful mainboard and sideboard options.

Flickerwisp and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben are the usual suspects in this G/W Death & Taxes deck, but the rest of the creature base looks much more like the Modern G/W Hatebears deck that’s been on the decline for a while now. Scavenging Ooze is a very powerful late game creature that helps fight against the format’s fast decks like Burn. Leonin Arbiter has always been deemed a little too wonky for Legacy, but this deck loves it, with a full 4 copies of Ghost Quarter compared to the measly 2 copies of Wasteland.

Blade Splicer + Restoration Angel is a powerful combination that clogs the board better than most 2 card creature combos in the format. Especially with the absence of Miracles and the metagame shifts that that has caused, 3/3 first strikers are at an all time high. However, these cards make the deck more mana hungry than a traditional Death & Taxes deck. This leads to the inclusion of Deathrite Shaman and Noble Hierarch to compliment the always powerful Aether Vial.

The sideboard of this deck has a lot of the same cards as the mainboard, allowing it to morph and change strategies with certain matchups. Ethersworn Canonist is included for Storm, which is on the rise with no Miracles in the format. Gaddock Teeg similarly punishes combo decks, and Eternal Witness is included for the grindier decks that are beginning to take over the format. The package of Sword of Fire and Ice and Umezawa’s Jitte helps the deck pack a little more of a punch against the fair decks, while being incredible tools against Delver decks and low to the ground decks like Elves respectively.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Flickerwisp

+1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar


-2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar

-1 Eternal Witness

-1 Scavenging Ooze

+3 Stoneforge Mystic

+1 Batterskull

This is day 150 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 149 here, where we featured an innovative Modern deck that surprised everyone at GP Kobe.

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