MUD by charlie-in-the-mox on MtGO

Creatures (4)
4 Lodestone Golem

Non-Creature Spells (30)
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Crucible of Worlds
3 Ensnaring Bridge
3 Mox Diamond
4 Ratchet Bomb
4 Smokestack
4 Sphere of Resistance
4 Tangle Wire

Lands (26)
4 Ancient Tomb
4 City of Traitors
2 Grasping Dunes
1 Inventors’ Fair
4 Mishra’s Factory
4 Mutavault
3 Rishadan Port
4 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
1 Ensnaring Bridge
3 Hangarback Walker
4 Phyrexian Revoker
1 Razormane Masticore
2 Spellskite
2 Thought-Knot Seer
2 Zuran Orb

Summary

Since the printing of the cheaper Eldrazi in Oath of the Gatewatch, more traditional big mana colorless strategies have been pushed out of Legacy. Eldrazi decks were able to play the same amount of disruption elements and fast mana, but they finished the game off faster and had the ability to splash a color or two, whereas the deck we’re featuring today, MUD, could not. However, the metagame may have shifted to a place where MUD is the best colorless option again.

The most important part of MUD is the efficient disruption it has access to. Chalice of the Void is perhaps at its best in Legacy, where the format is so reliant on 1 mana spells. Similarly, Sphere of Resistance and Lodestone Golem are good in Legacy due to the format’s reliance on cheap spells. Additionally, Tangle Wire helps massively with this deck’s efforts to slow the opponent down. Tapping Tangle Wire and other non-creature artifacts to Wire’s effect is great value. These cards slow down the opponent enough for the deck’s more controlling elements to take effect.

Those controlling elements are Crucible of Worlds, Ensnaring Bridge, and Smokestack. Crucible of World combined with Wasteland takes care of all of the opponent’s non-basics over a long game and Ensnaring Bridge can easily lock the opponent out of the game quickly if they can’t interact with the powerful artifact. Smokestack is the truly interesting one though. It certainly is a double-edged sword, but this deck is built to abuse it. It combos very well with Crucible of Worlds, and it lets you close games out very quickly if you keep a Lodestone Golem or two alive.

Getting extra mana on board quickly is very important in this deck. The sources of extra mana are Mox Diamond (which is effectively card neutral with access to Crucible of Worlds), Ancient Tomb, and City of Traitors. Getting multiples of these on board lead to good things, and allow your future land drops like Rishadan Port and Wasteland to go after the opponent’s lands, helping with the mana disruption and tax that this deck puts on the opponent.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Tangle Wire

+1 Mox Diamond

Sideboard

-1 Ensnaring Bridge

-1 Razormane Masticore

+2 Warping Wail

This is day 171 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 170 here, where we featured a Modern deck with Blood Moon and… Pack Rat?!?!

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