Legacy Death’s Shadow by pow22 on MtGO

Creatures (6)
3 Death’s Shadow
3 Gurmag Angler

Non-Creature Spells (36)
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Ponder
4 Brainstorm
4 Daze
2 Dismember
3 Fatal Push
4 Force of Will
1 Spell Pierce
2 Spell Snare
4 Stifle
2 Stubborn Denial
2 Thought Scour

Lands (28)
1 Cabal Pit
1 Island
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Polluted Delta
3 Underground Sea
4 Wasteland
1 Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
1 Fatal Push
1 Bitterblossom
1 Diabolic Edict
1 Echoing Truth
1 Flusterstorm
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Hydroblast
1 Null Rod
2 Shrivel
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Thoughtseize
1 Winter Orb

Summary

The rise of various Death’s Shadow strategies in Modern has completely changed the shape of the format. Entire strategies have been invalidated due to the deck’s incredible power, and competitors have yet to reach a solid conclusion regarding the best way to beat the deck. Today we’re featuring this deck ported to Magic’s most neglected format (Wizards plz), where it has access to even more exciting tools.

Some of the Modern deck has carried over. Death’s Shadow (obviously) and Gurmag Angler remain the creatures of choice for this deck, but is has forgone Tasigur, the Golden Fang, as it’s a less appealing option in Legacy, where you are less likely to get the activated ability off. Additionally, Dismember and Fatal Push remain the best removal spells available, and Thought Scour and Stubborn Denial are both fantastic support pieces.

Brainstorm and Ponder are much better draw spells than the options that this deck has in Modern, while Gitaxian Probe is perhaps the best possible card for this strategy. It’s unfortunately banned in Modern, but it can still be a great tool in Modern, allowing you to thin your deck and gain valuable info on the opponent’s hand, all while decreasing your life total. The presence of Daze and Force of Will gives the deck the ability to tap out without having much to fear, and both are excellent ways of protecting a big threat once it has landed. Lastly, Stifle offers this deck a lot of flexibility, from killing an opponent’s fetchland to stopping their storm trigger and everything in between.

The sideboard of this deck allows it to play a much more fair game or bring in valuable silver bullets to interact with specific opponents. Fatal Push, Bitterblossom, Diabolic Edict allow the deck to play a longer, value-based game. Flusterstorm and Thoughtseize allow it to interact with the various combo decks in the format, while Grafdigger’s Cage and Surgical Extraction hate on graveyard strategies, Shrivel offers a 2 mana board wipe against Elves, and Null Rod hates against the format’s impactful artifacts. Additionally, Winter Orb is an all-around unfun Magic card, but it is so sweet when you get to catch your opponent with it. Handle with care.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Spell Snare

+1 Death’s Shadow

Sideboard

-1 Echoing Truth

-1 Hydroblast

+2 Thoughtseize

This is day 172 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 171 here, where we featured a colorless Legacy deck that’s primed for a big comeback.

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