Grixis Demonic Pact by clashed on MtGO

Creatures (12)
4 Baleful Strix
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Snapcaster Mage

Non-Creature Spells (28)
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Brainstorm
2 Echoing Truth
2 Fatal Push
4 Force of Will
2 Lightning Bolt
1 Wipe Away
4 Demonic Pact
4 Burning Wish
1 Donate
3 Ponder

Lands (20)
1 Badlands
2 Island
1 Mountain
4 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Swamp
1 Tropical Island
2 Underground Sea
3 Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
1 Cabal Therapy
1 Damnation
1 Dreadbore
1 Harmless Offering
1 Hymn to Tourach
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
1 Painful Truths
1 Reanimate
1 Ruination
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Thoughtseize
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Void Snare
1 Whipflare

Summary

One of the beautiful things about blue-based value midrange decks in Legacy is their ability to be slightly altered and customized to the suite the player or metagame’s needs. Especially with Miracles now all but out of the format, blue-based value midrange deck have been looking for ways of getting an edge, and it seems like the answer may be a 4 mana enchantment from Magic Origins.

Despite the changes this deck has made to the traditional Grixis deck, it still has many of the same pieces in place. Deathrite Shaman, Baleful Strix, and Snapcaster Mage are all near auto-includes, and each provides much more value than their mana cost would indicate. Similarly, Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Brainstorm, Ponder, Fatal Push, and Lightning Bolt are all some of the most common cards to see in these strategies. However, it’s the rest of the deck that is surprising.

Demonic Pact is the real centerpiece of this deck. When it was spoiled, many got excited and brewed versions of control decks that took advantage of the powerful modes and gave it to the opponent before the last one could fire. Over 3 turns, it operates as a creature kill spell, a Mind Rot, and a Divination. That’s plenty of value, but it requires that you draw Wipe Away, Echoing Truth, or Burning Wish into Void Snare to bounce it and gain more value when cast again. Alternatively, it can be given to the opponent as a win condition via Donate or Burning Wish into Harmless Offering.

The presence of Burning Wish gives this deck a lot of grindy, card advantage-centered play against other midrange-value decks. It can also be used as a flexible way of finding impactful cards. Some of the impactful targets are Cabal Therapy, Hymn to Tourach, or Thoughtseize for discard, Damnation, Toxic Deluge, or Whipflare for board wipes, and Dreadbore, Painful Truths, Reanimate, and Ruination for creature/planeswalker kill, card draw, creature reanimation, and land destruction respectively.

This leaves Ob Nixilis Reignited and Surgical Extraction as the only true sideboard cards in the deck. Ob Nixilis is nearly unbeatable in slow and grindy matchups, and Surgical Extraction is needed against the graveyard decks of the format.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

No changes.

Sideboard

-1 Reanimate

+1 Rise // Fall

This is day 190 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 189 here, where we featured a Legacy deck that looks to get creatures in play and pump them to kill the opponent.

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