Storm by monkeyscantcry on MtGO

Creatures (0)

Non-Creature Spells (46)
4 Cabal Therapy
1 Dark Petition
3 Duress
1 Empty the Warrens
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Infernal Tutor
1 Past in Flames
4 Ponder
2 Preordain
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Ad Nauseam
4 Brainstorm
4 Cabal Ritual
4 Dark Ritual
4 Lion’s Eye Diamond
4 Lotus Petal

Lands (14)
1 Bloodstained Mire
2 Island
4 Polluted Delta
3 Scalding Tarn
1 Swamp
2 Underground Sea
1 Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
1 Cabal Pit
1 Chain of Vapor
2 Dread of Night
1 Echoing Truth
1 Fatal Push
1 Flusterstorm
2 Hurkyl’s Recall
2 Night’s Whisper
1 Surgical Extraction
2 Tormod’s Crypt
1 Wipe Away

Summary

The Storm mechanic was undoubtedly one of the big mistakes in Magic design history, so much so that it’s regularly referred to as the least likely mechanic in Magic’s past to make a return. While one copy of a Storm spell is nothing special, its the fact that older formats have many ways to sift through cards and play free spells that makes them dangerous and consistent win conditions. The deck we’re featuring today is ANT (Ad Nauseam Tendrils), which has been the Legacy Storm deck of choice for several years.

Like all Storm decks, the free and fast mana is a very important part of the deck. This deck has Cabal Ritual, Dark Ritual, Lion’s Eye Diamond, and Lotus Petal. Cabal Ritual frequently nets 3 mana when cast, while Dark Ritual and Lotus Petal guarantee you a net of 2 and 1 mana respectively. Lion’s Eye Diamond is a bit more interesting, as it always nets you 3 mana when cast, but doesn’t let you have any cards in hand afterwards. However, the synergy with Infernal Tutor makes it an incredible inclusion.

The next important part of the deck is the draw spells that allow the deck to set up the hand it needs to win. To that end, this deck plays Brainstorm, Ponder, and Preordain, each with their respective strengths and weaknesses. Brainstorm, at its best, draws 3 important cards, which is crucial for a critical mass deck like this one. Ponder is best at finding the one card you need, as it can look at up to 4 cards (look at 3, then shuffle and draw). Preordain is certainly the worst of these spells, but there come times when being able to manipulate 2 cards as you please is the best option.

Next, there’s the part of the deck that takes the deck from a series of cheap mana and draw spells into a Storm kill. Dark Petition and Infernal Tutor allow you to put any card into your hand, the latter of which usually requiring a Lion’s Eye Diamond. Usually, they find Past in Flames or Ad Nauseam. Past in Flames allows you to recast all the previous free mana and draw spells in your graveyard, while Ad Nauseam allows you to draw an impressive number of cards at little cost. Finally, this deck uses Empty the Warrens or Tendrils of Agony to kill the opponent. Tendrils is the much preferred option, as it instantly kills the opponent, but Empty the Warrens is a very viable option if you can’t hit 10 spells in the turn you go off.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

No changes.

Sideboard

-1 Echoing Truth

-1 Flusterstorm

-2 Night’s Whisper

-1 Wipe Away

+1 Duress

+2 Chain of Vapor

+1 Fatal Push

+1 Telemin Performance

This is day 226 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 225 here, where we featured another Legacy combo deck, but one that looks to cheat in a powerful 10 mana enchantment.

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