U/W Stoneblade by purplegambit on MtGO

Creatures (13)
1 Palace Jailer
1 Restoration Angel
4 Snapcaster Mage
2 Spell Queller
4 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Venser, Shaper Savant

Non-Creature Spells (27)
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Council’s Judgment
2 Ponder
3 Supreme Verdict
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
2 Spell Pierce
1 Spell Snare
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Batterskull
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
3 Back to Basics

Lands (20)
4 Flooded Strand
5 Island
4 Misty Rainforest
3 Plains
3 Tundra
1 Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Ashen Rider
1 Containment Priest
2 Disenchant
3 Ethersworn Canonist
3 Flusterstorm
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Relic of Progenitus
2 Surgical Extraction

Summary

For years in Legacy, Stoneblade decks took up a large portion of the metagame. However, overarching metagame shifts made these strategies fade from the top tables. Now, they look to be on the rise again, and may once again be the go-to strategy for Legacy players looking to play a traditional Legacy deck that packs a powerful punch.

Like all Stoneblade decks, the power of the deck comes from Stoneforge Mystic and its ability to put into play incredibly powerful equipment. In this deck, the equipment are Batterskull and Umezawa’s Jitte. Batterskull is an excellent, if not very expensive, option. A resilient 4/4 vigilance lifelinker closes the door very quickly on aggressive decks, and the drawback of its high mana cost is negated with Stoneforge Mystic‘s activated ability. Umezawa’s Jitte is also good against aggressive decks, but more specifically against decks with low toughness creatures.

Snapcaster Mage and Spell Queller are both valuable creatures for this type of strategy. Snapcaster Mage is a guaranteed 2 for 1 whenever it is cast, and Spell Queller can be as good as a counter spell on an evasive creature. Palace Jailer, Restoration Angel, and Venser, Shaper Savant round out the creature base in this deck. Palace Jailer is a permanent removal spell on a creature, Restoration Angel saves a creature and triggers enters the battlefield abilities of the various other creatures, and Venser, Shaper Savant offers enough flexibility that it’s a valuable option.

What separates this Stoneblade deck from most Stoneblade decks is its manabase, which allows (and actively encourages) playing Back to Basics and Supreme Verdict. Back to Basics is a powerful hate card that usually isn’t available to “fair” decks in Legacy. In the midrange mirrors, there is rarely a mainboard card as impactful. Supreme Verdict has proven itself a valuable tool for control decks in Legacy, and in this deck it allows it to play a much slower game and gain more value for its spells than the opponent.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Council’s Judgment

+1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Sideboard

-1 Supreme Verdict

-1 Ethersworn Canonist

+2 Meddling Mage

This is day 232 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 231 here, where we featured a Modern midrange deck with a consistent manabase and powerful creatures.

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