Grixis Miracles by allewri on MtGO

Creatures (10)
2 Gurmag Angler
4 Vial Smasher the Fierce
4 Young Pyromancer

Non-Creature Spells (32)
3 Cabal Therapy
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Ponder
3 Portent
2 Temporal Mastery
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Logic Knot
2 Thunderous Wrath

Lands (18)
1 Badlands
1 Bloodstained Mire
2 Island
4 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Swamp
2 Underground Sea
3 Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
1 Cabal Therapy
2 Baleful Strix
2 Blood Moon
2 Flusterstorm
1 Kolaghan’s Command
2 Pyroblast
1 Pyroclasm
1 Pyrokinesis
2 Submerge
1 Toxic Deluge


Young Pyromancer decks in Legacy have gone through nearly countless iterations, with more aggressive and more controlling slants both being not only viable, but preferred respectively at different points in the format. However, recent shifts in the metagame have made these decks fade from memory. The deck we’re featuring today adds an entirely new package to the deck to make it pack more of a punch in this format.

Like all of these decks, Young Pyromancer is the key. Its ability to produce token after token until the board is controlled is unparalleled in this format, and such Pyromancer demands a removal spell every time it’s played. Gurmag Angler is also a common inclusion in this deck, but the new and powerful addition is Vial Smasher the Fierce. Now this is a spicy one. Vial Smasher is a pretty mediocre 2/3 for 3 mana on its face, but it deals an impressive amount of damage turn after turn if left alone. While Legacy is generally a format with low converted mana cost spells, a package of spells in this deck makes Vial Smasher the most powerful card in the deck.

Temporal Mastery has seen little play after the incredible amount of hype that surrounded it when it was spoiled, as it’s an atrocious spell at 7 mana. Similarly, Thunderous Wrath as a 1 mana deal 5 is incredibly powerful, but consistently getting it on top of your library is a challenge. However, with Brainstorm, Ponder, and Portent, these spells frequently find themselves on the top of your library, drawing them either on your turn or the opponent’s turn. Combine that with the new hotness Vial Smasher the Fierce and you get an incredible damage output and powerful effect for 1 or 2 mana. Vial Smasher + Temporal Mastery? That, kids, is called a combo.

To add further Vial Smasher synergy to this deck, Logic Knot allows you to exile as many cards as you want, which will increase its mana cost on the stack and the amount of damage that Vial Smasher will deal. Additionally, Force of Will is a card that this deck already wants to play, but its 5 converted mana cost makes it a powerful spell when combo’d with Vial Smasher. And, of course, Gurmag Angler always costs 7 mana on the stack. That’s a ton of damage!

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


No changes.


-2 Baleful Strix

-1 Pyroclasm

+1 Toxic Deluge

+2 Red Elemental Blast

This is day 235 of’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 234 here, where we featured a Standard control deck that takes a traditional 2 color control deck and adds a third color for a Godly creature.

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