Grixis Pyro Reanimator by antirush on MtGO

Creatures (8)
3 Deathrite Shaman
1 Griselbrand
4 Young Pyromancer

Non-Creature Spells (35)
3 Cabal Therapy
1 Deep Analysis
2 Exhume
3 Gitaxian Probe
4 Ponder
3 Reanimate
4 Brainstorm
3 Daze
4 Entomb
2 Fatal Push
4 Force of Will
2 Lightning Bolt

Lands (17)
1 Badlands
1 Bayou
4 Bloodstained Mire
2 Misty Rainforest
4 Polluted Delta
3 Underground Sea
2 Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
1 Collective Brutality
2 Dark Confidant
2 Diabolic Edict
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
2 Flusterstorm
1 Kolaghan’s Command
2 Marsh Casualties
1 Painful Truths
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Thoughtseize


Young Pyromancer decks in Legacy have always been affording a large amount of flexibility in terms of overarching strategy. Since the aforementioned 2 mana creature triggers off of any instant or sorcery, and Legacy is simply filled with them, we’ve seen aggro decks, midrange decks, control decks, and combo decks all use this card to good effect. The deck we’re featuring today is firmly in the last category, as it uses Pyromancer as an alternate win con as well as a powerful delay tactic.

The combo shell that takes center stage in this deck is Entomb plus either Exhume or Reanimate. The big creature of choice in this deck is Griselbrand. The big 8 mana creature’s ability to refill your hand with gas to continue on in the late game makes it card advantageous nearly every time it is cast. The spells drawn from Griselbrand even trigger Young Pyromancer, further facilitating that part of the gameplan, should Griselbrand die.

As previously mentioned, Young Pyromancer is a critical part of this deck. Along side it is Deathrite Shaman, which provides a reliable source of mana in the early game when needed, and a consistent source of damage late in the game that demands an answer when played. The card advantage gained by both of the creatures in this deck highlights the deck’s game plan. Cast value-driven creatures, cast a bunch of spells, and have a reliable late game that closes games out quickly. To help with the consistency and to keep the cards flowing, Gitaxian Probe, Ponder, and Brainstorm are all used as cheap (or free) ways of triggering Pyromancer and drawing a card.

Like many similar Legacy decks, Force of Will and Daze both play critical roles, as they counter spells that threaten the important creatures for free, allowing the deck to cast multiple spells in any one turn cycle. Cabal Therapy, Fatal Push, and Lightning Bolt offer discard with the former, and removal with the latter two, with Cabal Therapy having particular synergy with the army of tokens that Young Pryomancer creatures. Further up the curve, Deep Analysis is a powerful card draw spell that has great synergy with Entomb, which tends to have serious deminishing returns in a deck such as this one.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-2 Lightning Bolt

-1 Reanimate

+1 Gitaxian Probe

+1 Cabal Therapy

+1 Deathrite Shaman


-1 Kolaghan’s Command

+1 Spell Pierce

This is day 244 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 243 here, where we featured that uses big mana and powerful creatures to hit its opponent hard.

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