Shardless Order by ballestin93 on MtGO

Creatures (15)
2 Baleful Strix
4 Deathrite Shaman
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
1 Progenitus
4 Shardless Agent
2 Tarmogoyf

Non-Creature Spells (24)
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Collective Brutality
4 Green Sun’s Zenith
3 Natural Order
3 Thoughtseize
3 Abrupt Decay
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will

Lands (21)
1 Bayou
2 Dryad Arbor
1 Forest
1 Island
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Swamp
3 Tropical Island
2 Underground Sea
4 Verdant Catacombs
2 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
1 Baleful Strix
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Engineered Plague
1 Eternal Witness
3 Flusterstorm
1 Golgari Charm
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Scavenging Ooze
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Sylvan Library
1 Thragtusk
1 Toxic Deluge

Summary

Value-based decks in Legacy will always have a place, as they have game against the aggressive and combo-oriented decks in the format, while generally doing quite well against other midrange decks and control decks. Shardless Sultai was previously a large part of the Legacy metagame, but has since dipped in popularity. A new variation of the popular archetype might be needed in order to revitalize everyone’s favorite cascade creature.

Much of the core of old Shardless Sultai decks is found in this deck. Deathrite Shaman and Shardless Agent are undoubtedly the most important creatures in this deck, as they all but guarantee value every time they are played, and have proven themselves as the most value-driven creatures at their respective mana costs. This deck also plays Baleful Strix and Tarmogoyf, just as the old variations did. Baleful Strix is nearly always a 2-for-1, as it replaces itself when it lands and trades with any creature in the format. Tarmogoyf, on the other hand, does what it does, and there’s nothing terribly exciting about it, but a 4/5 or 5/6 for 2 mana is an incredible rate.

The main differentiating factor between this new version of Shardless and the old is this deck’s Natural Order package. The powerful 4 mana sorcery allows you to cheat into play any green creature. In this deck, that card is Progenitus, which is rarely answered in the format, especially when surrounded by other creatures. Natural Order requires that you have a green creature in play, but that’s hardly an issue for this deck, as it was already playing a high density of green creatures before making this change.

In order to better facilitate the Natural Order package, this deck plays a couple of cards that rarely see play in this archetype. Green Sun’s Zenith offers a powerful search effect that guarantees a green creature is in play for Natural Order. Additionally, searching up a Tarmogoyf or Leovold, Emissary of Trest adds a significant creature to the board in the mid and late game. However, arguably the main appeal of it is casting it on turn 1 to search out a Dryad Arbor, which effectively doubles your mana on turn 1 for just 1 mana. Zenith gets a little awkward with Shardless Agent in the deck, but that cascade drawback is worth the power it brings.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Baleful Strix

-1 Collective Brutality

+2 Tarmogoyf

Sideboard

-1 Eternal Witness

+1 Toxic Deluge

This is day 270 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 269 here, where we featured a unique Modern deck that looks to dig through cards as quickly as possible and pour creatures onto the board.

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