Eldrazi Taxes by mikebrav on MtGO

Creatures (24)
4 Eldrazi Displacer
2 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Reality Smasher
4 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
4 Thought-Knot Seer

Non-Creature Spells (11)
1 Batterskull
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Mox Diamond
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

Lands (25)
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Eldrazi Temple
3 Karakas
1 Mishra’s Factory
5 Plains
4 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
1 Phyrexian Revoker
1 Disenchant
1 Dismember
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Path to Exile
1 Ratchet Bomb
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Thorn of Amethyst


Death & Taxes has been a very powerful and popular deck in Legacy for quite some time. The combination of taxing creatures and mana denial has seen it have good game against most of the format. Additionally, as new cards are printed, the deck gets stronger and stronger. The deck we’re featuring today takes the deck in a slightly different direction, taking inspiration from a Modern deck that incorporates Eldrazi into this strategy.

Much of the traditional Death & Taxes deck is still found here. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben represents a major issue for many decks in the format, and has solid applications even in matchups where it doesn’t shut the opponent down. Thalia, Heretic Cathar is seeing more and more play as the format turns into a midrange battle, as it’s excellent at keeping this deck on the front foot and delaying the opponent’s board progress. Stoneforge Mystic remains as a valuable member of this deck, searching out equipment that can take over the game on their own. In this deck, these equipment are Batterskull, Umezawa’s Jitte, and Sword of Fire and Ice.

To separate this deck from the more traditional Death & Taxes lists, this deck plays a powerful Eldrazi package that helps this deck be card advantageous and tricky to beat. Thought-Knot Seer has already proven its power in the format, stripping the opponent of their best card while adding a sizable body to the board. Reality Smasher aids this deck’s beatdown game plan, posing tricky questions to opponents that want to block or remove it. Lastly, Eldrazi Displacer helps this deck be card advantageous, as it has several impactful creatures that it can blink for value.

In Legacy, fair decks that don’t have counter spells or discard spells are more or less forced into playing other disruption, and that’s certainly true of this deck. Phyrexian Revoker would otherwise not be found in decks like these, but being able to shut down some matchups makes it a difficult to cut card. Chalice of the Void, on the other hand, is a card this deck is very excited to play, as it can easily produce two mana on turn 1, through the two-mana lands or Mox Diamond. A Chalice on 1 can shut down some decks in the format completely, and severely limits the power of others.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar

+1 Phyrexian Revoker


-1 Phyrexian Revoker

-1 Path to Exile

+2 Thorn of Amethyst

This is day 341 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 340 here, where we featured a Standard deck that aims to add aggression to Temur.

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