Czech Pile by starberyl on MtGO

Creatures (13)
4 Baleful Strix
4 Deathrite Shaman
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
3 Snapcaster Mage

Non-Creature Spells (27)
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
3 Hymn to Tourach
4 Ponder
4 Brainstorm
1 Diabolic Edict
2 Fatal Push
4 Force of Will
2 Kolaghan’s Command
2 Lightning Bolt
2 Murderous Cut

Lands (20)
1 Badlands
1 Bayou
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Island
4 Polluted Delta
2 Scalding Tarn
1 Swamp
1 Tropical Island
3 Underground Sea
2 Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
1 Blue Elemental Blast
2 Flusterstorm
1 Hydroblast
1 Marsh Casualties
1 Pithing Needle
2 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Thoughtseize
1 Toxic Deluge


As I’ve mentioned in pretty much every Legacy Deck of the Day over the last several months, Legacy is still adapting to the format without Sensei’s Divining Top. Tons of new decks have been staking their claim for a piece of the Legacy format pie, but perhaps none more so than Czech Pile, which has been able to see success without the oppressive Miracles deck around.

Primarily, this deck is what you would call a Blue Midrange deck, a common feature of Legacy. However, this deck looks to take the best of 4 colors (sorry white) rather than 3. Deathrite Shaman helps to facilitate this, as a source of mana in the early game and a very solid finisher in the late game. Baleful Strix is another common card in this type of deck, as it replaces itself and very frequently trades with the opponent’s best creature. Leovold, Emissary of Trest has proven its worth in Legacy over the last several months, as it is a solid creature that has built-in hate against other midrange decks in the format and is very hard to deal with profitably.

Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Liliana, the Last Hope are the planeswalkers in this deck, each of which has their own way of burying the opponent. Jace, the Mind Sculptor can draw cards and stifle the opponent’s board development, as well as offering a powerful win condition when the game is locked up, while Liliana, the Last Hope can kill opposition creatures and bring creatures back from the graveyard, helping with this deck’s overall resilience. Snapcaster Mage helps with this card advantage strategy, buying back a valuable spell from the graveyard and adding a solid body to the board.

As for the non-permanent spells, this deck is absolutely stuffed to the brim with powerful ones. Hymn to Tourach is a potentially game-ending spell on turn 2 if it grabs the right cards, while Diabolic Edict, Fatal Push, Kolaghan’s Command, Lightning Bolt, and Murderous Cut are all removal spells that offer something a little different, but all help this deck’s strategy of keeping the opponent’s board clear. Lastly, Force of Will provides a necessary bit of counter magic against unfair decks and Brainstorm and Ponder add the consistency this deck needs to operate.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Snapcaster Mage

-1 Diabolic Edict

+1 Liliana of the Veil

+1 Fatal Push


-1 Hydroblast

+1 Red Elemental Blast

This is day 350 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 349 here, where we featured a Modern deck that looks to add a new Ixalan card to bolster an old strategy.

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