Shardless Sultai by sakimmd on MtGO

Creatures (12)
3 Baleful Strix
4 Deathrite Shaman
1 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
4 Shardless Agent

Non-Creature Spells (26)
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2 Liliana of the Veil
4 Ancestral Vision
4 Hymn to Tourach
4 Abrupt Decay
4 Brainstorm
2 Fatal Push
4 Force of Will

Lands (22)
2 Bayou
2 Misty Rainforest
4 Polluted Delta
1 Swamp
1 Tropical Island
4 Underground Sea
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
1 Fatal Push
1 Dismember
2 Duress
1 Forest
1 Life from the Loam
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Null Rod
1 Pithing Needle
1 Relic of Progenitus
1 Surgical Extraction
2 Thoughtseize
2 Toxic Deluge

Summary

Thanks to the incredible diversity of Legacy, blue midrange decks comes in many shapes and sizes, with certain archetypes being stronger than others due a particular metagame iteration. The deck we’re featuring today is Shardless Sultai, which aims to prey on other blue midrange decks by being more card advantageous.

Deathrite Shaman is the critical centerpiece of this deck, and helped this deck become popular after its printing. It operates as a 1 drop mana producer that puts the opponent on a decent clock in the late game, all while providing decent graveyard hate in a format where graveyards are very important. Shardless Agent is the namesake card of this deck, and for good reason. It provides not only a body on the board, but an impactful spell to go along with it, making it a 2-for-1 every time it is cast. Baleful Strix is similarly positioned to get 2 cards worth of value every time, as it trades with nearly everything in the format and draws a card when it enters.

Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Liliana of the Veil are two powerful planeswalkers that are extremely card advantageous on their own. Jace, the Mind Sculptor has been described as the best planeswalker every printed, and for good reason. It sits on the board and draws cards when under little pressure, it protects itself, and it offers a win condition should the opponent ignore it. Liliana of the Veil, on the other hand, doesn’t draw cards but instead kills opposition creatures and puts immense pressure on the opponent’s hand. Leovold, Emissary of Trest has been making waves in Legacy, and it’s a good inclusion here, as it too gains good value nearly every time it’s cast.

As for the rest of the deck, this deck focuses on drawing cards, killing creatures, and discarding the opponent’s hand. For card draw, Brainstorm is the obvious inclusion, but Ancestral Vision also earns a spot thanks to its incredible synergy with Shardless Agent. As for creature removal, this deck plays the full playset of Abrupt Decay as a more flexible removal spell and Fatal Push as a cheap option that’s rather flexible in its own right. Unlike older versions of this deck, this list plays only Hymn to Tourach for discard, as it quite literally gets two cards for one when cast, and discard has been slightly less effective than in previous metagame iterations. Finally, Force of Will is used in this deck as a necessary counter spell for unfair decks in the format, as others can’t be played due to their poor interaction with Shardless Agent.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Hymn to Tourach

+1 Fatal Push

Sideboard

-1 Fatal Push

-1 Dismember

-2 Duress

-1 Relic of Progenitus

-1 Surgical Extraction

+2 Thoughtseize

+2 Nihil Spellbomb

+1 Golgari Charm

+1 Maelstrom Pulse

This is day 352 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 351 here, where we featured a unique Modern Infect deck that completely forgoes blue in favor of black!

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