Death & Taxes by malimujo on MtGO

Creatures (26)
1 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
4 Flickerwisp
1 Mirran Crusader
4 Mother of Runes
2 Phyrexian Revoker
3 Recruiter of the Guard
1 Sanctum Prelate
1 Serra Avenger
1 Spirit of the Labyrinth
4 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Non-Creature Spells (11)
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Aether Vial
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

Lands (23)
2 Cavern of Souls
1 Horizon Canopy
3 Karakas
9 Plains
4 Rishadan Port
4 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
2 Containment Priest
2 Council’s Judgment
1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
2 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Leonin Relic-Warder
2 Mindbreak Trap
1 Path to Exile
2 Rest in Peace


While Legacy has quite an impressive diversity of decks, there have been a number of decks that have consistently been popular. Death & Taxes is perhaps the best example of this, as it stays rather constant through the years, only getting better once new cards are printed.

The important core of this deck has remained in place for a while. Mother of Runes is an incredibly powerful protective creature that makes it incredibly difficult for the opponent to use their removal spells or block effectively. Stoneforge Mystic is a Legacy staple that is very useful in this deck. The quipement it can search up are Batterskull, Sword of Fire and Ice, and Umezawa’s Jitte. While Stoneforge is somewhat hard to protect and get value out of in most decks, this deck tends to go longer and have several creatures in play, making the equipment significantly more powerful.

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is a crucially important card for this deck, helping it gain a significant mana advantage over many of its opponents. This is part of the reason why Recruiter of the Guard earns a place in this deck, as it can search up Thalia or any of the other impactful cheap creatures in this deck. Recruiter can also search up Phyrexian Revoker, which can shut off much of the important cards in this format, Serra Avenger, which is a powerful option in the late game, and Spirit of the Labyrinth, which helps massively against the blue decks in the format.

Flickerwisp helps this deck rebuy its powerful enters the battlefield abilities while providing a powerful flying clock to the board. It also gets significantly more powerful once combined with Aether Vial, the important centerpiece of this deck. Vial lets this deck get a mana advantage over the opponent while letting it simply cast more cards than the opponent in the critical early and mid turns of the game.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Mirran Crusader

+1 Spirit of the Labyrinth


-1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant

+1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

This is day 354 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 353 here, where we featured a Modern U/R Control deck that uses mana disruption to delay the opponent.

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