TES by Bryant_Cook on MtGO

Creatures (0)

Non-Creature Spells (47)
4 Burning Wish
3 Cabal Therapy
3 Duress
1 Empty the Warrens
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Infernal Tutor
4 Ponder
4 Rite of Flame
1 Ad Nauseam
4 Brainstorm
4 Dark Ritual
3 Chrome Mox
4 Lion’s Eye Diamond
4 Lotus Petal

Lands (13)
1 Badlands
3 Bloodstained Mire
1 Island
4 Polluted Delta
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Swamp
1 Underground Sea
1 Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
2 Empty the Warrens
3 Abrupt Decay
1 Bayou
2 Chain of Vapor
1 Dark Petition
1 Grapeshot
1 Past in Flames
1 Telemin Performance
1 Tendrils of Agony
2 Xantid Swarm


TES is a Legacy Storm deck that operates somewhat differently than the more traditional ANT variant. It’s championed by Bryant Cook, for whom the deck is more of a life partner than a Magic deck. In fact, it was the first Legacy deck I ever played, and it’s the deck we’re featuring today.

Despite a different name and some different cards, this deck is still looking to use fast mana, draw spells, and powerful Storm generators to get up to 10 spells in a turn and cast Tendrils of Agony. For fast mana, Dark Ritual, Lion’s Eye Diamond, and Lotus Petal are all still used. Similarly, Gitaxian Probe, Brainstorm, and Ponder are still the best draws spells, either for upping Storm count or setting up crucial turns. Also just like ANT, TES is looking to disrupt its opponent, not through counter magic, but through discard spells. Cabal Therapy and Duress are used to this effect in this deck, with Cabal Therapy having extra added value thanks to Gitaxian Probe for information and Empty the Warrens for a flashback.

One major differentiator between the two decks is TES’s addition of extra fast mana found in Chrome Mox and Rite of Flame. Chrome Mox is a somewhat high variance card, as it forces you to strip yourself of a card in your hand that otherwise could be used to up the storm count, but as a repeatable source of mana for an initial 0 mana investment, it’s incredibly powerful. Rite of Flame is another fast mana spell that is a major reason why this deck has branched off harder into red. The more you have, the better it gets, which leads to some incredibly fast kills given the right opening hands.

The other main differentiator in the mainboard is Burning Wish. Normal ANT decks look to cast Infernal Tutor to search up critical cards that help the deck “go off” such as Ad Nauseam or Past in Flames. This deck includes Infernal Tutor as well, but supplements it with Burning Wish, which opens up a world of possibilities in the sideboard. In this deck, it can search up Empty the Warrens, Tendrils of Agony, or Grapeshot as a win condition (even Telemin Performance in certain matchups), Dark Petition to search up any card in the mainboard, or Past in Flames to help increase the Storm count.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


No changes.


-1 Empty the Warrens

+1 Xantid Swarm

This is day 356 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 355 here, where we featured a Standard deck that looks to get aggressive and go wide!

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