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Posted in Feature on February 7, 2013

By Sam Stoddard

Sam Stoddard came to Wizards of the Coast as an intern in May 2012. He is currently a game designer working on final design and development for Magic: The Gathering.

Legacy is a format well known for its nontraditional decklists that can be puzzling to read, and even more so to actually play. Gatecrash has added another interesting deck to the format—one that is capable of killing as early as turn one, and does so without using any lands.

Adam Prosak's All Spells


The key to this deck is that both Undercity Informer and Balustrade Spy mill the top card of your library until you hit a land, and if you don't have lands, well... it gets your whole deck. Under most circumstances, this would spell defeat, but not for this deck. It uses this opportunity to pull off the following combo:

Laboratory Maniac
  1. Return four Narcomoebas to play.
  2. Sacrifice three Narcomoebas to flashback Dread Return, targeting Angel of Glory's Rise.
  3. Angel of Glory's Rise returns your Undercity Informers; Wild Cantor; Azami, Lady of Scrolls; and (most importantly) Laboratory Maniac to the battlefield.
  4. Tap a Wizard with Azami, Lady of Scrolls to draw a card, letting Laboratory Maniac's ability replace that draw with winning the game.
  5. Profit

To get the mana needed to get Undercity Informer or Balustrade Spy to actually mill your deck, Lotus Petal and Chrome Mox can get you started on black mana for Dark Ritual to ramp, and Summoner's Pact is able to get Elvish Spirit Guide to add a mana as well.

Finally, the sideboard. If your opponent is bringing in graveyard hate, this transformational sideboard lets you throw your opponent for a loop and turn into a subpar Goblin Charbelcher deck. Take out as many of the combo pieces as you can, and if your opponent plays a Leyline of the Void, smile and rattle off a few Rituals into a Goblin Charbelcher. If you activate it and reveal lands, but don't have any, it will simply deal damage equal to the number of cards in your library, which will be far more than twenty.

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