Prowess in Legacy

Posted in Daily Deck on December 24, 2014

By Shuhei Nakamura

Shuhei Nakamura is a member of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame, former Player of the Year, and is one of just six players with more than 400 lifetime pro points.

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While it is to be expected that new cards grab the spotlight at the Pro Tour, the shockwave generated by the arrival of Khans of Tarkir is reaching beyond just Standard.

"Prowess." The Jeskai keyword ability gives a small temporary bonus to creatures whenever you cast a noncreature spell. This ability truly comes into its own in an environment where there is a rich variety of cheap draw spells.

An environment like, oh, Legacy.

An environment with what is arguably the supreme draw spell, Brainstorm. An environment with Preordain and Ponder, spells so powerful they were banned in Modern. Oh, and let's not forget the zero-mana Gitaxian Probe, or Thought Scour, which let you pad your graveyard as well.

With a veritable constellation to choose from, it's easy to set up a cascade of draw spells. This is what leads us to Bob Huang's UR combo deck here, which looks to win with a single, decisive stroke.

In the past, this deck would have looked to green for an extra punch, but with the expansion of the one-mana stratum through the addition of Delver of Secrets and Monastery Swiftspear, it can streamline down to two colors and improve its reliability.

Bob Huang's UR Delver

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