Vintage Grixis Thieves

Posted in Daily Deck on September 1, 2015

By Melissa DeTora

Melissa is a former Magic pro player and strategy writer who is now working in R&D on the Play Design team.

When I saw a Vintage deck with the name "Grixis Thieves," I immediately thought of Dack Fayden, the Greatest Thief in the Multiverse. Dack is an excellent Vintage card; he allows you to filter your draws and steal your opponent's artifacts for only three mana. However, to my surprise there were more "thieves" in this deck than I expected.

First, we have Notion Thief, which was in Standard during the same period as Sphinx's Revelation, but didn't really see much play during that time. It seemed like a no-brainer that Notion Thief would be in a variety of decks to counter the best draw spell in the format. The main reason why the Thief wasn't in many decks in Standard was because the removal is just better there than in Vintage. It's usually not worth the four-mana investment in your deck just to be able to foil a Sphinx's Revelation.

Utility creatures like Notion Thief are great in Vintage, because most decks don't play creature removal. For most Vintage decks, the only way to get rid of a Notion Thief is by countering it, and that's usually pretty difficult due to his flash ability. Most Vintage decks play a copy of Ancestral Recall, Brainstorm, Treasure Cruise, and other one-mana draw spells. I can only imagine the look on a player's face when they cast Brainstorm, draw zero cards and are forced to put two cards back on top of their library.

Consecrated Sphinx isn't technically a "thief," but it does some pretty sneaky things while it's on the battlefield. Like Notion Thief, it's pretty hard to remove outside of countering it, and while it doesn't stop your opponent from drawing cards, it really makes them think twice about casting a draw spell—as you will benefit far more from that spell than they will.

Congratulations to Robert Greene for his Top 4 finish at the Vintage Championships!

Robert Greene's Grixis Thieves

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