Ral Zarek's Stasis

Posted in Feature on June 28, 2013

By Sam Black

Sam Black is a Platinum Pro Player and longtime writer for StarCityGames.com. He is a respected deck builder and took over Daily Decks for the first half of 2013.

For a long time now, I've been looking to build a Legacy deck with Winter Orb and The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale. I feel that each of them are among the strongest cards in Legacy that don't see much play, and they're amazing together. I've also been looking to build a deck that just casts Meditate for value, rather than as part of a combo, with a lot of free counterspells.

Ral Zarek

I'm late to the party on noticing the fabulous interaction between Ral Zarek and Stasis, as Ral Zarek does everything you could ever want with a Stasis, but when reader Justin Butler sent me his Vintage Stasis deck, I thought it might be the perfect shell for the other things I'd wanted to try in Legacy. Meditate is great with Stasis, as your opponent can't really do anything with an extra turn anyway.

Since I was sure I was behind the times on the Ral Zarek/Stasis combo, I did a quick search to see what other people had come up with, and found this list by Adam Prosak. I like his approach, and I think it might be better than mine, because it seems important to have a lot of counterspells, but all the pieces fit together so well that I'd really hope to be able to work in the extra card draw as well.

Mox Diamond and Chrome Mox aren't great with Stasis, but they're awesome with Meditate and Winter Orb. The problem is that you don't really want that many Winter Orbs when you already have Stasis because they're redundant and bad against some of the same decks. Still, I think I want more than four of that effect.

Adam didn't use Daze, which is strange to me, as it's the perfect card with Stasis. When Stasis is in play, Daze is extremely difficult to play around and it functionally untaps a land for you.

The sideboard offers more counterspells or card draw as well as more Tabernacles, Winter Orbs, and Vedalken Shackles against creatures. Pithing Needle is for opposing Planeswalkers and Engineered Explosives is for opposing Pithing Needles. Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is there as an alternate win condition, as I'm worried about the opponent doing something that stops you from winning with only Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Ral Zarek.


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