Shadowing Legacy

Posted in Feature on November 28, 2013

By Luis Scott-Vargas

Luis Scott-Vargas plays, writes, and makes videos about Magic. He has played on the Pro Tour for almost a decade, and between that and producing content for ChannelFireball, often has his hands full (of cards).

Death's Shadow decks keeping grabbing my attention, mainly because of how cool the namesake card is. Earlier, I took a look at a Modern Death's Shadow list, but today we've graduated to using the full twenty years of Magic cards, instead of the decade Modern spans.

Death's Shadow

The main engine that drives the Death's Shadow train is still Phyrexian mana, with Gitaxian Probe and Dismember offering a lot of life loss for a low amount of actual mana, and providing a good amount of utility while doing so. Probe is actually the perfect card for this deck, acting as a zero-mana +2/+2 that lets you know when the way is clear to move in on Death's Shadow. Snuff Out is an awesome new addition, and mimics Phyrexian mana quite effectively, while being efficient at killing Tarmogoyf, Delver of Secrets, and Mother of Runes alike. Thoughtseize and Force of Will round out the life-payment spells, and both disrupt the opponent heavily, which is quite necessary in Legacy.

As before, lands play a key part in growing the Shadow to monstrous proportions, and Watery Grave makes a rare appearance in Legacy as a result. The mana base is one thing I like about this deck, as it's got basics, fetches, and only two colors, making it very consistent.

Even past the Death's Shadow aspect, this still plays the role of a Delver of Secrets deck, which is to say that it has cheap threats and cheap disruption. Delver of Secrets and Tombstalker are the backup kill mechanisms (or just the kill mechanisms, in Delver of Secrets's case), and Baleful Strix, Daze, and Hymn all give you an advantage in either mana or pure cards. In light of recent events, such as Grand Prix Washington DC, True-Name Nemesis is certainly a card this deck should take into consideration. It can play the card and needs to prepare to play against it, but Legacy being Legacy, there are no shortage of good options, and Engineered Plague is a nice start if the deck doesn't end up playing any.

Wyatt Archer's Death's Shadow

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