Tax-Rack Returns

Posted in Feature on September 4, 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).

Despite Legacy's immense card pool (or perhaps as a result of it), it sometimes can be hard to break into the metagame. This deck looks like it may be poised to do just that, by playing a number of sweet cards and combos that used to be powerhouses as recently as two decades ago.

Scroll Rack

The first, and most important, is the Scroll Rack plus Land Tax combo. This very same combo was what got Land Tax banned in the first place, although it hasn't been as loud since it's returned. In order to maximize the chances of having less land than the opponent, the deck gets away with running only seventeen land, along with a full set of five Moxes. Mox Diamond has especially good synergy with Land Tax, and a turn one of Mox, Tax, go, is not an uncommon opener. Between the Moxes and Brainstorms, as well as a lone Sensei's Divining Top, the mana in the deck looks very good.

Once Land Tax and Scroll Rack are combined, the deck ends up drawing three extra cards a turn, from which point it isn't too hard to win. The Moxes also come into play here, letting the deck turn extra cards into extra mana, and therefore extra plays.

Of course, part of what makes the deck work is how consistently it can assemble the combo, mainly thanks to Enlightened Tutor, which may well be the most important individual card in the deck. Tutor grabs either piece of the Tax-Rack combo, as well as finding a ton of other key cards, including the second sick combo: Counterbalance plus Sensei's Divining Top. It's hard to top this combo for preventing the opponent from resolving anything, and the lock is only strengthened by the ability to Enlightened Tutor for the right casting cost in response for a spell.

The other Enlightened Tutor targets are awesome as well, just more individually powerful. The Abyss has to be my favorite, and is another blast from the 90s. Besides The Abyss, Back to Basics can lock out greedy mana bases, Dark Tutelage can draw extra cards, Porphyry Nodes is as sweet as a drop of honey, Moat offers additional creature control, and lastly, Detention Sphere, Pithing Needle, and Rest in Peace are general catch-alls. That's the most Enlightened Tutor targets I've ever seen in a deck, and part of what makes this deck so appealing to me.

I suppose the fun has to end sometime, which is what Entreat the Angels is for. Between Brainstorm and Sensei's Divining Top, it isn't difficult to eventually set up a predictable miracle and just finish the opponent with a host of Angels.

Predictably, the sideboard has a bunch more potential Enlightened Tutor targets, including some nice ones like Aura Fracture and Spiritual Focus. I'd be tempted to play the Jace, the Mind Sculptor main (and double the number), but past that I really like how this deck looks, and will likely be running it through an upcoming Daily Event or two on Magic Online.

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