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See You, Space Cowboy...

Legacy Control GWU (Bant) Theme/Gimmick



I cant be stuck in one place for long...

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Check out Ambition on youtube if you dig this compilation!
This is an experimental deck revolving around Astral Slide. It's a card that's been brewed around for ages in various formats.

I love Pirates, but don't feel any from the new Ixalan set are particularly Legacy worthy yet. and have a particular affection for Cowboy Bebop; Rishada is primarily inhabited by pirates. Astral + Rishada = Space Pirates.

The core idea is to flicker our Rishadans: Rishadan Brigand , Rishadan Cutpurse and Rishadan Footpad to abuse their ETBs forcing opponents to sacrifice permanents.

Our enablers to trigger Astral Slide are our cycling lands: Lonely Sandbar , Tranquil Thicket, Secluded Steppe and the new BiCycle lands from Amonkhet - Irrigated Farmland and Scattered Groves.

Other cycling cards like Nimble Obstructionist seems like a fantastic card to cycle on its own, and Censor is a mini-Miscalculation, but can be cycled for cheap if need be.

There's a cute interaction between Edge of Autumn and Flagstones of Trokair. Not only are we getting a land, we cycling and thus trigger Astral Slide, blinking our things.

Ghostly Flicker blinks our things and triggers the Pirates' effects; Eternal Witness and Life from the Loam offer graveyard recursion for our cycled cards; E-Wit can also be blinked for repeated effect.

Should you wish to go a more budget route with the manabase, the shocklands should suffice in place of the ABUR dual lands. Lotus Petal is an okay solution to Mox Diamond, especially with it's insane spike in price. It can also benefit from Eternal Witness.

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I just want to take this time to thank you all for getting this deck to #1!

Please, continue to sit back, take a load of and enjoy the endless tunes at Cowboy Cafe.


Probably one of my all time favorites is cowboy beebop

October 3, 2017 6 p.m.

Ilu, homie

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October 3, 2017 6:05 p.m.

Well I'm a Cowboy Beebop fan, this gets my lovin' ;)

October 4, 2017 3:10 p.m.

Came in for the Title and Format. Stayed for the music. Perhaps a couple of Exploration and Ponder could help make the deck a bit faster, we are playing blue after all.

October 5, 2017 2:57 p.m.

Really like the deck and I love the CB theme! It was one of my first anime's of all time! Also I'm just curious why Edge of Autumn? Rampant Growth or Search for Tomorrow would be better as they don't have that pesky "If you control four or fewer lands" clause.

October 6, 2017 2:27 p.m.

DrkNinja glad you dig it, friend!

I chose it for its cycling synergy with the deck, and interaction with Flagstones of Trokair. I can sac it, grabbing any dual land with Plains!

October 6, 2017 2:49 p.m.

n0bunga Holy shit I didn't even see the cycling part... I'm sorry. You right! lol

October 6, 2017 3:04 p.m.

There is a website design axiom: There is NO such thing as too little sound.

October 7, 2017 11:52 a.m.

Hey, I kind of have a formatting question for you. How do you get the youtube video to start without having to click on it? I've been trying to figure it out for a while, but I'm not very familiar with code and all that so all I've been able to figure out so far is how to embed the video.

October 7, 2017 12:55 p.m.


No worries! So when you click the YouTube button in the deck description and enter the link, after its address add the following after the video ID in the url:


And after the equal sign, readd the same video ID once again.

This tells it to autoplay, and loop the song.

October 7, 2017 1:49 p.m.

Thanks for the help n0bunga, I got it to work!

October 7, 2017 3:02 p.m.


I know you don't play black here, but wouldn't Dire Fleet Ravager be very powerful here?

October 8, 2017 3:27 a.m.


Honestly, if I wanted to go that route I'd probably just use Pox but I get what you mean; abusing the mini pox ability seems great.

Glad you enjoy the deck! :)

October 8, 2017 6:26 a.m.

Why the hell can't I upvote it ten times

October 14, 2017 6:25 a.m.

I have a few questions for you, n0bunga. First, how does this deck perform against the current midrange meta decks? Is it too slow, does it lose a lot to counter spells? Why don't you run Daze? You can replace Censor with it. Also, the Astral Slide seems cool and all, but relying on drawing lands that cycle seems kind of gimmicky to me. Why not use Eldrazi Displacer in its place and play lands like Ancient Tomb and City of Traitors in order to make paying the easier to pay? Sure, it's more expensive mana wise than a 1cmc cycling land, but I feel as though Eldrazi Displacer can put in better work in my humble opinion. Since you're also playing cards with high cmc Chalice of the Void and Trinisphere could also put in some work to help stall the match out until you start popping your opponents field. I don't know your deck as well as you do clearly, but I'm just offering my 2 cents about your deck. It does look cool though and loving the music and title of the deck. +1 goes to you, sir!

November 24, 2017 1:26 p.m.

Erich_Zann I'll be quite truthful here mate, I've never actually played this deck yet. I loved the idea behind it, and Astral Slide in general, which inspired me. On paper I can tell right off the bat this will undoubtedly lose to fast degenerate Tier 1 decks, and make a modest impact in a more midrange focus group. The ramp into what you need is there. And once the engine starts it will become quite tough for an opponent to keep up with all the permanents they need to sacrifice.

That goes into our next topic regarding Censor. In truth, it's there less as a counter (which you of course can absolutely use it for) and more as a cycler. I opted not to choose durdler/do-nothing cycling cards and instead focused on ones that can actually function both ways. Admittedly, it's a gimmick. I tend to build a lot of decks around gimmicks haha.

Eldrazi Displacer does interest me. And perhaps it could see room in here over something like the Flagstones package, though Flagstone/Edge of Autumn also help feed Loam some valid targets. That's also why the cycling lands are in. They're quite easy in repeatable cycling and that was how the deck was designed: Put Astral Slide out, cycle the ETB Pirates and control your opponent's boardstate.

Displacer can also be used at instant speed, but it's downside is having another creature that could very easily die.

Trinisphere is interesting from a stax perspective but if I were to go that route, Mox Diamond would be shut off entirely so I'd have to figure ways around that.

Thank you very much for your input!

November 24, 2017 2:39 p.m.

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This deck is Legacy legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.86
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-1 Ponder maybe
-1 Exploration maybe
-1 Rampant Growth maybe
-1 Search for Tomorrow maybe