This deck was inspired by The Tim Hawkins Video, "The Government Can." It's built to tax your opponents for stuff they own and want to cast, while providing you with the tools to win.

The Players:

Sun Titan - he's in here to beat down your opponents and bring back a lot of your enchantments. Sacrifice your Aura of Silence to destroy your opponent's artifact/enchantment and bring it right back with the giant!

Grand Arbiter Augustin IV- Not sure I need to explain this guy at all.....

Venser, the Sojourner- Exiling a permanent you own may not seem like a good idea at first but with Grasp of Fate, you can remove a minor annoyance now, exile it and return it back at the end of your turn to exile something better later.

Karmic Justice- Basically reads, "destroy my enchantments at your own risk".These ensure that your opponents will leave your laws in place.

Bruna, the Fading Light+ Gisela, the Broken Blade- If you thought Hillary was bad, you ain't seen nothin yet! When you get these two flipped, your opponent can't play spells that are 3 mana cost or less. At worse Bruna, the Fading Light can be cast to bring Grand Arbiter Augustin IV back from the grave. Great thing is that even if Bruna gets countered, you still get Augustin back from the grave!

Propaganda+Ghostly Prison+Sphere of Safety- Tax your opponents every time they want to attack you. You literally make them pay for each creature!

Rhystic Study- This allows you to tax your opponents with card advantage. Either they pay extra for each spell cast, or you get to draw cards. With Reliquary Tower you can draw to your hearts content.

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Dovin Baan- Use the +1 to protect himself(or you) or take your opponents activated ability away for a while. If you need card draw, use the -1 and if you can manage to get the ultimate out, it's over for your opponents.

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Pendrell Mists -Tax your opponents for the creatures they own during their upkeep. Between this and Propaganda+Ghostly Prison, your opponents are going to be spending a lot more to attack you! With Serra's Sanctum added into this deck, you should have no problem keeping up with the rising upkeep cost of your creatures.

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Enchanted Evening- This is a card I've just added to combo with a few of the other cards in this deck. It can be used to boost the power of Sphere of Safety counting every permanent you control. It can be used with Aura of Silence to sacrifice and destroy any opponent's permanents. It can also boost Serra's Sanctum and also steal all of you opponents permanents with Aura Thief.

Kozilek, Butcher of Truth- I've also added this guy as another win con.

And Finally Land Tax- You can't have a government deck without at least one of these in your deck, I mean the name says it all.

Let me know what you think, I would love some feedback on this. Upvote if you like the concept!




OOBS says... #1

+1 for a great Tim Hawkins reference.

August 24, 2016 7:53 p.m.

Kaos777 says... #2

Cool +1

August 24, 2016 8:02 p.m.

catrule3564 says... #3

With so many enchantments, you may want to consider adding 1-2 Serra's Sanctum to the manabase to help play our your 6 and 7 cost spells.

Good job on the deck. +1

August 25, 2016 11:30 a.m.

budlaorf says... #4

Thanks, I think I will consider it. The 4xRhystic Study and 1xLand Tax help with getting lands but that is definitely a card I will look to placing in my deck.

August 25, 2016 6:56 p.m.

sac_ld says... #5

You inadvertently left four Pendrell Mists in the side board, since I figure six is a bit excessive in the 75.

August 27, 2016 4:57 p.m.

budlaorf says... #6

lol, thanks. Didn't notice that

August 27, 2016 8:21 p.m.

Bnon says... #7

I love it

August 30, 2016 9:49 p.m.

blazingscout says... #8

I have no words to describe this. +1

September 4, 2016 6:36 p.m.

doodleman212 says... #9

Putting Teferi, Temporal Archmage in this deck would be also hilarious, so you can get his emblem, so even when they're willing to pay for a creature, you can just tap it with Tamiyo.

September 5, 2016 11:33 a.m.

This deck has a bit of work to do against non-interactive combo. Either throw in some hate or some counterspells. Excellent prison though, warden.

September 5, 2016 11:51 a.m.

TEGHabibird says... #11

September 9, 2016 6:52 p.m.

budlaorf says... #12

Only Problem I have with The Energy Field+Rest in Peace combo, is that it doesn't let me utilize my recursion from Sun Titan, Bruna, the Fading Light, and even Tamiyo, the Moon Sage emblem.

September 9, 2016 11:29 p.m.

Love the Tim Hawkins reference and the deck +1

September 10, 2016 3:15 a.m.

Phill2016 says... #14

Maybe Mana Leak so that you can steal all the excessive mana they spent on that two drop...

September 10, 2016 2:35 p.m.

Phill2016 says... #15

Oops, meant Mana Drain

September 10, 2016 2:36 p.m.

Nobilior says... #16

Saw Tim at my church one time. Nice deck sir!

September 10, 2016 10:07 p.m.

Need more 1-2 drops to be competitive with quick legacy decks that have Delver, plenty of counterspells, monastery swiftspear, elves, etc.

Awesome tho, +1

September 11, 2016 12:01 a.m.

budlaorf says... #18

This is more of a multiplayer based deck. Usually the faster decks get targeted first when you are playing 4-6 people. This tries to take advantage of multiplayer formats by spreading the hate equally and not building up too fast. That's why I use Grasp of Fate over Detention Sphere. By the time my opponents know they should be targeting me, it's already too late.

September 11, 2016 12:21 a.m.

TEGHabibird says... #19

Then you should categorise it as a multiplayer deck, so you can get the right feedback. You'll get lots pf people suggesting duals, fetch lands, common (expensive $$$$)blue spells etc because you have it listed as legacy

September 11, 2016 7:08 p.m.

wisegreenbean says... #20

The best enchantment decks have green. Why? Because Argothian Enchantress. Also, green mana enchantments like Wild Growth and Utopia Sprawl. The enchantress keeps your draw strong, and the little enchantments mean you might actually be able to get to cast your Sun Titan and whatnot.

Look up "Legacy enchantress" if you're interested. A blue white green deck would be plenty viable.

September 11, 2016 10:23 p.m.

ComboCrazy says... #21

So, I don't know if you've looked through the Auto-Suggestions, but there are some cards in there that would make this deck even more oppressive. A couple ones I saw are Mana Web and Ethersworn Canonist

September 12, 2016 11:41 p.m.

budlaorf says... #22

Thanks ComboCrazy, I'm going to considering trying Mana Web in this deck.

September 14, 2016 8:10 p.m.

budlaorf says... #23

Well, there's a new planeswalker in town folks! Dovin Baan was made for this deck!!

September 14, 2016 11:08 p.m.

No Azor's Elocutors? he's bureaucracy the card!

September 19, 2016 7:32 a.m.

budlaorf says... #25

Simon_Williamson I actually hadn't considered adding him in yet and I forgot all about that guy. I will think about adding him into the deck. Thanks for the suggestion!

September 19, 2016 6:44 p.m.

Changos says... #26

I like this a lot :) I would say that the best nonland card of your deck is land tax... but then comes augustin and venser. I would totally add more copies of venser, over the blue walkers that is. I would also add 1 copie of venser (the creature) as venser has great synergy with himself XD Enlightened tutor seems like an important card for this strategy, fetching you land tax primarly, but also whatever is that you need the most. I would go ahead and run a full set or at least 3 tutors ;) GL

September 20, 2016 11:59 a.m.

I really like the concept, but like many decks I see on here the first thing I notice is that the land count is too low; you're a control deck and some of your critical control elements are at 4-5 mana, and none of them are less than 3 mana; hitting your land drops is imperative or else you're going to get mobbed by faster decks.

September 20, 2016 7:09 p.m.

Primusfan42 says... #28

@Simon_Williamson: No, Bureaucracy is bureaucracy the card. Sadly (and fittingly), it isn't legal for tournament play and often incites riots in casual games.

I like the deck. Ethersworn Canonist would be really funny with Jace, Unraveler of Secrets. The same goes for Starfield of Nyx with Lunar Force. The latter probably fits into the deck better, but it is only maximized in one-on-one play. You should consider both combos if you can find the space for them.

September 20, 2016 9:02 p.m.

Changos says... #29

@Rusty_Shackleford: Land tax make this a moot point :P

September 21, 2016 1:23 p.m.

will want more than one copy to make it work. Two at least.

September 21, 2016 2:54 p.m.

budlaorf says... #31

Thanks for the upvote guys and the great comments.

Changos The thing I like about Jace, Architect of Thought, is that if the game stalls out, I can use his ultimate to maybe find an answer in the opponents decks. I also like that he protects himself (and me) with his -1 ability and want to see what synergy I can find between him and Dovin Baan. I may consider removing Grand Abolisher for another Land Tax though.

Primusfan42 Only thing I don't like about Starfield of Nyx is that it will make my enchants creatures, which will in turn negate Karmic Justice.

September 21, 2016 7:13 p.m.

Acid_Drop says... #32

1-2x Maze of Ith would be funny in here if you could make it fit some how!!! +1

September 24, 2016 9:02 a.m.

FireCanoe says... #33

The budget of a Government too lol

September 26, 2016 8:42 p.m.

maddoxmtg says... #34

Any particular reason why no Tundra and fetches in a legacy deck?

September 26, 2016 9:30 p.m.

budlaorf says... #35

maddoxmtg Only reason I don't use the Tundra is because they are a little pricy. about 160 dollars each one.

September 27, 2016 7:03 p.m.

maddoxmtg says... #36

ok, well i would still run fetches and probably edit the deck to be modern legal. a few cuts here and there and it would help. Legacy, you need to be running The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale and tundras+fetches. just for thought

September 27, 2016 9:50 p.m.

mcmcfarlane says... #37

I recommend Fade Away to tax your opponents.

September 29, 2016 12:27 a.m.

@Changos 1 copy of land tax isn't quite going to get it done.

October 7, 2016 12:21 a.m.

Changos says... #40

@Rusty_Shackleford Youre right, I was going by my own suggestion of running 3-4 Enlightned Tutors. Btw I really stand by that suggestion, and even better, now I remember that Academy Rector is kind of absurd ;) ;) ;)

October 7, 2016 2:11 p.m.

shinobigarth says... #42

Tim Hawkins is awesome. I guess this deck is too but I don't play legacy, so ill +1 it anyway.

April 9, 2017 2:24 a.m.

Barsan says... #43

Opalescence in conjunction with Enchanted Evening ensures every permanent gets to live with the typing they truely are rather than what they were played as... By the patriarchy.

Does your creature want to be an Enchantment? It can! Does your artifact want to be a Creature? Sure! Does all Land want to be creatures? Sure! Dead creatures though.Do your enchanments want to be Artifacts? Too bad.

See it even has the underlying hypocrisy.

October 17, 2017 2:42 a.m.

corythackston says... #44

Elspeth, Sun's Champion would be a much cheaper but equally game winning threat as Kozilek :)

October 17, 2017 11:30 a.m.

corythackston says... #45

Also, I don't think you have enough synergies in your deck to really benefit from Venser that much. However, Council's Judgment would fit the theme and play pattern of this deck excellently :)

October 17, 2017 11:35 a.m.

budlaorf says... #46

I might be open to removing my copies of Venser, the Sojourner. I love his ultimate but I can probably add something else instead. I'll consider trying Elspeth, Sun's Champion.

The only reason for me not to run Council's Judgment, is that I'm usually the threat on the table that people are trying to kill. They would just choose the weakest permanent between them when it's cast. Some about taxing your opponents brings out the hate in them.....

October 17, 2017 6:25 p.m.

Barsan says... #47

Academy Ruins + Mindslaver seems on theme with this dystopia you're making.

October 17, 2017 7:36 p.m.

corythackston says... #48

I don't think you've read Council's Judgment... Either that or you're thinking of running this in multiplayer in which case I am not qualified at all to be giving advice.

October 19, 2017 1:05 a.m.

DarkStarStorm says... #49

+1 For the Tim Hawkins reference!

October 19, 2017 1:18 a.m.


Council's Judgment does in fact work in singleplayer, and can hit hexproof targets since it doesn't target, so it's good nonconditional removal.

That being said, there is a multiplayer tag on the deck so idk.

October 19, 2017 3:32 p.m.

corythackston says... #51

thecakeisalie42 Yeah I'm aware it does, which is why I recommended it to him. He seems to think it can target your own permanents though. Or something. His response just made no sense with what the card actually does.

October 19, 2017 7:22 p.m.

budlaorf says... #52

I'm not confused on what the card does or how it works. Government decks in general tend to draw early hate, making your opponents want to kill you in multiplayer first. I cast Council's Judgment letting me choose a target. Then my 3-4 opponents talk out which permanent they can exile between them and vote for that one. This makes it a dead card a lot of the time.

Council's Judgment is a great card but it's not great for a deck that draws as much hate as government decks in multiplayer.

October 19, 2017 10:55 p.m.

jaket1022345 says... #53

Love Tim Hawkins. Great comedian. But an even better deck. +1 from me, man.

October 20, 2017 10:04 a.m.

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