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This is how you lose friends. (Stasis)

Legacy Control Cruel Control Mill Mono-Blue Stax



Yeah. I'm a jerk.

My friends, for now, and I decided to make legacy decks to compete in local tournaments.

So I went Stasis. Lol

So upset Gush is banned but oh well.

I was running Howling Mine + Ebony Owl Netsuke as the win combo, but I think I'm going to go for slow win.

Any suggestions are welcome. Please keep in mind that some obvious cards are missing, like Force of Will as I cant afford them at the moment. So try to keep this semi-budget friendly.



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JazzCrimes says... #1

Yuck. That's not nice. :P

June 21, 2012 2:34 a.m.

wolfpack2112 says... #2

This is the most epic Trolling deck I've ever seen. Good job, dude :D

June 21, 2012 8:07 p.m.

Breezybeard218 says... #3

Thanks. Among my friends I'm known for making annoying decks. This is my favorite deck to whip out. They see the sleeves and yell at me. lol

June 21, 2012 9:06 p.m.

parasitian says... #4


June 21, 2012 9:25 p.m.

Sidneyious says... #5

Time to invest in more sleeves then.

June 22, 2012 10:55 a.m.

Rhadamanthus says... #6

Boo this man. +1

Big ups on using Forsaken City to make your opponent want to fire mind lasers at you.

June 22, 2012 4:23 p.m.

nvc73 says... #7

nice. highly annoying!. i dont see frozen aether in the main deck though?

June 22, 2012 7:58 p.m.

Pyros says... #8

i dont QUITE know the usability, but u might wanna try this out if u have these..

remove 2x Chronatog for 2xTezzeret the Seeker

remove 4x Lotus Petal for 2x Sky Diamond

remove 4x Island for 4x Seat of the Synod

most likely tezzeret can untap those and get u a free pay the stasis next turn, plus w/ the -5 is the killer.. if u ever need one.

just occurred me man, anyways, statis is nice =D Gj so far.. i wanna c this playing.

June 23, 2012 3:33 a.m.

Breezybeard218 says... #9

Didn't realize I didn't have my Frozen AEther 's in there.

Played Emperor last night with this deck. After about 30min the other emperor conceded. I wasn't even emperor on my side.

Loving this deck moar and moar.

I would like to propose a challenge: Link your craziest version of stasis you can make. I want to see what kind of ideas people are brewing up.

June 23, 2012 9:37 p.m.

Crivaro says... #10

Well, ok, count me in. I'll try to make one I would play and link it here :D

June 24, 2012 6:42 a.m.

Crivaro says... #11

I've done it deck:stasis-challenge! :D

June 24, 2012 7:17 a.m.

+1 for the "I think I'm going to go for slow win" and how infuriating this deck would be to play against.

June 24, 2012 3:48 p.m.

smith09 says... #13

isocron scepter?

June 24, 2012 11:59 p.m.

Praag says... #14

Tamiyo, the Moon Sage looks pretty fantastic in here.

June 25, 2012 11:14 p.m.

hempel says... #15

When I saw this and was trying to improve my Merfolk deck I went crazy with ideas! Thank you! I know have a Stasis Merfolk deck, check it out, maybe give me tips to make it better: deck:merfolk-invasion

June 28, 2012 8:13 a.m.

19Kratos95 says... #16

How do you untap Chronoatog?

June 29, 2012 7:15 p.m.

Crivaro says... #17

Don't need to. If he is unblocked just skip the next 15 turns and kill with him ;)

June 30, 2012 5:43 a.m.

Crivaro says... #18

Sorry, I misread -.-

June 30, 2012 5:44 a.m.

Don't swing with him. lol Chronatog is there to make me "skip" having to pay for stasis or draw a card. If my opponent is on lock down, Chronatog just makes my job easier. His ability costs me a turn, but doesn't say I HAVE to swing, so he stays untapped.

On kinda the same note... Say I DO swing with Chronatog , and he's now tapped and not un-tapping due to stasis, is his ability still usable? I assume so but double checking.

June 30, 2012 8:59 a.m.

alexrafael94 says... #20

Yes, his ability is still usable even if he is tapped, so you could take a chunk out of them for shits and giggles

July 2, 2012 11:47 p.m.

Coffey says... #21

Another thing to consider with Chronatog is just using his ability on their turn every turn and giving them infinite turns.

July 2, 2012 11:59 p.m.

Coffey says... #22

The part of this deck I like most is the budget. +1

July 3, 2012 12:01 a.m.

The budget is why I went with this for my legacy deck.

And it ended up being so much fun too!

July 3, 2012 2:12 p.m.

MTG_Player says... #25

Reliquary Tower would be good for the cards in hand effect

maybe splash red for Firestorm

July 15, 2012 5:53 p.m.

ajacobik says... #26

Huh. You have friends?

July 15, 2012 8:36 p.m.

piedok says... #27

my friend runs Vedalken Mastermind to return stasis back to his hand right before his untap step

July 15, 2012 11:55 p.m.


Am I late to the stasis party?

I like to pull this one out as a evening finisher in multiplayer. Sooo much fun to end the night with.

July 16, 2012 3:55 a.m.

I do the same thing, but now I have to re-sleeve it everytime cause they learn what sleeves it's in and won't let me play it. lol

As to Vedalken Mastermind , that's what the Chain of Vapor 's are for.

And I love the Firestorm idea. Might have to work that in some time.

July 16, 2012 4:49 p.m.

this looks so fun, I love running aggro decks but this looks like it'd be a refreshing change of pace. I'm not usually in to playing slower decks but this is...irresistible, I really want to build this IRL +1

July 21, 2012 10:30 p.m.

Best thing about this deck is that it's so cheap. so it's easy to build even if you just want to try it.

Beware though, your friends will only let you play it once.

I play this at FNM in between rounds against peoples standard deck and it has no problem winning.

July 22, 2012 11:24 a.m.

Tamiyo, the Moon Sage does look like it'd be crazy in this deck. You'd get massive draw power and be able to consistently return stasis to your hand if need be, or any card for that matter if they happen to be slick and are able destroy something.

July 22, 2012 9:28 p.m.

Oh joy!

What a fun little deck to play! I have a friend with a similar deck, but out of fanciness, his deck has 250 cards in it, in hopes that he'd win via Battle of Wits .

It has 4x stasis, Propaganda and Flood . It's both never wins, but always makes a quick 60-card game into an EDH-length game.

July 24, 2012 1:06 a.m.

What about Venser's journal instead of spellbook I also had some Ideas but don't know if they are relevant.psycosis crawler for one let me know and I will tell you the others. not sure if I am missing the point but if you have cards in your hand why not have phycosis block anything that is thrown and maybe hit with him once or twice+1

July 24, 2012 8:39 a.m.

HollowClyde says... #35

i have a stasis deck too check it out if you feel like deck:pacifist-stacisist.Also love your deck, fun combo with Chronatog think i maybe need to get me some, altough i gotta find my Kismet their laying around here somewhere. im using Elspeth, Knight-Errant as a win condition tough. tell me what you think

July 26, 2012 12:04 a.m.

what about Reliquary Tower ? in case you don't draw spellbook.

July 27, 2012 3:14 p.m.

Derp didn't realize that was already suggested. what about Jace, Memory Adept ? Draw cards and mill them a little faster if you need to. What would you take out for 2x of him?

July 27, 2012 11:52 p.m.

He works, but I play the deck around playing Stasis and then playing spells to lock down. I like to keep it simple, and adding other cards to get to win combos seems excessive to me. the deck works flawlessly as I have it, after playtesting a lot of course.

But I do love the suggestions, keep them coming.

July 30, 2012 9:50 p.m.

HollowClyde says... #39

August 15, 2012 11:15 p.m.

miracleHat says... #40

i don't know if this will be to expensive, although, Force of Will is the biggest BEEEEP when it comes to counterspells.

August 21, 2012 3:39 p.m.

Running about $70 right now, so I intentionally left them out; otherwise, yes, they would be in here. lol

August 21, 2012 4:35 p.m.

sammydeluxe says... #42

Breezybeard218! Congrats for this deck, another wincon very efective and budget ;) would be Black Vise , same effect as the rack but created for Statis LOL!

August 22, 2012 9:13 a.m.

sammydeluxe says... #43

Sorry my fault Black Vise is banned :(

August 23, 2012 8:23 a.m.

I know, would have loved to put in Black Vise , but it has to stay out and hang out with Gush i guess. They can be banned together. lol

August 30, 2012 2:07 p.m.

ProjectMoon says... #45

For a Vintage version of this deck, where Black Vise and Gush are not banned, what cards would you take out to put those in?

September 27, 2012 11:57 a.m.

Probably Frozen AEther and Chronatog . They are in there for a lock to speed up the win, but they're not necessary.

December 12, 2012 9:25 p.m.

SirNawhal says... #48

For some extra friend-losing antics, you should add Winter Orb and Trinisphere .

December 12, 2012 9:34 p.m.

chuxterized says... #49

I love using Capsize with the buyback cost so that they no longer have cards on the board as well... totally unnecessary but fun (and you'll eventually have the lands to pay for this 6-mana craziness)

January 2, 2013 6:26 p.m.

ChocobaRage says... #50

Never posted on here before, but had to comment on Stasis , one of my fave decks ever, so set up a profile just for you! First, piedok is absolutely right. I ran Stasis for a while and Vedalken Mastermind is the nuts. My kill card was Sigil of the Empty Throne . A 4/4 Angel every turn just for re-playing Stasis is no joke. Also, Muddle the Mixture tutors for both Stasis and Vedalken Mastermind . I understand wanting to stay all blue, but I found white was worth the compromise on mana as I had access to Enlightened Tutor to find Sigil of the Empty Throne , Frozen AEther , Stasis and the one-of Oblivion Ring . You probably already know this, but Vedalken Mastermind + Oblivion Ring = NO FRIENDS AT ALL! As for Force of Will , I'm missing those aswell, but Cryptic Command has sooo much synergy in here its as if it was made for it. Those arn't cheap either tho...

January 30, 2013 11:57 a.m.

ChocobaRage says... #51

Sorry, forget Vedalken Mastermind + Oblivion Ring , Vedalken Mastermind + Reality Acid is far better, and blows up lands! As for adding green like Crivaro suggests, how 'bout Urban Burgeoning ?

January 30, 2013 12:15 p.m.

Kakela says... #52

Dude.... Umbral Mantle all the things. Problem solved.

April 28, 2013 2:19 a.m.

Piggyd says... #53

This is the deck I will use for all games to troll.

By the way Chronatog says you can use the ability once each turn, so you can use it then repeat on your opponent's turn and mill them... So fun.

May 15, 2013 3:44 p.m.

Piggyd says... #54

Oh and I found it easier to win with Black Vise instead of Chain of Vapor for faster games. But it depends on how you want to play.

May 16, 2013 12:59 p.m.

M0joh says... #56

4 Hallowed Fountain 15 Island 4 Glacial Fortress 3x Arcane Denial 3x Ebony Owl Netsuke 3x Howling Mine 2x Blind Obedience 3x Silence 3x Iron Maiden 3x Deprive4x Stasis 3x Anvil of Bogardan 3x Remand 2x Ensnare 3x Boomerang 2x Drain Power

January 14, 2014 4:01 p.m.

amishrambo says... #57

if True-Name Nemesis wasn't a billon dollars I would suggest that

May 8, 2014 5:32 p.m.

amishrambo says... #58

if you want to be cute you can Hedron Crab then to death

May 8, 2014 5:38 p.m.

Death_The_Kid says... #59

So like can you only lose to direct damage? or do you shut down RDW also?

June 2, 2014 6:03 a.m.

madeinstefano says... #60

Howling Mine will give you the card advantage to sustain the stasis.

I have a similar stasis deck http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/stasis-control-28-04-14-1/

Bug dropped the Chronatog s to more usefull stuff

June 2, 2014 2:31 p.m.

Saljen says... #61

Why run Spellbook over Reliquary Tower ? You can easily run 2-4x Reliquary Tower without impacting the amount of spells you run, since your 1 color and only have 4x non-islands right now.

June 2, 2014 2:38 p.m.

smackjack says... #62

If you can splash red then Ral Zarek is nuts! Check out my stasis deck: Ral Stasis

June 24, 2014 9:05 a.m.

badbadbad says... #63

My deck is a mono blue Stasis-Landstill hybrid, using Hidden Strings to untap lands for fuel.

Check it out: Stay Still

July 9, 2014 7:32 a.m.

I happened to stumble upon this awesome take on Legacy Stasis in search of budget alternatives for a friend getting into legacy, and I must say it's pretty cool. I like the lock pieces and how efficient the lock engine is in comparison to the Ral Zarek engine. The lock being Stasis and Forsaken City I find is much more efficient. There is one problem that I have with this deck, and that is it's consistency. If you can afford to spend a bit of money on a few blue fetchlands I would add some Dig Through Times and Brainstorms. Regardless of budget though I would add Ponders. It's essential for pretty much every blue deck in legacy.

Anyways love the list +1.

August 21, 2015 10:23 p.m.

Xenization says... #65

November 1, 2015 1:03 a.m.

Happymaster19 says... #66

This is the most ridiculous budget Legacy list I've seen. Super kudos! If you decide on splashing that green Exploration and Burgeoning sound fun.

November 18, 2015 2:49 p.m.

jojo1234 says... #67

how does chronatog kill your opponent if you don't have frozen aether?

January 22, 2016 4:23 p.m.

Happymaster19 says... #68

I've decided to brew Stasis. I'm finding Treasure Hunt really pushes the deck. Foil is also fantastic as it requires no lands on the board so you can counter on the draw.

Bus Stop [Legacy Stasis]

Thanks for the inspiration. I've already ordered nearly all the main and will definitely be trying this out at my local LGS. How has it fared? How are the match ups? Have you considered a primer?

March 3, 2016 1:26 a.m.

badbadbad says... #69

I created another Stasis prison deck that uses Quirion Ranger to bounce a Tropical Island or untap a Deathrite Shaman. Splashed in black because I prefer disruption and destruction over counter cards. Lemme know what you guys think.

TMSP (The Maximum Security Prison)

March 10, 2016 4:39 a.m.

davewalt46 says... #70

Add Illusions of Grandeur and Donates. Affordable and a very quick win with this deck. Love Stasis decks

March 20, 2016 11:18 a.m.

iBurgerKing says... #71

I would consider splashing red for Ral Zarek as a win con and Stasis untap combo. Just a thought.

March 26, 2016 7 p.m.

beastyboya says... #72

I saw this deck a while ago and I never really understood how stasis worked in this deck.I was wondering if you could explain how it works and add suggestions about what cards would work with it in a commander deck

November 14, 2016 5:02 p.m.

Superpowers9 says... #73

why are you playing cronatog, it doesn't even untap with stasis

December 15, 2016 7:17 p.m.

smackjack says... #74

Superpowers9 Chronatog is used to skip all your turns. Once Stasis and Frozen AEther is in play you skip your turns so your opponent has to draw all his cards and lose

December 16, 2016 8:28 a.m.

Wurmlover says... #75

love the deck! just getting into legacy and I think I will play this.

just one thing: this is not cruel control. cruel control references grixis decks that won by resolving Cruel Ultimatum.

January 16, 2017 7:20 p.m.

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