Posted on Dec. 18, 2018, 12:18 a.m. by Scorpiomoth
Ok so I'm prepared to be laughed at and called a noob here, but I just discovered the card Nova Pentacle and really feel like something could be done with it. I have never played legacy and my only knowledge of the format comes from watching Pro Tour 25th Anniversary, so I'm looking for suggestions on how to make this work in a deck that's reasonably competitive (or if that's even possible). I'm thinking maybe go all in on creatureless control but could work with a deck that doesn't mind your creatures going to the bin. Let's get creative!
First thought: No creatures. Second Thought: Mass damage to yourself for gain?
December 18, 2018 12:52 a.m.
First, welcome to the format. Next, Nova Pentacle is very far from legacy playable.
The first issue is that legacy is not a creature-based format. The top decks play creatures, sure, but they typically have 1-2 in play at any given time. Rarely more. If they are attacking with creatures, then that creature is probably Delver of Secrets Flip and you will never resolve Nova Pentacle. And even if you did then it's turn 4 and you're mostly dead anyway. There are also a lot of creatures like Baleful Strix and True-Name Nemesis and Tarmogoyf, all of which are basically immune to Nova Pentacle. There are also a lot of Jace, the Mind Sculptors which will win them the game even if you have Pentacle.
Secondly, legacy is very fast. The games do tend to make it to turn 5 or 6 because the decks are slow to kill, but most decks can lock the board down by turn 2 or 3. Games only make it longer because cards like Force of Will keep the balance in check. My point is that by the time you can play Nova, it's already too late. Playable creature removal consists of Swords to Plowshares, Lightning Bolt, Fatal Push, Abrupt Decay, Terminus, Diabolic Edict.
I hate to be a downer, but legacy is a very very competitive format. There's not much room for brewing. There is some and the brews tend to be fascinating because of the really high bar set by the meta.
December 18, 2018 1:50 a.m. Edited.
ToolmasterOfBrainerd very sorry to hear that. I appreciate the comment and explanation, just a shame to hear that there is little room for brewing in legacy, as I get much more enjoyment out of playing decks I have built or at least heavily modified than net decks I know can compete. Perhaps legacy may not be the format for me, perhaps I can research and build one of those crazy new decks aha, who knows.