Stasis ideas

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Posted on Aug. 14, 2018, noon by Kendis

I'm drafting a Stasis-based deck and would be interested in any ideas you may have. This deck is geared towards friendly Legacy FNM. No hardcore opponents spending thousands of dollars on their decks.

Kendis Stasis

In general I'm looking for ideas to:

  • Reach the lockdown quickly.
  • Have at least two win conditions. Stasis+Frozen Aether+Chronatog can't be the only wincon.
  • Possible alternatives for locks without needing Frozen Aether.
  • Sideboard ideas against small creatures.

In order to limit the cost and complexity, please do not suggest things along the lines of:

  • Force of Will.
  • Other colors, even splashes. Mono-blue only.


Rabid_Wombat says... #2

Extra wincons - 4x Howling Mine & 4x Black Vise to deck your opponent or kill through Vise damage. Add a Feldon's Cane so you don't deck yourself ;)

Alternative locks can be achieved with Winter Orbs and/or Orb of Dreams.

If you want another lock sorry but you will have to splash White for Kismet.

Adding White is actually really great because of the creature removal that Swords to Plowshares and Wrath of God brings to the deck..resulting in a lot more wins ;)

Misdirection is a must to protect Stasis from anti-enchantment hate such as Abrupt Decay etc...

Sideboard ideas against small creatures - Propaganda, Cyclonic Rift.

August 14, 2018 8:05 p.m.

Boza says... #3

planeswalkers are the best win con available in a stasis deck. If you want to keep it mono blue, add any jace. If you want to get out of the lock on your turn, add green and mana elves for accelaration and Garruk Wildspeaker to get out of the lock on your turn. You can add Fog variants to stay alive too.

Otherwise, this is the best stasis deck on TO:

Tipping the scale (Stasis)

August 15, 2018 4 a.m.

sylvannos says... #4

Back to Basics. Will absolutely destroy some decks and is a mainboard option. Since you're mostly basic Islands, you're unaffected and can build a soft lock before committing to Stasis.

I also agree that you probably want Black Vise over Ebony Owl Netsuke.

There's also no reason to not be playing Force of Will in your mono-blue control deck. This will help immensely if your opponent tries to do something tricky, like resolve a Stoneforge Mystic that's going to grab Batterskull or casting Liliana of the Veil.

Jace, the Mind Sculptor can also be a secondary win condition, in addition to making sure you have plenty of cards and bouncing any creatures that manage to sneak in via Aether Vial.

Probably the derpiest card for Stasis is As Foretold. Like, I don't think your opponent can actually win if you resolve both. You will be able to cast Counterspells with impunity, while never having to tap an Island except to pay for Stasis.

Lastly, Meditate, Chrome Mox, and Lotus Petal are all good options. Meditate fills a similar role to Chronatog, but helps you find more answers and threats. Chrome Mox and Lotus Petal allow you to go "SURPRISE, NERDS! Turn 1 Stasis on the draw!" or even turning out an early As Foretold.

August 15, 2018 4 a.m.

Rabid_Wombat says... #5

sylvannos I believe it's cost restraints that is keeping FoW out of the deck but I agree with you 100 percent...a playset is a must in any Blue Legacy deck.

While everyone is humping Jace's leg don't forget that another Planeswalker is made for Stasis boy Ral Zarek - of course, you don't want to splash colors yada, yada but he untaps your Island to pay for the Stasis upkeep while tapping down your opponent with his +1 and his Ultimate is a Wincon (Kinda).

Oh yeah, add Ancestral Vision to the list as the card draw is awesome!

August 15, 2018 4:23 a.m.

Kendis says... #6

A lot of nice ideas in these posts. I ordered the cards in the deck list and after some real life playtesting I'll consider incorporating your suggestions. Below are a few responses to these posts.

I left out Force of Will to keep the cost down. Same with the various low and zero cost mana artifacts. If I was willing to spend more at this point in time then I would add some of these cards. Perhaps if the original deck list falls flat on its face I'll change my mind.

I also considered As Foretold, however I felt that another 3 CMC enchantment was pushing the boundaries of effectiveness if the deck also includes 4x Frozen AEther (CMC 4).

Back to Basics looks enticing, but even though most of my lands are Basic Islands, the 4x Forsaken City are key for Stasis upkeep. Reliquary Tower is also nice once the lock is in especially if Howling Mine has also come out.

I. Hate. Planeswalkers. I stopped playing Magic around 15 years ago and when I came back to it recently to discover these essentially uber creatures I immediately despised them for breaking the way I feel the game should flow. For this reason I am against including any Planeswalkers.

August 15, 2018 9:43 a.m.

Kendis says... #7

Of course after reading my post I realize that Back to Basics doesn't impact the usefulness of Forsaken City or Reliquary Tower...

August 15, 2018 9:47 a.m.

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