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Play Chess With the Devil

Legacy Combo Competitive Discard Dredge GWUB


Who are You?

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I am Death

Have you come for me?

I have long walked by your side

So I have noticed.

Are you prepared?

Do you think you can cheat death?

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This is a Legacy Deck built around the concept of having no lands. It's the epitome of high risk, high reward, where tiny mistakes in matchups and sequencing could be your downfall, or well met openers could yield an early win; well worth the flavour of playing Chess with the Devil - my ode to Det Sjunde Inseglet.

Either the play or the draw, you essentially skip your first turn to discard. A prime target would be Phantasmagorian . When it is in the grave, we can discard three to its activated ability, maintain priority, and activate once more to pitch our hands.

Why would we do this? To hopefully dump our dredge enablers, like Golgari Grave-Troll , Stinkweed Imp or Shambling Shell . As we dredge through our deck, we will get to mill Narcomoeba into the grave from the library and have them come into play instead.

This cause has very abusable effects; the easiest would be to trigger Prized Amalgam and bring it back as it sees Narcomoeba return to play. Something more complicated would involve our next piece of this puzzle - Bridge from Below .

This is something we will want in our grave; by abusing flashback triggers that require sacrifices like Cabal Therapy and Dread Return we are able to not only get value out of those spells, but also trigger the entombed enchantment. This has a wonderful synergy of generating zombie tokens as we sacrifice a creature; with all 4 in the grave, we'll make 4 tokens for every one creature sacrificed. Cabal Therapy is obviously quite useful in understanding what our opponents are running. Dread Return is where our real gameplan unfolds.

Dread Return can be flashbacked by sacrificing three creatures, which can be easily manipulated given the workings of our deck. This also plays into Bridge From Below, making multiple tokens per instance of a creature going to the graveyard from the battlefield. The primary "combo" target we have for Dread Return is Flayer of the Hatebound which deals damage to target creature or player equal to the power of any creature entering the battlefield. Alternatively, you could also target Golgari Grave-Troll which comes into play with a number of +1/+1 counters on it for each creature in the grave, which also deals a colossal amount to our opponent.

Unlike the All Spells Combo that goes all in for a fast paced combo, Manaless Dredge not only has the potential to mirror that, but also grind opponents out in a slower game, utilizing recursion creatures like Ichorid and Nether Shadow .
Force of Will is crucial countermagic to our opponent's game 2 and 3 when they know what we're on.

Leyline of the Void works well against Storm, mirror matches, and LED Dredge.

Faerie Macabre not only is an uncounterable graveyard hate card, but it can be used with Ichorid .

Force of Vigor an excellent new staple from Modern Horizons, that can get rid of the most oppressive tech against us, for free.

Ashen Rider is another reanimate target that helps control their boardstate.

I met Death today. We played Chess.


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As this deck was made with the inspiration of the Seventh Seal, I feel I should take a moment to pay respects to the late actor who portrayed Antonius Block.

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This deck is Legacy legal.

Rarity (main - side)

0 - 3 Mythic Rares

24 - 4 Rares

25 - 4 Uncommons

11 - 4 Commons

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 3.87
Tokens 2/2 Zombie
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-1 Ashen Rider side
+1 Contagion side
+4 Faerie Macabre side
-4 Leyline of the Void side