This Week in Legacy — The Hot Spice

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Howdy folks! It's Joe here again. I took a week off last week for the holidays and now I'm back and kicking it with some hot new Legacy content.

This week we're on the hunt for the spiciest lists we can find around the interwebs.

Let's kick this off with a bang, shall we?

Legacy Slivers

That's right, you heard me: Slivers. While the deck is not anything super new, the deck affectionately known as "Meathooks" has been around for some time, leveraging the power of Aether Vial with a bevy of powerful Slivers that push through for large amounts of damage quickly. This deck is a lot like Merfolk in the sense that it's a Vial-based aggro deck.

However, most recently the deck got another rainbow land in the form of Ixalan's very own Unclaimed Territory, meaning that the deck can run 12–15 rainbow lands in the forms of Cavern of Souls, Sliver Hive, and Ancient Ziggurat.

User danielnunes took a list to a 5–0 in a Legacy league. Let's take a look.

Slivers — danielnunes | 5–0 Competitive Legacy League 11/21/2017

Creatures (31)
4 Crystalline Sliver
4 Galerider Sliver
4 Hibernation Sliver
3 Muscle Sliver
1 Phantasmal Image
4 Predatory Sliver
2 Sidewinder Sliver
4 Sinew Sliver
4 Striking Sliver
1 Winged Sliver

Instants/Sorceries (4)
4 Force of Will

Artifacts (4)
4 Aether Vial

Lands (21)
3 Ancient Ziggurat
4 Cavern of Souls
2 Karakas
4 Mutavault
4 Sliver Hive
4 Unclaimed Territory

Sideboard (15)
3 Containment Priest
1 Darkheart Sliver
2 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Harmonic Sliver
2 Hunter Sliver
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Syphon Sliver

On a mere whim, I took this list for a spin online for a little bit, and found it to be a lot of fun to play. There are definitely a lot of lines in this list, but it is a lot of fun to drop a Crystalline Sliver and blank removal. The deck definitely seemed to struggle if you were topdecking however, which is to be expected of pure aggro lists like this. If anything, I'd like to see an inclusion of Chalice of the Void much in the way Merfolk does to help deal with issues against combo decks and fair decks that can draw removal out against the little Slivers.

All in all, a pretty neat list, but I think we can get spicier.

Soldier Stompy

MKM Barcelona was a hot event filled with some great Legacy lists, but the Top 8 saw a pretty awesome deck in the form of Remi Herve Lacombe's Soldier Stompy list. Boasting not only maindeck Suppression Field but also a Soldier package that includes Odric, Lunarch Marshal and Aerial Responder, this deck is pretty insane.

Soldier Stompy — Remi Herve Lacombe | Top 8 MKM Barcelona

Creatures (30)
4 Aerial Responder
1 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
4 Daru Warchief
4 Enlistment Officer
1 Odric, Lunarch Marshal
4 Palace Jailer
4 Preeminent Captain
1 Recruiter of the Guard
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
3 Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Artifacts (8)
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Chrome Mox

Enchantments (4)
4 Suppression Field

Lands (18)
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Cavern of Souls
2 Karakas
8 Plains

Sideboard (15)
2 Armageddon
1 Cast Out
1 Containment Priest
1 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Faerie Macabre
1 Leonin Relic-Warder
1 Rest in Peace
1 Sanctum Prelate
2 Selfless Squire
1 Sorcerous Spyglass
1 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Worship

This is another list I took for a spin, and holy cow is it kind of nuts. In some games I was able to establish a turn one Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, which absolutely took over the game. Between Enlistment Officer and Daru Warchief the deck is just incredibly powerful. In addition, I managed to hit a game where I had Odric, Lunarch Marshal and Aerial Responder in play.

Incredibly fun deck, one I would definitely play in paper if I had the cards.

Let's dig a little deeper.

Ooze Reanimator

Ooze Reanimator? What sorcery is this?! Necrotic Ooze in LEGACY!

Yes, that's right. Necrotic Ooze in Legacy.

Ooze Reanimator — DNSolver | 4–2 Legacy Challenge 10/29/2017

Creatures (7)
2 Griselbrand
3 Necrotic Ooze
1 Phyrexian Devourer
1 Triskelion

Instants/Sorceries (34)
4 Brainstorm
4 Cabal Therapy
2 Collective Brutality
4 Dark Ritual
4 Entomb
2 Exhume
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Ponder
2 Reanimate
4 Shallow Grave

Artifacts (4)
4 Lotus Petal

Lands (15)
2 Flooded Strand
1 Island
2 Marsh Flats
4 Polluted Delta
1 Scrubland
1 Swamp
1 Tundra
3 Underground Sea

Sideboard (15)
3 Echoing Truth
2 Flusterstorm
4 Monastery Mentor
2 Surgical Extraction
4 Swords to Plowshares

So… this list is pretty insane and amazing. Winning off a Necrotic Ooze that can get gigantic thanks to Phyrexian Devourer and then lobby all those +1/+1 counters into damage with Triskelion is pretty nuts. Not only that, the transformational sideboard here of just turning the deck into an Esper Mentor build is beautiful.

I gotta admit, I love it.

Let's dig into our final list of the week. Land Nauseam.

Land Nauseam

Mmm… Land Nauseam. What a spicy pile of cards this is. Posted to Reddit recently by one Jeff Hoogland, with roots in a Top 8 by Bryan Hoyt at Knight Ware Legacy, this deck is just incredibly fun to play. I took this for a spin online as well and had a blast with it. Sometimes it's super inconsistent and you die or sometimes you just blow them out of the water.

Land Nauseam — Jeff Hoogland | Reddit Posting

Instants/Sorceries (6)
1 Ad Nauseam
4 Cunning Wish
1 Grapeshot

Artifacts (25)
4 Chalice of the Void
1 Engineered Explosives
4 Lotus Petal
4 Mishra's Bauble
3 Mox Diamond
4 Mox Opal
4 Urza's Bauble
1 Zuran Orb

Lands (29)
4 Ancient Tomb
1 Bojuka Bog
2 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
2 Dark Depths
1 Karakas
2 Maze of Ith
2 Polluted Delta
1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
4 Thespian's Stage
4 Tolaria West
3 Underground Sea
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Ad Nauseam
1 Diabolic Edict
2 Dread of Night
2 Engineered Explosives
1 Fatal Push
2 Flusterstorm
1 Lightning Storm
1 Maze of Ith
1 Mindbreak Trap
1 Ravenous Trap
1 Tormod's Crypt

This deck is kind of nuts, and resolving an Ad Nauseam usually just wins you the game, since you can draw enough to cast mostly every spell in your deck for lethal storm count, or you can grab Lightning Storm out of the sideboard and kill them that way, or you can 20/20 them with Depths/Stage combo.

Super exciting list, and it's fun to see it get picked up more.

Wrapping Up

That's it for this week folks, hope you enjoyed a trip around the spice corner of Legacy a bit. If you see any more fun decks feel free to pass them my way—I love seeing spicy lists.

Until next time!

Joseph Dyer is an avid Legacy enthusiast. He's admin of the /r/NicFitMTG subreddit, as well as a regular participant on the Source and MTGLegacy subreddits. His knowledge of the Legacy format is deeply rooted in constant analysis, playtesting, and lots of discussion of the format. Joseph's primary accomplishments include a 10–5 finish at GP Columbus 2016 with Rhino Fit, and a 32nd place finish at a SCG Columbus Legacy Classic with Sneak Fit. 

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