Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Legendary Deck

Some of my decks are more casual than others and this one is definitely more casual than most. I've attempted to make "The Legendary Deck" many times in the past; sometimes with a full set of Hondens, sometimes containing only legendary cards, and sometimes focusing on reanimation of legendary bombs. This time I took a different approach:

The Legendary Deck

Creatures (12)
1 Isamaru, Hound of Konda
1 Mikaeus, the Lunarch
1 Radha, Heir to Keld
4 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Reki, the History of Kamigawa
2 Squee, Goblin Nabob
1 Captain Sisay
1 Godo, Bandit Warlord

Equipment (6)
1 Sword of Kaldra
1 Shield of Kaldra
1 Helm of Kaldra
1 Umezawa's Jitte
1 Tenza, Godo's Maul
1 Champion's Helm

Control (10)
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Hull Breach
2 Oblivion Ring
2 Wrath of God

Other (5)
4 Faithless Looting
1 Crop Rotation

Mana (27)
3 Honor-Worn Shaku
4 Mox Diamond
4 Jungle Shrine
4 Riftstone Portal
1 Dark Depths
1 Gaea's Cradle
1 Untaidake, the Cloud Keeper
1 Karakas
1 Pendelhaven
1 Hammerheim
1 Eiganjo Castle
1 Okina, Temple to the Grandfathers
1 Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep
1 Cathedral of Serra
1 Adventurers' Guildhouse
1 Mountain Stronghold

How does the deck work?

The deck has 3 win conditions: Kill your opponent with small creatures and equipment, with Kaldra, or with Marit Lage (Dark Depths). The deck fixes its mana with a set of Mox Diamonds and it accelerates to pay equip costs (and Dark Depths activation costs) with a trio of Honor-Worn Shakus.

How does this deck differ from similar decks out there?

When building the deck, the main thing I wanted to do was include Cathedral of Serra, Adventurers' Guildhouse, and Mountain Stronghold. They're just too funny not to use in a Legendary Deck. Also, "Bands with other legends" fit well with an equipment based deck. Mox Diamonds helped to fix openings if you drew too many useless lands, Riftstone Portal helped to make them mana producing lands, and Honor-Worn Shaku turned almost everything into a mana producing permanent.

(The Honden based decks always felt like the "bands with other legends" lands were useless. With this Kaldra based deck (and other equipment), at least you're always attacking with guys to band together.)

What is your favorite thing about the deck?

I've tried to make this deck in the past using Careful Study to help get Riftstone Portal into the graveyard. But now with Dark Ascending coming out in January, Faithless Looting helps keep this a 3-color deck. It's always nice with new cards help to make old deck concepts come together.

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