There used to be a paper-rock-scissors paradigm to explain the health of formats. One deck archetype would prey on another while another preyed on that one and so on and so forth. This obsolete teaching tool has never been more useless than in Legacy, where a deck can shift gears and steal wins out of nowhere against pretty much anything.
For a long time now, the formerly popular Maverick archetype fell out of favor due to a perceived weakness to "unfair" combo decks. Playing with power and toughness just wasn't very powerful when your opponent was putting Emrakul or Griselbrand into play on turn 2.
Well, sometimes Thalia gets in under Sneak Attack. And sometimes Scavenging Ooze eats the graveyard before a reanimation spell comes online. And sometimes Deathrite Shaman beats Dredge all by himself.
And sometimes? Sometimes, the room shows up with Delver of Secrets and David McDarby beats everybody.
Fair and square.
- 4 Deathrite Shaman
- 4 Knight of the Reliquary
- 4 Mother of Runes
- 1 Qasali Pridemage
- 1 Scavenging Ooze
- 2 Stoneforge Mystic
- 2 Spirit of the Labyrinth
- 2 Gaddock Teeg
- 4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
- 1 Dryad Arbor