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Legacy has been warped around Sensei's Divining Top and Counterbalance for a very long time. With Sensei's Divining Top finally banned, the format is in upheaval, and it's anybody's guess as to what things will look like when the fallout finally settles.
So many basic assumptions in the format, so many intuitions have been built on a world with Sensei's Divining Top and Counterbalance. For instance, will we see a dramatic increase in Storm decks, like the one Caleb Scherer piloted to a tenth-place finish in the Team Constructed Open a couple of weeks ago?
These kinds of decks have been traditionally suppressed by Counterbalance / Top. Will Chalice of the Void increase in popularity to help fill the void in disruption of one-cost spells?
What about cards that were particularly effective against Miracles? Will Abrupt Decay still be such a ubiquitous staple, for instance?
One of my favorite Abrupt Decay decks in recent times was Reid Duke's Grand Prix Louisville-winning Sultai control deck back in January:
Leovold is an extremely ruthless threat, basically completely shutting down opposing cantrips like Brainstorm and Ponder while also nerfing Jace, the Mind Sculptor and any other card draw they might have. Then, when they try to remove it, at least you draw a card. Of course, you get to draw the card even if you Counterspell whatever was going to kill Leovold, so he can run away with things very quickly. As an added bonus, he makes it harder to Wasteland you effectively, and you can even pitch him to Force of Will!
Umezawa's Jitte is a somewhat underrated angle of attack for Deathrite Shaman decks to begin with, but True-Name Nemesis is just absolutely fantastic with a Jitte. It can lock out some decks, but it's at least pretty good against the majority.
With Sensei's Divining Top gone, will we see a rise in Sylvan Libraries? Outside of just providing a lot of selection with shuffle effects, Sylvan Library is a nice way to leverage extra life gained from Umezawa's Jitte or Deathrite Shaman for card advantage.
When you've got a Food Chain on the battlefield, you can exile a Misthollow Griffin for five mana or an Eternal Scourge for four. That mana can only be used to cast creature spells, but since those creatures can be cast from exile, you can just keep re-casting and exiling them for as much mana as you want. What creatures you spend this mana on is up to you, but Walking Ballista is a good start.
- 4 Baleful Strix
- 4 Walking Ballista
- 1 Birds of Paradise
- 4 Deathrite Shaman
- 1 Eternal Scourge
- 3 Misthollow Griffin
- 1 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
- 1 Vendilion Clique
Why just four of those, anyway? Why not eight?
Well, you do get diminishing returns for any copies you draw beyond the first. Besides, Manipulate Fate does an excellent job of getting those cards into your exile and available for use.