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'Tis the season to brew!
With no tournaments in the next couple of weeks, there's not a lot to do with Magic, but I never stop brewing.
I've been rethinking how to approach Standard thanks to Yuuya Watanabe's success with his planeswalker-based Temur Energy deck, but after some recent playtesting, I think I'm sticking with Sultai. Ramunap Red is also a fine place to be, but I wouldn't consider much of anything else at the moment.
I've haven't done much Legacy content recently, so let's start there.
Judging from online data, Legacy is a mess of midrange blue decks and combo decks.
I've flirted with Death's Shadow in Legacy before, and thanks to the success of the Modern archetype, more interested was definitely stirred up for Legacy, but it quickly dried up. Unfortunately, that happened before every version was tried.
Blue-based Death's Shadow decks were the obvious starting point, but without card drawing, Force of Will isn't an efficient card to pair with Death's Shadow. When Jund Death's Shadow was great in Modern, it could often win despite mulliganing to five and/or drawing dead or redundant cards, but that's not the case anymore, and it's certainly not the case in Legacy. Each of your resources has to translate into something, which makes Force of Will potentially devastating. All it does is basically delay the inevitable.
Why not try something similar to the original Jund Death's Shadow decks? Decks like Jund have been successful in Legacy before, as there's a plethora of great options. Discard tends to play better with Death's Shadow anyway.