Deck Tech: Deadguy Ale with Tom Fetterman
Disruption is rapidly becoming the name of the game in Legacy, and when coutnerspells don’t cut it... players will turn to discard. That’s one way to punish all these Force of Will/Misdirection players! Tom Fetterman started strong in Worcester with just such a strategy, piloting Deadguy Ale.
Stoneforge+Mystic and Dark+Confidant are two must-answer two-drops, and Tom’s got the usual capacity to land them on turn 1 through Chrome+Mox. With Thoughtseize and Cabal+Therapy serving as protection, Tom’s usually able to get these guys down safely. There’s not an abundant diversity of removal in the format, and the presence of combo has many players trimming down on spot removal, which makes this strategy even better.
For actual offense, Tom’s got Bitterblossom and Lingering+Souls alongside his Mystic’s equipment. With a constant stream of small creatures eager to wield a blade, Tom can capitalize on opposing stumbles even if the game becomes a longer grind. This is the sort of weapon that powered Tom Martell’s Grand Prix Indianapolis victory, and it’s not to be underestimated.
Against combo and control decks, Tom’s relying on his more powerful discard to do the heavy lifting. Hymn+to+Tourach and Liliana+of+the+Veil are both cards no one likes to see on the other side of the board!
Gatekeeper+of+Malakir is a sweet card on general power level, and its applications against creature decks are decidedly deadly. It’s not so bad against combo, either—a turn 2 beater can matter, but most importantly the best Legacy combo deck is Sneak and Show, which will often Show+and+Tell an Emrakul into play. Untapping into Gatekeeper will often put the game away in these spots, although solving a Griselbrand this way is unlikely at best.
Tom’s sideboard features the “Enlightened Tutor engine” some Maverick players have touted, with copies of the tutor serving to function as additional copies of every sideboard card. When the cards are as high-impact as Warmth, Nihil+Spellbomb, and Serenity, that’s no laughing matter! Against Maverick, Tom’s get Zealous+Persecution to blow out their Moms and their mana, while his Diabolic+Edicts have some strong range and are functional removal against Maverick when teamed with Persecution.
Players have started trimming Spell+Snares in Legacy, due to their weakness against Sneak and Show, Dredge, Maverick, and even RUG Delver—that makes a B/W deck that uses power two-drops and back-breaking Hymn+to+Tourachs much more powerful than usual!