Deck Tech: Pyromancer Ascension with Adam Prosak
If you spotted Adam Prosak playing at a table this morning, you might have thought he was playtesting Modern—until you saw him cast Brainstorm and Force of Will! Adam wasn’t quite sure how to choose his deck for the Atlanta Legacy Open, so he implemented a rather unique system—the popular vote. “I posted something on Facebook, and took the best suggestion,” he said. “This deck was the best idea, and I’ve actually played it before at local tournaments. A lot of my friends in Arizona voted for Pyromancer Ascension.” After convincing Ali Aintrazi to join his adventure, they were off!
Adam Prosak decided it was time to break out Ascension in Legacy!
The major shifts in moving from Modern to Legacy are an overall improvement in card quality. “In Modern, the cantrips are all real bad,” Adam explained, which has been true since the post-Philadelphia bannings. “In Legacy, you get the best ones—Brainstorm, Ponder, and Preordain.” That’s not the only improvement, of course. An additional combo kill is also pretty helpful. “The other big gain is you can actually have an infinite loop with two Regrowths and a Manamorphose,” Adam said. “It gets you infinite cards, basically.”
The kill is standard issue: Lightning Bolts with supplementary Fire/Ices in the main. The sideboard is a different story—that’s where he’s packing Delver of Secrets! “You don’t want to sideboard all that much with the deck, so you can have a transformational sideboard,” Adam said. The sideboard is at its best against relevant hate for your Plan A. “Beating enchantment hate is hard to do—you can win through it, but it’s tough. They can’t Nature’s Claim a Delver!” Even so, it’s the one aspect Adam is least certain about. “I’m not positive the transformational sideboard is right,” he admitted. “It’s tough to change cards—the core of the deck is like fifty cards or something like that.”
Adam doesn’t think the deck’s matchups fluctuate too much. “It’s basically whether or not your deck operates,” he said. “Anything with enchantment removal—anything that can keep your Ascension off the table—is tough.” The namesake enchantment is essential for virtually any victory. “The deck can durdle around for a long time without the Ascension, but to pull ahead you need to hit the Ascension.”