Deck Tech: Suicide Shadow with Brad Strickman
Suicide Shadow creator Brad Strickman
When a format as large and powerful as Legacy becomes the target of a community of brilliant players and deckbuilders, the results often turn out to be decks like High+Tide, Manaless Dredge and Hive+Mind that can essentially ignore the opponent until killing them on the second or third turn. While that’s part of what makes Legacy awesome and so beloved by so many players, what often gets lost is the creativity and love of crafting a deck from scratch, and the fun and appreciation one gets by playing a deck of his or her own design.
Brad Strickman is an old school player who believes in one thing: have fun. He wants to win, but he wants to do it on his own terms, and he developed the deck he played today over many months.
“It started as a black-green aggro deck with Flesh+Reaver and Phyrexian Negator, but it just wasn’t fast enough.” Brad wanted more, and he wanted it quickly, so he refocused the deck to be able to win or lose in a hurry. Either option was fine with Brad, as long as it was worth the gamble. “I kill on turn two pretty regularly, but sometimes the deck backfires.”