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.”
He revealed the power and speed of his pet when he utterly destroyed the talented Vidianto Wijaya in a game featured on our @SCGLive broadcast without so much as playing a land. He opened on two Lotus Petals, cracked one for Dark Ritual and cast Plunge into Darkness for 17 life. He found whatever he was looking for, used his leftover mana to cast a 10/10 Death’s Shadow and passed the turn.
Vidi played a land, said go, and died to a Berserk on the 10/10.
Many of the cards have been included to increase the consistency of the deck at the cost of life points, with Lim-Dul’s Vault and Plunge into Darkness finding whatever piece the deck needs to win. And if Plan A doesn’t work, a ritual-powered Phyrexian Obliterator probably will.
So if you’re in the mood for something fun and extremely powerful, or if you’re just tired of Delver of Secrets, try this one out.