Deck Tech: Tezzeret with Adam Prosak
Vendilion+Clique seems far better suited to the main than Fettergeist, whose primary claims to fame are an immunity to Nimble+Mongoose and Lightning+Bolt. While relevant, Clique’s a much more powerful card in today’s Legacy.
Next, Adam added Trinket+Mages to the deck, which let him restructure the whole thing. While Douglas focused on a lot of Chalice hands, running lots of artifact lands and Mox+Opals to go with Chrome+Mox, Ancient+Tomb, and a playset of Chalice+of+the+Voids, Adam is using that as a weapon rather than a game plan. Trinket+Mage lends him a number of other sweet maindeck options, including Pithing+Needle for Griselbrand or Sneak Attack, Nihil+Spellbomb for Dredge and Reanimator, plus Sensei’s Divining Top—for value.
Adam shifted the Liliana+of+the+Veils to the sideboard, perhaps anticipating that he’d be playing against faster decks that wouldn’t be so easily dominated by little Lili. Moving Clique main made room for this change very easily, and let him keep his best weapon against control in the seventy-five.
In cutting the artifact lands down, Adam created a more stable manabase that remained resilient to Wasteland. He’s still got Chrome+Mox, which is important for accelerating and surviving against faster decks with Legacy’s defining nonbasic land, but don’t forget that Baleful+Strix can’t be imprinted on one of these puppies!
The largest incentive to play Adam’s build over the previous iteration has to be his incorporation of Brainstorm. Douglas made his deck work with a lot more artifacts, turning Thoughtcast into a viable form of card draw to get ahead, but Brainstorm is arguably more powerful even when Thoughtcast costs one—and it’s certainly much better in most other situations.
A few snips here and there led to the inclusion of a playset of Thoughtseize, adding to Adam’s disruptive package. Douglas focused very much on powering through his opponents with acceleration, Chalice, and the powerful planeswalkers, but Adam can play a more nuanced game. He’s got loads of options at every turn, and keeps a lot of the same capabilities post-board with the remaining Chalice+of+the+Voids in his sideboard alongside tons of graveyard hate.
I can’t decide what I’ll play in my next Legacy Open just yet, but I already know that Adam’s deck has made my short list!