Deck Tech: Tezzeret with Adam Prosak
Adam Prosak's Tezzeret, shown on SCGLive during the Legacy Open
If you tuned into SCGLive for the final rounds of the Legacy Open, you probably spied Adam Prosak piloting Tezzeret on the @SCGLive feed. If so, you got to watch him win a game to stay on one loss and a draw, very close to the Top 8!
Adam’s list was an update to the archetype Douglas McKay piloted to tenth in the Worcester Legacy Open, seen here. As you can see, Adam’s changes were a lot more than just cosmetic—he reengineered the deck from top to bottom, slicing and dicing the same elements into a configuration that remain equally powerful, if not stronger!
Let’s discuss those additions. With combo decks surging to the front of the format, 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!