Theory


TES Matchup Battles: Esper Stoneblade

Esper Stoneblade and other Stoneblade variations have been around for a long time ever since the printing of Stoneforge Mystic and Jace, the Mind Sculptor. It has gone through waves of success from being one of the best decks, down to pretty bad, and then back up to good again. Because of the recent bannings over the past year or two, especially Deathrite Shaman, there is more of a reason Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Death's Shadow

Burn Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the draw) » Keep or Mulligan? Keep I read a lot of back and forth on this hand. While I'm not sure of a definite answer, I'd probably keep it knowing I had a scry and a draw step to help fix things. The downside is the earliest you can combo off is turn two with a hand like this, which means likely Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: 4c Loam

4c Loam is an aggro-control deck capable of both board control and an aggressive clock. It is centered around using lands and Life from the Loam, hence the name of the deck. Because of this, it is considered one of the midrange decks in Legacy being able to play a longer game, but also play many aggressive cards like Knight of the Reliquary, also playing into their lands strategy. While Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Burn

RUG Delver Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the play) » Keep or Mulligan? Keep I'm a risk taker, you need to find a land and then either a black or red card off of Brainstorm. I like my chances for this (I'll be honest, I don't know the exact odds.), there's also other scenarios that include Lotus Petal. Burn Pre-board Hand 1: (on the play) » Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: RUG Delver

BR Reanimator Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the draw) » Keep or Mulligan? Most people correctly answered that this was a keep. This article's theme will be "Do not live in fear", and this is a great example of that. While your opponent could have a discard spell or even Chancellor of the Annex, you can't send this back. While you could just lose the game on Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: RUG Delver

With the recent banning of Gitaxian Probe and Deathrite Shaman people have been moving away from Grixis Delver for the more traditional version of RUG Delver. RUG Delver is a tempo deck that tries to use all of its resources to keep the opponent from gaining traction to set up their game plan, and then try to kill the opponent before they regain their balance. They do this by playing Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Death's Shadow

Death's Shadow the card has existed for a long time, but never really saw much play until the past couple of years. It's really been a staple of the Modern format over the past 2-3 years, but recently it's been picking up in legacy. Because it's a fairly newer deck in legacy there isn't an established deck or even which colors to play in the deck. Overall the deck is Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: BR Reanimator

Dragon Stompy Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the play) » Keep or Mulligan? Keep Most people correctly answered that this hand is a keep and that's great. However, about half of these individuals missed a crucial line. With your first Gitaxian Probe if you hit a blue-producing land, Chrome Mox, or Lotus Petal you likely win the game. From there you cast Brainstorm, put Burning Wish on top Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Maverick

Maverick is a green white based deck that combines elements of aggression while being able to attack the opponent's strategy. The draw to this deck is the flexibility in the deck list, being able to play cards like Green Sun's Zenith along with silver bullets. This allows Maverick to have cards for most situations faced in legacy, and play the type of game plan they need to win a particular Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Dragon Stompy

Elves Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the draw) » Keep or Mulligan? I read a few responses saying they thought this hand was a mulligan due to multiple copies of Chrome Mox, no blue source, and no real business spell. Well, I disagree. The blue source can be issues by drawing any land either fron your draw step, off of your first Gitaxian Probe, or by casting Read More »