Legacy ANT for SCG Baltimore

LIST

Legacy ANT 9-20-18

CHANGES

My last Legacy update was before the great banning of Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe so there are quite a few changes to the maindeck. These changes though have been pretty standardized over the past few months through lots of effort and testing from the storm community hivemind besides 1-2 flex slots. We are somewhat slower deck now without Probe so we have upped the discard spells to at least 7 and also have to run the full set of Preordains. As for the 2 flex slots in the deck I have chosen to include the 2nd Past in Flames and a Rain of Filth. I have typically been skeptical of running more Past in Flames but now without Deathrite we can draw one later and still get value unlike before. This also plays well with early kills where we naturally draw it and have a tutor as well. The other flex slot I have is the Rain of Filth which I have been a big fan of for a while and now without Probe having another ritual that helps threshold is even more important. Another Popular option that is also good is to include the 4th Duress as the 8th discard main but I prefer it in the sideboard.

As for the Sideboard now that we have lost some of our speed and ability to Empty for a 10+ goblins on turn 1-2 reliably the “sideboard into TES” strategy  of  3 Chrome Mox plus second Ad Nauseum isn’t where we really want to be for all of the fast non blue decks. I still have 2 Mox in the board but (as will also be shown below in the sideboarding portion below) they are primarily there for against death and taxes as I have been very unhappy with Dread of Night and Massacre. They also have the side benefit of being flexible enough to come in for a couple other match ups such as lands where we lose from loss of speed and mana denial mainly and also against super fast combo where we are very unfavored and are better off to play into the “belcher” style higher variance role (plus even on the draw against . Also, with miracles and stoneblade being decently popular Decay is definitely needed, plus having access to a Xantid Swarm is nice for Sneak and Show which can be difficult now. Finally, with what probably sticks out the most in the sideboard is the single Daze. This is a piece of technology borrowed from Kai Sawatari, who has championed the card for a while in ANT. I have chosen to include this as another card for against Death and Taxes and Burn to let us use a cantrip to set up while still being able to counter a turn 1 or 2 play. Plus has the extra range to enable this sequence against Chalice of the Void Decks when we are on the play.

MATCHUPS

 Grixis Control

IN: 2 Flusterstorm, 1 Empty the Warrens

OUT: 1 Cabal ritual, 1 Lotus Petal, 1 Past in Flames

Miracles

IN: 2 Abrupt Decay, 1 Duress

OUT: 1 Lotus Petal, 1 Cabal Ritual, 1 Past in Flames

Stoneblade

IN: 2 Abrupt Decay, 1 Duress

OUT: 1 Lotus Petal, 1 Cabal Ritual, 1 Past in Flames

Death’s Shadow

IN: 1 Empty the Warrens

OUT: 1 Ad Nauseum

Grixis Delver

IN: 1 Empty the Warrens

OUT: 1 Ad Nauseum

Eldrazi

IN: 3 Echoing Truth, 2 Hurkyl’s Recall, 1 Empty the Warrens (on the Play 1 Daze) (on the draw 2 Chrome Mox)

OUT: 2 Duress, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Dark Petion, 1 Rain of Filth, 1 Preordain (on the play 2nd Preordain)  (on the draw 1 Swamp, 3rd Duress)

Moon Stompy

IN: 3 Echoing Truth, 2 Hurkyl’s Recall, 1 Empty the Warrens (on the Play 1 Daze) (on the draw 2 Chrome Mox)

OUT: 2 Duress, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Dark Petion, 1 Rain of Filth, 1 Preordain (on the play 2nd Preordain)  (on the draw 1 Bayou, 3rd Duress)

Death and Taxes

IN: 2 Chrome Mox, 3 Echoing Truth, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Daze

OUT: 1 Island, 3 Duress, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Dark Petition, 1 Preordain

Sneak and Show

IN: 2 Flusterstorm, 1 Xantid Swarm

OUT: 1 Swamp, 1 Rain of Filth, 1 Dark Petition

Storm

IN: 2 Flusterstorm

OUT: 1 Swamp, 1 Rain of Filth

BR Reanimator

IN: 2 Flusterstorm, 2 Chrome Mox (on the play 1 Daze)

OUT: 1 Rain of Filth, 1 Swamp, 1 preordain, 1 Past in Flames (on the play 2nd Preordain)

Burn

IN: 2 Chrome Mox, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Daze, 3 Echoing Truth

OUT: 1 Past in Flames, 1 Ad Nauseum, 3 Duress, 1 Swamp, 1 Rain of Filth

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