Vangel on Vintage: Imperial Wok

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Hello folks and welcome to another edition of Vangel on Vintage. In this article we will be taking a look at a deck that has perplexed me for a very long time, in the form of Food Chain. Food Chain as a deck has existed since it’s namesake card was initially printed all the way back in Mercadian Masques. Food Chain works by removing one of the creatures that you control in order to net you Mana equal to its converted Mana cost plus one. Initially, this ability was used to power out massive amounts of Goblins but recently, Food Chain got a shot in the arm in the form of Misthollow Griffin. This recursive blue flyer gives the deck an additional dimension in Legacy matches that devolve into a grindfest.

 

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4 Baleful Strix
4 Brainstorm
4 Deathrite Shaman
1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
1 Fierce Empath
4 Food Chain
4 Force of Will
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4 Imperial Recruiter
1 Maga, Traitor to Mortals
2 Manipulate Fate
1 Misdirection
4 Misthollow Griffin
4 Ponder
1 Sylvan Library

1 Forest
1 Island
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Polluted Delta
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3 Tropical Island
3 Underground Sea
1 Verdant Catacombs
2 Volcanic Island

 

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1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Krosan Grip
1 Mystic Snake
1 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Sower of Temptation
2 Vendilion Clique
1 Venser, Shaper Savant
1 Yixlid Jailer

 

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The Fro Knows: Dealing in the Dark

 

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With the release of Fate Reforged, the Modern format was shaken up in a big way. Not only were Treasure Cruise and Dig Through Time banned from Modern play, format all-star Birthing Pod got the axe as well. Two of the more oppressive strategies, Abzan Pod and Blue/Red Delver, were effectively crippled – creating a far more open format. In the wake of these bannings, it’s now safe to brew again. Archetypes once dead and buried by Treasure Cruise and Birthing Pod are now back and better than ever, including one of my favourite pet decks: Pox.

Sometimes also known as 8 Rack, Pox aims to strip away the opponent’s hand and grind out their life total with The Rack and Shrieking Affliction. With the advent of M15’s Waste Not, the archetype received a major power boost, only for it to be taken away by Treasure Cruise and Dig Through Time. Unfortunately for Pox, a deck filled to the brim with discard spells tends to fill up the opponent’s graveyard awfully fast, making Treasure Cruise, Dig Through Time and Snapcaster Mage considerably stronger. When Delver was arguably the strongest deck in Modern, this simple fact proved to be a death knell for Pox.

Now that these former powerhouses have met their demise, discard strategies are suddenly viable again, and I’ve made it my mission to bring Pox back to its former glory. With a little brewing and a slight splash of Red, I believe I’ve figured out how to make Pox competitive in this new age of Modern.

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Vangel on Vintage: Sultai Landstill

 

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Hello, and welcome to the first edition of Vangel on Vintage. In this series we’ll be taking a look at Eternal  MtG with a specific focus on the most popular format: Legacy. In my opinion, Legacy is the most diverse and thought-provoking format in all of Magic the Gathering. The vast array of legal and powerful cards means, that in theory at least, you can play almost any deck as long as you have some good match ups against the well established decks in the format. Today I will be presenting such a deck, in the form of a Sultai Landstill. This list abuses several key interactions in Legacy and it’s namesake, Standstill to generate so much card advantage that by the end of the game, your opponent can’t do much of anything at all.

 

Sultai Landstill

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4 Brainstorm
2 Counterspell
4 Deathrite Shaman
2 Dig Through Time
2 Engineered Explosives
4 Force of Will
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2 Liliana of the Veil
2 Pernicious Deed
2 Spell Pierce
2 Spell Snare
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1 Vendilion Clique

1 Swamp
1 Island
4 Polluted Delta
4 Mishra’s Factory
2 Misty Rainforest
3 Tropical Island
3 Underground Sea
2 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wasteland

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2 Chill
2 Disfigure
1 Dread of Night
2 Flusterstorm
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Krosan Grip
1 Life from the Loam
1 Notion Thief
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Venser, Shaper Savant
1 Vendilion Clique

 

As a deck, Landstill has been around for a very long time, at least conceptually. The whole purpose of the deck is to set up scenarios in which your opponent has to break your Standstills; thereby giving you 3 cards. This is accomplished by applying pressure with cards that don’t break your Standstill; like Mishra’s Factory and Wasteland. The best and newest addition that this archetype however is Deathrite Shaman: a card that really pushes Landstill to a whole new level. By acting as both a mana fixer and helping you apply dedicated pressure on your opponent’s life total under a Standstill, the Shaman goes a long way towards helping you overcome the downside of playing a Landstill-style deck.

 

 

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