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With the recent printings of Echo of Eons and Wishclaw Talisman, The EPIC Storm is becoming a more popular deck choice among storm players, and with good reason. Recently, The EPIC Storm has become its own deck name on MTGGoldfish (finally!), and that’s because of its popularity growing and many great results in leagues and Legacy […]

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the epic Storm


UPDATED 12/28/2019 (V8.6)

Main Deck
4 Burning Wish https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/burning-wish https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/judgment/burning-wish?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062DPPOK/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0062DPPOK&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=CIDUK6LRWA7RELGX https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/BurningWish.jpg Burning Wish 2 Sorcery

You may choose a sorcery card you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Exile Burning Wish.

One of the defining features of The EPIC Storm (TES). An incredibly powerful and resourceful element that is quite diverse in what it can do. Burning Wish allows TES to not play answers for problematic cards by either providing a solution or an alternative route to victory. One of the greatest things Burning Wish does for this deck is it allows us to not have to play Tendrils of Agony in our main deck as it tends to be a dead card in most games. This can be said for a couple of the cards in our sideboard, that’s the true beauty of Burning Wish — its whatever we need it to be.

Our “wish board” is comprised of Storm engines, win conditions, protection, and a few solution-based cards. We try not to play an entire sideboard full of Burning Wish targets as it doesn’t create the greatest value out of our available slots. Generally, I try to have no more than 6-7 Burning Wish targets. Lastly, having included Burning Wish into our deck, our threat density is very high in comparison to other Storm decks meaning that we spend less time finding our threats with cantrips which leads to a faster kill.

4 Wishclaw Talisman https://theepicstorm.com/product/wishclaw-talisman https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/throne-of-eldraine/wishclaw-talisman?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XLD49SB/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tes019-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07XLD49SB&linkId=927fc2d22a39d7091ce0dd6e477757d7 https://theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/WishclawTalisman.jpg Wishclaw Talisman 2 Artifact

Wishclaw Talisman enters the battlefield with three wish counters on it.

, , Remove a wish counter from Wishclaw Talisman: Search your library for a card, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library. An opponent gains control of Wishclaw Talisman. Activate this ability only during your turn.

A recent addition to The EPIC Storm over Infernal Tutor. This change was one of the bigger innovations to the deck in the last few years, primarily because it raised the artifact count high enough to finally support a full playset of Mox Opal.

A common play pattern with this list is to actually cast Wishclaw Talisman on turn one using Mox Opal or Chrome Mox, this allows a six mana line on the second turn instead of needing seven mana into your copy of Ad Nauseam.

Unlike Infernal Tutor, the search on Wishclaw Talisman isn’t tied to a stipulation. This means you’re able to search for anything, such as the main deck copy of Chain of Vapor or even sideboard answers like Crash. Because of this, you’re incentivized to run powerful singleton copies of cards to search for like Abrupt Decay to answer a Counterbalance for example.

4 Brainstorm https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/brainstorm https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/mercadian-masques/brainstorm?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FC5HR6/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003FC5HR6&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=3BY6ONM3HIRLDBHJ https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/Brainstorm.jpg Brainstorm 1 Instant

Draw three cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

An incredibly tough-to-play spell that can make or break a game all on its own. Brainstorm can often fix hands needing two specific types of cards and finding them both at once or simply putting a few situational cards back.

An important feature of this card is that in matchups with discard, it is very relevant to preserve these and use them to protect the best cards in your hand. When playing TES, sequencing your cantrips is extremely important, but there are also games where you’re one card off from winning on turn one. I’m all about the first turn of the game casting Brainstorm in the main phase. I’ve received scoffs from some players, but it’s perfectly acceptable in my eyes. The situation needs to call for it, however. I wouldn’t just snap off a Brainstorm for the sake of it.

I tend to Ponder before I Brainstorm a majority of the time. Collaborating with a shuffle effect is generally the way to go with Brainstorm so that you’re not drawing dead spells or lands. There are times when sitting on Brainstorm for multiple turns while you continue to draw spells just to put back worse ones is the correct thing to do.

4 Ponder https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/ponder https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/lorwyn/ponder?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002NQYI4I/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B002NQYI4I&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=X7EDNSBRHB7QLDL5 https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/Ponder.jpg Ponder 1 Sorcery

Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. You may shuffle your library.

Draw a card.

Our cantrip with the best odds of finding the card(s) we’re looking for! Ponder digs the deepest out of the cards we opt to play, unlike Brainstorm or Preordain – Ponder can see up to four unique cards. Because of this, in hands where we have both Brainstorm, Ponder, and Preordain – its usually best to cast Ponder first.

For more information on proper cantrip sequence, I recommend checking out AJ Kerrigan’s article “Reading the Ropes – Draw Spells.”

Like Brainstorm, the best utilization of Ponder is often with a Polluted Delta or another fetchland. Ponder, like a fetchland, can be used as a shuffle effect for Brainstorm as well, it’s just not as ideal. I’d like to note that I’m very aggressive with my shuffling off of Ponder. Players often think that I must’ve been looking at bad cards often because my decision doesn’t take too long. But if those cards aren’t what the hand needs, why contemplate?

1 Ad Nauseam https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/ad-nauseam https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/shards-of-alara/ad-nauseam?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001IW1BD4/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001IW1BD4&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=6LPODG3HEDEI7QMV https://theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/AdNauseam.jpg Ad Nauseam 5 Instant

Reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost. You may repeat this process any number of times.

The EPIC Storm is the best Ad Nauseam deck in Legacy. Between Chrome Mox to act as additional copies of Lotus Petal as well as a lower average converted mana cost, Ad Nauseam has an increased power level here. Our primary Storm engine and game plan, we’ve catered our deck to maximize its potential.

Something to keep in mind that Ad Nauseam is an instant, you can cast the spell in response to a Brainstorm or on an end step. There’s also the “Chrome Mox trick” – which is to cast Chrome Mox, in response cast Ad Nauseam, and in response to Ad Nauseam activate Lion’s Eye Diamond! You do this in order to be able to imprint after Ad Nauseam has resolved and is only viable if you didn’t have a card you could imprint prior to casting Ad Nauseam.

1 Echo of Eons https://theepicstorm.com/product/echo-of-eons https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/modern-horizons/echo-of-eons?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07T2FSD3X/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tes019-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07T2FSD3X&linkId=c94354730114bd803bb6a5cafc260b4a https://theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/EchoofEons.jpg Echo of Eons 6 Sorcery

Each player shuffles their hand and graveyard into their library, then draws seven cards.

Flashback  (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

Previously Echo of Eons was only a Burning Wish target. That changed when The EPIC Storm added Wishclaw Talisman to the deck, there’s more reason than ever to play two copies in your seventy-five. The difference maker was Wishclaw Talisman’s ability to consistently find Lion’s Eye Diamond to pair with the copy of Echo of Eons (either naturally drawn or retrieved by Burning Wish). Echo of Eons works very well with Lion’s Eye Diamond, which is why Wishclaw Talisman’s ability to find it is so important. First you play Burning Wish to retrieve Echo of Eons, then play your Lion’s Eye Diamond (this plays around artifact disruption), discard your hand and add three blue to flashback your pseudo Timetwister.

Another way of getting Echo of Eons into your graveyard is to Thoughtseize yourself, while not ideal, it is a “build your own Diminishing Returns!” Something to keep in mind is that Echo of Eons is symmetrical, which means your opponent will also draw a fresh seven card hand off of Echo of Eons. This is an issue against blue decks. To offset this, cards such as Hope of Ghirapur, Defense Grid, and Veil of Summer I would recommend over discard spells opening up another engine versus counterspell archetypes.

One of my favorite things about it is that it’s the first three mana storm engine that’s been legal in Legacy that’s playable, this helps quite a bit against Prison strategies or decks trying to lock you out of the game like Maverick or Death & Taxes.

4 Veil of Summer https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/veil-of-summer/ https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/core-set-2020/veil-of-summer?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TCD54T9/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tes019-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07TCD54T9&linkId=58534b0f7097e854d1dcaeabcefe8d9d https://theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/VeilofSummer.jpg Veil of Summer 1 Instant

Draw a card if an opponent has cast a blue or black spell this turn. Spells you control can’t be countered this turn. You and permanents you control gain hexproof from blue and from black until end of turn. (You and they can’t be the targets of blue or black spells or abilities your opponents control.)

Veil of Summer’s inclusion into The EPIC Storm is for many reasons. The first is its ability to act as a pseudo Silence effect against blue decks, unlike Silence, it’s very effective against targeted discard which was always a weakness of the white instant. In a pinch, Veil of Summer can usually cycle to draw a card against most decks in the Legacy Format.

On top of what I’ve already mentioned, it can protect your copies of Hope of Ghirapur or Wishclaw Talisman against Abrupt Decay or even Oko, Theif of Crowns. Veil of Summer can even be a complete blow-out against certain match-ups such as Ad Nauseam Tendrils since they will be forced to pass the turn since Tendrils of Agony is unable to target us.

As for synergies within The EPIC Storm, Veil of Summer’s most desirable trait is how it interacts with Echo of Eons. Thoughtseize has the issue of not protecting you from countermagic drawn after Echo of Eons resolves, which means we could be giving our opponents new countermagic to stop us. Not with Veil of Summer, we’re able to ignore countermagic for an entire turn. I would like to mention, Veil of Summer says, “Spells you control can’t be countered this turn.” This means Counterbalance, Chalice of the Void, Chancellor of the Annex, and other effects. This clause is not relegated to colors blue or black.

2 Defense Grid https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/defense-grid https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/urzas-legacy/defense-grid?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062DS7RM/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0062DS7RM&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=4JX7YWEG4O2H6CN2 https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/DefenseGrid.jpg Defense Grid 2 Artifact

Each spell costs more to cast except during its controller’s turn.

A protection spell that has recently replaced Duress with the added benefit of supporting Mox Opal. Like Veil of Summer, Defense Grid does not care about opposing copies of Veil of Summer which is a huge reason to choose to play the two mana artifact in the current metagame.

Defense Grid’s primary function is to prohibit opponents from casting multiple cards in the same turn such as Stifle, Flusterstorm, Force of Will, and Force of Negation. Keep in mind, our opponents can still cast spells with a Defense Grid in play, but it typically taxes our opponents enough where we can plow through the first counterspell and eventually kill the opponent. One of my personal favorite things about the card is its ability to shut off the symmetry of Echo of Eons against blue decks when Echo of Eons is refilling the opponent’s hand.

1 Chain of Vapor https://theepicstorm.com/product/chain-of-vapor https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/onslaught/chain-of-vapor?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OV6GLW/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005OV6GLW&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=UYHLUQTZ7OOWOAED https://theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/ChainofVapor.jpg Chain of Vapor 1 Instant

Return target nonland permanent to its owner’s hand. Then that permanent’s controller may sacrifice a land. If the player does, they may copy this spell and may choose a new target for that copy.

One of the best bounce spells ever printed, efficiently answering cards like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Gaddock Teeg, Sphere of Resistance and Leyline of Sanctity. The only downside of this card is that Chalice of the Void on one is very popular, causing this otherwise perfect bounce spell to be not great at times.

A “cool trick” you can do with Chain of Vapor is to use it to generate mana and storm — a pseudo “storm engine” so to speak. When you have a bunch of artifact mana (Chrome Mox, Lotus Petal, and Lion’s Eye Diamond), you can target your own artifact, sacrifice a land, and then copy it. When you have enough lands and artifacts, it can be the cause of your opponent’s demise.

I find myself doing this post-Ad Nauseam in scenarios where I’m low on resources. Maybe you needed to cast a few cantrips or protection spells, after that, you can bounce all of your copies of Chrome Mox and replay them and imprint with the extra cards from Ad Nauseam — you’ve created mana with a bounce spell!

The reason we’ve included a copy of Chain of Vapor to the main deck is that we can search for it with Wishclaw Talisman, which makes it more reliable than in the past. The built-in “Storm engine” aspect doesn’t hurt either.

3 Rite of Flame https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/rite-of-flame https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/coldsnap/rite-of-flame?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00428PGTG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00428PGTG&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=LHYEAMFU5A23RQHV https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/RiteofFlame.jpg Rite of Flame 1 Sorcery

Add  , then add  for each card named Rite of Flame in each graveyard

A defining characteristic of The EPIC Storm, this card is one of the reasons this deck is blazing fast. The fact that it costs one mana is important for two reasons – the first being that it’s easier to cast in comparison to other “Ritual” effects available that cost two and the second reason would be its converted mana cost’s impact on Ad Nauseam. Something that is often overlooked when viewing Rite of Flame and is the ability to make two red mana which is important because it generates just enough to meet the red mana requirement for both Burning Wish and Empty the Warrens in a single turn. Two Rite of Flame is also the perfect amount of mana to cast Empty the Warrens! Things become a little more interesting when you have more than two Rite of Flames (see below).

Mana Generated by Rite of Flame
Cast off a single red mana source, in one turn.

  • 1 Rite of Flame – Two red mana.
  • 2 Rite of Flame – Four red mana.
  • 3 Rite of Flame – Seven red mana.
  • 4 Rite of Flame – 11 red mana.
4 Dark Ritual https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/dark-ritual https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/mercadian-masques/dark-ritual?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OV88JA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005OV88JA&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=TYBVYNA7DXJWYEP2 https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/DarkRitual.jpg Dark Ritual 1 Instant

Add   .

One of the most powerful cards in this deck and Legacy as a whole. If I have multiple “Ritual” effects in my hand, including a Rite of Flame, I will cast Dark Ritual second as it is an instant. This is incredibly helpful when it comes to playing around Daze, Spell Pierce and sometimes Flusterstorm.

Mana Generated by Dark Ritual
Cast off a single black mana source, in one turn.

  • 1 Dark Ritual – Three black mana.
  • 2 Dark Ritual – Five black mana.
  • 3 Dark Ritual – Seven black mana.
  • 4 Dark Ritual – Nine black mana.
4 Lion's Eye Diamond https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/lions-eye-diamond https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/mirage/lions-eye-diamond?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002KYN62S/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B002KYN62S&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=NOPWMNVWFDYARFE7 https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/LionsEyeDiamond.jpg Lion's Eye Diamond 0 Artifact

Discard your hand, Sacrifice Lion’s Eye Diamond: Add three mana of any one color. Activate this ability only any time you could cast an instant.

The card is responsible for most turn one wins and is a total game changer. When using Lion’s Eye Diamond it’s crucial to know that you must maintain priority and activate it in response to your other spell before passing priority/checking to see if there are any responses. When using Lion’s Eye Diamond paired with Infernal Tutor, it’s important to note that you can cast Infernal Tutor with card in hand and then use Lion’s Eye Diamond to become hellbent by activating the artifact.

Try to cast Lion’s Eye Diamond at opportune times, I play this card very differently depending on the matchup. Sometimes I let it sit on the table and threaten the opponent while in other situations I hide it in my hand or on top of my deck. I typically play it right before my Infernal Tutor or Burning Wish, to maintain priority, this way it cannot be destroyed by effects like Abrupt Decay or Kolaghan’s Command.

4 Lotus Petal https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/lotus-petal https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/tempest/lotus-petal?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0030AEJ7W/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0030AEJ7W&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=KR6GCZM6RNUJ564I https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/LotusPetal.jpg Lotus Petal 0 Artifact

Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color.

Initial mana sources with no drawback that are almost always a pleasure to see — especially off of Ad Nauseam. They, like Chrome Mox, enable speedy early turn combos and generate storm for free. Something to keep in mind that Lotus Petal can also fix our mana, especially in more recent lists playing four colors for Veil of Summer and Abrupt Decay

4 Mox Opal https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/mox-opal https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/scars-of-mirrodin/mox-opal?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0045AU8F8/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0045AU8F8&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=DI5TADZ2JXAH64QE https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/MoxOpal.jpg Mox Opal 0 Artifact

Metalcraft :Add one mana of any color. Activate this ability only if you control three or more artifacts.

The EPIC Storm finally has enough artifacts to support a full compliment of Mox Opal. This change happened when we realized we were able to swap Infernal Tutor for Wishclaw Talisman, with this swap it brought our total number of artifacts up to 21-22 artifacts (this depends on the amount of Chrome Mox you choose to play). With over a third of The EPIC Storm being artifacts, you’re more likely than ever to have Mox Opal be active on the first turn. This helps significantly when trying to cast a first turn Wishclaw Talisman and then passing the turn.

One of my favorite things about Mox Opal is to cast Brainstorm or Ponder AND THEN shuffle your deck with Bloodstained Mire or Polluted Delta on turn one, this allows you to then cast another spell such as an additional cantrip or a business spell. A cool trick you can do with Mox Opal and Chrome Mox is to play Mox Opal first, cast your Chrome Mox, with the imprint ability on the stack cast Brainstorm (or even Ad Nauseam!) and then imprint onto Chrome Mox after gaining new information/cards. While on the topic of Chrome Mox, even playing it for no-imprint cost now adds extra value with Mox Opal, which is something that should be mentioned for newer Storm pilots.

3 Chrome Mox https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/chrome-mox https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/mirrodin/chrome-mox?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062DW728/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0062DW728&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=454N266O4RIR6GO3 https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/ChromeMox.jpg Chrome Mox 0 Artifact

Imprint — When Chrome Mox enters the battlefield, you may exile a nonartifact, nonland card from your hand.

: Add one mana of any of the exiled card’s colors.

A card that divides TES from ANT. Chrome Mox provides additional early mana to allow for Ad Nauseam or Empty the Warrens. A huge part of why we have such an incredibly high success rate post-Ad Nauseam is that Chrome Mox acts as an initial mana source to continue “combo-ing” out for the turn.

One of the better uses of Chrome Mox in my opinion is to allow a first turn Wishlcaw Talisman meaning that your second turn combo-ing often only needs six mana. There’s also the fact that Chrome Mox helps enable Mox Opal very early. Lists have recently bounced back and forth on the number of Chrome Mox in the main deck. At the moment, I prefer three copies as drawing multiples can often hurt and Mox Opal’s function is very similar while not creating card disadvantage.

4 Polluted Delta https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/polluted-delta https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/onslaught/polluted-delta?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OV7BWK/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tes019-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B005OV7BWK&linkId=2fea77055ffaaec9f5ac697c7fc74f2a https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/PollutedDelta.jpg Polluted Delta None 0 Land

 Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

The best “fetchland” in our primarily blue and black Storm deck. The reason it’s the best is that it gets either of our two basic lands which is something the other fetchlands cannot do. Polluted Delta is also the only fetchland in the deck that can get every land. There’s more to Polluted Delta and the other fetchlands as well as they provide shuffle effects for cards like Brainstorm or Ponder which help with the quality of our draws. Fetchlands protect our mana from effects like Wasteland or Rishadan Port, which is key considering TES is a deck with fewer lands than its other storm counterpart.

4 Bloodstained Mire https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/bloodstained-mire https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/onslaught/bloodstained-mire?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OV6AHC/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tes019-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B005OV6AHC&linkId=88c91457d31b6bf512d8dadf1e8576d4 https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/BloodstainedMire.jpg Bloodstained Mire None 0 Land

 Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Bloodstained Mire: Search your library for a Swamp or Mountain card and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

You’ll notice there’s four copies of Bloodstained Mire and zero copies of Scalding Tarn as the deck’s secondary “fetchlands.” This is because the reliance on black mana is more important than blue, but also because when we added Bayou you don’t want a “fetchland” in your deck that doesn’t find two of your lands. While this split may seem strange, other land configurations create tensions with the deck. There’s more to Bloodstained Mire and the other fetchlands as well, they provide shuffle effects for cards like Brainstorm or Ponder which help with the quality of our draws. Fetchlands protect our mana from effects like Wasteland or Rishadan Port, which is key considering TES is a deck with fewer lands than its other Storm counterpart.

1 Underground Sea https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/underground-sea/ https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/beta-edition/underground-sea?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062DOUNM/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0062DOUNM&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=ECXVXMEHUYF4VDSR https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/UndergroundSea.jpg Underground Sea None 0 Land

 Add  or .

A searchable land that provides two of the deck’s primary colors without any drawbacks.

In these lists, I wouldn’t consider Underground Sea to be my primary fetchland target anymore. Due to the four-color nature of the deck, I’ve found myself more often searching up Volcanic Island more frequently.

1 Volcanic Island https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/beta-edition/volcanic-island?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003WZR3Q4/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003WZR3Q4&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=FGA3QEBMQRRL26YK https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/VolcanicIsland.jpg Volcanic Island None 0 Land

 Add  or .

A searchable land that provides two of the deck’s primary colors without any drawbacks.

Volcanic Island is more desirable now more than ever as it pairs extremely well with Bayou to deliver all four of our colors or even the basic Swamp for additional stability. A trick for playing with your red “dual lands” is to sit back on your “fetchlands” and make sure they don’t get hit by Wasteland if you’re in position where you need to cast Crash or Pulverize.

1 Badlands https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/beta-edition/badlands?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OVGUFE/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005OVGUFE&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=Y2SAEJU5LXWLUXJ5 https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/Badlands.jpg Badlands None 0 Land

 Add  or .

A searchable land that provides two of the deck’s primary colors without any drawbacks.

Originally, Badlands was added to the deck over a second copy of Volcanic Island, and I have to say there’s no looking back. A trick for playing with your red “dual lands” is to sit back on your “fetchlands” and make sure they don’t get hit by Wasteland if you’re in position where you need to cast Crash or Pulverize.

1 Bayou https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/beta-edition/bayou?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062DPVGW/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0062DPVGW&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=IPBTVHWJAO6EUXTB https://theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/Bayou.jpg Bayou None 0 Land

 Add  or .

The preferred “dual land” for the green splash for Veil of Summer. This is because it’s the only land that provides green while being searched for by all of our fetchlands, we’ve tried lists with either Taiga (provides a third Mountain for Crash and Pulverize as well) or Tropical Island (additional blue source, pairs well with Underground Sea to cast Abrupt Decay).

With the aforementioned “dual lands”, in order to support them you cannot run Bloodstained Mire. Now you’re priced into using Scalding Tarn or Misty Rainforest which don’t search for all of the lands in the deck, including the basic Swamp which creates quite a few questionable situations.

1 Swamp https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/swamp/ https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/invasion/swamp-339 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HZRFIL2/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00HZRFIL2&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=KWHPIG3JP2PBGHWX https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/Swamp.jpg Swamp None 0 Land

 Add .

Essentially an indestructible mana source that is searchable in the face of Wasteland. With the rise in Ghost Quarter in the last few years, it’s difficult to justify not having a basic land or two. The real valuable in basic Swamp is being able to cast Wishclaw Talisman off of a basic Swamp and a Chrome Mox or Mox Opal in the face of Wasteland. There’s additional gains to be had in lists playing discard spells such as Thoughtseize or Duress on turn one to be able to once again, ignore Wasteland. For those of you that enjoy Massacre, Swamp guarantees your ability to cast it for free.

Sideboard
2 Hope of Ghirapur https://theepicstorm.com/product/hope-of-ghirapur https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/aether-revolt/hope-of-ghirapur?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N35UCBZ/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tes019-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01N35UCBZ&linkId=567e98cdb6a03b3190cd12e6f825197d https://theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/HopeofGhirapur.jpg Hope of Ghirapur 1 Legendary Artifact Creature — Thopter

Flying

Sacrifice Hope of Ghirapur: Until your next turn, target player who was dealt combat damage by Hope of Ghirapur this turn can’t cast noncreature spells.

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Xantid Swarm’s little brother so to speak. While it may not be so obvious at an initial glance, I believe Hope of Ghirapur is better in The EPIC Storm than its green counterpart (even in lists playing green for Veil of Summer).

The primary reason is that we need to keep our artifact count high for Mox Opal, this is crucial and should not be overlooked. The secondary reason is ease of casting, not being forced to search up Bayou has a real benefit to Hope of Ghirapur. Something that should not be overlooked is that Hope of Ghirapur actually does damage, I know this may seem silly, but I can’t tell you how many times my metal insect has killed a Narset, Parter of Veils. While the effects between Hope of Ghirapur and Xantid Swarm may seem the same they’re not, with the artifact creature, the effect lasts until your next turn. This means when paired with Empty the Warrens our opponents will not be able to cast Engineered Explosives, Terminus, Toxic Deluge, and so many other cards that could potentially ruin your day. This often comes up in the Storm mirror, where sometimes I’ll side it in just to be a pseudo “Time Walk” for a single colorless mana.

While Hope of Ghirapur is terrific, there are downsides. It has to deal damage to the opponent unlike Xantid Swarm in order to be effective, it can be bounced by Karakas, and can be shut off by Null Rod. Let’s be honest, if Null Rod is in play, we aren’t winning anyway and Karakas is such a corner case. I’d take the pros of Hope of Ghirapur over the cons any day of the week.

1 Crash https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/crash https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/mercadian-masques/crash?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OV8840/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tes019-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B005OV8840&linkId=b8c7a8eb532318d5b0dea9551b338249 https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/Crash.jpg Crash 3 Instant

You may sacrifice a Mountain rather than pay this spell’s mana cost.

Destroy target artifact.

A lot of people probably didn’t even know this card existed before looking at a TES deck list. It’s been in the back of my head for years, I’ve complained in the past that it’s the card I’d like printed most but at Sorcery speed.

Where we’re at in the metagame, I think we can live with it over additional bounce spells (which are traditionally instants). The thought behind playing cards like Crash and Chain of Vapor is that Legacy has become much faster and even more punishing in the last year and taking a turn off to cast cards such as Echoing Truth can be the difference maker in a match. These permanent based answers allow you to break serve and get ahead in these match-ups while being very mana efficient.

What I’ve found to be the most common scenario is your opponent will play a permanent hate spell, you have to spend a full-turn cycle for Echoing Truth and before you can bounce the permanent on their end-step, the opponent casts another. These answers (Crash and Chain of Vapor) get ahead of that. This is why we play more copies of Crash than other permanent based answers.

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1 Echoing Truth https://theepicstorm.com/product/echoing-truth https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/darksteel/echoing-truth?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062DRH50/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0062DRH50&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=L4DC6WFIHOZKB55F https://theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/EchoingTruth.jpg Echoing Truth 2 Instant

Return target nonland permanent and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent to their owners’ hands.

Echoing Truth like Abrupt Decay has found its way back into our hearts and the sideboard due to Wishclaw Talisman’s ability to search for anything. Being able to bounce multiple copies of a permanent (usually a pair of Chalice of the Void or a horde of either Goblin or Zombie Tokens) is extremely desirable.

Last year, Echoing Truth fell out of favor due to the rise of The EPIC Storm beginning to play Crash. This was because taking a turn off to cast your answer spell to the opponent’s hate piece often allowed them enough time to cast a secondary disruptive permanent and before you knew it, the snowball effect had occurred. That said, I do strongly recommend a single copy of Echoing Truth for those sticky situations.

1 Chain of Vapor https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/chain-of-vapor https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/onslaught/chain-of-vapor?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OV6GLW/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005OV6GLW&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=UYHLUQTZ7OOWOAED https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/ChainofVapor.jpg Chain of Vapor 1 Instant

Return target nonland permanent to its owner’s hand. Then that permanent’s controller may sacrifice a land. If the player does, they may copy this spell and may choose a new target for that copy.

One of the best bounce spells ever printed, efficiently answering cards like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Gaddock Teeg, Sphere of Resistance and Leyline of Sanctity. The only downside of this card is that Chalice of the Void on one is very popular, causing this otherwise perfect bounce spell to be not great at times.

A “cool trick” you can do with Chain of Vapor is to use it to generate mana and storm – a pseudo “storm engine” so to speak. When you have a bunch of artifact mana (Chrome Mox, Lotus Petal, and Lion’s Eye Diamond), you can target your own artifact, sacrifice a land, and then copy it. When you have enough lands and artifacts, it can be the cause of your opponent’s demise.

I find myself doing this post-Ad Nauseam in scenarios where I’m low on resources. Maybe you needed to cast a few cantrips or discard spells, after that, you can bounce all of your copies of Chrome Mox and replay them and imprint with the extra cards from Ad Nauseam – you’ve created mana with a bounce spell!

1 Rite of Flame https://theepicstorm.com/product/rite-of-flame https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/coldsnap/rite-of-flame?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00428PGTG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00428PGTG&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=LHYEAMFU5A23RQHV https://theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/RiteofFlame.jpg Rite of Flame 1 Sorcery

Add  , then add  for each card named Rite of Flame in each graveyard

This sideboard slot is interesting, for the first time in a very long-time we are playing a “ritual-effect” in our sideboard to Burning Wish for. This often comes up when we are trying to reach a lethal Grapeshot to avoid a Veil of Summer but it’s more important in my eyes for another reason.

The current list doesn’t play a win-condition in the main deck and relies on Burning Wish to retrieve one, by playing a Rite of Flame in the sideboard, on combo turns in which you’re forced to discard Burning Wish to Lion’s Eye Diamond instead you can ignore a possible Surgical Extraction ruining your day. Another benefit of the sideboard copy of Rite of Flame is that you can actually sideboard it in against non-blue decks in place of Veil of Summer or Defense Grid to help speed up the deck as well, it really helps with the sideboard mapping.

1 Infernal Tutor https://theepicstorm.com/product/infernal-tutor https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/guildpact/infernal-tutor?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OV5ZFA/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005OV5ZFA&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=HHQX4DGLDFHWEKBD https://theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/InfernalTutor.jpg Infernal Tutor 2 Sorcery

Reveal a card from your hand. Search your library for a card with the same name as that card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

HellbentIf you have no cards in hand, instead search your library for a card, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

With Wishclaw Talisman taking over Infernal Tutor’s position in the main deck, Infernal Tutor has found a home in the sideboard over Dark Petition. In comparison to the five mana sorcery, Infernal Tutor is not weakened by graveyard hate which is important when you consider other potential sideboard engines.

Infernal Tutor’s lower mana cost comes up for a few reasons as well, the first being that it helps to play around “Soft” countermagic as well as being able to be sideboarded in for matchups where Veil of Summer or Defense Grid lack some luster.

1 Grapeshot https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/grapeshot https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/time-spiral/grapeshot?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OVIHZA/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005OVIHZA&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=4QVEHJG74QOVG672 https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/Grapeshot.jpg Grapeshot 2 Sorcery

Grapeshot deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

A highly versatile card, while people think it’s a joke – Grapeshot is the real deal. From clearing blockers for Empty the Warrens tokens, an easy kill after a few Griselbrand activations, clearing hate creatures from the battlefield, and a non-creature based win condition that isn’t Tendrils of Agony. Grapeshot has its uses and isn’t a joke. Perhaps it’s most desirable trait is being able to kill Ethersworn Cannonist through countermagic.

Recently, Grapeshot’s value has skyrocketed by allowing you to kill the opponent through a Veil of Summer.

4 Empty the Warrens https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/empty-the-warrens https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/time-spiral/empty-the-warrens?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OVIC1Y/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005OVIC1Y&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=AJXI36BB3UF7ZY4L https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/EmptytheWarrens.jpg Empty the Warrens 4 Sorcery

Create two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens.

Storm
 (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn.)

By playing a copy of Empty the Warrens in our sideboard, we effectively play four copies in our 75 — it’s best to play the most copies we can while not decreasing our Ad Nauseam percentages. Empty the Warrens is also the deck’s fastest combo option (as it requires the least amount of mana) against decks trying to lock you out of the game, which matters more than you think.

Depending on the metagame, you’ll notice the numbers of Empty the Warrens fluctuate. In metagames with lots of Delver of Secrets, TES plays more copies (generally the full set) of Empty the Warrens as it’s an easier card to cast when your opponent is trying to attack your resources. Casting Empty the Warrens from your hand is a lot less resource intensive as you’ll only need four mana, and playing a full-complement of Empty the Warrens allows for drawing them to be much easier.

Meanwhile in these match-ups, Ad Nauseam at its absolute cheapest is a seven mana line that loses to Daze, Spell Pierce, and even itself. What I mean by this is Delver decks pressure your life-total very quickly, and Empty the Warrens is a great way to turn the tide. That said, there are metagames where I think one main deck and one sideboard are correct.

1 Tendrils of Agony https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/tendrils-of-agony https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/scourge/tendrils-of-agony?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062DV378/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0062DV378&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=YEISOXCBLP3IEDBL https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/TendrilsofAgony.jpg Tendrils of Agony 4 Sorcery

Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

Storm
 (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

In lists without Rite of Flame, it’s common to play a copy of Tendrils of Agony in the main deck. Have you ever naturally drawn Tendrils of Agony in your opening hand? It’s essentially a mulligan.

For this reason, I prefer to keep mine in the sideboard. Part of this rationale is that Tendrils of Agony has never been more of a liability to cast than right now due to Veil of Summer and I would prefer for it to not affect my Ad Nauseam reveals if I am in a position where I may need to cast Grapeshot.

Instead, I opt to play a list that i slightly more linear, but more efficient at achieving its goals.

1 Echo of Eons https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/echo-of-eons/ https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/modern-horizons/echo-of-eons?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07T39S5NC/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tes019-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07T39S5NC&linkId=dcdd65bfc80893aa222e6289ff512d93 https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/EchoofEons.jpg Echo of Eons 6 Sorcery

Each player shuffles their hand and graveyard into their library, then draws seven cards.

Flashback  (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

For an more in depth look at my initial impressions of this card, check out this article.

Let’s start with the basics, Echo of Eons works very well with Lion’s Eye Diamond. First you play Burning Wish to retrieve Echo of Eons, then play your Lion’s Eye Diamond (this plays around artifact disruption), discard your hand and add three blue to flashback your pseudo Timetwister. Another way of getting Echo of Eons into your graveyard is to Thoughtseize yourself, while not ideal, it is a “build your own Diminishing Returns!”

Something to keep in mind is that Echo of Eons is symmetrical, which means your opponent will also draw a fresh seven card hand off of Echo of Eons. This is an issue against blue decks. To offset this, cards such as Hope of Ghirapur, Defense Grid, and Veil of Summer I would recommend over discard spells opening up another engine versus counterspell archetypes.

One of my favorite things about it is that it’s the first three mana storm engine that’s been legal in Legacy that’s playable, this helps quite a bit against Prison strategies or decks trying to lock you out of the game like Maverick or Death & Taxes.

1 Pulverize https://www.theepicstorm.com/product/pulverize https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/mercadian-masques/pulverize?partner=theepicstorm&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_medium=theepicstorm&utm_source=theepicstorm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062DQEEA/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0062DQEEA&linkCode=as2&tag=tes019-20&linkId=OQXPZ76HSP3VE5ND https://www.theepicstorm.com/wp-content/themes/tes-2020/assets/img/cards/Pulverize.jpg Pulverize 6 Sorcery
You may sacrifice two Mountains rather than pay this spell’s mana cost.
Destroy all artifacts.

One of my favorite answers to cards like Chalice of the Void, Sphere of Resistance, and Thorn of Amethyst that can be retrieved by Burning Wish.

The real struggle with this card is finding space for another Mountain effect in the main deck as it currently doesn’t play enough. In lists with fourteen lands, it’s much easier to support Pulverize off of the back of a second copy of Badlands over a second Underground Sea.

Currently, we’re very fortunate that the metagame’s artifact prison decks are also all Blood Moon decks. This means that they provide us with the necessary tools in order to cast our spells!

Burning Wish
Burning Wish
Card Name: Burning Wish
Mana Cost:
Converted Mana Cost: 2
Types: Sorcery
Card Text:

You may choose a sorcery card you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Exile Burning Wish.

Card Notes

One of the defining features of The EPIC Storm (TES). An incredibly powerful and resourceful element that is quite diverse in what it can do. Burning Wish allows TES to not play answers for problematic cards by either providing a solution or an alternative route to victory. One of the greatest things Burning Wish does for this deck is it allows us to not have to play Tendrils of Agony in our main deck as it tends to be a dead card in most games. This can be said for a couple of the cards in our sideboard, that’s the true beauty of Burning Wish — its whatever we need it to be.

Our “wish board” is comprised of Storm engines, win conditions, protection, and a few solution-based cards. We try not to play an entire sideboard full of Burning Wish targets as it doesn’t create the greatest value out of our available slots. Generally, I try to have no more than 6-7 Burning Wish targets. Lastly, having included Burning Wish into our deck, our threat density is very high in comparison to other Storm decks meaning that we spend less time finding our threats with cantrips which leads to a faster kill.

Deck List Explanation

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The New EPIC Storm  Using The EPIC Storm Data

If you’re already up to date on the links above, you’ll notice while v8.5 was a huge step forward into the future of The EPIC Storm, it wasn’t perfect. Using the data that was displayed in the article above, we found that we actually lost a slight step versus non-blue midrange decks such as Death & Taxes. More importantly, in the Delver of Secrets based match-ups we were performing poorly.

With v8.6, we’re back on the Empty the Warrens plan. We had tried this previously, but were handling the strategy incorrectly — we were keeping in Wishclaw Talisman and Empty the Warrens which is a mistake. This gives our opponent the opportunity to search up their answer to our Goblin Token horde. Instead, what you should be doing is sideboarding out our new favorite artifact for an all-time classic.


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