Today we will be looking at scenarios from the past month played with v12.5 of The EPIC Storm. This is an awesome new update to the deck that incorporates white as our fifth color.
With the continued dominance of Modern Horizons 2 cards, Legacy looks a little different compared to its recent past. [[Carpet of Flowers]] and [[Defense Grid]] were once solid cards against blue control decks. Nowadays, many top-tier strategies are playing [[Prismatic Ending]], leaving our non-land permanents in danger of removal before we get to use them. White has been added to fill this interaction void. We now play our own copies of [[Prismatic Ending]] alongside [[Orim’s Chant]] and a powerful new combo engine in [[Galvanic Relay]] to round out a threatening package of spells that have applications in a wide variety of matchups.
Let’s look at these scenarios and discover new lines of play that are available to us with v12.5.
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Jarvis Yu works during the day as a mathematical statistician for the United States government. He has four Grand Prix T8s (Seattle 2015, Columbus 2016, New Jersey 2017, Atlanta 2019), with Seattle being a win. He has also played 22 Pro Tour/Pro Tour-level equivalent events. His favorite formats are Legacy and Booster Draft.
the epic Storm
- 4 [[Burning Wish]]
- 4 [[Wishclaw Talisman]]
- 4 [[Brainstorm]]
- 4 [[Ponder]]
- 1 [[Tendrils of Agony]]
- 1 [[Ad Nauseam]]
- 1 [[Echo of Eons]]
- 4 [[Veil of Summer]]
- 2 [[Orim’s Chant]]
- 4 [[Rite of Flame]]
- 4 [[Dark Ritual]]
- 4 [[Lion’s Eye Diamond]]
- 4 [[Lotus Petal]]
- 3 [[Mox Opal]]
- 3 [[Chrome Mox]]
- 3 [[Verdant Catacombs]]
- 2 [[Polluted Delta]]
- 2 [[Scalding Tarn]]
- 1 [[Underground Sea]]
- 1 [[Tropical Island]]
- 1 [[Tundra]]
- 1 [[Scrubland]]
- 1 [[Badlands]]
- 1 [[Taiga]]
- 3 [[Prismatic Ending]]
- 2 [[Abrupt Decay]]
- 1 [[Grapeshot]]
- 4 [[Galvanic Relay]]
- 1 [[Empty the Warrens]]
- 1 [[Tendrils of Agony]]
- 1 [[Massacre]]
- 1 [[Echo of Eons]]
- 1 [[Peer into the Abyss]]
SITUATION No. 1 — Yorion UW Stoneblade Affinity
We find ourselves against a unique UW Stoneblade Affinity deck with a [[Yorion, Sky Nomad]] companion. This kind of strategy can be frustrating to play against with The EPIC Storm due to the wide variety of cards they bring to bear against us. Counter magic in [[Force of Will]], prison pieces in [[Karn, the Great Creator]], or simply bashing with [[Urza’s Saga]]’s [[Construct Token]]s can all put us on the backfoot. Our permanent hate and speed have to pull their weight for us to be victorious.
This is a game one scenario, we have used [[Burning Wish]] to find a [[Prismatic Ending]], and we face a [[Kaldra Compleat]] and [[Emry, Lurker of the Loch]] as fast clock and draw engine. A key engine in [[Wishclaw Talisman]] is locked behind a [[Portable Hole]].
Where would you take this turn and is playing around disruption worth it?
SITUATION No. 2 — Mono-Black Helm Stompy
[[Helm of Obedience]] decks pop in and out of fashion with Legacy players; most often with a loosely-focused mid-range pool of cards. Our opponent’s iteration is a stompy deck with [[Urza’s Saga]] and [[Karn, the Great Creator]]. Like the last matchup, we need to get out of the gates quickly to establish the pace of the game before lock pieces can render our plans useless.
This board has a lot going on and our work is cut out for us. We have made eight [[Goblin Token]]s in the game. Facing two [[Construct Token]]s, a [[Helm of Obedience]] ready to pair with a top-decked [[Dauthi Voidwalker]], and a pesky [[Shadowspear]] that will negate the damage we have on board. We just drew one of our two copies of [[Orim’s Chant]] for the turn. What should we do?
SITUATION No. 3 — UR Delver
Currently, UR Delver is the de facto best deck in Legacy. With [[Delver of Secrets]] being pushed further and further from the limelight in favor of new heavy hitters [[Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer]] and [[Dragon’s Rage Channeler]], the deck is as good as it’s ever been. Facing the current top tier of Legacy happens very frequently and our current sideboard plan reflects this. The goal is to out-advantage them with [[Galvanic Relay]] and ensure any countermeasures they have are simply not enough.
-2 [[Ponder]], -1 [[Ad Nauseam]], +3 [[Galvanic Relay]]
In this game two, our previous turn was spent casting [[Galvanic Relay]] for eight cards after baiting a [[Force of Negation]] (pitching a [[Daze]]) on [[Burning Wish]]. Drawing a fetch land for the turn was not perfect, but we have eight powerful cards at our disposal. How best can we utilize them?
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