[Placeholder] Primer - Death & Taxes

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Titles & Recognition

Post by Iso » 8 months ago

This is the placeholder thread for the Legacy Death & Taxes Primer on MTG Nexus. If you would like to take over the primer for this particular deck, please message a Legacy staff member.

Death & Taxes is a mono-White, creature-based controlling midrange deck. As it sports 0 cards on the Reserved List, has a price tag that floats around the $1000 mark, and has had literally every expensive piece printed or reprinted in the past five years, it is one of the most popular decks in the format, especially for players just getting into Legacy. However, it also boasts an extremely high skill ceiling, with a staggering number of possible play lines that must be adjusted on the fly depending on the matchup and how it is progressing. At the core, Death & Taxes plays a mana denial plan, utilizing Wasteland, Rishadan Port, and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben to tax the opponent's mana base and prevent them from playing their full game. Mother of Runes protects the creature-based disruption pieces like Thalia, Phyrexian Revoker, Vrynn Wingmare, Sanctum Prelate, Containment Priest, Leonin Relic-Warder, Tomik, Distinguished Advokist, and Ethersworn Canonist. Stoneforge Mystic provides the primary win condition, searching up Batterskull, Umezawa's Jitte, or a sword (that can vary by matchup). Other win conditions can include Flickerwisp, Brimaz, King of Oreskos, Brightling, Mirran Crusader. and Hallowed Spiritkeeper. Karakas can protect Thalia or your other legendary creatures, or it can offensively mess with opposing legends, notably the Marit Lage from Dark Depths. Aether Vial is the glue that holds the deck together, allowing you to cheat on mana costs so you can reserve your lands for taxing the opponent.

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