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Slaying Eldrazi with a Stoneblade


Legacy is in a strange spot right now. On one side of the format, you have the expected fast combo decks and Delver of Secrets. On the other, you have an Eldrazi monstrosity preying on the efficiency of the format with cards like Chalice of the Void and Trinisphere. The Eldrazi decks make it difficult to play a pure combo or tempo deck which may have a difficult time beating Chalice of the Void or Thought-Knot Seer in a heads up game. This means you have to go a little bigger than the Eldrazi deck, but without giving up too much against the more efficient decks of the format. That’s a tough needle to threat, but Unkoman may have done it:

There are three very well-positioned cards in this deck: Stoneforge Mystic, True-Name Nemesis, and Knight of the Reliquary. Stoneforge Mystic lets you walk the line between aggro and control very carefully. Finding Batterskull gives you the ability to both grind out Eldrazi decks or apply fast pressure to tempo and combo strategies, while Umezawa's Jitte makes it easy for your creatures to just trump Reality Smashers in combat.

Similarly, True-Name Nemesis is an incredible threat against the Eldrazi deck and any other midrange decks. In the early game, True-Name Nemesis will be an awesome blocker for Thought-Knot Seer. Then you’ll eventually resolve a Stoneforge Mystic and start accruing Umezawa's Jitte counters or suit up True-Name Nemesis with Batterskull. Suddenly, you can trump Eldrazi in combat or attack freely and close out the game.

Then there’s Knight of the Reliquary, which is also a huge deal in this format. The ability to come down as a 4/4 or larger as early as turn two is critical against Eldrazi. Additionally, Knight allows you to find a constant stream of powerful utility lands like Karakas against Griselbrand and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn or Wasteland against decks with greedy mana bases or Ancient Tomb.

There aren’t many decks that have the flexibility of this particular build in the current format. The combination of Stoneforge Mystic, Knight of the Reliquary, and True-Name Nemesis is enormously powerful, especially when you can power them out with Noble Hierarch and Deathrite Shaman. These cards lend you the flexibility of either being proactive and aggressive or playing to stall out the board and grind out wins with equipment. All of this, combined with the fact that you get to play both Brainstorm and Sylvan Library while still having access to White sideboard cards makes this a great choice for the current format.

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