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Legacy is in an interesting place right now. People have been moving away from degenerate strategies like Show and Tell or Reanimator in favor of fairer strategies like Delver of Secrets and Deathrite Shaman decks. As the format becomes more homogenized with various Sultai, Grixis, and Four-Color midrange variants, players can begin finding ways to exploit that, such as this deck by Adalid240477:


Rest in Peace
At its core, this is a wu control deck splashing Red for Red Elemental Blast; something we’ve seen many times before. However, what’s interesting about this deck is how it’s choosing to interact. There are no Portents and Terminuses. Not even Jace, the Mind Sculptor or Elspeth, Knight-Errant. This is more of a prison-oriented control deck that tries to lock opponents out of the game with a number of pieces that are disparately powerful but combine to overwhelm opponents.

Everything is centered around Rest in Peace. This card is devastating for Deathrite Shaman, Tarmogoyf, and Life from the Loam strategies. Even if your opponent’s aren’t disrupted by Rest in Peace, it’s a powerful combo piece in this deck, teaming up with Helm of Obedience to just kill your opponent relatively early on in the game. Even better, it also teams up with Energy Field to prevent your opponent from effectively attacking your life total.

Enlightened Tutor ties all of this together, letting you find whatever piece you happen to be missing, as well as a number of utility cards like Keranos, God of Storms, Detention Sphere, and potentially Blood Moon or Back to Basics. As Legacy becomes increasingly all about leveraging the graveyard, more and more efficiently, perhaps it’s time to look harder at decks that play maindeck Rest in Peace.


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