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I Need a Miracle


With Sensei's Divining Top banned in Legacy, Miracles is supposed to be dead, right? While Sensei's Divining Top and Counterbalance were a huge part of the deck’s power, there may still be a viable miracle control deck in Legacy. Some people have explored Soothsaying as an option to moderate success, others are eschewing miracles altogether for a Stoneforge Mystic package. But why not try another direction?

Unexpectedly Absent
Losing Sensei's Divining Top is certainly a huge blow to this type of strategy, but that doesn’t have to be the final nail in the coffin of the Miracles strategy. Look at all the library manipulation here! Four Brainstorm to put miracles back on top of your deck. Four Ponder to sculpt the top of your library to set up Miracles on subsequent turns. Four Portent to put Terminus right on top and miracle it on your opponent’s turn.

The density of cantrips and raw efficiency of answers is what makes this deck potent. Terminus is still one of the best cards in Legacy at keeping Delver of Secrets decks in check, particularly those with Nimble Mongoose. Terminus backed up by Swords to Plowshares and Snapcaster Mage means that creature decks will be hard-pressed to get much traction. Counterspell and Force of Will are your maindeck interaction against spell-based decks, while Unexpectedly Absent does a great job of filling in any gaps and answering problematic permanents.

Unexpectedly Absent teams up particularly well with this dense suite of cantrips to power Predict as a two-mana draw two. This helps to ensure that keeping one good card off of Ponder and Portent is less painful, or that you can permanently deal with problematic permanents like Jace, the Mind Sculptor.

All in all, the deck is certainly much less robust than it was when Counterbalance and Sensei's Divining Top were around. That gave you a much faster way to ensure that combo couldn’t do combo things, and made it easier to ensure that Delver decks couldn’t crawl back into the game. Losing Top also means that Monastery Mentor isn’t nearly as powerful as a win condition. However, the answers are still here and you can tweak the maindeck numbers to give you a bigger edge against combo decks or creature decks as your local metagame demands. If this is the future of Miracles in Legacy, I think it’s certainly lost quite a bit of power and resiliency, but it’s still a very interesting and reasonable choice if you’re looking to play pure control.

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