Deck Spotlight: Sylvan Plug

Obstinate Baloth bannerImagine you’re at a local weekly Legacy event. You’ve just sleeved up your latest version of UR Delver. You sit down across from your round one opponent, and after superficial pleasantries, you both shuffle up for game one. He wins the roll. Your opening hand consists of: Volcanic Island, Scalding Tarn, Treasure Cruise, Daze, Ponder, Brainstorm, Delver of Secrets, Monastery Swiftspear. A very reasonable keep. Your opponent keeps his hand as well, and before you’ve been able to wish him good luck he has opened the game with Ancient Tomb into this hateful thing:


So, what do you do? You will probably play a couple of turns before scooping. There’s pretty much no way you win, no matter your opponent’s follow-up.

This scenario might not be that common, but it does happen. In a format where decks have really low mana curves, Chalice of the Void is king. If you can play it for X=1 before your opponent is even allowed a land, even better. This deck takes full advantage of a card like Chalice of the Void, in a way that’s different from the MUD or Dragon Stompy approach:

1 Dryad Arbor
1 Swamp
3 Ancient Tomb
3 Bayou
3 Misty Rainforest
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wasteland
5 Forest
1 Deathrite Shaman
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Titania, Protector of Argoth
2 Courser of Kruphix
4 Obstinate Baloth
1 Golgari Signet
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Trinisphere
4 Choke
4 Sylvan Library
4 Abrupt Decay
2 Rolling Spoil
4 Green Sun’s Zenith

Isn’t it just the finest pile of garbage you have ever seen? Along with aforementioned Chalice of the Void, the deck plays the standard Trinisphere to further hate on low mana-curves, but it also employs Choke as extra hate against the mostly-blue field of Legacy. Granted, Blood Moon in the red stompy shells is probably superior, simply because it hates on all non-basics, not just the blue ones.

The greatest upside to playing this deck compared to other stompy shells is likely the card-filtering and card-drawing provided by Sylvan Library, which also has a powerful interaction with Courser of Kruphix. Green Sun’s Zenith helps find the latter and provides a consistency previously unheard of in similar decks. Above all, Rolling Spoil is both hilarious and quite powerful in a meta overrun by Elemental tokens.

Give this a spin if you’re tired of playing blue!

Regarding the name: it’s probably one of the raunchier deck names in Legacy lately, and is a reference to this sculpture. Yeah, I won’t speculate further on that.

What do you think of the deck? Leave a comment!


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  1. Grim Lavamancer

     /  November 30, 2014

    I know that one. Chalice was a rather common sideboard card back when I were playing R/G Sligh in vintage, I think about 60% of the deck was composed of 1 mana spells, Kird apes, Jackal pups, Lavamancers, Mog fanatics, Lightning Bolts, Chain Lightnings – you name it. This included the decks anti-artifact sideboard card Gorilla Shaman. An early Chalice would turn the deck into a River Boa/Incinerate-deck.

    Anyway, the deck looks like a decent way to get rid of a days frustration by giving it to some other bloke. Fun to play, but probably not that fun to play against.



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