A couple of days ago, I finally got a hold of a Standard deck on MTGO, and with it came a set of Mox Amber. As I don’t really play paper anymore, I haven’t held a card from Dominaria, and seeing them on MTGO or Arena right now is the best that I can do.
I have fallen in love with the the Legendary card frame. I made that known over Twitter, and one of the tweets in reply to it, slightly paraphrasing, was it is like my Legends have a little hat. Yes, that little hat makes it incredibly easy to get a visual check of how many legendary cards are in your deck, and in the case of something like Urza’s Ruinous Blast you need to know easily if you have the ability to cast the card. Planeswalkers already have their frame, it makes sense to me that Legends would too! Then again, I love nearly every special bit of frame stuff that goes on that makes the game easier. The tombstone for Flashback cards? Loved it! The sun and moon for transform cards? Love them too! The only thing I do not like about the Legendary card frame is how WotC has made it apply to cards outside of Dominaria on MTGO. You would think that I would like this, a little bonus hat for Legends, but even being housebound, I want my MTGO to match up to paper as often as possible.
Mox Amber is a powerful enough card and I spoke about it when writing about Paradoxical Outcome. That deck really didn’t want to tap it for mana, but rather needed another cheap thing to bounce with its powerful instant. This Abzan legend deck uses the new artifact, and uses it well! It’s almost an actual Mox in this deck! In this deck are legends that cost 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 mana, so the chances of Mox Amber tapping for mana are pretty good!
Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter is the one drop legend, and it can use the Mox Amber to help activate its ability to create more creatures. That plays well with our two drop legend, Shanna, Sisay’s Legacy. which gets +1/+1 for each creature you control. While we’re making Shanna bigger, our three drop legend helps us go wide, as Rishkar, Peema Renegade adds a small bonus to two creatures, but also gives them a mana tapping ability. At the four slot, we have a great legend that helps us return creatures whenever we cast a historic spell. There are twenty historic spells in the deck, so getting back cards that died to early game Fatal Pushes or cards that we legend ruled (it would be beneficial to cast Rishkar, then another, and to keep growing our creatures and mana producers right?) Finally topping out the legendary creature curve is Lyra Dawnbringer. The new Baneslayer Angel is quite powerful, and will end up being one of the iconic creatures from the set when all is said and done! Rounding out the creatures for the deck are some accelerating creatures in Llanowar Elves and Servant of the Conduit and a few copies of Jadelight Ranger. I wonder if something like Shalai, Voice of Plenty was considered here? The give your team and you Hexproof angel seems to be almost custom made for this deck! (There are three in the sideboard, but I wonder if this card would be outstanding in the main?)
The rest of the deck is a single copy of Vraska, Relic Seeker, the best early removal in Fatal Push, some mass removal in Settle the Wreckage and even more mass removal in Urza’s Ruinous Blast, which should in theory devastate your opponent and leave you with an incredibly good board! The greedy part of me wants to see Fall of the Thran as a follow up play, but it wouldn’t really fit. I just want really crush all hopes of a come back after a Blast is cast!
Here is the deck!
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