Hello friends of Deathrite Shaman. We gather here to mourn the loss of our beloved friend, dearly departed, and in these days of sadness and sorrow we have to find the strength to continue playing, and uphold the great name of the Sultai tribe!
I remember the days of my youth when I started playing Legacy—I loved playing a Sultai control deck with Standstill, Jace, Pernicious Deed, and Life from the Loam.
Andrea Mengucci, 2nd place at a 4/15/2012 Event
I loved this deck. I played it for many months, up to when Deathrite Shaman was printed. It was great against the many Maverick and Canadian Threshold decks floating around.
6 years later, a lot of things have changed. We now have access to better removal such as Fatal Push, Abrupt Decay, and Toxic Deluge. And much better creatures, such as Baleful Strix and Leovold, Emissary of Trest.
Standstill is a powerful card that hasn’t seen much play these days thanks to the strength of 1-drops. Now without Deathrite Shaman around, we could see fewer 1-drops, and the format could be a little slower—a perfect environment for Standstill.
I don’t necessary think that you need green to play this sort of Standstill deck. Pernicious Deed is an outdated card and Toxic Deluge is better. As much as I love Abrupt Decay, it isn’t easy to fix your mana base without Deathrite Shaman.
Spanish players love their Standstills, and I’m sure they already broke the format in some chat group, whereas I’m just going to dig up something pre-ban.
oRS, 5th place in a Magic Online Challenge, 1/29/2018
This deck is loaded with removal spells, so you really need to clear the board for your Standstill.
This list is cool and has the tools to stop creature decks, has good countermagic for combo decks, and lots of card advantage for control decks.
“But You Promised Us a Baleful Strix Sultai Deck! Where Is It?!”
The biggest innovation here is adding more basics (I’m a real genius, huh?) since those will guide you through the late game where you will be able to deploy multiple threats that will likely be better than your opponent’s.
I also believe it’s time to bring back Liliana of the Veil. She was replaced for a long time by Liliana, the Last Hope, but I foresee Tarmogoyf taking the place of Young Pyromancer in many lists and Esper Stoneblade featuring True-Name Nemesis will definitely be a big part of the new Legacy scene.
Once again, I’m jamming the full four Surgical Extraction in my sideboard. Reanimator will be be a level-zero deck. Everybody knows that it’s good and it’s the easiest and fastest deck to play (especially on Magic Online). You need to be very ready for it.
I’m not sure if you still need Wastelands in your deck. Grove of the Burnwillows + Punishing Fire might make a comeback without Deathrite Shaman around, and Dark Depths is still out there threatening your life every turn.
I don’t know if this control deck is better than Miracles. Maybe it isn’t. But a true Sultai fan doesn’t jump ship!