Legacy on Mondays: Kooky Counterbalance

Welcome Back!

This week I wanted to share a crazy list that I made with you guys. It is purely hypothetical and looks totally janky (and probably is!), but I wanted to see if I could integrate a couple of key cards into a Miracles/[c]Counterbalance[/c] deck in order to make it more versatile.

As the Legacy control deck, Miracles does not need a lot of tweaking. It is an established deck, and if it is “your” deck and you do not wish to see it bastardized, I recommend that you turn away now.

[d title=”Miracles feat. Rhinos (Legacy)”]

Creature
1 Mirror-Sigil Sergeant
Instants & Sorceries
4 Terminus
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Force of Will
4 Brainstorm
3 Dig Through Time
2 Entreat the Angels
2 Counterspell
2 Enlightened Tutor
1 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
Other Stuff
4 Sensei’s Divining Top
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
3 Counterbalance
Lands
5 Island
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Flooded Strand
3 Tundra
2 Plains
1 Volcanic Island
1 Karakas
1 Arid Mesa
1 Dust Bowl
1 Mountain
Sideboard
1 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Rest in Peace
1 Hydroblast
1 Blue Elemental Blast
1 Flusterstorm
1 Wear / Tear
2 Council’s Judgment
1 Monastery Mentor
2 Meddling Mage
1 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Mana Maze
1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant [/d]

Well, there she is. It looks like a fairly typical Miracles list, with a few exceptions.

A) [c]Enlightened Tutor[/c]. Most Miracles lists that I have encountered do not bother with the Tutor engine. In this case, I do really like the extra consistency and ability to find the combo, as well as potential sideboard options that are opened up, including my favorite anti-storm card: [c]Mana Maze[/c].

B) The rhinoceros. Not [c]Siege Rhino[/c], it’s that other guy… [c]Mirror-Sigil Sergeant[/c]? Why in the heck would anyone bother to play this guy? My reasoning is this. What is the best possible blue permanent in Legacy with which to play the Sergeant? He himself is a fine creature at six mana that becomes surprisingly resistant to removal after a turn. A 4/4 trampling body is quite powerful in most formats.

Since it is not the stats of the creature himself that are a problem, other than his rather high converted mana cost, to me the playability issue seems to revolve around finding a good blue permanent to use with him. Now, I know that the Sergeant is a borderline-playable card that seems casual and EDH-oriented, but I am trying to find him a home. [c]Counterbalance[/c] and [c]Jace, the Mind Sculptor[/c] were the two best blue permanents that immediately came to my mind. And fortunately, there is already an established Legacy deck that runs both of these permanents – Miracles!

The cuts from a standard Miracles list were surprisingly (to me) not win conditions. I kept both of the [c]Entreat the Angels[/c], which is a fairly standard number, and the typical three Jaces. Some lists prefer four, but I usually like three copies. I did, however, cut all maindeck creatures except for [c]Mirror-Sigil Sergeant[/c]. Many Miracles lists play some number of cards such as [c]Venser, Shaper Savant[/c] and [c]Vendilion Clique[/c]. I have eschewed these in favor of a [c]Dig Through Time[/c]-oriented strategy. The Dig engine is just so powerful, and I love the way it works in Miracles to find all of the answers all the time.

My included sideboard is fairly prepared and diverse. I have always been impressed with Miracles’ ability to sideboard well. Perhaps as a combo player, that is just a luxury with which I am not acquainted. This sideboard is designed to beat just about everything that can be thrown at it, but is yet untested. We shall see how it performs in real-game scenarios at another time.

That’s all for this week. Thank you for reading! Next week I will take you through some of the results of playing with my Cascade Deck. I know, that thing AGAIN? Blasphemy!

/Peyton