The LD Classic,
How it Works
The LD Classic
Mana screw your opponent as fast as possible and lock them down with Trinisphere Buy. If there are any early threats in the game, you have your creature control with Pernicious Deed Buy and Swords to Plowshares Buy. Use Living Wish Buy to get the necessary cards you would need during certain situations. Once you have your opponent locked, you can kill them with Argothian Wurm Buy.
This deck has come a long way with me since I first posted it several years ago. At first, I was running , but I realized it was a little too much so I had to leave out . Once it came down to , it was working great until Trinisphere Buy got restricted. I hated having only one in my deck and decided to give up the Vintage format altogether so I can have 4 again. At this point, Gorilla Shaman (2) Buy was no longer needed and Stone Rain Buy became the only red card left in the deck. With not helping so much anymore, the deck finally became the deck you see now.
Trinisphere Buy may be more effective in T1, but this deck has proven that it also works well in Legacy. In an LD deck, you just need to keep them under 3 lands and they're locked for good.
If I ever get my hands on moxen or Lotus, I'll make this T1 again. Until then, it stays Legacy.
*1/14/10: I finally decided to add back in. Vindicate Buy is too good of a card to pass. The only reason why I left it out was budget related. In fact, I was pretty reluctant to take it out of my deck when I was running 4 colors, but removing fixes the mana problems. Also thinking about adding Tarmogoyf Buy.
Elvish Spirit Guide Buy: Much more useful than Lotus Petal Buy in this deck. In late game, you can use it as a creature.
Fulminator Mage Buy: This card is a Wasteland Buy in a 2/2 body.
Living Wish Buy: I absolutely love the versatility of this card. It fetches you the cards when you need them most.
Swords to Plowshares Buy: Since I'm running , why not run the best creature removal out there?
Cards Taken Out
Badlands Buy: Not using anymore.
Bloodstained Mire Buy: Using Verdant Catacombs Buy now.
Cursed Scroll Buy: Worked too slow.
Diabolic Edict Buy: If I need creature control, I'll fetch it with Living Wish Buy instead.
Fork Buy: If I want to use a spell again, I'll recover it with Eternal Witness Buy.
Gorilla Shaman (2) Buy: Pretty useless outside of Vintage, except against Affinity.
Lightning Bolt Buy: Same reason as with Diabolic Edict Buy.
Lotus Petal Buy: I like Elvish Spirit Guide Buy better.
Mana Crypt Buy: Not Legacy legal.
Mishra's Factory Buy: A great card but was giving me problems with mana when I was using 3 colors. I might put this card back in.
Mox Diamond Buy: Don't like discarding a land for this.
Nether Void Buy: This will go back in if this deck becomes Vintage.
Phyrexian Negator Buy: Argothian Wurm Buy is a much better win condition for this deck. I, however, have much praise for this card.
Pillage Buy: is out and this card is hard to cast in a 3 color deck anyway.
Regrowth Buy: Eternal Witness Buy.
Rancid Earth Buy: Replaced by [/card]Vindicate[/card].
Sphere of Resistance Buy: Trinisphere Buy does a much better job. I'm usually blowing up Pernicious Deed Buy for 2 or less anyway so it is pretty counterproductive with the Deed.
Spiritmonger Buy: Argothian Wurm Buy is a better win condition and fits much better in this deck.
Stone Rain Buy: No more .
Stunted Growth Buy: This card was so much fun to play, but I felt I needed more creatures. I'll never forget the time I Fork Buyed this when my opponent had no permanents in play. Sad part about it was he didn't give up right there and I had an Argothian Wurm Buy out. 6 dead draws LOL!
Taiga Buy: No more .
Tectonic Break Buy: Had enough LD. This was a little much, and again, no .
The Abyss Buy: Worked okay when I had less creatures, but was still a little slow for creature control.
Other cards like Sol Ring Buy, Demonic Tutor Buy, Vampiric Tutor Buy, and Strip Mine Buy were taken out because they are not Legacy legal.
Still a work in progress.
Argothian Wurm Buy: In case I don't draw him.
Kataki, War's Wage Buy: Take that Affinity!
Terravore Buy: Once there are a lot of lands in the graveyard, this guy becomes more threatening.
Windborn Muse Buy: Stalls aggro decks.
Xantid Swarm Buy: Anti-blue
Yixlid Jailer Buy: This card destroys a lot of decks.
Swords to Plowshares Buy: More creature control.
Engineered Plague Buy: Elves, Goblins (*coughs*Goblin Welder Buy*coughs*), etc.
Maze of Ith Buy: Great creature control.
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale Buy: Goodbye weenies!
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