Decks built around Smokestack have been rather a fringe player in Legacy and Vintage for a while as the game has gotten more and more efficient. However, this hasn’t stopped people like me consistently trying to make it work! The deck I ran through the league was built originally by Charlie-in-the-Mox who has been jamming something like this for years. Rich Shay and I have changed it up a bit to try and make the utterly terrible Aggro Loam match-up slightly better.

I think there is plenty of scope for development of this kind of strategy, especially surrounding the mana base. One could try the Metal Worker and Grim Monolith or Cloudpost bases, and there are examples of Stax lists built with both of these. Cards like Buried Ruin are crying out for a grindy strategy to abuse them. Hour of Devastation might also bring us some new Lands to try, perhaps a Desert mana base will turn out to be an oasis?

I hope you enjoy the Videos!


Artifacts (29)
Chalice of the Void
Mox Diamond
Sphere of Resistance
Ratchet Bomb
Powder Keg
Crucible of Worlds
Tangle Wire
Ensnaring Bridge

Creatures (4)
Lodestone Golem
Lands (27)
Mishra’s Factory
Ancient Tomb
City of Traitors
Rishadan Port
Inventor’s Fair
Drownyard Temple
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Throne of the High City

Sideboard (15)
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
Zuran Orb
Warping Wail
Phyrexian Revoker
Thought-Knot Seer
Thorn of Amethyest
Ensnaring Bridge
Leyline of the Void


Tom Kellock

Tom Kellock
Tom has played Magic since Alara block. He became quickly enamoured with Legacy after being strangled by a Pox and 43 Lands deck in 2011 while piloting Affinity. This experience also started a love of Prison strategies in a manner typical of Stockholm Syndrome sufferers. He now only really plays Legacy, with Top8’s in Europe at BoM and here in the UK.
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2 thoughts on “Legacy League with Stax

  1. Thanks for the insightful league!
    And nice Throne (eventough the only application backfired a bit ;))

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