Plane Rotation

Intuition is one of my favorite cards in Legacy. Back when I was first becoming interested in the format, there were all manner of Intuition combo and control decks, utilizing it as both a tutor and a value engine. It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen an Intuition deck, but as Miracles and other controlling and midrange strategies crowd out the more unfair decks, it may be time for this powerful card to make a return:

Crop Rotation
This is an interesting deck that’s reminiscent of a lot of the Intuition control decks in the early 2000s. The difference? There’s only one copy of Intuition. Instead, this deck leans on Crop Rotation and Planeswalkers to do a lot of the work that Intuition was doing. With Deathrite Shaman and Snapcaster Mage in the mix, you really don’t need Intuition to be the workhorse it once was; you can rely more on Brainstorm and Jace, the Mind Sculptor to be the card selection and advantage engine.

The interesting thing about this deck is that it utilizes Crop Rotation in creative ways. It functions as a removal spell via Cabal Pit, combo hate via Bojuka Bog and Karakas, and a win condition via Dark Depths and Thespian’s Stage. On top of all that, you can just find extra copies of Wasteland to disrupt your opponent’s mana. You could go even deeper and play value lands like Tower of the Magistrate and more out of the sideboard.

Garruk Relentless is also an interesting card given the prevalence of Deathrite Shaman in the format. Deathtouch creatures are particularly relevant right now, as is the ability to ensure that you win the fight over Deathrite Shaman.

Intuition is interesting in this list for a number of reasons. You’ve got the ability to find key Stifles, Force of Wills, and Baleful Strixes a well as various Life from the Loam Packages. Loam is great in this deck for a myriad of reasons, like recurring Wastelands or Cabal Pits, stocking your hand for Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Liliana of the Veil, and recurring Wasteland in midrange mirrors.

All in all, it’s interesting to see this sort of hybrid between Sultai Midrange variants and Lands. In a format where linear decks are as powerful as they are, it’s hard to say that this deck might be better than Lands, but it certainly softens some of the polarized matchups and gives you the ability to interact more effectively with the stack.

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