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Deck of the Moment: Esper Doomsday (Feat. Orim's Chant)

Deck of the Moment: Esper Doomsday (Feat. Orim's Chant)
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  • Max Gilmore

📅 August 23, 2021

⏱️3 min read

Hi, and welcome to a new series I'm calling Deck of the Moment. I like finding and/or brewing decks that I think are good, sweet, and sometimes both, and what I'm looking to do here is share them with you in a quick, easy-to-digest format. I'm looking at a pretty simple formula:

  • Decklist (download link too)
  • Why I'm playing it
  • Anything particularly cool about it

We all love a good quickie.

Today's Deck of the Moment is Esper Doomsday, but a twist. Instead of playing discard effects, we're running a full playset of Orim's Chant in the maindeck!


Esper Doomsday 8-23

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Why I'm Playing It

Up until relatively recently, playing Doomsday used to be relatively simple. Use countermagic and discard to resolve a Doomsday, and then put a Thassa's Oracle into play with an empty library. Against blue decks, Cavern of Souls tended to make the latter half of this plan pretty trivial, since the only commonly-played card that could interact with that plan was Stifle. Now, with Endurance and Dress Down being played everywhere, things aren't so simple.

Why worry about opposing Pyroblasts post-combo as I try to cast Ideas Unbound? Why have to fight through every single Endurance and Dress Down? I'd rather not, to be honest.

The plan here is simple: Resolve Orim's Chant, Cast Doomsday, and win in the same turn. This is pretty trivial if you make a pile with Brainstorm as your top card, and you can draw into it with the mana to cast it (and 1 extra card left over in your hand). You can make your pile: Brainstorm, Street Wraith, Lion's Eye Diamond, Thassa's Oracle, and your bottom card doesn't matter. Draw Brainstorm and cast it. Put back Thassa's Oracle with your fodder card from hand below it. Play Lion's Eye Diamond, and whole holding priority, cycle Street Wraith and crack the LED for UUU. Draw the Thassa's Oracle and cast it with 2 cards in library. Since your opponent can't cast anything, it's unlikely they can answer the Oracle, making the 2-card library pretty safe.

For those not in the know, the "cleanest" win with a Brainstorm in hand, the blue mana to cast it, and an extra card in hand, is to make a pile of Ideas Unbound, Lion's Eye Diamond, Street Wraith, Thassa's Oracle, and Lotus Petal. You cast Brainstorm, draw the top 3, and put Ideas Unbound on top with the fodder card underneath. From here, the plan is just like above, just cleaner. Play LED, Cycle, hold priority, crack for UUU, draw Ideas Unbound. Cast it with U floating, drawing the fodder card, Thassa's Oracle, and Lotus Petal. Perfect mana, empty library.

Other Cool Stuff

Orim's Chant can be great against nonblue decks too. By kicking it on your opponent's upkeep after you resolve Doomsday, you can fade an attack step, keeping your life total safe when you had to wait a turn to draw the top card of your library. It's also quite annoying for opposing combo decks to deal with.

Another fun thing is that this deck is about to get a lot better. There's a new Instant in the Innistrad set coming out in September called Consider.


With a Consider in the deck, you can make a pile of Consider, Deep Analysis, Lion's Eye Diamond, Lotus Petal, Thassa's Oracle. Draw and cast Consider, bin the Deep Analysis, draw LED. Crack for UUU, cast Deep Analysis, draw Lotus Petal and Thassa's Oracle. With Consider in hand, you can put the Deep Analysis on top, the Lion's Eye Diamond one below it, and throw a Cycler down with the Lotus Petal and Thassa's Oracle. Clean wins with no extra resources needed!

Hope you enjoyed the first installment of Deck of the Moment, and I'll see you next time! Also, thanks to Cardhoarder for sponsoring the site and helping me explore all the sweet decks that Legacy has to offer. If you have questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter: @maxtortion

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