Legacy HogaakVine by Bedell
When Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis was printed, it burst out into a Modern self mill deck that got to win the game with Altar of Dementia using Bridge from Below to go “infinite.” That deck’s since been banned in Modern, but it’s alive and well in a Legacy Hogaak shell where it’s one of the best decks available.
Today’s Deck Highlight features a different take on Hogaak and Vengevine from Bedell who got to the Top 8 of last weekend’s Legacy Challenge. It takes Vintage’s approach to the archetpye, using Basking Rootwalla and Hollow One to power up Vengevine.
Of course, the lack of Bazaar of Baghdad will be tough to overcome, and you’ll have to rely on Putrid Imp and Lotleth Troll as discard outlets, always keeping in mind Once Upon a Time as a way to give more consistency to the deck.
But this deck doesn’t only try to go wide with some 4/3 hasters and other aggressive creatures – you can also take a slower approach by building your hexproof monster with Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis protected by a Sylvan Safekeeper. While some decks like RUG Delver will be unable to deal with the powerful Avatar, others will pack Swords to Plowshares, which you can play around by casting Sylvan Safekeeper first and even using it to convoke for Hogaak.
I don’t know if this version is better than the classic Hogaak list that’s played in Legacy, but I always try to feature something new in my Deck Highlights that caught my attention and here this week’s deck!