Modern Horizons 2 Cards for Legacy Nic Fit
Unlike the last few sets, Modern Horizons 2 looks like it should have a significant impact on Legacy. It’s almost impossible to assess power level in a vacuum but there are definitely some cards that will see a ton of play and even some that may drastically change the format.
Here, I’m going to discuss the most impactful cards for Nic Fit and briefly mention how some cards we might face on the opposing side of the table might impact our deck building.
Nic Fit playables
Grist, the Hunger Tide is a card I expect will see Legacy play in many if not most green-black decks that have Green Sun’s Zenith (which can search up Grist). However, unlike other Legacy decks that will probably run Grist like Abzan Maverick or BUG Zenith, Nic Fit seems uniquely poised to take advantage of the new insect planeswalker.
For starters, Grist is the best sac outlet that can be found with Zenith which is especially important for ramping with our own Veteran Explorers. Grist makes all our Zeniths into removal which has been a problem for Nic Fit in the past. Lastly, with a combination of Grist’s +1 and -2, it should be able to close out the game against many non-combo decks and the ultimate isn’t completely dead text.
Klothys has shown the power of a Zenithable card that doesn’t die to board wipes. Grist may die more easily than Klothys but I still expect a big impact. Grist gets around the Thalia tax, can be brought to Show and Tell (and kill an opposing Emrakul), and can be returned with cards like Meren of Clan Nel Toth. It seems like a fantastic printing for Legacy Nic Fit and I’m excited to try it.
One thing I was excited about with Grist was that I thought it would get around Containment Priest. There is some debate about this and I expect the ruling to be firmed up soon. I’m no judge and this is beyond my ability to say how it works.
A few of the new evoke elementals cycle are very interesting but I’ll focus on Endurance which I think will have the biggest impact on deckbuilding. Endurance patches up a few weaknesses that Nic Fit has from blocking Delver to being an out against the new Thassa’s Oracle decks like Doomsday or Oops All Spells (which are both pretty unfavorable matchups). An open question is how hard should we lean into Endurance? Should it be a singleton Zenith target or should it replace Leyline of the Void in the sideboard? Should we run a split in the main and sideboard? I think the case could be made for the full four Endurances possibly with one or two in the main but only testing will tell.
While I don’t think many Nic Fit decks will adopt Grief or Solitude, they are worth mentioning. I could see Rector decks adopting them in a wishboard or possibly in decks that can really abuse enter the battlefield triggers. Generally, Nic Fit decks run enough green cards to support Endurance, but usually not enough black or white cards to support Grief or Solitude.
While I don’t think Prismatic Ending or Sudden Edict will replace the usual Nic Fit removal suite, they are worth a mention as possible sideboard cards. Unless you’re running multiple Liliana planeswalkers, Sudden Edict seems like a decent upgrade on Liliana’s Triumph. Especially against the fast Delver decks, having uncounterable removal is a big plus. I expect most Nic Fit sideboards running Triumph will swap for Sudden Edict.
Prismatic Ending is probably less likely to see play in Nic Fit especially since Junk Fit usually doesn’t run the full compliment of Swords to Plowshares and I doubt many people want Prismatic Ending before Swords to Plowshares. However, Prismatic Ending can take out a problematic small permanent like a Chalice of the Void and could be better than Path to Exile for decks already running four Swords.
I don’t expect many Nic Fit decks to adopt Archon of Cruelty as eight mana is a lot even for Nic Fit. However, it’s worth a mention for Sneak Fit possibly as a replacement for Inferno Titan. Combined with Sneak Attack, the new Archon generates card advantage, deals with problematic creatures and causes a huge swing in life totals. It seems like a decent upgrade for that deck.
Perhaps not even playable in Nic Fit
While cards playable in Nic Fit is a bit of a meme, some cards aren’t playable even for us.
Dauthi Voidwalker is a card I expect will find somewhat of a home but I don’t think Nic Fit is the right deck. The card can be absolutely nuts and turn a discard effect like Thoughtseize into something akin to Bribery. However, double black is a stretch on turn two and you’re sort of caught between wanting to attack or use the Voidwalkers sacrifice ability. Exiling cards is particularly strong right now with the Thassa’s Oracle decks, but I think Endurance is the card we want, not this one. Maybe this will be a fit in Dead Guy.
Big dumb green creatures like Thrasta, Tempest’s Roar are usually the domain of Nic Fit but I don’t think it’s a fit for us. Firstly, it would be a very expensive Zenith to find it but secondly, Nic Fit doesn’t run as many cheap spells as other decks. Unless you’re playing it after flashing back Cabal Therapy on Veteran Explorer, it will probably just stay in your hand.
Cards to watch out for
Both Dragon’s Rage Channeler and Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer could see play in fast tempo decks like Delver. While Veteran Explorer blocks either one on turn two, these could represent a slightly faster meta which could force us to make a shift in deckbuilding. If these become extremely common, it’s possible we’ll adopt more Fatal Pushes or other turn one plays as a possible answer. Nic Fit is definitely susceptible to being beaten by fast tempo decks and we may need to adjust.
A new, larger Batterskull in Kaldra Compleat could pose a problem even though I don’t think that many decks will adopt it. It’ll probably only see play in decks with the full four Stoneforge Mystics because of the high cost of this new living weapon. I wanted to mention it because it’s a creature that is extremely hard to deal with and actually outclasses Nic Fit sized creatures. Nothing we run blocks Kaldra Compleat profitably and except for white Nic Fit decks, we usually don’t run many answers to it because both it and the token are indestructible. We can’t even buy much time blocking with tokens or explorers because it tramples.
The wider meta gives us some hope but also should make us cautious. While Delver is usually a good matchup for us, faster Delver decks powered by Dragon’s Rage Channeler and Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer could cause the matchup to swing from favorable back toward problematic as it was in the Oko meta. Only playtesting will tell but if Nic Fit still has a good matchup against Delver then it should be reasonably well positioned in the wider meta especially with the upgrade Endurance should provide against some of the combo matchups.