Blue/Red/Green Counterbalance deck

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Here is a deck list for my 60 card Legacy Blue/Red/Green Counterbalance deck. Any advice on how to improve it would be appreciated.



Lands



4 Taiga

4 Tropical Island

4 Volcanic Island

3 Misty Rainforest

3 Scalding Tarn

3 Wooded Foothill

1 Maze of Ith



Blue



4 Counterbalance

4 Daze

4 Force of Will

2 Temporal Mastery



Red



1 Chandra Nalaar

4 Lightning Bolt

4 Thunderous Wrath



Green



4 Tarmogoyf

4 Krosan Grip



Multi-colored



1 Sarkhan Vol

2 Counterflux



Artifact



4 Sensei's Diving Top










You started off so well but as I slowly decended down the list it got progressively worse until I hit top.

Considerations:
Cut Sarkhan Vol and Counterflux. They aren't powerful enough to compete in Legacy.
Krosan Grip mainboard is a nono. Run Trygon Predator instead, or simply more counterspells.
Chandra Nalaar and Thunderous Wrath also probably need to go. If you're running a red Miracle it should be called Bonfire of the Damned. 
I think you may also benefit from some Vedalken Shackles.
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Thanks for the recommendations. I removed Sarkhan Vol and Chandra Nalaar and replaced them with 2 Counterspells. I replaced the 4 Krosan Grip with 4 Trygon Predator. And I replaced the 4 Thunderous Wrath with 2 Bonfire of the Dead and 2 Banefire (what would recommendation be for replacing the 2 Banefire for 2 Bonfire of the Dead?). And I replaced the 2 Counterflux with 2 Vedalken Shackles (what would your recommendation be for replacing the 2 Vedalken Shackles with one or both of Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Karn Liberated?). Thanks again.
I also replaced 2 Temporal Mastery with 2 Spell Pierce.
Updated Decklist for RUG Legacy - Suggestions and comments are welcomed.

Lands

4 Tiaga
4 Tropical Island
4 Volcanic Island
3 Misty Rainforest
3 Scalding Tarn
3 Wooded Foothills

Artifacts

4 Sensei's Divining Top
2 Vedalken Shackles

Planeswalkers

1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Creatures

4 Tarmagoyf
4 Trygon Predator

Enchantments

4 Counterbalance

Sorceries

2 Banefire

Instants

2 Brainstorm
2 Spell Pierce
2 Counterspell
4 Daze
4 Force of Will
4 Lightning Bolt
 
You need a certain amount of 3cc cards in order to maintain the Top-Counterbalance soft-lock.  Here are my recommendations:


  • Brainstorm to 4 copies.  As one of the best cards in the deck, there is no reason not to run 4. Specfiically, it works extremely well with Counterbalance to serve as U: Counter target spell. Draw a card. Also, all of the interactions with fetchlands (shuffling away chaff and seeing more cards) is integral to the deck strategy.

  • 2-3 copies of Firespout.  We are a control deck, so Trygon Predator isn't a good fit.  Unlike in Vintage, there aren't a lot of relevant artifacts and a lot more removal spells and lightning bolts flying around.

  • Basic lands.  We need some otherwise we are completely cold to Wasteland, Blood Moon, Price of Progress, Back to Basics, etc.

  • 1-2 Vendilion Clique - if not in the main, having access to a few in the sideboard is crucial to increase win % vs decks where we must play as the beatdown (i.e. Combo).


Unfortunately I think UW Counter-Top is stronger right now as a lot of the dead removal (Detention Sphere, Supreme Verdict) can be pitched to Force of Will, while cards like Lightning Bolt and Firespout are useless in certain matchups.  However, worst-case scenario you have 90% of tier 1 RUG Delver. : )  Hope this helps!

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Updated List RUG Legacy: Feedback appreciated.

Lands
4 Tiaga
4 Tropical Island
4 Volcanic Island
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Scalding Tarn
2 Wooded Foothills

Blue
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Counterbalance
2 Ponder
2 Brainstorm
2 Spell Pierce
2 Spell Snare
2 Counterspell
4 Daze
4 Force of Will

Red
4 Lightning Bolts

Green
4 Tarmagoyf

Red/Green
4 Firespout

Artifacts
4 Sensie's Divining Top
2 Vedalken Shackles


Questions

1. How many basic lands should I play and what should I take out for them?
2. How many Brainstorm vs. Ponder vs. Jace should I play?
3. Should I play Stifle? If so, how many? What should I take out?
4. Should I play Snapcaster Mage, Vendilion Clique, and/or Delver of Secrets? Which ones and how many of each?
5. Should I play Vedalken Shackles? 
Zero Taigas... max 1. 3-4 of each blue Dual land. 1 of each basic and maybe 2 island.

4 Brainstorms, 0 Ponders, 2-3 Jace

Zero Stifle

Maybe 1-2 Snapcaster if you really want.

Vendalken Shackles is a really bad card for Legacy. The aggro decks will trample you before you can use it, while the control and combo decks don't really play creatures.

Why do you even want to play red? This list is practically UW Miracles except it plays bad red spells instead of awesome white ones. Its Lightning Bolt vs Plow, Firespout vs Terminus, and Stoneforge vs Goyf. Sorry but I think UW is just striaght up better. 
Updated RUG Legacy Decklist: Comments appreciated.

Lands
3 Tropical Island
3 Volcanic Island
2 Tiaga
2 Island
1 Forest
1 Mountain
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Scalding Tarn
2 Wooded Foothills

Blue
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Vendilion Clique
4 Counterbalance
4 Brainstorm
2 Spell Pierce
2 Spell Snare
2 Counterspell
4 Daze
4 Force of Will

Red
4 Lightning Bolt

Green
4 Tarmagoyf

Red/Green
2 Firespout

Artifact
4 Sensei's Divining Top 
Correction to Decklst:

2 Vendilion Clique and 4 Firespout.
Updated Decklist: Recommendations welcomed.

Lands

4 Tropical Island
4 Volcanic Island
2 Island
1 Forest
3 Misty Rainforest
2 Scalding Tarn
2 Wooded Foothills

Blue

2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2 Vendilion Clique
4 Counterbalalance
4 Brainstorm
2 Spell Pierce
2 Spell Snare
2 Counterspell
4 Daze
4 Force of Will

Red

4 Lightning Bolt

Green

4 Tarmagoyf

Red/Green

4 Firespout

Artifact

4 Sensei's Divining Top
 
Updated Decklist: Recommendations welcomed.

Land
4 Tropical Island
4 Volcanic Island
2 Island
1 Mountain
1 Forest
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Scalding Tarn
2 Wooded Foothills

Blue

1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Vendelion Clique
2 Snapcaster Mage
4 Counterbalance
4 Brainstorm
2 Spell Pierce
2 Spell Snare
2 Counterspell
3 Daze
4 Force of Will

Red

4 Lightning Bolt

Green

4 Tarmagoyf

Red/Green

3 Firespout

Blue/Green

2 Trygon Predator

Artifact

4 Sensei's Divining Top
 
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