Nic Fit is a midrange/control deck played in the Legacy format, primarily built around the Veteran Explorer + Cabal Therapy engine. This interaction, particularly considering the often low basic land counts in Legacy decks (and the inability of many decks to use excess mana relevantly anyway) allows the deck to pull ahead on the mana curve while disrupting the opponent. This is usually followed with some form of high-mana (for Legacy, so 3-6) haymakers which outclass whatever your opponent is doing.
The deck’s core is Green and Black. Most builds splash one additional colour – the mana base does not really suffer for adding a third colour, and we naturally have fixing built in from Explorer. The additional versatility and expanded creature options are usually worth the slots – most straight Green/Black builds are using the smaller mana requirements to either run more utility lands, or more colour-heavy spells which can’t easily be cast in three colour builds, such as Hymn to Tourach.
Nic Fit’s primary gameplan is to land a Veteran Explorer or other ramp effect, stabilize and deal with whatever pressure the opponent is applying, and then play a threat which ends the game in some manner – either by outclassing the opponent’s removal, or being faster / harder to deal with than other threats in the format. This plan, requiring three separate components – acceleration, interaction, and finishers – means that in some scenarios you won’t see all three parts in a reasonable time. Not finding acceleration normally means the finishers are stranded in hand, and interaction often isn’t fast enough – similarly not finding interaction or finishers usually means the opponent can finish you off before Nic Fit takes over control of the game. As such the deck is naturally a little less consistent than other ‘fair’ goodstuff decks. However, good deckbuilding and card choices can help with this somewhat.
Why the name ‘Nic Fit’?
Originally posted to the Source in 2011 by user Tao, the name Nic Fit has a number of myths surrounding how the deck got this odd name. Some claim that the name comes from a typo of the words “nice fit” while others claim the name has to do with cigarette smoking (nicotine fit).
In truth, the name actually comes as noted in the linked thread from the fact that Tao was listening to the Sonic Youth song of the same name when he named the deck.
After much development in 2014, the Source thread was picked up by Kevin McKee, known in the community as “Arianrhod” who helped trailblaze the archetype to what it is today.