Legacy is back on the menu!

Hey folks! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to write about Legacy and boy am I excited to be revisiting the format. In case anyone is unaware, the powers that be have state that starting on May 28th 2021 they will be reallowing stores to have sanctioned tournaments in-house. They’ve already removed their restriction on having events, but this step goes a step further and actually shows their support of live play.

As soon as that happened it seems Eternal hosts across the United States were eager to get back in the saddle. There have been 20k, 40k, and even 100k tournaments announced in the Legacy format. These tournaments were so coveted they filled almost immediately and have wait lists a mile long. If you were lucky enough to get in on the ground floor, congratulations!

Let’s look a little at how Legacy has been given some new toys over the past year.

  1. WItherbloom Command – This card has some cool functions in the vein of Abrupt Decay or Assassin’s Trophy. It’s likely that this card may truly shine in a deck like Turbo Depths.
  2. Expressive Iteration – This one has definitely made some waves. As a functional 2-mana sorcery draw 2 cards, it can have setbacks like if you brick on a land, but it also can have positives by looking at three cards instead of two and being more likely to find what you are looking for.
  3. Quandrix Apprentice – This card is still a sleeper in my mind, but in the hands of a good Delver deck. Being able to always find your wasteland or ensuring that each Brainstorm is a functional Ancestral Recall makes this card a real contender.
  4. Rip Apart – Each new disenchant effect keeps adding additional functionality. Being able to be a removal or an answer for a Chalice of the Void is pretty solid.
  5. Witherbloom Apprentice – Really only effective because of its interaction with Chain of Smog. Still solid enough that many decks are building around this.
  6. Test of Talents – The first version of this card was called Quash. WOTC cut the mana cost in half and reprinted the same card. Pretty sweet sideboard option for anti-combo.
  7. Clever Lumimancer – More one mana “prowess” creatures for the all in aggressive decks.

Even with all the new cool cards coming out. I tend to revert back to my good old reliable Miracles shell. The shell has been evolving since Sensei Diving Top got banned. Oko or Snoko as it was titled was the main build for a while. Now that Oko is also banned, the deck hinges more on utilizing Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath.

Having 10 Fetch Lands to enable the graveyard filling is nice, but also this deck loves a good way to gain life as it utilizes its spells efficiency with patience. Swords to Plowshares is as powerful as it ever was in the current format. Here’s a look at how the deck is built;

Bant Control 

Planeswalkers (4)
2
Teferi, Time Raveler
2
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Creatures (8)
3
Ice-Fang Coatl
2
Snapcaster Mage
3
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath
Spells (23)
4
Brainstorm
3
Ponder
1
Spell Pierce
4
Swords to Plowshares
2
Veil of Summer
2
Force of Negation
1
Mystical Dispute
1
Supreme Verdict
3
Force of Will
2
Terminus
Enchantments (3)
2
Back to Basics
1
Detention Sphere
Lands (22)
2
Flooded Strand
4
Misty Rainforest
4
Prismatic Vista
1
Savannah
3
Snow-Covered Forest
4
Snow-Covered Island
2
Snow-Covered Plains
1
Tropical Island
1
Tundra
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Carpet of Flowers
2
Flusterstorm
3
Surgical Extraction
1
Veil of Summer
1
Celestial Purge
1
Stony Silence
2
Monastery Mentor
2
Force of Vigor
1
Submerge

I built this sideboard a little in the blind, but with certain matchups in mind. Force of Vigor was my plan for the decks that are bringing Chalice of the Void as well as other hateful Artifact and Enchantments; Flusterstorm for the Storm player; Carpet of Flowers because blue is the most popular color; Monastery Mentor for people who board out all their removal spells and get punished; Surgical Extraction for the graveyard-based combo players. Then a few great utility cards against various matchups.

After making top 8 of a local Legacy 1.5k tournament with this, I would make a few changes. The second Veil of Summer in the main deck was a little too greedy. I think I want something else like a 4th Ponder in its spot. Out of the sideboard I am finding Mentor was redundant, the third Veil of Summer would go but I do want two copies in the 75. Other than that, the deck was great. I won a bunch; people were wholly unprepared for Uro and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that likes control. Having an additional removal spell or two somewhere in the 75 was also desirable. I’m leaning towards it being Path to Exile, but I would like to consider other possible options as well.

For variable options, here’s the list that crushed me in the top 8;

Elves 

Creatures (27)
4
Allosaurus Shepherd
1
Birchlore Rangers
4
Elvish Reclaimer
4
Heritage Druid
3
Quirion Ranger
4
Wirewood Symbiote
4
Elvish Visionary
1
Scavenging Ooze
1
Archon of Valor's Reach
1
Craterhoof Behemoth
Spells (14)
1
Crop Rotation
4
Glimpse of Nature
4
Green Sun's Zenith
2
Once Upon a Time
3
Natural Order
Lands (19)
2
Bayou
2
Dryad Arbor
2
Forest
4
Gaea's Cradle
2
Misty Rainforest
1
Savannah
2
Verdant Catacombs
2
Windswept Heath
2
Wooded Foothills
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Bojuka Bog
1
Cabal Pit
1
Karakas
1
Crop Rotation
2
Run Afoul
4
Thoughtseize
3
Abrupt Decay
1
Collector Ouphe
1
Progenitus

The addition of Allosaurus Shepherd has made the Miracles matchup miserable whereas it used to be very favorable. I’ll have to examine more options to help combat this matchup down the line. If you want to play something super fun and cool though, check this one out;

Mono-Green Cloudpost 

Creatures (9)
4
Elvish Reclaimer
1
Ramunap Excavator
1
Primeval Titan
2
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
1
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Spells (11)
4
Ancient Stirrings
2
Green Sun's Zenith
3
Once Upon a Time
2
Warping Wail
Artifacts (14)
4
Expedition Map
4
Pithing Needle
2
Boompile
4
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim
Lands (25)
1
Bojuka Bog
4
Cloudpost
1
Eye of Ugin
5
Forest
1
Glacial Chasm
4
Glimmerpost
1
Karakas
1
The World Tree
2
Thespian's Stage
3
Vesuva
1
Windswept Heath
1
Wooded Foothills
Cards (59)
Sideboard (15)
2
Crop Rotation
1
Collector Ouphe
3
Spatial Contortion
2
Faerie Macabre
3
Krosan Grip
1
Reclamation Sage
3
Mindbreak Trap

This decklist demonstrates a big reason Legacy is so popular. There are so many ways you can go with the format. I know I am looking forward to more brewing with all the powerful spells WOTC has been printing over the last year. Thanks for tuning in and see you next time.