Legacy, a Format for Everyone – by Alexander J. Curry


Legacy is probably one of my favourite formats I wish I got to play the format more often, but I do what I can. A lot of people think that legacy is too expensive to get into so they don’t even try, and for anyone doing this that wants to play competitively at larger events should invest some time and effort in at least on paper building the deck of your dreams. Yes the cost of legacy is higher than the other formats but it is also where your investments usually hold their value or increase in value.

Legacy is indeed one of the most expensive formats however it is also one where you can buy cards over time and once you have it completed, should be able to pay it for a long period of time. Yes there will always be a few cards that will pop up in standard and make its way into Legacy to shake things up a bit, but for the most part once you have a deck built to what one wants you will probably change it very little.

For anyone who would like to try building a legacy deck I recommend that you first proxy up the deck as you would want to see it and play test the crap out of it against other legacy decks, before investing money into the deck to see if what you’ve built is a viable deck list or not. It is also important to note that you should build a deck that fits your play style, because not everyone can pilot the same top tier deck as someone else.

Another thing I like about legacy is its diversity; with so many cards in the pool the deck choices and mechanics are almost limitless. There is always going to be those top decks that seem to be played more than any other deck, but there is nothing stopping you from building a good home brew. Once you realise what cards are good you can build some very interesting and powerful decks.

Speaking of home brews here is the deck I have been working on for some time now:

B/W DeadGuyBlade

Main deck: 60
Creatures: 12

4 Dark Confidant
4 Stoneforge mystic
4 Tidehallow Sculler

Other spells: 22

3 Lingering souls
2 Path to Exile
2 Swords to plowshares
4 Dark ritual
2 Dismember
4 Hymm to Tourach
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
3 Thoughtsieze

Artifacts: 5
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of fire and Ice
1 Sword of Light and Shadow
1 Sword of War and Peace
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

Lands: 21
1 Plains
1 Swamp
3 Arid Mesa
3 Fetid Heath
2 Isolated Chapel
4 Marsh Flats
3 Scrublands
4 Wastelands

Side Board: 15
1 Lingering souls
1 Path to Exile
2 Purify the Grave
2 Rest in Peace
1 Swords to Plowshares
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Liliana of the Veil
3 Kitchen Finks
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
1 Sword of Body and Mind
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

This deck features some of my favourite all time cards that are not only powerful but nostalgic for me, and have always been fun for me to cast. My ideal turn one is to drop a fetch land search for a Scrubland, cast dark ritual into a thoughtsieze or Inquisition of Kozilek and then cast Hymm to Tourach, leaving my opponents hand pretty barren. Now follow that with a turn two Dark Confidant or Stoneforge Mystic and our opponent is in pretty bad shape. I have played this at a few casual events, and have done fairly well with how little I have actually played the deck. It took me quite a while to get all the cards for this list but most of them have gone up since I got them.

So as for any format, if you are looking to get into Legacy the land base is the most important thing to acquire. Wastelands are extremely powerful and almost all legacy decks in my opinion should be running them. The next lands will be your actual dual lands and then fetch lands which is were a lot of the money will go to when building a Legacy deck that isn’t mono coloured.

I hope you have enjoyed this article and feel free to send me lists of what you have in mind for legacy builds and I will gladly give you an opinion of how I think it would do.

Article submitted by Alexander J. Curry
If you would like to send feedback, questions or article ideas please feel free to email Alex at: MTGOutsidethebox@gmail.com

One Reply to “Legacy, a Format for Everyone – by Alexander J. Curry”

  1. Jeff Milton

    Wouldn’t you rather have 4 swords to plowshares rather than risk mana fixing/ramping your opponent with Path to exile? I’m also iffy about dark ritual in your list. Seems like you could use liliana or two in the main if you’re going to do that. Turn 1 liliana can win some games pretty easily.

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