Lands!

Posted in Feature on June 26, 2012

By Gavin Verhey

When Gavin Verhey was eleven, he dreamt of a job making Magic cards—and now as a Magic designer, he's living his dream! Gavin has been writing about Magic since 2005.

All eyes are turning to Legacy as Grand Prix Atlanta approaches this weekend. Players are busy looking for a deck to play, and with Land Tax unbanned, who knows what kind of splashy new decks might show up! One place to look for decklists is always the StarCityGames.com Open Series, and last week's stop in Detroit didn't disappoint. Bobby Kovacs brought his land-centric deck to the event—and took down the tournament!

The Lands deck is aptly named—this deck features a ton of lands! With more than thirty-five powerhouse lands in the deck and both Exploration and Manabond to accelerate you past the normal one-land-per-turn restriction, this deck builds up its real estate in short order. And its lands aren't just run-of-the-mill basic and dual lands either—specialty lands like The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Maze of Ith, and Rishadan Port control the game despite "merely" being lands.

Need any particular land? Tolaria West will find it for you. Life from the Loam lets you return Tolaria West for even more land-searching fun, as well as cards like Wasteland to destroy a nonbasic land every turn or even just fetchlands like Misty Rainforest to consistently hit your land drops. Once the game is under control by way of Glacial Chasm, Creeping Tar Pit will take down your opponent.

The Lands deck hasn't appeared at the top of a Legacy Open for a while—but Bobby's take has a few differences from the norm. Raven's Crime is the big card here, fighting off control and combo. Normally, combo decks are rough matchups for Lands because the deck doesn't have a good way to interact with combo—but with Raven's Crime, Lands can strip away the combo deck's hand and make it difficult to kill you in time.

On the hunt for a Legacy deck? Take a look at this decklist!

Bobby Kovac's Lands

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