March 2019 Legacy Cube Overhaul

Posted in Magic Online on March 19, 2019

By Paul Cheon

It's about that time again for us to dive deep into some Legacy Cube drafts! Many of our recent updates have changed only a few cards, so we didn't feel the need to make any significant posts regarding those changes. This time around, though, we've got a ton of new changes. It's also worth discussing the differences behind the three primary cubes that we offer: Vintage, Legacy, and Modern.


Removal of blue devotion and the devotion Gods

The devotion Gods and the blue devotion payoffs have been removed from the Legacy Cube. The reasoning behind this change is that we want to give identities to the different cubes we offer. Modern Cube is much more about putting permanents onto the battlefield and creature combat. As a result, we decided to move the devotion themes to the Modern Cube. This provides the Legacy Cube a few more toys to play with as it tries to strike a balance between the "fairness" of Modern Cube and the power of Vintage Cube.

Monocolored cards with flashback costs of a different color are now considered monocolored

Historically, we've considered a card like Lingering Souls or Ancient Grudge to be a white-black or red-green card, respectively. This has always felt a bit off as there are plenty of times people play these cards in monocolored decks. These cards taking up gold slots has prevented us from putting in exciting gold cards that actually reward you for being in the open color combinations. For that reason, all cards with flashback costs of a different color will be considered monocolored for the purposes of color balance.

Cards with Phyrexian mana costs are now considered colorless (except Birthing Pod)

I can't be the only one who's put Dismember and Phyrexian Metamorph in decks where I can only cast them with their Phyrexian mana costs. Given that these cards have proven to be powerful enough to go in decks of any color, they will now be considered colorless cards. Birthing Pod is the exception here, as the only reasonable way for this card to be viable is in a creature-heavy green deck.

More colorless cards

The ratio of colorless cards to colored cards in Legacy Cube is significantly lower than it is for the other cubes. We have decided to add a few more colorless cards to have it be more in line with the other cubes. The increased number of colorless cards should add a bit more flexibility during the draft.

Reduction in planeswalkers

Lots of people love planeswalkers, as they are hard to remove and consistently provide value over time. That said, we seem to be over on the number of 'walkers. More people are drafting five-color Superfriends with a relatively high frequency, and while we still want that to be an archetype, we don't necessarily want to see battlefields bogged down with a bunch of planeswalkers either. We are starting off by cutting six planeswalkers and two double-faced planeswalkers and will continue monitoring from there.

Differences between the Vintage, Legacy, and Modern Cubes


Vintage Cube is where everybody wants to do the most powerful and degenerate things in the history of Magic. Many of these strategies are unlocked by the abundance of very powerful artifacts that provide mana: Moxen, Sol Ring, Black Lotus, etc. Reanimate Griselbrand on turn one, Channel out an Emrakul on turn two, Empty the Cheons for 20 on turn four. These are the types of things that you should expect to see from the Vintage Cube. We truly hold nothing back in this cube and want you to enjoy the power of our historically strongest combos and interactions.


Legacy Cube is in an interesting spot as it lives in a space that's exactly between the Vintage and Modern cubes. In it, you'll find many of the powerful combos that are available in Vintage Cube, but the lack of the powerful mana artifacts means that players will be given a larger window to interact before you Through the Breach in your Emrakul. Still, many powerful strategies are viable. Leaning into those strategies during the draft will make it feel like you're drafting a Constructed deck rather than a Limited one. With Legacy Cube, you'll have access to powerful linear strategies but still have good windows for counter-play.


Modern Cube is the newest addition to our Cube lineup. The type of gameplay expected from the Modern Cube is more about playing out permanents and playing a "real" game of Magic. It is much more about creature combat and card advantage. You shouldn't expect to be combo-killed out of nowhere at the rate that is available in the older cubes.

There's a challenge when curating the Modern Cube, as it will inherently be weaker than both the Vintage and Legacy Cube. Competing with those other cubes on that axis isn't an option, so we're going to take a different approach to make it fun. Our solution is to have the Modern Cube be the one with the most card churn. Every time the Modern Cube is run, we will infuse it with themes from recent sets. Expect to see a lot of sideways changes, instead of the upgrades we usually apply to other cubes. This should keep the Modern Cube looking fresh and very different from one update to the next.

The changelog for this update is large but an overhaul for the Legacy Cube was a long time coming. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about the changes, make sure to send DMs to Luis Scott-Vargas, as he's always quick to yell at me about poor Cube decisions. Hope you enjoy the over 100 changes made this time around. Happy cubing!

Legacy Cube League

The Legacy Cube Draft League begins at approximately 10 a.m. on March 27 and continues until 10 a.m. on April 25, when War of the Spark events will begin. (All times/dates use Pacific time.)

  • You can find the League by going to the Play Lobby, then choosing the Limited Tournaments and Leagues filters.
  • A League course is a draft plus up to three games, played on your schedule.
  • Entry into the League is either 10 Event Tickets or 100 Play Points.
  • Prizes are distributed as follows:
    • 3 Wins – 150 Play Points
    • 2 Wins – 100 Play Points
    • 1 Win – 40 Play Points
    • 0 Wins – 10 Play Points

Legacy Cube Single-Elimination Queue

  • You can find the Single-Elimination Queue by going to the Play Lobby, then choosing the Limited and Queues filters.
  • Draft, then best-of-three game matches, each lasting up to 50 minutes, until you reach 3 wins or 1 loss.
  • Entry into the Queue is either 10 Event Tickets or 100 Play Points.
  • Prizes are distributed as follows:
    • 3 Wins – 220 Play Points + 1 QP
    • 2 Wins – 160 Play Points
    • 1 Win – 100 Play Points

Legacy Cube, as are all Cube offerings, is a Phantom Draft experience. Cards drafted will not be added to players' collections.

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Precinct Captain Tithe Taker
Banisher Priest Containment Priest
Skymarcher Aspirant Thraben Inspector
Mirror Entity Venerated Loxodon
Ajani Goldmane Mikaeus, the Lunarch
Arena Rector Ranger of Eos
Angel of Serenity Iona, Shield of Emeria
Gideon of the Trials Karakas
Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants Conclave Tribunal
Settle the Wreckage Fumigate
Declaration in Stone Blessed Alliance
Karmic Guide Crucible of Worlds
Secure the Wastes Prismatic Lens
Timely Reinforcements Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
Linvala, Keeper of Silence Engineered Explosives
Tempest Djinn Spellseeker
Master of Waves Murmuring Mystic
Thassa, God of the Sea Exclusion Mage
Old Man of the Sea Wake Thrasher
Serendib Efreet Pteramander
Keiga, the Tide Star Torrential Gearhulk
Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir Mesmerizing Benthid
Careful Study Champion of Wits
Legacy's Allure Mass Manipulation
Dismiss Mystic Confluence
Dissolve Sinister Sabotage
Disallow Supreme Will
Force Spike Mana Leak
Censor Memory Lapse
Stroke of Genius Deep Analysis
Part the Waterveil Temporal Mastery
Sleight of Hand Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
Dissipate Grim Monolith
Dungeon Geists Everflowing Chalice
Kokusho, the Evening Star Doom Whisperer
Erebos, God of the Dead Spawn of Mayhem
Skinrender Gutterbones
Dread Shade Cryptbreaker
Dark Petition Mind Shatter
Tetzimoc, Primal Death Gravecrawler
Phyrexian Rager Midnight Reaper
Distended Mindbender Brain Maggot
Gifted Aetherborn Dread Wanderer
Desecration Demon Graveborn Muse
Noxious Gearhulk Bloodline Keeper
Underworld Connections Night's Whisper
Disfigure Never // Return
Liliana Vess Hedron Archive
Crux of Fate Karn, Scion of Urza
Hordeling Outburst Legion Warboss
Jackal Pup Firedrinker Satyr
Stromkirk Noble Zurgo Bellstriker
Torch Fiend Goblin Cratermaker
Lightning Mauler Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
Kiln Fiend Runaway Steam-Kin
Reckless Bushwhacker Pia Nalaar
Stormbreath Dragon Skarrgan Hellkite
Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh Rix Maadi Reveler
Chandra, Pyromaster Experimental Frenzy
Sunbird's Invocation Through the Breach
Slagstorm Sweltering Suns
Incendiary Flow Lava Coil
Brimstone Volley Roast
Pillar of Flame Ancient Grudge
Crater's Claws Star of Extinction
Forked Bolt Sulfuric Vortex
Purphoros, God of the Forge Treasure Map
Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker Steel Hellkite
Staggershock The Immortal Sun
Tendershoot Dryad Biogenic Ooze
Channeler Initiate Incubation Druid
Tarmogoyf Thrashing Brontodon
Dryad Greenseeker Beast Whisperer
Sylvan Advocate Satyr Wayfinder
Managorger Hydra Ramunap Excavator
Nissa, Voice of Zendikar Awakening Zone
Song of the Dryads Plow Under
Lifecrafter's Bestiary Treetop Village
Selvala, Heart of the Wilds Mindslaver
Regrowth Coercive Portal
Wolfir Silverheart Worn Powerstone
Nature's Lore Basalt Monolith
Nightveil Specter Thief of Sanity
Domri Rade Rhythm of the Wild
Xenagos, God of Revels Domri, Chaos Bringer
Tatyova, Benthic Druid Hydroid Krasis
Trygon Predator Prime Speaker Vannifar
Sorin, Solemn Visitor Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
Mirran Crusader Sin Collector
Bontu's Last Reckoning Seraph of the Scales
Dragonlord Dromoka Trostani Discordant
Knight of the Reliquary Knight of Autumn
Glare of Subdual Voice of Resurgence
Ral Zarek Dack Fayden
The Locust God Niv-Mizzet, Parun
Keranos, God of Storms Expansion // Explosion
Dreadbore Bedevil
Terminate Theater of Horrors
Olivia Voldaren Falkenrath Aristocrat
Rakdos's Return Murderous Redcap
Dragonlord Ojutai Fractured Identity
Vraska the Unseen Underrealm Lich
Pernicious Deed Vraska, Golgari Queen
Maelstrom Pulse Assassin's Trophy
Heroic Reinforcements Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice
Boros Reckoner Figure of Destiny
Assemble the Legion Deafening Clarion
Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Thran Dynamo
Reflecting Pool Evolving Wilds
Nevinyrral's Disk All Is Dust
Loxodon Warhammer Hall of Triumph
Razorverge Thicket Horizon Canopy

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Card Name
Abbot of Keral Keep
Abrupt Decay
Acidic Slime
Adanto Vanguard
Aethersphere Harvester
Ajani Unyielding
Ajani Vengeant
All Is Dust
Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
Ancestral Vision
Ancient Grudge
Ancient Tomb
Angel of Invention
Anger of the Gods
Angrath, the Flame-Chained
Anguished Unmaking
Animate Dead
Approach of the Second Sun
Arbor Elf
Arc Trail
Arcane Artisan
Archangel Avacyn
Arid Mesa
Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
Assassin's Trophy
Augur of Bolas
Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice
Avacyn's Pilgrim
Avalanche Riders
Avenger of Zendikar
Awakening Zone
Baleful Strix
Baneslayer Angel
Banishing Light
Baral, Chief of Compliance
Basalt Monolith
Beast Whisperer
Beast Within
Bedlam Reveler
Biogenic Ooze
Birds of Paradise
Birthing Pod
Blackcleave Cliffs
Blade Splicer
Blessed Alliance
Blood Crypt
Bloodbraid Elf
Bloodline Keeper
Bloodstained Mire
Blooming Marsh
Bogardan Hellkite
Bomat Courier
Bone Shredder
Bonfire of the Damned
Botanical Sanctum
Brain Maggot
Breeding Pool
Brimaz, King of Oreskos
Buried Alive
Burst Lightning
Careful Consideration
Carnage Tyrant
Cast Out
Celestial Colonnade
Chain Lightning
Chainer's Edict
Champion of Wits
Chandra, Flamecaller
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Chandra's Phoenix
Chart a Course
Chord of Calling
Chromatic Lantern
City of Brass
Clifftop Retreat
Cloudgoat Ranger
Coalition Relic
Coercive Portal
Coldsteel Heart
Collective Brutality
Collective Defiance
Compulsive Research
Concealed Courtyard
Conclave Tribunal
Consecrated Sphinx
Containment Priest
Control Magic
Copperline Gorge
Council's Judgment
Courser of Kruphix
Craterhoof Behemoth
Creeping Tar Pit
Crucible of Worlds
Cryptic Command
Cyclonic Rift
Dack Fayden
Dark Confidant
Dark Ritual
Darkslick Shores
Dauntless Bodyguard
Day of Judgment
Deafening Clarion
Deceiver Exarch
Deep Analysis
Delver of Secrets
Demonlord Belzenlok
Den Protector
Deranged Hermit
Devil's Play
Devoted Druid
Dismissive Pyromancer
Domri, Chaos Bringer
Doom Blade
Doom Whisperer
Dragonlord Atarka
Dragonlord Silumgar
Dragonskull Summit
Drana, Liberator of Malakir
Dread Return
Dread Wanderer
Drowned Catacomb
Dualcaster Mage
Edric, Spymaster of Trest
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Elspeth, Knight-Errant
Elspeth, Sun's Champion
Elves of Deep Shadow
Elvish Mystic
Emeria Angel
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Emrakul, the Promised End
Engineered Explosives
Entreat the Angels
Eternal Witness
Everflowing Chalice
Evolving Wilds
Exclusion Mage
Expansion // Explosion
Experimental Frenzy
Exquisite Firecraft
Fact or Fiction
Fairgrounds Warden
Faithless Looting
Faith's Fetters
Falkenrath Aristocrat
Falkenrath Gorger
Fatal Push
Fauna Shaman
Fertile Ground
Field of Ruin
Fiery Confluence
Fight with Fire
Figure of Destiny
Fire // Ice
Firedrinker Satyr
Flame Slash
Flametongue Kavu
Flooded Strand
Force of Will
Forsake the Worldly
Fractured Identity
Frost Titan
Fyndhorn Elves
Gaea's Cradle
Garruk Relentless
Garruk Wildspeaker
Garruk, Apex Predator
Garruk, Primal Hunter
Geist of Saint Traft
Genesis Wave
Geralf's Messenger
Gideon Jura
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Gifts Ungiven
Gilded Lotus
Glacial Fortress
Glen Elendra Archmage
Glorious Anthem
Go for the Throat
Goblin Cratermaker
Goblin Dark-Dwellers
Goblin Guide
Goblin Rabblemaster
Godless Shrine
Gonti, Lord of Luxury
Grave Titan
Graveborn Muse
Graveyard Marshal
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Greater Gargadon
Green Sun's Zenith
Greenwarden of Murasa
Grim Lavamancer
Grim Monolith
Hall of Triumph
Hallowed Fountain
Hallowed Spiritkeeper
Hangarback Walker
Hazoret the Fervent
Hedron Archive
Hero of Bladehold
Hero's Downfall
Hinterland Harbor
Hissing Quagmire
History of Benalia
Honor of the Pure
Horizon Canopy
Hornet Queen
Hostage Taker
Hour of Devastation
Huntmaster of the Fells
Hydroid Krasis
Hymn to Tourach
Hypnotic Specter
Imperial Recruiter
Incubation Druid
Inferno Titan
Inquisition of Kozilek
Inspiring Vantage
Into the Roil
Iona, Shield of Emeria
Ire Shaman
Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Isareth the Awakener
Isolated Chapel
Izzet Charm
Jace Beleren
Jace, Architect of Thought
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
Jadelight Ranger
Joraga Treespeaker
Journey to Nowhere
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
Karn Liberated
Karn, Scion of Urza
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Kiora, the Crashing Wave
Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
Kitchen Finks
Kitesail Freebooter
Knight of Autumn
Kodama's Reach
Kolaghan's Command
Koth of the Hammer
Kozilek, Butcher of Truths
Kytheon, Hero of Akros
Land Tax
Lava Coil
Lavaclaw Reaches
Legion Warboss
Legion's Landing
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Greaves
Lightning Helix
Lightning Strike
Liliana of the Veil
Liliana, Death's Majesty
Liliana, Heretical Healer
Liliana, the Last Hope
Lingering Souls
Living Death
Llanowar Elves
Looter il-Kor
Lotus Cobra
Lumbering Falls
Lyra Dawnbringer
Magister of Worth
Magma Jet
Makeshift Mannequin
Malicious Affliction
Mana Confluence
Mana Leak
Mana Tithe
Manic Vandal
Marsh Flats
Martial Coup
Mass Manipulation
Massacre Wurm
Master of the Wild Hunt
Maze of Ith
Meloku the Clouded Mirror
Memory Lapse
Mentor of the Meek
Merfolk Looter
Mesmerizing Benthid
Midnight Reaper
Mikaeus, the Lunarch
Mimic Vat
Mind Shatter
Mind Stone
Mirari's Wake
Mishra's Factory
Misty Rainforest
Mizzium Mortars
Monastery Mentor
Monastery Swiftspear
Mother of Runes
Murderous Cut
Murderous Redcap
Murmuring Mystic
Myr Battlesphere
Mystic Confluence
Nahiri, the Harbinger
Natural Order
Needle Spires
Never // Return
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
Night's Whisper
Nimble Obstructionist
Nissa, Vastwood Seer
Nissa, Worldwaker
Niv-Mizzet, Parun
Noble Hierarch
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Ob Nixilis Reignited
Oblivion Ring
Oblivion Stone
Obstinate Baloth
Oona's Prowler
Oracle of Mul Daya
Outpost Siege
Overgrown Battlement
Overgrown Tomb
Pack Rat
Pact of Negation
Parallax Wave
Path to Exile
Phantasmal Image
Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian Metamorph
Phyrexian Obliterator
Phyrexian Revoker
Pia and Kiran Nalaar
Pia Nalaar
Plow Under
Polluted Delta
Polukranos, World Eater
Porcelain Legionnaire
Primal Command
Prime Speaker Vannifar
Primeval Titan
Prismatic Lens
Profane Command
Raging Ravine
Rampaging Baloths
Rampaging Ferocidon
Rampant Growth
Ramunap Excavator
Ranger of Eos
Rattleclaw Mystic
Ravages of War
Ravenous Chupacabra
Read the Bones
Reclamation Sage
Recruiter of the Guard
Recurring Nightmare
Rekindling Phoenix
Relic of Progenitus
Remorseful Cleric
Remove Soul
Restoration Angel
Rhythm of the Wild
Rift Bolt
Riftwing Cloudskate
Rishadan Port
Rix Maadi Reveler
Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary
Rootbound Crag
Runaway Steam-Kin
Sacred Foundry
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Satyr Wayfinder
Scalding Tarn
Scavenging Ooze
Scrapheap Scrounger
Sea Gate Oracle
Seachrome Coast
Search for Azcanta
Search for Tomorrow
Searing Spear
Seeker of the Way
Selfless Spirit
Seraph of the Scales
Serum Visions
Shaman of Forgotten Ways
Shambling Vent
Shardless Agent
Shelldock Isle
Sheoldred, Whispering One
Shivan Fire
Show and Tell
Siege-Gang Commander
Silverblade Paladin
Sin Collector
Sinister Sabotage
Skarrgan Hellkite
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
Slaughter Pact
Smuggler's Copter
Snapcaster Mage
Sneak Attack
Solemn Simulacrum
Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
Sower of Temptation
Spawn of Mayhem
Spear of Heliod
Spectral Procession
Spell Queller
Sphinx's Revelation
Spirebluff Canal
Splinter Twin
Star of Extinction
Steam Vents
Steel Hellkite
Stirring Wildwood
Stoke the Flames
Stomping Ground
Stoneforge Mystic
Stratus Dancer
Student of Warfare
Sublime Archangel
Sulfur Falls
Sulfuric Vortex
Sun Titan
Sundering Titan
Sunpetal Grove
Supreme Verdict
Supreme Will
Sweltering Suns
Sword of Body and Mind
Sword of Feast and Famine
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of War and Peace
Swords to Plowshares
Sylvan Caryatid
Sylvan Library
Talrand, Sky Summoner
Tamiyo, the Moon Sage
Tangle Wire
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Tectonic Edge
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Temple Garden
Temporal Mastery
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Thalia, Heretic Cathar
The Immortal Sun
The Scarab God
Theater of Horrors
Thief of Sanity
Thing in the Ice
Thirst for Knowledge
Thraben Inspector
Thran Dynamo
Thrashing Brontodon
Through the Breach
Thrun, the Last Troll
Thunderbreak Regent
Thundermaw Hellkite
Time Warp
Tireless Tracker
Tithe Taker
Tooth and Nail
Torrential Gearhulk
Toxic Deluge
Treasure Map
Treetop Village
Tropical Island
Trostani Discordant
Trygon Predator
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
Ultimate Price
Umezawa's Jitte
Unburial Rites
Underground Sea
Underrealm Lich
Unexpectedly Absent
Utopia Sprawl
Vampire Hexmage
Vampire Nighthawk
Vendilion Clique
Venerated Loxodon
Venser, Shaper Savant
Verdant Catacombs
Verdurous Gearhulk
Vivien Reid
Voice of Resurgence
Volcanic Island
Volrath's Stronghold
Vraska, Golgari Queen
Vraska, Relic Seeker
Vraska's Contempt
Wake Thrasher
Walking Ballista
Wall of Blossoms
Wall of Omens
Wandering Fumarole
Watery Grave
Whip of Erebos
Whirler Rogue
Whisperwood Elemental
Wickerbough Elder
Windbrisk Heights
Windswept Heath
Wood Elves
Wooded Foothills
Woodfall Primus
Woodland Cemetery
Worn Powerstone
Wrath of God
Wretched Confluence
Wurmcoil Engine
Xenagos, the Reveler
Yavimaya Elder
Young Pyromancer
Zealous Conscripts
Zurgo Bellstriker

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