THE NEW LEGACY

Posted in ETERNAL WEEKEND 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on October 25, 2014

By Jacob Van Lunen

Jacob Van Lunen began playing Magic in 1995. He has participated in organized play at every level of competition and was a member of the winning team at Pro Tour San Diego in 2007, thanks to an innovative draft strategy. As a writer, Van Lunen has had more than three hundred Magic strategy pieces published

The current Legacy is one of the most interesting and skill-testing formats in Magic's history. Legacy's sheer card volume usually means the format's development is slow and steady. Recently, the addition of delve cards like Dig Through Time and Treasure Cruise have shaken things up quite a bit, though. Let's talk about the current tier one in Legacy!

Nicholas Malatesta’s Elves

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Elves has always been a contender in Legacy, but the deck improved a lot with the new Legend rule. Now, the deck can get multiple Gaea's Cradle activations in a single turn and easily produce more than enough mana to end the game with one of its powerful combos. Elves has been amassing a lot of tournament success over the last few months and it looks to be capable of keeping up with the Treasure Cruise decks.

Ben Glancy’s Stoneblade/Deathblade

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Stoneforge Mystic Control decks have been doing well for in Legacy for the last few years. The decks play the best disruption and removal alongside some of the game's most powerful creatures. With Khans of Tarkir in the mix, Stoneforge Mystic Control decks are likely to include some number of Treasure Cruise or Dig Through Time today.

Joan Anton Mateo’s Temur Delver

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If we're looking for the perfect place to cast Treasure Cruise, it must be one of the Delver decks. Delver strategies are rewarded for playing with a lot of inexpensive spells which, coincidentally, also work well with Treasure Cruise. Khans of Tarkir certainly adds three or four copies of Treasure Cruise here, and we may even see some number of Monastary Swiftspear show up in lists this weekend.

Christopher Stitson’s Miracles

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Miracles is widely considered the best control deck in the new Legacy format. The deck gets to play with tremendously undercosted spells and remains the last Counterbalance/Sensei's Divining Top strategy at the top of the Legacy metagame. We can expect some number of Dig Through Time to show up in the Miracle lists this weekend.

Thomas Herzog’s Maverick

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There are two metagame White Weenie strategies that do particularly well in the new Legacy. Maverick, a Green/White deck that takes advantage of Green Sun's Zenith and Death and Taxes, a single color White creature strategy with a mana denial theme built around cards like Wasteland, Rishadan Port, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, and a mix of other powerful spells. The White Weenie strategies of Legacy won't be able to play with much from Khans of Takir, but Spirit of the Labyrinth and Gaddock Teeg will likely become a much more focal part of their game plan.

The new Legacy is wide open. Today, we'll have an opportunity to see a new format in action. Will Treasure Cruise continue its stay at the top of the world? or will a new dominant force emerge? Stay tuned to continuing coverage of The Legacy Championship to find out!