Top 7 Legacy Decks

by Chapman Sim on 05 January 2017, Thursday

Chapman Sim

Top 7 Legacy Decks


Firstly, I'll have to put it out there that I am by no means a Legacy expert. However, I've played Magic for around two decades and one funny little thing about non-rotating formats is that nothing ever changes very much. Occasionally, new cards make it into this high-powered format but a lot of the good decks that are good have remained good over the years.


Since, we're kick-starting the 2017 Premier Event schedule with Grand Prix Louisville (as well as the Super Sunday Series) this weekend, let's take a quick look at what I feel are seven of the most popular decks at the moment.



Having said that, they're not neccessarily ranked on power level, just a perception of what the metagame is going to be like if I were attending Grand Prix Louisville myself. For example, I consider ANT Storm a great deck but it didn't make it to the list because I don't expect it to show up in large numbers. Because they're only a handful of Legacy Grand Prix in a year, some of these decklists are about three - six months old. Make your own tweaks accordingly!



7. Shardless Sultai


Shardless Agent Tarmogoyf Abrupt Decay


Shardless Sultai is all about value! Starting with Baleful Strix, Shardless Agent and Ancestral Vision, this grindy deck aims to trade one for one with you and then overloading you with eventual card advantage. Hymn to Tourach, Force of WillLiliana of the Veil and the occasional Thoughtseize offer a ton of disruption as well.





6. Lands


Life from the Loam Exploration Wasteland

If there is a grindy deck in the format other than Shardless Sultai, it has to be Lands. With the help of Exploration and Manabond, it's able to cheat on the "one land per turn" rule and wreck havoc on the board. Wasteland and Rishadan Port can give your opponents fits, while Maze of Ith, Glacial Chasm and The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale can keep attackers at bay.


It even offers a potential combo by creating a 20/20 indestructible creature by combining Thespian Stage and Dark Depths!


5. Death & Taxes


 Mother of Runes Thalia, Guardian of Thraben Recruiter of the Guard

Death & Taxes never gets old and it is a classic White Weenie strategy that has been in Legacy for as long as the format has existed.


Aether Vial not only churns out the threats quickly, but it is also able to protect its creatures with Flickerwisp and shut down an opponent's action downright with new additions Sanctum Prelate. Conveniently, all their creatures can also be searched by Recruiter of the Guard, making the deck more resilient than ever before.


4. Grixis Delver


Delver of Secrets Young Pyromancer Deathrite Shaman

Grixis Delver is a classic "clock and counter" deck that seeks to quickly close the game as it defends and disrupts. Small efficient creatures backed with counterspells, discard spells and cheap removal are the core of this aggro deck. Grixis, being three colors, has access to more tools and more flexibility, making it one of the most popular Delver variants.


3. Sneak and Show


Show and Tell Sneak Attack Griselbrand

Kentaro Yamamoto took down Grand Prix Chiba but cheating not only Griselbrand onto the battlefield, but also Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. This efficient combo deck can carefully sculpt its hand while staving off early offense, before sneaking in a huge threat to steal the entire show. It is capable of turn one Emrakul, which is not something any deck can deal with conveniently!


Definitely a deck to put on your radar, considering its recent success.





2. Eldrazi


Thought-Knot Seer  Eye of Ugin Chalice of the Void


With access to so many lands that produce two mana (such as Eldrazi Temple, Eye of Ugin, City of Traitors, Ancient Tomb), the Eldrazi is an explosive aggro deck that aims to load up the table with undercosted, oversized threats while locking down opponents with disruptive elements such as Chalice of the Void and Thorn of Amethyst.


It's also relatively easy to play and many of the deck's components are readily available as Standard staples, making it a great choice for a newcomer to Legacy.





1. Miracles


Sensei's Divining Top Counterbalance Terminus


Finally, we arrive at the boogeyman of the format, a White-Blue based control deck that splashes red for sideboard options. What makes this deck popular is largely because it runs the best cards in the entire format. There's Brainstorm, Force of Will and Jace, the Mind Sculptor in the mix, while white is there for Swords to Plowshares and Terminus. Of course, we're not forgetting the soft lock created by Sensei's Divining Top and Counterbalance.


Miracles is a stable and consistent deck that is generally good against the entire field and has the tools required to stop aggro, combo and control decks. As always, it should be well represented this weekend and of course, Yuuya Watanabe's Top 8 decklist is a nice baseline on what to expect.




What is Grand Prix Louisville going to look like? These seven archetypes should pretty much be a gist of it! If you're attending this weekend, best of luck and I hope that your expectations pan out!



The Traveling Philosopher,

Chapman Sim

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