This Week in Legacy — Rules Changes, EE7, and a Look Ahead


Howdy folks! This is Joe here for another round of Legacy content. We're back on the hype train as we look ahead to U.S. Eternal Weekend 2017 in Mid-October! What will likely be one of the largest Legacy events all year is on the way, and we're locked and loaded and will be looking at the meta in the coming weeks to see where things sit.

First things first, let's take a look at one somewhat important item: Recent rules changes that affect some pieces of the Legacy format.

The New Moon Rising

Most recently, Wizards of the Coast gave everyone what they were wanting with the prerelease events of Iconic Masters at HASCON, and with the full spoiler came one tiny tidbit of information in regards to how Magus of the Moon/Blood Moon will work come Ixalan.

However, this tidbit expanded into an additional change that will not only affects how Blood Moon works, but extends to other game effects such as Humility/Overwhelming Splendor, and also how things like Conspiracy/Arcane Adaptation work.

To break this down a little, the way that these rules are all changing all have to do with cards that have replacement effects that modify the way that permanent enters the battlefield. Examples of this include effects such as entering the battlefield tapped, entering the battlefield with counters, entering as a copy of something else, or even selecting some option for that card (such as selecting a creature type for Cavern of Souls).

Under the new rules change, these sorts of things don't happen under a relevant effect. For example, under a Blood Moon effect, shock lands will no longer enter the battlefield tapped and present you with an option to pay two life to untap it. They will enter as untapped Mountains. The same goes for lands such as Dark Depths (which enters untapped as Mountains with zero counters) and Cavern of Souls (selection of a creature type no longer occurs).

Likewise, under an effect such as Humility, creatures entering with counters (Endless One being the biggest one in regards to Legacy) and creatures that enter as copies of other creatures no longer occurs. If you cast Painter's Servant, you no longer select a color for the Servant.

What does this mean for Legacy? Well, primarily it means that Blood Moon suddenly becomes a bit riskier to play against decks such as Lands; because Dark Depths enters as a Mountain with no counters, if the Blood Moon effect disappears, it will immediately trigger the Depths and give the Lands player a 20/20. This change has even given people incentive to come up with ways to use Blood Moon with Dark Depths to get a Marit Lage token going.

Suffice to say, this ruling is going to be very interesting to pay attention to going forward with the Legacy format.

Eternal Extravaganza 7

Held over the weekend of 9/15–9/17, Eternal Extravaganza 7 was a relatively large Vintage/Legacy event held in Pennsylvania, hosted by Tales of Adventure Comics. The event had a very solid metagame, but was ultimately taken down by Eli Kassis on Turbo Depths.

Let's take a look at the metagame breakdown for the Top 16.

It's a very interesting and strange meta—the presence of three Storm decks in the Top 16 is interesting enough, but the most interesting thing about this meta is honestly the winner.

Turbo Depths — Eli Kassis | 1st Place Eternal Extravaganza 7 Legacy Premier

Creatures (9)
4 Elvish Spirit Guide
1 Sylvan Safekeeper
4 Vampire Hexmage

Instants/Sorceries (21)
1 Cabal Therapy
4 Crop Rotation
1 Duress
3 Gitaxian Probe
2 Hymn to Tourach
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Into the North
4 Living Wish
2 Thoughtseize

Enchantments (1)
1 Sylvan Library

Other Spells (7)
4 Lotus Petal
3 Pithing Needle

Lands (20)
4 Bayou
3 Dark Depths
1 [[Seijiri Steppe]]
1 Snow-Covered Forest
1 Snow-Covered Swamp
3 Thespian's Stage
3 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
4 Verdant Catacombs

Sideboard (15)
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Dark Depths
2 Engineered Explosives
1 Faerie Macabre
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Karakas
1 Ramunap Excavator
1 Reclamation Sage
3 Surgical Extraction
1 Sylvan Safekeeper
1 Thespian's Stage

What's really cool about this list is really the Living Wish tech in the main. With the sideboard constructed the way it is, Wish hits a huge of amount of cards that can be used to answer any normal board state. Very solid, very strong.

Another very interesting list that appeared in the Top 8 (in seventh place) was a Red/White Death and Taxes list.

R/W Death and Taxes — Eetai Ben-Sasson | 7th Place Eternal Extravaganza 7 Legacy Premiere

Creatures (25)
3 Flickerwisp
2 Magus of the Moon
4 Mother of Runes
1 Palace Jailer
2 Phyrexian Revoker
1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
2 Recruiter of the Guard
1 Sanctum Prelate
4 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
1 Vryn Wingmare

Instants/Sorceries (4)
4 Swords to Plowshares

Other Spells (7)
4 Aether Vial
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Umezawa's Jitte

Lands (24)
2 Arid Mesa
3 Cavern of Souls
2 Flooded Strand
3 Karakas
3 Plains
2 Plateau
4 Rishadan Port
4 Wasteland
1 Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
1 Containment Priest
1 Cunning Sparkmage
2 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Faerie Macabre
1 Fiendslayer Paladin
1 Leonin Relic-Warder
1 Mirran Crusader
3 Path to Exile
1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
1 Recruiter of the Guard
2 Rest in Peace

The Red splash giving us Magus of the Moon and Pia and Kiran Nalaar is always very interesting. I'm a little surprised at the lack of Sudden Demise in the sideboard though, as this is generally a very good way to clean up the Elves match-up.

MTGO Legacy Challenge 9/17

The MTGO Legacy Challenge from 9/17 was also really super interesting and filled with some incredible diversity. In the end, user Alakazimdk won the day with UW Miracles!

Let's look at that metagame.

As noted, the MTGO Meta is still heavily engorged with Czech Pile. The deck as it is seems here to stay, in great numbers. The deck is certainly strong, and has some severely solid lines of play.

One list that really jumped out at me from this event was the second place list. What do you get when you combine Gurmag Angler and Lingering Souls? I don't know but we're about to find out.

Esper Angler — Heibing | 2nd Place MTGO Legacy Challenge 9/17/17

Creatures (8)
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Gurmag Angler

Instants/Sorceries (34)
4 Brainstorm
3 Cabal Therapy
2 Collective Brutality
1 Fatal Push
4 Force of Will
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Lingering Souls
4 Ponder
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Thought Scour

Lands (18)
1 Bayou
4 Flooded Strand
1 Misty Rainforest
4 Polluted Delta
1 Scrubland
1 Tropical Island
3 Tundra
4 Underground Sea

Sideboard (15)
1 Containment Priest
2 Disenchant
2 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Flusterstorm
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
3 Surgical Extraction
1 Thoughtseize
3 Zealous Persecution

This deck is insane and makes me super giddy. Anglers + Lingering Souls may seem like a nonbo, but when you back up that Delve plan with stuff like Thought Scour? Seems like a decent idea to me.

Another list that jumped out at me placed 28th in last week's Legacy Challenge, a legitimately crazy brew that seems pretty hilarious to pilot: Tainted Pact.

Tainted Pact — LPettro | 28th Place MTGO Legacy Challenge 9/17/17

Creatures (11)
1 Baleful Strix
1 Bedlam Reveler
1 Deathrite Shaman
1 Delver of Secrets
1 Eternal Scourge
1 Gurmag Angler
1 Snapcaster Mage
1 Spellstutter Sprite
1 True-Name Nemesis
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Young Pyromancer

Instants/Sorceries (23)
1 Brainstorm
1 Cabal Therapy
1 Diabolic Edict
1 Disrupt
1 Duress
1 Fatal Push
1 Fire // Ice
1 Force of Will
1 Forked Bolt
1 Gitaxian Probe
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Kolaghan's Command
1 Lightning Bolt
1 Night's Whisper
1 Ponder
1 Preordain
1 Pyroblast
1 Spell Pierce
1 Spell Snare
2 Tainted Pact
1 Thoughtseize
1 Toxic Deluge

Other Spells (5)
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Liliana of the Veil
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Pithing Needle

Lands (21)
1 Arid Mesa
1 Badlands
1 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Creeping Tar Pit
1 Darkslick Shores
1 Flooded Strand
1 Island
1 Marsh Flats
1 Mishra's Factory
1 Mountain
1 Polluted Delta
1 River of Tears
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Snow-Covered Island
1 Snow-Covered Swamp
1 Spirebluff Canal
1 Swamp
1 Underground Sea
1 Volcanic Island
1 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
1 Darkblast
1 Dread of Night
1 Engineered Plague
1 Extirpate
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Invasive Surgery
1 Leyline of the Void
1 Mindbreak Trap
1 Nature's Ruin
1 Null Rod
1 Perish
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Tormod's Crypt

Now I know what you're all thinking: Did this guy get lost on the way to a Commander tournament or something? But in all honesty, the tech behind this is so varied and strange that it may only really work for this one guy because he knows it. Twenty-eighth (12 points overall) is not a bad place to be, especially for a strange brew as this. What pulls it all together is Tainted Pact, which lets you get any card you need at that point in time, at instant speed.

From Across the Pond

A fellow Discord user and friend of mine from both my own NicFitMTG Discord and the Puca Discord named Isvan attended Legacy Masters at UK Nationals on 9/17, playing a BUG version of Nic Fit that utilized Fierce Empath and some big beaters. What's even better about this is that he ended up going 5–1–1 overall, making Top 8. He unfortunately ended up losing in Top 8, but this stellar performance is worth sharing.

You can read his Tournament Report here.

BUG Empath Fit — Isvan | Legacy Masters Top 8

Creatures (20)
3 Baleful Strix
2 Deathrite Shaman
1 Distended Mindbender
1 Elder Deep-Fiend
1 Eternal Witness
1 Fierce Empath
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
1 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
1 Primeval Titan
1 Scavenging Ooze
2 Tireless Tracker
4 Veteran Explorer

Instants/Sorceries (14)
2 Abrupt Decay
4 Cabal Therapy
2 Collective Brutality
4 Green Sun's Zenith
2 Thoughtseize

Enchantments (3)
2 Pernicious Deed
1 Sylvan Library

Other Spells (3)
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Liliana, the Last Hope

Lands (24)
2 Bayou
3 Forest
2 Island
3 Misty Rainforest
1 Phyrexian Tower
2 Polluted Delta
2 Swamp
2 Tropical Island
2 Underground Sea
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Volrath's Stronghold

Sideboard (15)
1 Collective Brutality
1 Emrakul, the Promised End
2 Lost Legacy
2 Mindbreak Trap
1 Pulse of Murasa
3 Surgical Extraction
1 To the Slaughter
2 Toxic Deluge
1 Umezawa's Jitte
1 Vendilion Clique

I won't take much more away from this other than it's a pretty solid build and very cool list. I encourage you to read his report—it's very insightful and very interesting—and congrats on that Top 8 spot Isvan!

Wrapping Up

That's all the time we have this week, kids. Hope to see you soon! Next week I'm gonna gab about Vintage some more, as we look at some of the sweet lists from the Eternal Extravaganza 7 Vintage Event!

Until next time!

Joseph Dyer is an avid Legacy enthusiast. He's admin of the /r/NicFitMTG subreddit, as well as a regular participant on the Source and MTGLegacy subreddits. His knowledge of the Legacy format is deeply rooted in constant analysis, playtesting, and lots of discussion of the format. Joseph's primary accomplishments include a 10–5 finish at GP Columbus 2016 with Rhino Fit, and a 32nd place finish at a SCG Columbus Legacy Classic with Sneak Fit. 

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