This Week in Legacy — The Start of the New Year


It's 2018! Man, time sure flies. I can't really believe we're at the start of the new year already, but here we are. It's Joe here again with some Legacy content to start us off for the year after my break for the holidays. I certainly hope you guys had a killer holiday season like I did.

Let's dive right into some spice, shall we?

MTGO Legacy Challenge 12/24/2017

One of the very last challenges of the year, the challenge on the 24th was certainly one of the spicier ones I've seen. Let's take a look at the Top 32 breakdown.


As we can see, the deck out in force in this challenge was the new Miracles lists that have been popping up. Has the printing of Search for Azcanta pushed the deck back over the top to where it once was as the format's reigning champion? Time will tell, but out of the six lists that showed up in the challenge, only one of them ended up in the Top 8.

At the head of the class, Maverick took first place with a list that goes hard on playing Leovold, Emissary of Trest and Ramunap Excavator as some of its silver bullets.

However, it's the second place list that really takes the cake:

Jeskai Delver — QBTurtle15 | 2nd Place MTGO Legacy Challenge 12/24/17

Creatures (15)
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Meddling Mage
4 Steppe Lynx
3 True-Name Nemesis

Instants/Sorceries (26)
4 Brainstorm
4 Daze
4 Force of Will
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Ponder
2 Thwart

Lands (19)
4 Flooded Strand
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Tundra
3 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
1 Abrade
1 Electrickery
1 Ensnare
1 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Flusterstorm
1 Forked Bolt
1 Grim Lavamancer
1 Hydroblast
1 Pyroblast
1 Rest in Peace
1 Spell Pierce
1 Stony Silence
1 Submerge
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Vendilion Clique

This list is incredibly hyper spicy. Steppe Lynx?! Thwart?! Simply insane to think about, but I love it. It's worth noting that QBTurtle is a solid pilot of just about anything on MTGO, so his skill likely helped a lot with this list.


Another list that caught my eye that I have seen in a few other places was the ninth place list, Reanimator Depths.

Reanimator Depths — Yasuiyasai | 9th Place MTGO Legacy Challenge 12/24/17

Creatures (11)
3 Grave Titan
2 Griselbrand
1 Gurmag Angler
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
4 Vampire Hexmage

Instants/Sorceries (21)
3 Collective Brutality
4 Dark Ritual
4 Entomb
2 Exhume
4 Reanimate
4 Thoughtseize

Artifacts (4)
4 Lotus Petal

Enchantments (2)
2 Animate Dead

Lands (22)
4 Dark Depths
1 Lake of the Dead
9 Swamp
4 Thespian's Stage
4 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Sideboard (15)
3 Duress
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
2 Hymn to Tourach
2 Leyline of the Void
2 Pithing Needle
1 Sigarda, Host of Herons
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Tidespout Tyrant
1 Toxic Deluge

A Depths list that doubles as a mono-black Reanimator list? Insanity! But it seems to work pretty well, so I can't really complain. This is one of the reasons I love Legacy because of decks like this that exist. I also really adore the obvious inclusion of Sigarda, Host of Herons in the sideboard as a precautionary measure against cards like Diabolic Edict and To the Slaughter.

Another list that I noticed further down the placings that I nearly termed Miracles (because it did run Terminus) was actually none other than a Standstill list running… Myth Realized?!

UW Myth-Still — Antzzzonalog | 26th Place MTGO Legacy Challenge 12/24/17

Planeswalkers (2)
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Creatures (3)
3 Snapcaster Mage

Instants/Sorceries (25)
4 Brainstorm
2 Counterspell
3 Daze
4 Force of Will
4 Ponder
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Terminus

Enchantments (8)
4 Myth Realized
4 Standstill

Lands (22)
1 Arid Mesa
4 Flooded Strand
5 Island
3 Mishra's Factory
2 Plains
4 Scalding Tarn
3 Tundra

Sideboard (15)
2 Back to Basics
2 Containment Priest
1 Council's Judgment
2 Disenchant
3 Flusterstorm
1 Humility
1 Null Rod
1 Snapcaster Mage
2 Surgical Extraction

Let me tell you, I love Standstill a lot. It's such a unique and inventive card that I get sheer giggles out of the standstill that is waiting to see who cracks a Standstill first. And Myth Realized is just crazy amounts of fun.

Looking Ahead to a New Year

Looking ahead this year, there is a lot going on this year with Legacy. First and foremost, we have the Team Trios Constructed Pro Tour, which is Standard/Modern/Legacy. In addition, Star City Games is also bringing back Legacy Classics to a number of their events, including the Modern Open in Columbus on January 6–7, which I will be in attendance for to play Legacy!

Not to mention that there are several Team Trios GPs, FOUR Legacy GPs, Eternal Extravaganza, and U.S. Eternal Weekend—there is a lot of opportunities this year to play Legacy.

In addition, this year is the year that I get into Vintage on Magic Online! I'm slowly working on piecing together Ryan Glackin's Sun Titan Dredge list on there, and will be able to start playing Vintage leagues and writing about them! I am hyped and so looking forward to this!

Wrapping Up

That's all the time we have this week folks! My next article is going to be a report on my performance at the SCG Legacy Classic in Columbus, OH. I'm hopeful it will be a good one!

As well, a discussion brought up in one of the many Discords I'm in also gave me a great idea on card discussions within the context of Legacy, and the first of which is going to be a guide on the art of Cabal Therapy! Be on the lookout for that one at some point!

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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