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CardShark Content - Abram Fox (10/16/2005)

Legacy, or Type 1.5, is the newest format for Magic: The Gathering and the format of choice for the upcoming Grand Prix: Philadelphia and Grand Prix: Lille. The legal cardpool for Legacy is every card ever printed, minus a lengthy banned list that for the most part entails all the cards banned or restricted in Vintage—Moxen, Black Lotus
Black Lotus
Black LotusSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Adds 3 mana of any single color of your choice to your mana pool, then is discarded. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.
, Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
, things of that nature. The resulting format is slower by a turn or two but only slightly less explosive. Many successful Legacy decks are at the core Block or Standard decks from the past five years or so, supplemented mostly by cards no older than Masques block. The oldest cards, from Tempest block and earlier, are usually the same staples like Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
or the dual lands. A competitive Legacy deck like Vial Goblins or Landstill can run anywhere from $300 to $800 if you buy all 75 cards at once. That seems like a lot though it really isn’t when you consider top tier Standard decks start at around $200 and can top out at over $400. More importantly, when you consider that the artifact mana base alone for a good Vintage deck starts at, oh, about $2000, you see how Legacy isn’t that expensive. Plus, if you’re lucky like me you can borrow cards from your friends with rich parents and build your decks that way.

Relative to some of the authors and gamers in the Legacy world, I’m only a neophyte but I’ve done enough playtesting and reading to have a good grasp of the format (it helps to have a job where you can surf the internet all day). I have found one rule of thumb when it comes to the success of decks in Type 1.5.: There are two types of good decks, the combo decks that goldfish well and win on paper, and the creature-based aggro or aggro-control decks that come at the opponent with creatures and win in real life. To wit, combo decks like Solidarity
Solidarity
SolidaritySet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
Creatures you control get +0/+5 until end of turn.
(High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
) are said to have the most (to use some college basketball terminology) potential upside. If you'll check the records from recent major Legacy tournaments you'll see that creature decks like Vial Goblins are the ones that actually win the prizes.

Let’s skip the fluff and get to some decklists. I took these lists straight from the Starcitygames “Duel for Duals” tournament on September 25, the most recent major 1.5 tournament. These aren’t definitive lists by any means, as there’s tons of room for innovation as with all decks, but I think they represent the core strategies of each archetype quite well.

Tier One

Vial Goblins- 1st Place, Eric Darland
Lands (22)
6:Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

2:Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

3:Badlands
Badlands
BadlandsSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either R or B to your mana pool.Counts as both mountains and swamp and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

3:Bloodstained Mire
Bloodstained Mire
Bloodstained MireSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
313
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Bloodstained Mire: Search your library for a swamp or mountain card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

4:Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.

4:Wooded Foothills
Wooded Foothills
Wooded FoothillsSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
330
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a mountain or forest card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.


Creatures (32)
3:Gempalm Incinerator
Gempalm Incinerator
Gempalm IncineratorSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Cycling 1R (1R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Gempalm Incinerator, you may have it deal X damage to target creature, where X is the number of Goblins in play.

1:Goblin King
Goblin King
Goblin KingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Goblins in play gain mountainwalk and +1/+1 while this card remains in play.

4:Goblin Lackey
Goblin Lackey
Goblin LackeySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
190
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Goblin Lackey successfully deals damage to a player, you may choose a Goblin card in your hand and put that Goblin into play.

4:Goblin Matron
Goblin Matron
Goblin MatronSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Goblin Matron comes into play from your hand, search your library for a Goblin card and put that card into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards.

4:Goblin Piledriver
Goblin Piledriver
Goblin PiledriverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
205
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blue. Whenever Goblin Piledriver attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn for each. other attacking Goblin.

4:Goblin Ringleader
Goblin Ringleader
Goblin RingleaderSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and TAP the turn it comes under your control.) When Goblin Ringleader comes into play, reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all Goblin cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library.

1:Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin SharpshooterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
207
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Goblin Sharpshooter doesn't untap during your untap step. Whenever a. creature is put into a graveyard from play, untap Goblin Sharpshooter.. T: Goblin Sharpshooter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

4:Goblin Warchief
Goblin Warchief
Goblin WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin spells you play cost 1 less to play.
Goblins you control have haste.

1:Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror BreakerSet: From the Vault Legends
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
M
Number:
4
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste {T}: Put a token that's a copy of target nonlegendary creature you control onto the battlefield. That token has haste. Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.

4:Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

2:Siege-Gang Commander

Artifacts (6)
4:Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.

2:Umezawa's Jitte
Umezawa's Jitte
Umezawa's JitteSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage, put two charge counters on Umezawa's Jitte. Remove a charge counter from Umezawa's Jitte Choose one — Equipped creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn; or target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn; or you gain 2 life. Equip 2


Sideboard (15)
4:Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.

3:Flaring Pain
Flaring Pain
Flaring PainSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
89
Artist:
Glen Angus

Text:
Damage can't be prevented this turn. Flashback R

1:Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's BiddingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each player chooses a creature type. Each player returns all creature cards of a type chosen this way from his or her graveyard to play.

1:Siege-Gang Commander
2:Living Death
Living Death
Living DeathSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Charles Gillespie
Text:
Set aside all creature cards in all graveyards. Then, put each creature that is in play into its owner's graveyard. Then, put each creature card set aside in this way into play under its owner's control.

4:Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.


Vial Goblins is the epitome of an aggro deck. The entire deck is focused on popping out Goblins as fast as possible. Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
block's synergistic Goblin Warchief
Goblin Warchief
Goblin WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin spells you play cost 1 less to play.
Goblins you control have haste.
, Piledriver, and Sharpshooter piggy-back on the pseudo-tutors Goblin Lackey
Goblin Lackey
Goblin LackeySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
190
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Goblin Lackey successfully deals damage to a player, you may choose a Goblin card in your hand and put that Goblin into play.
, Matron, and Ringleader to win as early as turn 4. Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.
and the very broken Jitte are the only non-creature spells in the deck, with Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.
and Gempalm Incinerator
Gempalm Incinerator
Gempalm IncineratorSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Cycling 1R (1R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Gempalm Incinerator, you may have it deal X damage to target creature, where X is the number of Goblins in play.
pulling double duty as land destruction and creature removal, respectively. Goblins simply outrace every other deck in the format. After sideboarding, Goblins has a great game against blue based decks, bringing in up to eight anti-blue Blasts, and can easily fight through Wrath effects as well. Some Goblins decks forego the black splash and instead run Taiga
Taiga
TaigaSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either G or R to your mana pool.Counts as both forest and mountains and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.
s to support Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
and Food Chain
Food Chain
Food ChainSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
246
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Remove a creature you control from the game: Add X mana of any color to your mana pool, where X is the removed creature's converted mana cost plus one. This mana may be spent only to play creature spells.
or Plateau
Plateau
PlateauSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
T: Add either R or W to your mana pool.Counts as both mountains and plains and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.
s to allow them to play Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.
and Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
. No matter what colors, consistent winning ways have established Vial Goblins as the Deck to Beat in Type 1.5

U/W Landstill- 17th Place, Paul Lynch

Lands (24)
1:Dust Bowl
Dust Bowl
Dust BowlSet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
316
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.3, tap, Sacrifice a land: Destroy target nonbasic land.

3:Faerie Conclave
Faerie Conclave
Faerie ConclaveSet: Urza's Legacy
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Faerie Conclave comes into play tapped.T: Add one blue mana to your mana pool.1U: Faerie Conclave becomes a 2/1 blue creature with flying until end of turn. This creature still counts as a land.

4:Flooded Strand
Flooded Strand
Flooded StrandSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
316
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a plains or island card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

2:Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

4:Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
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1:Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

4:Tundra
Tundra
TundraSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
T: Add either U or W to your mana pool.Counts as both islands and plains and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

2:Volcanic Island
Volcanic Island
Volcanic IslandSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
T: Add either U or R to your mana pool.Counts as both islands and mountains and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

3:Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.


Creatures (2)
2:Eternal Dragon
Eternal Dragon
Eternal DragonSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying.
3WW: Return Eternal Dragon from your graveyard to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
Plainscycling 2


Artifacts & Enchantments(8)
2:Crucible Of Worlds
2:Nevinyrral's Disk
Nevinyrral's Disk
Nevinyrral's DiskSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
1: Destroys all creatures, enchantments, and artifacts in play, including Disk itself. Disk begins tapped but can be untapped as usual.

4:Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.


Spells (27)
2:Decree of Justice
Decree of Justice
Decree of JusticeSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
8
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Put X 4/4 white Angel creature tokens with flying into play.
Cycling 2W
When you cycle Decree of Justice, you may pay X. If you do, put X 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens into play.

3:Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.

4:Brainstorm
Brainstorm
BrainstormSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Draw three cards. Then, put any two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

4:Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.

2:Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.

2:Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

4:Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.

2:Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.

4:Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.


Sideboard (15)
3:Circle of Protection: Red
1:Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.

1:Tivadar's Crusade
Tivadar's Crusade
Tivadar's CrusadeSet: The Dark
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dennis Detwiller
Text:
All Goblins are destroyed.

2:Pulse of the Fields
Pulse of the Fields
Pulse of the FieldsSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
You gain 4 life. Then if an opponent has more life than you return Pulse of the Fields to its owner's hand.

3:Hydroblast
Hydroblast
HydroblastSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Counter target spell if it is red, or destroy target permanent if it is red. (If this spell targets a permanent, play it as an instant.)

3:Pyroblast
Pyroblast
PyroblastSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Counter target spell if it is blue, or destroy target permanent if it is blue. (If this spell targets a permanent, play it as an instant.)

2:Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.


Landstill is a hybrid aggro-control deck: aggro because it wins through overpowering the opponent with creatures and control because it clears the board and controls the game state long enough to set up the win. Landstill is at its best when it constantly keeps its opponent on their heels—the deck isn’t a fan of a fair fight. Only 7-8 of the Landstill deck's lands are manlands, but Crucible of Worlds
Crucible of Worlds
Crucible of WorldsSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play lands from your graveyard as though they were in your hand.
allows the deck to repeatedly use those and Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.
to maximum effect. Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
s, Wrath effects, blue card drawing, and efficient white removal combine to form the rest of the maindeck. Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.
is the namesake card of the deck—ideally Landstill drops a turn two Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.
and then plays out manlands and attacks while daring the opponent to play a spell. Even if the opponent makes the correct play and breaks the Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.
as soon as possible during the Landstill player's end step it's still very difficult to overcome Landstill's massive card advantage. It's not unheard of to see more Eternal Dragon
Eternal Dragon
Eternal DragonSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying.
3WW: Return Eternal Dragon from your graveyard to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
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s or Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
s in a Landstill decklist…I prefer to see creature-less decks for the simple sake of keeping the flavor of the deck intact.

Solidarity
Solidarity
SolidaritySet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
Creatures you control get +0/+5 until end of turn.
(High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
)-4th Place, David Gearhart
Lands (18)
4:Flooded Strand
Flooded Strand
Flooded StrandSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
316
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a plains or island card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

12:Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

2:Polluted Delta
Polluted Delta
Polluted DeltaSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
321
Artist:
Land
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an island or swamp card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library. Rob Alexander


Instants
3 Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm

4 Brainstorm
Brainstorm
BrainstormSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Draw three cards. Then, put any two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

3 Cunning Wish
Cunning Wish
Cunning WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
37
Artist:
Jim Nelson

Text:
Choose an instant you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Cunning Wish from the game.

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Insight
InsightSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Ron Chironna
Text:
Whenever one of your opponents plays a green spell, you draw a card.

4 Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.

4 High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.

4 Impulse
Impulse
ImpulseSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Text:
Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library. Shuffle your library afterwards.

4 Meditate
Meditate
MeditateSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Skip your next turn: Draw four cards.

4 Opt
Opt
OptSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
64
Artist:
John Howe
Text:
Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.Draw a card.

4 Reset
Reset
ResetSet: Legends
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Nicola Leonard
Text:
All your lands untap. Reset can only be played on an opponent's turn after his or her upkeep phase.

3 Turnabout
Turnabout
TurnaboutSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
105
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Tap or untap all artifacts, creatures, or lands target player controls.

3 Twincast
Twincast
TwincastSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
R


Sideboard (15)
4:Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a red spell being cast or destroys a red card in play.

1:Chain of Vapor
Chain of Vapor
Chain of VaporSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. Then that permanent's controller may sacrifice a land. If the player does, he or she may copy this spell and may choose a new target for that copy.

1:Echoing Truth
Echoing Truth
Echoing TruthSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Return target non-land permanent and all permanents that share a name with it to owner's hands.

1:Evacuation
Evacuation
EvacuationSet: Stronghold
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
30
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Return all creatures to owners' hands.

4:Hydroblast
Hydroblast
HydroblastSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Counter target spell if it is red, or destroy target permanent if it is red. (If this spell targets a permanent, play it as an instant.)

1:Stroke of Genius
Stroke of Genius
Stroke of GeniusSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Target player draws X cards.

1:Turnabout
Turnabout
TurnaboutSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
105
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Tap or untap all artifacts, creatures, or lands target player controls.

1:Twincast
Twincast
TwincastSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
R

1:Words of Wisdom
Words of Wisdom
Words of WisdomSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
You draw two cards, then each other player draws a card.


Solidarity
Solidarity
SolidaritySet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
Creatures you control get +0/+5 until end of turn.
is the name of the most successful version of a High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
-based combo deck. Solidarity
Solidarity
SolidaritySet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
Creatures you control get +0/+5 until end of turn.
is pure combo focused solely on ´´goldfishing,´´ or achieving its combo without interaction with the other deck, as soon as possible. The only maindeck interactive cards are a playset of Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
s, with every other silver bullet sitting in the sideboard waiting for Cunning Wish
Cunning Wish
Cunning WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
37
Artist:
Jim Nelson

Text:
Choose an instant you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Cunning Wish from the game.
to fetch it, keeping the maindeck draw engine as clean as possible. Solidarity
Solidarity
SolidaritySet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
Creatures you control get +0/+5 until end of turn.
generates copious amounts of mana on the opponent's turn with High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
and Reset
Reset
ResetSet: Legends
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Nicola Leonard
Text:
All your lands untap. Reset can only be played on an opponent's turn after his or her upkeep phase.
, draws absurd amounts of cards with Impulse
Impulse
ImpulseSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Text:
Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library. Shuffle your library afterwards.
, Meditate
Meditate
MeditateSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Skip your next turn: Draw four cards.
, etc., and kills with a more-than-enough Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
, with Stroke of Genius
Stroke of Genius
Stroke of GeniusSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Target player draws X cards.
in the sideboard as an alternate kill mechanism. Without interference, Solidarity
Solidarity
SolidaritySet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
Creatures you control get +0/+5 until end of turn.
can theoretically ´´go off´´ as early as turn three with a turn five win almost guaranteed. ´´Without interference´´ is the key phrase, however, as a well-timed Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
or Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.
can throw the Solidarity
Solidarity
SolidaritySet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
Creatures you control get +0/+5 until end of turn.
player's plans into chaos. Still, the raw power of Solidarity
Solidarity
SolidaritySet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
Creatures you control get +0/+5 until end of turn.
on paper is more than enough to attract combo players to this mono-blue deck.

Tier Two

The second tier of Legacy decks finds many ´´hybrid´´ aggro-control decks in a similar vein but not quite as powerful as Landstill, as well as several not-quite-as-synergistic-as-Goblins beatdown decks. A short rundown:

-Red-Green Survival Advantage (RGSA)
Despite a focus on creatures RGSA is at its heart a control deck. Survival of the Fittest
Survival of the Fittest
Survival of the FittestSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
G, Choose and discard a creature card: Search your library for a creature card, reveal that card to all players, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards.
is the engine as RGSA searches through its library for Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.
s, Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin SharpshooterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
207
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Goblin Sharpshooter doesn't untap during your untap step. Whenever a. creature is put into a graveyard from play, untap Goblin Sharpshooter.. T: Goblin Sharpshooter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
s, and other relevant removal before overrunning the opponent, sometimes almost literally with Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
Kamahl, Fist of KrosaSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
268
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
G: Target land becomes a 1/1 creature until end of turn. It's still a land.. 2GGG: Creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.
. Squee, Goblin Nabob
Squee, Goblin Nabob
Squee, Goblin NabobSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
214
Artist:
David Monette
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Squee, Goblin Nabob is in your graveyard, you may return Squee to your hand.
helps ensure the consistency of Survival but the deck still has a tendency to stall at times, an almost always fatal flaw.

-Angry Tradewind Survival (ATS)
The ATS deck uses the same Survival engine as RGSA to a different effect. ATS is a tempo-control deck that wins by racing to get a Tradewind Rider
Tradewind Rider
Tradewind RiderSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying tap, Tap two creatures you control: Return target permanent to owner's hand.
out and be able to use its ability one or more times a turn to destroy the opponent's tempo. A Tradewind Rider
Tradewind Rider
Tradewind RiderSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying tap, Tap two creatures you control: Return target permanent to owner's hand.
lock is extremely difficult to escape but requires several untutorable pieces and is quite fragile while being set up.

U/G/W and U/G/B Gro
-Gro, which I discussed in an earlier article, is essentially a Threshold deck. All variations use a base of green Threshold weenies and blue free counters and cheap draw spells. U/G/W adds Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
and Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
to the mix while U/G/B uses Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.
, Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
, and Night's Whisper
Night's Whisper
Night's WhisperSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Text:
You draw 2 cards, and lose 2 life.
. Splitting focus between creatures and control without fully committing to either, a Gro deck can be caught with its pants down in a matchup when it draws the irrelevant half its half-aggro, half-control card pool.

U/W Fish
-Fish is an archetype which was fairly popular in Vintage for a long time and has finally been ported to Legacy. A U/W Fish deck shares many of the same components with a Landstill deck, but with no spells costing over two mana. Fish can skimp on land count while running stellar 2/2s for 2 and 1/1s for 1 like Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
and Mother of Runes
Mother of Runes
Mother of RunesSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
14
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature you control gains protection from a color of your choice until end of turn.
. Fish's main problem is that it lacks one explosive turn and needs multiple attack steps to win, allowing opposing decks crucial turns to disrupt the Fish deck.

-Angel Stompy
Who doesn't love playing Angels? The skeptic in me would say Angel Stompy is an excuse to run the awesome Exalted Angel
Exalted Angel
Exalted AngelSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Exalted Angel deals damage, you gain that much life. Morph 2WW (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
but the deck is more than solid. It too is a mana-light deck that runs even more efficient weenies like Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
and Isamaru before playing and flipping an Exalted Angel
Exalted Angel
Exalted AngelSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Exalted Angel deals damage, you gain that much life. Morph 2WW (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
as early as turn 3, following the next turn with Armageddon
Armageddon
ArmageddonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All lands in play are destroyed.
. A wholly creature-based deck, Angel Stompy is very vulnerable to Wrath effects or counterspells and lacks the speed of Vial Goblins to win before or recover quickly from a board sweeper.

-Rabid Wombat
Rabid Wombat
Rabid WombatSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wombat
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Attacking does not cause Rabid Wombat to tap.Rabid Wombat gets +2/+2 for each creature enchantment on it.

Rabid Wombat
Rabid Wombat
Rabid WombatSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wombat
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Attacking does not cause Rabid Wombat to tap.Rabid Wombat gets +2/+2 for each creature enchantment on it.
is the pet name for Mono-White Control in Legacy. Many version of this deck exist as well—in a Legacy GPT I faced off against a Wombat deck that was essentially an Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
Block MWC deck plus Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
. The most successful Wombat deck I've witnessed used Eternal Dragon
Eternal Dragon
Eternal DragonSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying.
3WW: Return Eternal Dragon from your graveyard to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
Plainscycling 2
to thin its deck while hiding behind Humility
Humility
HumilitySet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Each creature loses all abilities and is a 1/1 creature.
and removal until it could cycle for an extremely large Decree of Justice
Decree of Justice
Decree of JusticeSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
8
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Put X 4/4 white Angel creature tokens with flying into play.
Cycling 2W
When you cycle Decree of Justice, you may pay X. If you do, put X 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens into play.
during the opponent's end step or play out several Eternal Dragon
Eternal Dragon
Eternal DragonSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying.
3WW: Return Eternal Dragon from your graveyard to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
Plainscycling 2
s once Humility
Humility
HumilitySet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Each creature loses all abilities and is a 1/1 creature.
was gone. That version won the aforementioned GPT I attended so I can't discount it.

Sligh/Burn
-Finally, a classic. The usual suspects: Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
, Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.
, Magma Jet
Magma Jet
Magma JetSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Text:
Magma Jet deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Scry 2
, Cursed Scroll
Cursed Scroll
Cursed ScrollSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
3, T:Name a card. Target opponent chooses a card at random from your hand. If he or she chooses the named card, Cursed Scoll deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
, etc. The super-efficient Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, Jackal Pup
Jackal Pup
Jackal PupSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
For each 1 damage dealt to Jackal Pup, it deals 1 damage to you.
, and Grim Lavamancer
Grim Lavamancer
Grim LavamancerSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R, T, Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Grim Lavamancer deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
form the creature base of this deck dedicated to using all of Magic's best burn spells to take the opponent's life total to zero before they know what hits them. The problem? Burn can't deal with enchantments, has trouble against counters and absolutely loses to anyone who manages to drop an Exalted Angel
Exalted Angel
Exalted AngelSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Exalted Angel deals damage, you gain that much life. Morph 2WW (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
or Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous BalothSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice a Beast: You gain 4 life.
into play. Still a fun deck to play, just not always the best choice.

When you’re trying to find a good deck to play, the best place for decklists and metagame recommendations, as well as information about local tournaments, is www.mtgthesource.com. The Source is a clearinghouse for 1.5 information much as The Mana Drain
Mana Drain
Mana DrainSet: Legends
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Counters target spell. At the beginning of your next main phase, add X to your mana pool, where X is the casting cost of target spell.
is for Vintage. Other notable decks I didn't discuss that you’ll find in detail at The Source include Suicide Black, San Diego Zoo, The Game, Enchantress/Solitaire, 2-Land Belcher and everyone’s favorite, Affinity.

Legacy is a very fun format and I recommend it to all my Magic-playing friends. It’s not too hard to learn either as long as you’ve got strong Magic fundamentals. The very first time I picked up a deck I went 2-3 at a Grand Prix Trial held at U.S. Nationals, the second time I went 3-3 with three losses to players who eventually Top 8’ed. I’m not trying to toot my own horn as a player but rather to highlight that the skill difference between Legacy and anything else is very minor…anyone can succeed if they put in the time, just like every other format. The MD-DC-VA area has been lucky enough to now have two stores supporting the Legacy format so there’s never a few weeks without a tournament. If you’re in an area with regular Legacy tournaments go and check one out, just to watch. I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

If readers request it I can write more detailed primers for individual decks. For this article my goal was only to familiarize the readership with the gauntlet of tournament-level Legacy decks and give a sense of the format. I’d love to go further in detail if the interest is there. If you do want to read more on Legacy drop me a line and let me know! If not, thanks for reading and good luck in all your Magic events in the future!


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