Deep Analysis – Eternal Dominion


With Eternal Masters being releases on June 10th, I thought we start talking about my favorite format.

The Legacy format is extremely diverse format that has a lot of broken things you can do.  One of the other reasons I enjoy the format is because I enjoy playing with cards of the past that I got to play with during my youth.  I was 18 when I started playing Magic in 1996, so you do the math.  Now you understand why I took the username Nicol Bolas 😛

Cards that I have used in my youth that I get to use again that are not in Modern:

Real Removal circa 1993 Illus by Terese Nielsen

Real Removal circa 1993
Illus by Terese Nielsen

Swords to Plowshares
Sneak Attack
Show and Tell
Chain Lightning
Gaea’s Cradle
Lion’s Eye Diamond
Mox Diamond
Tinder Wall
Land Grant
Crop Rotation
Dark Ritual
Lotus Petal
Natural Order
Sylvan Library
Hymn to Tourach
Animate Dead
Cabal Ritual
Cabal Therapy
Desolation Angel
Dread of Night
Engineered Plague
Goblin Welder
Back to Basics
Ancient Tomb

There are more but I can’t list them all here.   That would take too long.  Yes I like to play with cards that aren’t fair 🙂

Another thing that I like about the Legacy format is the variety of decks you see.  The format is extremely diverse when you have 23 years of cards to use.

Banned List

Even though the format has many, many broken interactions, some cards were too strong.  Those cards were banned.  Here is the current Legacy Banned list:

This is quite a list but when you are dealing with a format of 15K cards, someone will find a card to be broken that is just too good for a format.

Exploring Legacy

So what if I told you that Ramp decks work in Legacy but they work differently than you’d imagine?

Titan Post by Joseph Milia
A variety of 12 Post
8th Place – SCG Baltimore Classic – Legacy

Illus by Martina Pilcerova

Illus by Martina Pilcerova

1 Bojuka Bog
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Eye of Ugin
1 Flooded Strand
1 Forest
1 Glacial Chasm
1 Island
1 Karakas
1 Maze of Ith
1 Misty Rainforest
2 Wooded Foothills
3 Tropical Island
3 Vesuva
4 Cloudpost
4 Glimmerpost

1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
1 Kozilek, the Great Distortion
1 Trinket Mage
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
4 Primeval Titan

1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

1 Candelabra of Tawnos
1 Engineered Explosives
3 Expedition Map
3 Pithing Needle
4 Sensei’s Divining Top

2 Trickbind
3 Crop Rotation
4 Brainstorm
4 Show and Tell

SB: 1 Ratchet Bomb
SB: 1 Platinum Emperion
SB: 4 Leyline of the Void
SB: 1 Flusterstorm
SB: 2 Force of Will
SB: 2 Krosan Grip
SB: 1 Moment’s Peace
SB: 1 Swan Song
SB: 2 Warping Wail

A recurring theme in Legacy is getting to play spells that are very cheap for their mana cost.  Another theme you will see is there are ways to ramp up multiple mana in one turn.  The deck above is based on a deck called 12 Post.  The deck is named after the 12 copies of lands in the deck that help produce massive amounts of mana and life (Cloudpost, Glimmerpost, and Vesuva).  This ramp deck doesn’t mess around as it hits Prime Time and the Big 3 Eldrazi Titans, not by playing extra lands, but by playing lands that increase production much faster than normal lands.  It also has a back up plan in putting one of the big guys in play via Show and Tell for the 2U.

What if I told you that some decks can run with 12 OR LESS lands?

Dredge – Daniel Clark
4th Place – ChannelFireball Legacy 3K

Illus by Daarken

Illus by Daarken

2 City of Brass
2 Gemstone Mine
4 Cephalid Coliseum
4 Mana Confluence

1 Ashen Rider
1 Flame-Kin Zealot
3 Ichorid
4 Golgari Grave-Troll
4 Golgari Thug
4 Narcomoeba
Stinkweed Imp

4 Lion’s Eye Diamond
4 Bridge from Below
1 Darkblast
1 Firestorm
2 Careful Study
3 Dread Return
4 Breakthrough
4 Cabal Therapy
4 Faithless Looting

SB: 1 Blazing Archon
SB: 1 Elderscale Wurm
SB: 1 Realm Razer
SB: 3 Leyline of the Void
SB: 1 Surgical Extraction
SB: 3 Nature’s Claim
SB: 2 Chain of Vapor
SB: 1 Ichorid
SB: 2 Firestorm

Dredge attempts to use its namesake mechanic to mill its entire deck into the graveyard then sacrifices 3 Narcomoeba to play Dread Return to create a number of 2/2 Zombies from Bridge from Below and put Flame-Kin Zealot into play thereby giving +1/+1 and Haste to the team swinging for lethal.

Aggro decks?  We got those too.

Eldrazi Aggro by _barook_
2nd Place – MTGO Legacy Premier

Eye of Ugin - James Paick

Eye of Ugin – James Paick

2 Brushland
2 City of Traitors
2 Karakas
3 Eye of Ugin
3 Mishra’s Factory
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Eldrazi Temple

3 Eldrazi Displacer
4 Eldrazi Mimic
4 Endless One
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Reality Smasher
4 Thought-Knot Seer

2 Umezawa’s Jitte
3 Lotus Petal
4 Chalice of the Void

2 Dismember
2 Warping Wail

SB: 2 World Breaker
SB: 2 Thorn of Amethyst
SB: 4 Leyline of the Void
SB: 3 All Is Dust
SB: 1 Karakas
SB: 1 Warping Wail
SB: 1 Dismember
SB: 1 Eldrazi Displacer

The Eldrazi have invaded even Legacy.  If you thought they were fast in Modern, imagine what you can do with 13 lands that produce 2 mana.  Hard hitting action hits fast and furious.

Exhausted yet?  Well let’s slow it down some.

Certainly in Legacy you can die on turn 1 but control decks exist too:

UW Miracles –  Brad Gutkin
2nd Place – SCG Classic Baltimore

Illus by Mike Suffin

Illus by Mike Suffin

1 Mountain
1 Volcanic Island
2 Arid Mesa
2 Plains
2 Tundra
4 Flooded Strand
4 Scalding Tarn
5 Island

1 Monastery Mentor
3 Snapcaster Mage

3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

4 Sensei’s Divining Top

4 Counterbalance

2 Counterspell
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Council’s Judgment
1 Entreat the Angels
4 Ponder
4 Terminus

SB: 1 Venser, Shaper Savant
SB: 2 Containment Priest
SB: 2 Izzet Staticaster
SB: 1 Blood Moon
SB: 1 Moat
SB: 1 Rest in Peace
SB: 2 Flusterstorm
SB: 2 Pyroblast
SB: 2 Wear // Tear
SB: 1  Vendilion Clique

The Miracles deck controls the field using point removal like Swords to Plowshares, Counterspell, and Force of Will but the real strength of this deck are the card Counterbalance, Sensei’s Divining Top, Terminus, and the finisher Entreat the Angels.

Wide Open

This was just a short intro into Legacy.  This is but a taste of things to come.  We will be talking more about Legacy in the coming weeks.

Until Next Time,

May the Force Be With You

Illus by Terese Nielsen

Illus by Terese Nielsen


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