Deep Analysis – Imperial Recruiter


I’ve posted a lot over the past month about the Legacy format.  I hope that my articles, along with the release of Eternal Masters, has helped to grow your interest in the Legacy format.

So now that you are interested in exploring the Legacy format, you want to know grow interest in your local area.

How do you go about doing so?

Finding Potential Players in Commander

There is always that 1 guy who wants to play the broken commanders. He's your Legacy target.

There is always that 1 guy who wants to play the broken commanders. He’s your Legacy target.

Surprisingly enough, even though commander is thought of as casual format, many players spend an incredible amount of time and money on their Commander decks.  Many of those cards are using in their decks are playable in Legacy.  Many of the combos they use to finish games in Commander border on the same degenerative nature as Legacy.

Now the players that will be interested in Legacy are the more competitive players of the Commander group.  Other players that could be interested are older players who still have a myriad of older cards from the past that are Legacy legal.  Many of these players would be interested in the power level, speed, and the difficulty level that would be Legacy.

Finding Potential Players in Modern

It's Necro...on a Stick

It’s Necro…on a Stick

Some players want something a bit more broken when it comes to their cards / formats.  Modern offers a taste of that, but it might not be enough for some players.  This is where you start noticing the players who are trying to find the most broken of strategies and the ones that are always complaining that the format is too slow for them.

Modern players own a lot of Legacy power level cards:

Snapcaster Mage
Liliana of the Veil
Dark Confidant
Vendilion Clique
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
and many others.

The power level of these cards are amplified in Legacy.  Since many players in Modern are heavily vested in the format, they will have a good number of cards for Legacy. This makes the transition easier.


Bad Faeries had to be banned

Bad Faeries had to be banned

Oddly enough, there is a cheap version of Legacy but it goes by another name, Pauper.  Pauper was originally a Magic Online only format but many groups have brought it to prominence in paper form as well.  The format uses every set ever printed with the restriction that you can only play Commons.  Now, one rule that you should know is that if a card has ever been physically printed at common, it is legal for the format.

This format does have a banned & restricted list maintained by WotC.  The last update to that list was on January 18th, 2016.  The current B&R list includes:

Cloud of Faeries
Cranial Plating
Empty the Warrens
Frantic Search
Temporal Fissure
Treasure Cruise

Don’t think this format is powerful?  Take a look at creatures and spells played in Modern and Legacy.  I think you’ll be surprised as to how many of them are commons:

brainstorm card

I’m no mere common…I’m THE common

Delver of Secrets
Lightning Bolt
Chain Lightning
Kird Ape
Wild Nacatl
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Search for Tomorrow
Spider Umbra
Tinder Wall
Vines of Vastwood
Gladecover Scout
Ancient Stirrings
Dark Ritual
Cabal Ritual
Empty the Warrens

Stopping players dead in their tracks since 1992.

Stopping players dead in their tracks since 1993.

Lotus Petal
Crop Rotation
Land Grant
Elvish Visionary
Apostle’s Blessing
Blighted Agent
Careful Study
Urza’s Tower
Urza’s Mine
Urza’s Power Plant

This list is not exhaustive by any means, but you can see how commons are the glue that makes a big chunk of decks work.

Pauper allows players to play with cards that are more powerful than Standard while being affordable.  This gives them a taste of what Legacy can bring.

Proxy Legacy Events

This is a PROXY and IS NOT a legal MTG in any format

This is a PROXY and IS NOT a legal MTG in any format

*Note: Neither I nor MTGDecktechs is condoning the use of fake magic cards for tournament use*

The last major step would be to work with your local group in holding some Legacy events (non-sanctioned unfortunately) where proxies could be used in your Legacy deck.  Most groups agree to a certain percentage (20-25% proxies max) but it is negotiable with your group.

What this is for is to gauge what each player would be willing to invest his / her time and money into playing Legacy.  Deciding which deck / strategy could take time but once a player has a set idea of what they want to build for Legacy, they can then attempt to acquire those cards.

Wrap Up

This should give you a good grasp of whom to target to try to recruit over to the Legacy format.

Until next time, keep slinging those spells.


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