So You Wanna Play Legacy

Are you looking to get into Legacy, but don't know where to start? Fear not! Anders will bring you the beginner friendly options for your first venture into Legacy.


So, you've decided that legacy might be the format for you, but you're not sure where to start. Don't worry, I'll look at some great starts for a new member of our wonderful community.

Look, I'm not here to tell you that Legacy is cheap to buy into so if you know someone who has a spare deck go ahead and ask them if you can borrow it for game night. You might not get to play the best deck available or the deck you've always had your eyes on, but as a start it's a cheap way to experience a lot of different Legacy decks. You get to ask your opponents all night about their decks and ask them about what decks they can recommend for you. You also get to greet the community and maybe someone else will lend you another deck next week until you get your own.

The Basics

If you're looking to get your own deck decide if you want to play blue. I recommend doing this as it is more fun to draw less random cards. If you want to play blue you want to get four Force of Will straight away – you're gonna need those no matter what. If you play modern you'll already have a healthy helping of fetchlands, Flooded Strand and Scalding Tarn will leave you with some options as they can be played in both Miracles and Grixis Delver as well as the nearly mono-blue Sneak and Show.

If you don't want to play blue there's still a lot of options, but a lot of them will play Chalice of the Void often together with Ancient Tomb and City of Traitors. A lot of the pieces will go into multiple decks so if you have an idea of what direction you want to take your journey into Legacy start by getting some of the pieces: Either the blue pack or the non-blue pack.

Some Blue Options

Brainstorm Leovold, Emissary of Trest Terminus

In no particular order with some pro and cons:

Grixis Delver:

Pros: very straightforward to play, can easily/cheaply be converted to Czech pile, you have a number of free wins.

Cons: Somewhat expensive, might get hit with a Deathrite Shaman ban within a year or two.

Czech Pile:

Pros: Is the most similar to "normal" Magic, can easily/cheaply be converted to Grixis Delver, you get to play with a lot of powerful cards.

Cons: Very expensive and risks facing a Deathrite ban.


Pros: One of the cheaper blue options, you can start as UW and build the splash from there.

Cons: Hard to play if you don't know the format.

Sneak and Show:

Pros: Very straight forward to play as a newcomer, might be the cheapest blue option, you have a number of free wins.

Cons: Sometimes, you just lose to your own deck or hate cards from your opponent.


Pros: Very enjoyable if you're the type of person that likes to solve a puzzle, you have a number of free wins.

Cons: You also have some number of unavoidable losses where your opponent has more hate than you can beat.

My Recommendation:

I'd mostly recommend Sneak and Show until you get your bearings in the format.

Some Non-Blue Options.

The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale Chalice of the Void Eidolon of the Great Revel


Pros: Interesting and powerful deck with a lot of play to it.

Cons: Very expensive, very hard to play.


Pros: Very easy to play, if you get bored you could probably get your pet to do it, Chalice gives a lot of free wins.

Cons: Sometimes you just lose due to a bad draw, you might also lose all your friends.

Mono-Red Stompy:

Pros: A lot of free wins, you get to moon people.

Cons: Sometimes your opponents have basics :(.


Pros: One of the most powerful turn 1-2 decks, lots of free wins where opponents can't interact, cheap to build.

Cons: Win percentage goes down once opponent starts playing lands, susceptible to hate.

Death and Taxes:

Pros: A powerful mono-white control deck with a lot of lines.

Cons: It's a non-blue control deck and Kolaghan's Command is a problem for the deck.

BG Depths:

Pros: Easy to play, cheap to build – very powerful.

Cons: Can be hated out..


Pros: It's burn.

Cons: It's burn.

What?! Take that however you want it ;).

My Recommendation:

The non-blue options are very different and each one works for different people. Ask around and find out what works for you.

Closing Thoughts

I hope this short piece has inspired you to look at some legacy options and if nothing caught your eye, there are many other decks out there for you to try.

Plz play blue!

<3 Thiesen

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