Welcome to the latest installment of the Legacy Rankings. Here are the resources I use to inform all Power Rankings, leaning more heavily on what applies best to the given format:
- Magic Online results. This includes Preliminaries, Weekend Challenges, Super Qualifiers, and MOCS Events.
- MTGMelee results. I typically look at all of the events with at least 20 players.
- Large tabletop events. When applicable.
- Untapped.gg stats. These show win rates of various archetypes on the Magic Arena ladder.
- Previous rankings. Just because a deck didn’t make a top 8 over the weekend, doesn’t mean it’s suddenly a bad deck.
- Public opinion. I discuss things with my teammates, and take a look at what’s getting a lot of attention on Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, podcasts and written content.
- My own instincts and experiences.
I don’t normally feature an 11th deck, but I think it’s important to mention 8-Cast (the “8 Casts” are Thoughtcast and Thought Monitor). This deck was insanely hot during the month of March, but seems to have lost all of its momentum. Don’t be surprised to see it around, but I think it’s clear that this deck doesn’t have the staying power that some of the top strategies do.
Storm has been around forever, and the experienced Storm players are very scary to play against. There are a few versions, ranging from Mono-Red Storm using Birgi, God of Storytelling to more classic versions with Infernal Tutor and Dark Ritual.
9. Red Prison
Mono-Red Prison uses fast mana like Chrome Mox and Ancient Tomb to power out disruptive permanents like Blood Moon and Chalice of the Void. It also plays potent threats like Goblin Rabblemaster and Chandra, Torch of Defiance, which win games very quickly when they go unanswered.
Doomsday is a simple and elegant combo deck. All you really need to do is find a Dark Ritual and a Doomsday and you can easily set up a winning pile involving Thassa’s Oracle. I saw one particularly cool version that used creatures like Malevolent Hermit and Murktide Regent to back up the combo and provide alternative win conditions.
7. W/G Reclaimer
Decks centered around Elvish Reclaimer and powerful nonbasic lands make up a core strategy of competitive Legacy. They can assemble Dark Depths plus Thespian’s Stage, or they can play fair games with removal spells and card advantage.
Lands uses Exploration to power out a variety of extremely powerful lands. It can earn quick wins with Dark Depths plus Thespian’s Stage, or it can lock opponents out of the game with Wasteland, Rishadan Port, Glacial Chasm and The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale. One popular take on the archetype has uses Mulch and Winding Way.
5. Death and Taxes
Death and Taxes is a heavily disruptive white creature deck. It has its die-hard fans, and can be one of the scariest decks in Legacy in the hands of an expert pilot. The greatest appeal of Death and Taxes is that I believe it to have the best matchup against the #1 deck of anything on this list.
4. U/W or Jeskai Stoneforge
Stoneforge Mystic decks have been picking up in popularity lately. The most popular version is an aggressive Azorius deck with Delver of Secrets, which may or may not splash red for Pyroblast after sideboarding.
Don’t sleep on Reanimator. In my opinion, it’s the most explosive deck in Legacy, and really deserves four or more dedicated sideboard cards from most Legacy players. It greatly improved with the printing of Archon of Cruelty, since it now has a game-winning threat that doesn’t care about Karakas.
2. Jeskai Control
These decks can take a variety of forms. Jeskai Mentor is a bread-and-butter way to use many of Legacy’s best cards, while Standstill, Stoneforge, Miracles and planeswalker-based control decks are other valid approaches. One particularly exciting version of Jeskai seeks to pair Day’s Undoing with some combination of Hullbreacher and Narset, Parter of Veils. If you can do so, you’ll get a fresh windfall of seven cards while the opponent gets utterly cleaned out.
The reason these decks are so effective is that preventing opponents from drawing cards is simply a great effect in Legacy, even as a standalone. So you wind up with rock solid midrange decks that simply have the combo built into them.
1. Izzet Delver
Despite the Ragavan ban, Izzet Delver remains the deck to beat in Legacy. The core is Delver of Secrets, Dragon’s Rage Channeler, Murktide Regent, Lightning Bolt, Daze, Force of Will, Wasteland and the best card selection in Legacy. In some games, it almost doesn’t matter what cards you draw, since the Delver player will neutralize everything by countering it, killing it or making it uncastable while Wastelanding you into oblivion.