Last month, I updated the Legacy Power Rankings with Modern Horizons 2, and not very much has happened since. The only newcomer to the format is Jeskai MonkeyStill, a control deck featuring both Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and Urza’s Saga that took over Legacy by storm and will be placed immediately in the podium, which was invented by Twitch Streamer “legacy_council.”
1. Izzet Delver
Once again, Delver of Secrets sits on top of the Legacy Power Rankings, and it’ll be very hard to take the Daze and Wasteland deck down this time around since Modern Horizons 2 powered it up even more!
I used to generalize the Delver decks together, since we used to have a plethora of different versions between Temur, Grixis, Sultai and Izzet. With Modern Horizons 2 though, Delver has streamlined into Izzet Delver as the superior color combination, since now it has two new powerful one-drop threats in Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and Dragon’s Rage Channeler, as well as a great top-end threat (Murktide Regent). Finally, Strixhaven also brought with it a card advantage engine in the form of Expressive Iteration.
The deck still suffers against Bant Control with Endurance and Prismatic Ending, as well as Chalice of the Void, but it’s much more consistent now, and that’s enough for it to hold the number one spot.
Our very own Anuraag Das has worked a lot of Bant Miracles, and he’s responsible for the deck’s success, dominating Magic Online Challenges with it and tuning the list.
We’re talking about a control deck with Ice-Fang Coatl and Swords to Plowshares to control the board and Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath and Jace, the Mind Sculptor to go over the opponent, as well as a ton of new tools from Modern Horizons 2.
First, we got Endurance, which is both a hate card against graveyard decks and Thassa’s Oracle as well as a three-mana 3/4 reach whose stats are perfect for dodging Lightning Bolt and blocking Delver of Secrets. It’s definitely a great addition to the deck.
We also have Prismatic Ending and Abundant Harvest from Modern Horizons 2. The first one has a unique effect to disrupt anything from a turn one Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer to a Chalice of the Void, although make sure to spend two different colors of mana on the Prismatic Ending to dodge the Chalice. The second one is a cantrip that Anuraag has been speaking well of since Strixhaven, as it guarantees consistency and it’s a green card for Endurance.
Legacy Jeskai Monkeystill by Ark4n
It might even be possible that, in a more controlling metagame, swapping Delver of Secrets for Urza’s Saga could be the winning strategy, since Retrofitter Foundry is a force against slow decks and the two Constructs can easily take the game over.
Because of this deck and of Urza’s Saga we’ve seen an uptick in Dress Down, an enchantment that’s able to kill any Construct tokens from Urza’s Saga as well as Sneak and Show’s Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, removing haste from it and therefore effectively countering it.
Doomsday is the best combo deck in Legacy. I might be too generous with the Bant deck and it’s entirely possible that a Doomsday deck, piloted to perfection, is the second best deck in Legacy, although I’m a big Force of Will fan and chose that as my tiebreaker.
Kai Sawatari, a German/Japanese Magic player, has been rocking the MTGO Challenges these past weeks with Doomsday and the deck seems to be doing great, despite the very high number of Force of Will, Force of Negation and Endurance decks floating around. In case you’ve never encountered the interaction, Endurance is sometimes able to disrupt a Thassa’s Oracle win if the graveyard and the deck size is higher than two when you’re casting Thassa’s Oracle. Of course, there are plenty of workarounds to this, but it’s definitely a new card to mention since this deck didn’t get any new tools with Modern Horizons 2.
5. Sneak & Show
If Kai Sawatari is the person to follow for Doomsday, then JPA93 is your go-to for Sneak & Show!
Sneak & Show is one of the oldest Legacy combo decks and it’s only picked up a few new cards. One of them now is Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, which JPA93 plays in two copies of in the sideboard. I’m assuming they’re to bring in whenever on the play against decks that will unload a lot of its removal and load up on counters instead.
Hogaak is the best deck if you want to prey on fair decks (Delver and Miracles) and don’t mind losing to the combo decks (Doomsday and Sneak & Show). That might not be the best strategy ever, but it’s definitely a functional one since Hogaak does constantly well in tournaments since fair decks are usually more popular than combo decks.
Like Doomsday, it didn’t get any new card from Modern Horizons 2, which isn’t a great place to be since the format added a lot to Legacy. However, only its already good matchups got some new tools, meaning that Hogaak’s positioning in the metagame may improve as a result of that.
Much like Hogaak, Elves is good against fair decks and bad against combo decks.
Modern Horizons 2 didn’t bring a whole lot of new toys to the deck, but some lists feature one copy of Grist, the Hunger Tide, which you can tutor up with Green Sun’s Zenith, as it’s a creature both in the deck and on the stack, while being a planeswalker in play.
Another factor that plays in favor of Elves lately is the fact that Plague Engineer is seeing very little play since Delver decks moved to be pure Izzet and Maverick decks also moved to be pure Selesnya.
8. Moon Stompy
The new toy that Moon Stompy has adopted is Fireflux Squad, a hasty four-drop that can turn your Goblin tokens that you got into play from Goblin Rabblemaster, Legion Warboss or Hanweir Garrison into a real threat, shortening the clock immensely.
Legacy Selesnya Reclaimer by Sharkcaster_Mage
Selesnya Reclaimer has been picking up in popularity in Legacy, using Elvish Reclaimer, Knight of the Reliquary and Crop Rotation to assemble Marit Laige while disrupting the opponent with Swords to Plowshares and Wasteland.
Modern Horizons 2 delivered a very important tool to this deck in Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth, which will turn your Dark Depths into a Forest as well as make Knight of the Reliquary able to sacrifice any land to its ability.
That might sound like a small deal, but the reason why Golgari Depths was the best home for Dark Depths through all this time was likely thanks to Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth making Dark Depths tap for mana, making the deck function much better whenever you had those draws.
The deck has since cut black entirely, previously splashing for Abrupt Decay and Plague Engineer. Instead, it’s simply gone Selesnya since its mana base picked up another colorless land in Urza’s Saga, which you can tutor up easily and gives you a nice artifact toolbox between Mox Diamond, Retrofitter Foundry and Thran Foundry, which you can sideboard in against graveyard decks or Thassa’s Oracle decks, together with Endurance.
Continuing a trend of decks that have a good matchup against fair decks but struggle against combo decks, there’s Mono-Green Cloudpost, which was used by “Into_play” to win last week’s MTGO Challenge, cruising through a sea of Bant Miracles.
The deck tries to get a huge amount of mana with Cloudpost, Glimmerpost and Vesuva, protecting itself from Wasteland with four main deck Pithing Needle, and then slowly winning the game with Primeval Titan and various Eldrazi.
This deck also adopted the one Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth, which makes the many lands that don’t tap for mana able to do so (Dark Depths, Eye of Ugin, Glacial Chasm, Maze of Ith, The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale).