What’s the format look like now? Delver of Secrets and Swords to Plowshares are still holding the first and second spot in the Power Rankings, although they got worse and the gap with the rest of the field is now much thinner.
1. Delver Decks
There’s a lot of possible ways to go after including those 12 cards, or maybe I should say 24 considering that Force of Will, Brainstorm and Ponder are also auto-inclusions from UR Delver to Grixis and from Temur to Sultai. I’m expecting Legacy players to keep putting up good results with the most diverse versions of Delver decks.
Like Delver’s recent card losses, the same goes for Swords to Plowshares-based Control decks. They might have lost Arcum’s Astrolabe and Oko, Thief of Crowns, but Swords to Plowshares, Terminus and Snapcaster Mage are still around threatening every creature-based deck while also having great blue card selection and permission spells against combo decks.
Whether your deck is Esper Mentor, Bant Control or even abandoning white for Grixis or Sultai Control, I believe that a slower strategy with Baleful Strix or Ice-Fang Coatl will hover at the top of the Legacy metagame even post-bannings.
Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath has lost a lot of its power without Arcum’s Astrolabe fixing the mana base at ease, but it’s still a great card advantage engine that happens to have a great inevitability against Delver decks.
A few months ago, I was very high on Entombsday, which was a hybrid between Reanimator and Doomsday. That deck was great when you had to go faster than the midrange decks, whereas now you’re able to take a slower approach since you won’t face anymore Dreadhorde Arcanists and thier one-turn clock.
I believe Doomsday to be the best combo deck in Legacy, since it doesn’t lose to graveyard hate, as well as Chalice of the Void or Trinisphere. It’s a very solid one-card combo deck with some busted turn one kills.
Sneak and Show is very close to Doomsday in power level. It’s another busted combo deck that can win as early as turn one and it doesn’t lose to graveyard hate or get completely hosed by Chalice of the Void.
To me, that’s a very important restriction when evaluating a deck in Legacy. You can’t only look at its strengths – you have to also consider its weakness, and Sneak and Show doesn’t have that many.
Surely the existence of Force of Negation has made these combo decks slightly worse, but they’re still able to fight with their own counterspells as well as some backup plan like Magus of the Moon and Arcane Artisan.
Elves thrives in a metagame where Delver decks are popular. It can grind the long game, as well as have a turn one combo kill with Glimpse of Nature. It prefers to play against decks without access to black though, since Plague Engineer is a tough card to beat, so you’ll love a metagame where RUG Delver and Bant Control are the first and second deck of choice.
Elves does have a tough time against other combo decks and that’s a metagame that Elves really doesn’t want to see.
I enjoy playing Eldrazi from time to time, and you can check both my Deck Guide on CFB Pro and my Legacy video above.
Since Oko, Thief of Crowns’s banning, I think Eldrazi is a strong choice in a metagame where combo and blue decks are popular since Chalice of the Void loves to play against Brainstorm. What Eldrazi doesn’t want to see though is Stoneforge Mystic, Knight of the Reliquary or Flickerwisp.
7. BG Depths
BG Depths is an evergreen top tier Legacy deck, just like Sneak and Show. It dodges Chalice of the Void and Leyline of the Void hate and it plays around Swords to Plowshares with discard spells and Not of this World. It has a tough time against Wasteland but it can certainly defeat Delver strategies.
Just like Elves, it can have incredibly explosive starts or grind the game down. Also, just like with Doomsday, the departure of Dreadhorde Arcanist means that you don’t have to go off as early as turn two and you’re now able to take it slower against the blue decks.
HogaakVine is probably the best deck against Delver strategies, and what I’m afraid of the most when piloting Delver of Secrets. It’s a graveyard deck, yes, but it can easily dodge small hate like Surgical Extraction or Nihil Spellbomb, which is what Delver decks usually rely on.
HogaakVine has a good time against fair decks but a terrible time against combo decks, since its combo is slow and the interactions that it brings aren’t top-notch, but it’s definitely a good strategy if you want to prey on blue decks.
I was torn between whether to add Death and Taxes or Maverick to my Top 10. In the end, I decided to go with Maverick since it’s one of the most iconic Legacy decks, in the same way that Jund is for Modern players.
I don’t believe Maverick to be particularly good against either blue decks or combo decks, but it somehow always show up in the Legacy Challenges post-ban, even snagging first place in the Saturday 27 February Legacy Challenge.
The deck resembles more of an Aggro-Loam deck and it’s trying to grind the blue decks down with Knight of the Reliquary, Elvish Reclaimer and Flagstones of Trokair. It’s a nice, innovative strategy that I’m looking forward to see doing great things in the Legacy format.