Legacy Ragavan Delver by Cho Jaeseok
Modern Horizons 2 has shaken up more than just its namesake format, and the impact on Legacy is definitely real. This update to UR Delver is a nice one, with Ragavan, Dragon’s Rage Channeler and Murktide Regent all making appearances. Let’s take a look at one of the best decks in the format, Ragavan Delver!
I got the original list from Cho Jaeseok and chatted with him about the various card choices. I’ve mentioned him before, as he always plays sweet decks and posts about them on Twitter, so I’d recommend him as a follow.
Your one-drops are where a ton of this deck’s power lies. You always want to open on one (preferably Ragavan), and they are what make Daze, Wasteland and Force of Will so powerful. Ragavan runs away with the game the fastest, but any of these on turn one gets the game started right.
Zero-mana counters are where it’s at, and being able to stop anything without tapping mana is huge. These punish combo decks the most, but anyone who taps more than one mana for spells will find themselves on the wrong end of a Daze.
Another strength of this deck is the cantrip suite. In fact, Expressive Iteration is more a draw two, and at a highly efficient rate. All of these help the deck sculpt its hand to be perfect for the matchup, finding Bolts, threats or counters as needed.
Lightning Bolt is too efficient not to play, with Gut Shot and Forked Bolt being more metagame calls (there are a lot of X/1’s running around these days). A surprising amount of games end with double Bolt out of nowhere.
Murktide Regent is a heavy hitter, and the closer for any game that goes long. I could see playing a third, as it’s been truly fantastic. Brazen Borrower is a hedge against cards like Chalice of the Void or expensive creatures, but you could move it to the sideboard to make room for a third Regent.
You want to see a one-drop creature more than anything, but opening on Ponder or Brainstorm when you have good interaction isn’t the worst either. You do need to have a threat or a way to find a threat, as this deck doesn’t play well without pressure.
This is the exact kind of hand that looks tempting but won’t win the game (unless you know it’s a matchup like Elves where these cards are great). Too often, this hand will trade a card or two then lose to the other deck’s endgame, as you aren’t pressuring them at all.
This hand is lacking disruption and spells, but opening on multiple threats can get out of control quickly. With double Channeler, you just need one spell to have this hand find what it needs.
- When you have Mishra’s Bauble and a fetchland, look at your top card before deciding whether to shuffle it away.
- Ragavan’s dash ability comes up a lot, so keep it in mind to set up surprise attacks.
- Dragon’s Rage Channeler can fill your graveyard for Murktide Regent, so sometimes you want to get out Channeler even before Delver (though Ragavan is basically always first).
This is definitely one of the decks to beat right now, and learning how to play with or against it will help you succeed in Legacy. Plus, Ragavan is a ton of fun, and I’ve enjoyed playing this deck greatly. Good luck, and always lead with the Monkey.