It’s that time of the year again and New Capenna previews have officially finished. Preview season continues to be an exciting time for Magic players. While in the past it used to have less of an overall impact for Legacy players, with no more than a stray card or two seeing play, recently many sets have continued to influence the format. We are still living in the shadow of Modern Horizons 2 in many ways, for better or worse (I think for better), but even as recently as Kamigawa, the format experienced a decent shakeup with Kappa Cannoneer. New Capenna looks a lot more toned down for Legacy though, which is not a bad thing. I don’t think any card is going to have that level of influence, which is largely a good thing. Legacy players need a bit of a break honestly.
That being said, there are still some cool cards in the set and the flavor is awesome, so without any more delay, let’s jump right in.
I don’t think this will have any significant impact on the format, but it does turn Stoneforge Mystic into a tutor of artifact/enchantment destruction, which adds it to the list of options those decks have access to.
Honestly the bar for white creatures impacting the format has increased a lot over the past few years. Still, this can be tutored off of Recruiter of the Guard and returns cards like Stoneforge Mystic or Lion Sash from the graveyard to the battlefield. That’s a decent effect, so I wouldn’t be too shocked to see this show up at some point.
This type of card has seen play in white decks that take advantage of the extra cards in hand for things such as Force of Virtue and Solitude. I don’t think having copies nine to 12 of this type of card will really do much, but it’s there if you are looking for that.
I always include this type of card because it’s the kind of effect that some people enjoy breaking. I don’t really think this is a Legacy card, but there’s probably some combo I’m not thinking of, so it’s probably worth including here.
Errant, Street Artist
This doesn’t look like it has what it takes to be a Legacy card, but it’s cheap, blue and fairly unique, so I don’t want to completely discount it.
Even the Score
This card is pretty sweet against decks with Brainstorm and doesn’t even require playing blue to take advantage of in that context. It’s still a bit narrow in its use case and, even if the scenario occurs, you still have to have mana available, further narrowing its functional range. The effect is powerful though, and in decks built to take advantage of it (namely control decks) it can be a potent sideboard card. If your opponent knows about it though it becomes much easier to play around, so keep that in mind if you’re just relying on them casting Brainstorm on their main phase.
An Offer You Can’t Refuse
This looks like a much worse Swan Song in most cases, but there are some decks that’s can’t really take advantage of the Treasures (like Belcher), so in those situations maybe this could be a valid choice (I don’t picture myself ever playing this, though).
Generally this type of card wouldn’t be worth looking at, but it is functionally a one-mana blue catch-all removal spell, which could be worth something in the format. It has a lot of downsides though, and I don’t think it will be something that will show up with any frequency, but it’s worth keeping in mind, at least.
In Too Deep
While this naturally two-for-ones yourself, having an unstoppable blue answer to creatures and planeswalkers is pretty wild honestly. For most decks that want that kind of answer, other colors do generally provide better options. However, as a sideboard card for certain combo decks, this is really neat. Mono-Blue Delver does show up from time to time, and this being a legitimate answer to creatures can be a big deal. All in all, I think there’s a decent chance that In Too Deep shows up in Legacy.
Shadow of Morality
This isn’t anywhere close to Death’s Shadow and requires a lot more work to be close to castable. Overall, I’d leave this on the sidelines but if you think this is worth including, make sure you have a ton of ways to pay life (more than usual) because at any more than two mana, this is not going to cut it in Legacy.
This is a recursive threat, which might have some merit. It’s rate is not particularly good though, and it’s not really set up to have a significant impact, so I don’t think this has what it takes for Legacy.
I think everything I said for Tenacious Underdog applies here, so I don’t think we’ll be seeing too much of the detective.
On rate, this doesn’t really look good enough. The effect is fairly powerful though, and you do get to make a Treasure right away, which is somewhat interesting. I don’t think there are any decks that are interested in this, though, and even if it was meaningful for a strategy, it’s still fairly fragile.
Killing Delver for one mana is somewhat interesting and it does scale up as the game goes on. It’s not ever likely to kill their other threats, though, since it costs four mana to kill a DRC and who knows how much to kill a Murktide Regent, so I’d be leaving this one on the sidelines for now.
Vivien on the Hunt
People have talked about this card in the context of Planebound Accomplice setting up a fairly involved combo kill. I don’t think that can really do anything of merit in Legacy, so Vivien will probably not become a player in the format.
This is a very versatile card with a very prohibitive mana cost. Both being three colors and three mana are significant knocks against it, but it does have the potential to solve a lot of different issues, so I wouldn’t be too shocked to see it show up.
Jinnie Fay, Jetmir’s Second
There are cards that produce a lot of tokens at once, and in this case, they don’t even have to be creature tokens in the first place. In that context, Jinnie Fay is an interesting card. Being a 3/3 with a versatile mana cost is always fairly interesting, too, but in truth this type of card doesn’t usually come together. It takes a lot of work to make tokens in the first place, at which point, those tokens may just be more meaningful than getting some Cats anyway. On top of that, while it’s nice that it has a body (unlike enchantment versions of these cards), that makes it more fragile and if this ever gets removed before you do you thing, it will be devastating.
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary
The abilities on Ob Nixilis aren’t really good enough for Legacy. That being said, the copy ability does add an extra dimension to the card and it’s hard to evaluate. My gut says that this is too underwhelming on its face and takes too much effort to clone in Legacy to warrant inclusion. It is nice that sacrificing cards like Gurmag Angler immediately provides a ton of loyalty but I’m pretty sure you’d rather just have an Angler in play rather than an extra Ob Nixilis.
This Charm works really nicely with cards like Teferi, Time Raveler and is versatile enough that I can see a world where this is worth playing. The other two modes are alright but the fact that this makes one of the best cards in UW decks (Teferi) better means that I kind of expect some Esper players to adopt this as a one-of going forward. That being said, it’s probably worse than Sevinne’s Reclamation in a lot of situations where you want that effect, so I don’t think Obscura Charm is going to be making waves in the format.
I think this is the most powerful of the Charms for Legacy but it’s also in a color pair with minimal support. The combination of removal and potent card advantage goes a long way, with the incidental graveyard hate rounding it out. That being said, Jund is not a world-class archetype in Legacy and this card is unlikely to shift the tides on that front. The three-drop slot in that deck is already pretty overwhelmed anyway, so finding space for this is no easy task. I do expect Jund players to adopt this in some quantity going forward, and maybe one day it will have its opportunity to shine.
This is a really interesting hate bear for decks like Humans to adopt. A faux-Pithing Needle attached to a decent body is actually pretty sweet and I fully expect this card to be adopted in those decks in some quantity. It has some significant downsides, though: namely, not being able to stop lands from activating, making it a poor choice against Marit Lage decks. It’s a great option to have added to the format, though, and I’m pretty happy to see this card.
This is an interesting card. It’s an enabler for decks like UB Reanimator that has the potential to be a two-mana draw two in long games. It looks a bit clunky for the format, as draw two, discard one has not been the best effect in Legacy in the past. I wouldn’t be shocked to see it show up though, since being an instant is a significant boon over some previous versions.
This is a sweet card, but I don’t think it’s better than Vindicate which hasn’t seen any play as of late. It’s nice to have access too, though, so maybe there will be a time for in in the future.
Luxior, Giada’s Gift
I have seen people talk about this in Modern in conjunction with Devoted Druid. Even if it can be tutored off of Urza’s Saga, that seems too underwhelming in Legacy, so I don’t think Luxior will make that much of an impact (although I have seen some Swift Reconfiguration/Devoted Druid decks over the past few months, so I’m willing to be proven wrong).
Considering that the Triomes occasionally see play, I expect these to pop up in four-color decks going forward. A very nice addition to mana bases in the format (albeit somewhat unnecessary).
Rich is a Legacy lover from upstate New York who loves to cast Brainstorm, normally pairing it with Delver of Secrets. He has two SCG Open top 8s, with a win in Syracuse in 2019, and numerous high-level Magic Online results. He offers Legacy coaching and frequently posts about Delver decks on twitter @learntolove66.