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What’s New in Legacy? MTG Legacy Power Rankings – September Update

The Legacy metagame looks healthy and fun right now, with dozens of strategies able to succeed in competitive events. Strategies centered around Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath had a good month, and you’ll see several of them represented on the Rankings this time around.  

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 MTG 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.

 

 

10. Doomsday

Dark RitualDoomsdayThassa's Oracle

Doomsday represents a one-card combo that can be executed very quickly. A Dark Ritual and a Doomsday can set a five-card library involving Ideas Unbound, some mana sources and other cantrips, and Thassa’s Oracle to win the game. 

9. Bant Uro

Uro, Titan of Nature's WrathLife from the LoamSwords to Plowshares

Bant Uro is one of the cleanest and most effective value decks in Legacy. It plays plenty of basic lands alongside Life from the Loam and Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath to amass mana and card advantage without being too vulnerable to Wasteland. At the same time, it uses the permission and card drawing of blue and the effective removal of white to control the game. 

8. Red Prison & Painter

Blood MoonPainter's ServantAncient Tomb

Red Prison and Painter Grindstone are both mono-red decks which use fast mana like Chrome Mox and Ancient Tomb to power out disruptive permanents like Blood Moon

Red Prison compliments with potent threats like Goblin Rabblemaster and Chandra, Torch of Defiance, which win games very quickly when they go unanswered, and has now even adapted midrange all-star Fable of the Mirror-Breaker. One particularly sweet version of Red Prison goes heavy on planeswalkers and uses Jokulhaups to wipe everything else off the battlefield!

Painter, on the other hand, seeks to make every card across hands, libraries and the battlefield blue. From there, Pyroblast answers anything for one mana, while Grindstone mills the opponent out in one shot. 

7. Dark Depths (All Forms)

Dark DepthsThespian's StageVampire Hexmage (Timeshifted)

Combining Dark Depths with either Thespian’s Stage or Vampire Hexmage is a big strategy in Legacy, which you’re sure to run into. It can come in the form of Classic Lands, W/G Depths, B/G Depths or even Mono-Black Depths. All of these decks are strong, and can pack a real punch when they hit the metagame well. 

6. Reanimator

EntombReanimateGriselbrand

While spell-based combo isn’t on top of the format right now, graveyard decks like Oops All Spells and Reanimator still hold strong, and deserve to be respected with a healthy amount of sideboard hate. Even though Reanimator doesn’t technically win the game on turn one like Oops All Spells does, it can quickly and consistently put the game out of reach for the opponent with a fast Griselbrand or Archon of Cruelty

5. Four-Color Uro

Uro, Titan of Nature's WrathExpressive IterationYorion, Sky Nomad

Four-Color Uro is similar to Bant, but stretches the mana just a bit further to include Expressive Iteration and Pyroblast. It often uses Yorion, Sky Nomad as a companion.

As the quintessential “good cards” deck, it’s hard to get a big edge against Four-Color Uro. It packs tons of value, answers to everything, and every card it plays is highly efficient and effective. 

4. Blue Zenith

Green Sun's ZenithLeovold, Emissary of TrestIce-Fang Coatl

While Blue Zenith is technically also a four-color Uro deck, it’s substantially different from the archetype in the #5 position. Blue Zenith spans white, green, blue and black, and plays a much more creature-centric game in order to capitalize on Green Sun’s Zenith. Highlights include some cheap mana dorks, Ice-Fang Coatl, Ramunap Excavator and Leovold, Emissary of Trest

3. Jeskai Control

Day's UndoingHullbreacherNarset, Parter of Veils

If you lump all of the controlling Jeskai-colored decks together, it’s clear that this is a top strategy which is a favorite among Legacy’s elite players. 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. 

Regardless of how you build it, you wind up with a rock solid midrange or controlling deck that has answers to just about everything. 

2. Elves

Gaea's CradleGlimpse of NatureAllosaurus Shepherd

Elves is my personal favorite deck in Legacy, and I’m thrilled to see it having this much success. It’s a consistent creature-based combo deck with tons of built-in card advantage and staying power. It tends to have an excellent matchup against slower decks and creature strategies, while struggling a little against faster combo decks like Storm, Reanimator, Doomsday, Oops All Spells and the turbo Marit Lage decks. 

1. Izzet Delver

Delver of Secrets // Insectile AberrationLightning BoltMurktide Regent

For a while, a non-Delver version of Izzet was making a run for the title, but the competitive Legacy community seems to have settled back on Delver of Secrets as being the ideal way to play this color combination. This archetype is prevalent, puts up good finishes and has few true weaknesses. The card quality and the well-roundedness of Delver really can’t be matched. 

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. 

 

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