If you follow me on Twitter, you already know about my love for Eternal formats, and you definitely know about my recent affair with 4C Leovold in Legacy:
The deck is the old Czech Pile, that now has been renamed (thankfully), and the deck list is established—it’s what almost everyone plays online.
Hymn to Tourach has taken over for Counterspell, since midrange is more popular and getting a 2-for-1 is better when all of the spells are great.
Kolaghan’s Command is the new sheriff of Legacy, and has made Death & Taxes fall out of metagame, and Stoneforge Mystic in general. I’ve never been a fan of Stoneforge Mystic, and now I will never register a deck with her in it, just because of this one spell that has grown so much in popularity.
I used to play 2 main deck and 1 sideboard, but after two events I noticed that I was always boarding it in, so I might as well play 3 copies of it and cut Abrupt Decay.
Diabolic Edict is one of the few ways that you can deal with an instant Marit Lage and I like one in the main deck for Gurmag Angler and True-Name Nemesis. The other 2 in the sideboard are also great for Sneak and Show, and I board them in often.
There’s one card choice over which many players are divided, however: Wasteland.
You often see 2 Wasteland in the place of 2 Scalding Tarn, but I’m still in the 10 fetchlands and 10 dual lands camp since the deck is very mana hungry, and I can’t afford to miss a color because I have a Wasteland.
I’ve been a fan of Liliana, the Last Hope. In two weeks you can have Liliana of the Veil and Liliana, the Last Hope in play together, and that’s a great upside for her. She’s amazing versus Death & Taxes, but she’s also great versus Grixis decks.
On Sunday at my local event I had a choice between turn-3 Leovold or turn-3 Liliana, the Last Hope versus Grixis Control, and I chose Liliana to play around Pyroblast, which he had along with Lightning Bolt. I ended up getting a huge amount of value out of my planeswalker, rebuying Leovold multiple times for an insurmountable advantage. Not to mention, it’s a wonderful answer to Young Pyromancer.
I would board in Liliana in the mirror and in every grindy matchup where you need a planeswalker to get card advantage.
Normally I include sideboard plans in my articles, but when talking about Legacy, it is better to discuss how matchups play out and which cards are good or bad, since everyone has their own list and you can’t really make a proper sideboard guide for Legacy.
Control Decks (4C Leovold, Grixis Control, Miracles)
Beware of Blood Moon versus Grixis and Miracles.
On turn 1, don’t get overeager with your Ponder if you already have a play. Let’s say your hand is lands and spells with a Hymn to Tourach. I wouldn’t bother to Ponder on turn 1 since there’s basically nothing you are looking for there. Meanwhile, in the late game, you know better which cards to look for, so you’ll select for them more effectively with your fetchlands.
Combo Decks (Sneak and Show, ANT, Reanimator)
These matchups are good. I always feel confident against combo with this deck, as you have a lot of discard and a lot of counters. Your clock is slow, but if you pick apart their hand consistently, you’ll eventually find a beater.
Leovold is once again insane, and you can even fight a Griselbrand with it.
Chalice of the Void Decks (Eldrazi, Moon Stompy, 4C Loam)
3 Kolaghan’s Commands mean that a Chalice of the Void isn’t as deadly as it used to be, and having 2 basic lands also means that Wasteland and Blood Moon aren’t as devastating. This matchup really depends on how fast they are.
Against Eldrazi, I would love to have a Wasteland for their Eye of Ugin, as that’s one way they can go big and kill you in the late game, but against the others I would rather just draw my colors to dodge Wastelands and Moons.
You don’t really sideboard much here. I would keep all the FoWs and trim a couple of Leovolds against Eldrazi and Moon Stompy for some Diabolic Edicts.
And that’s the end of my deck guide about the best and most fun deck in Legacy at the moment. I hope you have a blast playing with it—I do!