There are a slew of Team Constructed Grand Prix coming up, the first of which is GP Santa Clara this weekend. Here are the Top 5 Legacy decks I expect to do well this weekend.
1) Grixis Delver
Grixis Delver has become the de facto deck to beat lately. This is the latest list I’ve played at a tournament, and it’s been doing very well for me. I don’t think Stifle is particularly effective in the mirror because good players can navigate around it. Therapy is powerful, but I wanted Spell Pierce versus the Jace decks of the format, and Delver is better at playing a tempo game than a grindy game against those types of decks.
What is dead may never die, but rises again harder and stronger. Okay, maybe not stronger, but Miracles has overtaken Grixis Delver to become the #1 deck on Magic Online. My friend Anuraag Das split the finals of a Black Lotus tournament with the following list:
This deck is excellent against Grixis Delver. Counterbalance is a great way to end the game once you’ve stabilized, and the presence of Brainstorm/Snapcaster Mage/Jace, the Mind Sculptor do a good enough CounterTop impression that it is very hard to win once the Miracles deck has stabilized. Furthermore, you can see the total sweeper count of 3 Terminus, 3 Supreme Verdict, and 1 Engineered Explosives post-sideboard, which makes it very powerful against creature decks.
The recent addition, Search for Azcanta, has also become a staple. It allows Miracles to play a cheap “threat” that lets you operate at instant speed and will usually end the game after a couple of activations.
3) Czech Pile
Deathrite Shaman has enabled this abomination of a midrange-control deck. It plays the best 2-for-1s in the format, and recent lists have begun incorporating Kess, Dissident Mage. It mostly competes with Jace, the Mind Sculptor for a slot, and it is actually better than Jace in a lot of matchups. It’s better against Lightning Bolt and Delver of Secrets, but worse against Karakas. Overall, Czech Pile builds vary wildly because there are so many options available.
4) Storm/Reanimator/Sneak and Show
I’m lumping all these decks together because they’re all fast combo decks. Out of the bunch, I think Storm is probably the best right now because there are a lot of Diabolic Edicts floating around. Combo decks are generally tier 2 in Legacy, but enough people will be playing them that I expect some of them to do well, and these are the best of them.
ewlandon, 5-0 in a Competitive Legacy League
Sneak and Show
JPA93, 5-2 in a Legacy Challenge
Ad Nauseam Tendrils
malimujo, 5-0 in a Competitive Legacy League
5) Eldrazi Stompy
I was torn between Eldrazi and Lands for the last slot, and sadly I’m going with Eldrazi. People have mostly figured out how to play against Lands, and there is a lot of graveyard hate and Diabolic Edicts putting a damper on how good Lands (and Turbo Depths) can be. Eldrazi is an inconsistent deck, but the reasonable draws can demolish all of the above four decks. Recent lists have been incorporating Walking Ballista, which I really like against Czech Pile and Delver. Thankully they didn’t make that card an Eldrazi.
That’s it for Legacy, I’m going to give my opinion on Top 5 for Standard/Modern too. No explanations, because I’m by no means an expert in these formats.
- Grixis Shadow
- G/R Scapeshift
- Temur Energy
- Ramunap Red
- U/W Gift
- 4-Color Energy
- Mono-Black Aggro