Category Archives: Modern Legacy
Woo-hoo! A new set, new cards! Oh wait. A core set? Ah well, do not worry! There’s still some really interesting cards in the set. By my count, there are four cards that have great potential to be played, and This article will talk about each, along with highlighting what decks they might go into.
Let’s revisit the banned list. On the top of that list is the five artifact lands. Does that mean Affinity as a deck is dead? I think not. I believe that the deck is very viable if you take an objective look at what exactly makes it tick.
I played at the recent SCG Legacy Open in Baltimore, and I got 20th overall. I think that high of an finish obligates me to write a report and even write up a primer of sorts on my deck of choice. What was the deck that I brought? It was LEDredge.
I have enjoyed success in my last couple of Legacy tournaments, more than I have had in a while. After some consideration, I think I figured out the reason for that success. It is because I had a different approach to these tournaments. I feel that this approach can be summed up in a single word: “Options”.
There is a deck in Legacy, which has every one of its creatures and most of its lands within the Modern cardpool, really losing only 12 cards when we take it out of the Legacy pool. That deck is Merfolk, a favorite of many Legacy players, possibly one of the most common Legacy decks there is. The deck’s strength lies in its synergy within its creatures, along with the massive tempo gains afforded by Force of Will, Daze, and Mental Misstep. Could such a deck exist in Modern? We’ll follow along in my efforts to build and strengthen a Modern Merfolk deck.
First, a bit about myself:
I’ve been playing Magic: The Gathering since 2001, around the time that Planeshift and Apocalypse was released. I started playing frequently in tournaments in the Mirrodin era. Yeah, I survived Raffinty. I got in the Legacy format maybe 2 years ago, and it was love upon first sight. Why? I fell in love with the sheer number of viable decks. Standard often has only like 3 or 4 decks that are good. In Legacy, there are 30 or 40 decks that can win. I play Legacy as much as I can.
Now that Wizards has announced the new format on the block, Modern, I became very interested in it. There’s nothing like the thrill of discovering new decks in a new format, really. In this column, I’ll write about Legacy and Modern (I’m hoping it becomes an actual format), once a week, on Tuesdays.