After Grand Prix Chiba and its share of constructed decks, here there are the top cards of the Legacy format.
- Show and Tell
Show and Tell stole the entire tournament this weekend, putting also two copies of the deck in the Top8.This card is bonkers, it lets you cheat into play some stupid giant creature like Emrakul or Griselbrand and getting from them all the value. This weekend’s victory put back on the radar this powerful deck.
Miracles is still one of the top contender in Legacy, if not the one. This weekend we have seen different version of this deck, but all of them have their power in this enchantment. Counterbalance warped the format so much that Abrupt Decay, #7 in this list, is played almost in any deck. Miracles still put up results, and for that, Counterbalance is #2 in this list.
- Deathrite Shaman
This little guy is played in BUG and in Elves, both putting up some great results in this GP. BUG was the third most played deck on Day 2. A big part of the success come from this mana Elf that was too strong for Modern. Legacy’s all about finding small advantages or building toward a single huge play, and Deathrite comes packed full of different ways to develop those advantages or hamstring that big play: Liliana on turn 2, exile a Life from the Loam or Griselbrand, shrink an opposing Tarmogoyf. When good card advantage is hard to find, Deathrite Shaman gives you an irreplaceable tool.
Brainstorm is a Legacy staple. Every deck that play blue basically want this in. There were 24 copies of the card in the Top 8 of GP Chiba, and the only decks that didn’t play it were the ones without blue. The combination of Brainstorm plus Fetchland is one of the best form of card advantage and card selection you can have.
- Eye of Ugin
Eldrazi decks still have success despite none of them made Top 8 this weekend. The power of the deck comes from its manabase, where Eye of Ugin is an all-star and a centerpiece for the deck. Discounting your big Eldrazi and allowing you to cast them early make the deck so much powerful. If Eldrazi put up a fast start is quite difficult for every deck to catch them back.
- Delver of Secrets // Insectile Aberration
On Day 2, coverage broke down the metagame by archetype. Then, if you combine all of the Delver variants into a single grouping, you get the most represented Day 2 archetype by far. Sure, maybe the usefulness of that analysis is limited, RUG Delver plays nothing like BUG Delver, but it illustrates one point very clearly: a 1-mana blue creature is the best threat in the format.
- Abrupt Decay
Going into Grand Prix Chiba, as going into every other Legacy tournament, Counterbalance was the card to beat. Well, what beats Counterbalance? Abrupt Decay is the natural answer, and BUG Shardless and BUG Delver were all in the top tables. On top of that, the very nature of the format, that just make Counterbalance such a dominant force, i.e. an environment filled with 1 and 2 mana spells, made Abrupt Decay the ideal answer to almost anything an opponent could throw at you.
- Recruiter of the Guard
Recruiter is one of the newest card in the format, but it gave a boost to an old and familiar strategy, Death & Taxes. This deck, powered up by the Recruiter, may have found the way into being a Tier 1 in this format. One copy made his way into Top 8 but it also was the fourth most played deck on Day 2 of the Grand Prix.