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In this series, my goal is to get newer Legacy players into the format without breaking the bank. There are serious signs that the Legacy format is in decline, as one of the biggest supporters of the format, Star City Games, has relegated most of their opens to Standard, and made Legacy a Sunday-only IQ event. Some Wizards of the Coast employees have stated that they just “do not like” the format, and many are shying away from playing for Modern and Standard.

I do not want this to happen. Legacy is a very fun format, and its interactions and playstyle are distinct from those in other formats. I want you guys to get into this format however you can.

As for me, I initially just wanted a taste of the format, but once I got started I just wanted to play more eternal. Even if you just have a little bit of money to start playing, you can go to those Sunday IQs with a budget deck and still have the chance to clean house.

Last week I talked about how to get some staples to start the format if you do not want to play a budget deck, and instead wanted to get something quite competitive, but over a longer period of time. If there is a Legacy FNM (rare, to say the least!) in your area and you want to be there within a month, this article is for you. I am going to show you three decks, all of which can be acquired for a reasonable Legacy deck price, that you can play without buying a bunch of staples. And yes, one of them is Burn.

Let’s start with that, shall we?

I. Burn

Burn by Peyton

Red Fire Dudes (11)
Goblin Guide
Eidolon of the Great Revel
Grim Lavamancer

Sudden Red Fire (15)
Lightning Bolt
Fireblast
Price of Progress
Searing Blaze

Slower Red Fire (12)
Lava Spike
Rift Bolt
Chain Lightning

Red Fire That Sticks Around (2)
Sulfuric Vortex

Realms of Red Fire (20)
Wooded Foothills
Bloodstained Mire
12 Mountain
Sideboard of Hate (And more Red Fire) (15)
Sulfuric Vortex
Mindbreak Trap
Red Elemental Blast
Smash to Smithereens
Relic of Progenitus
Ashen Rider

This is my own list of Burn, and one that I am in the process of buying so that I can take it to a larger event which is pretty close to me in a few weeks. Note that I am meta’ing Burn; I do not expect much red hate and want to capitalize somewhat. I also like Eidolon of the Great Revel in Legacy right now. Anyway, this deck has become even cheaper since Khans reprinted eight red fetches for us to use. Grim Lavamancer is an amazing tool against decks like Death and Taxes, and there must be fetchlands to enable ol’ Grim.

Fetchlands increase the overall consistency of the deck through thinning, as well as enabling Searing Blaze as a powerful card against creature decks. Optimally, this should be a 10-10 split for fetch/Mountain ratio, but for an extra $60, I cannot justify adding two Arid Mesa just for a slightly better ratio. Do not do it unless you are a serious Burn player, in which case you should also buy Ensnaring Bridge for your sideboard.

This brings me to the attractiveness of this particular list. It plays the reprinted cheap fetches, an effective Burn maindeck without sacrificing key components for price, and the sideboard is effective yet budget-minded. The current TCGplayer cost of this deck after optimization for direct shipping at moderately played or better condition is as follows (sans Mountain):

Burn Price

At just under $350, this deck can be picked up without a lot of prior experience and win games. It is the perfect example of how speed meets consistency that has stood the test of time. Go out there and burn some face!

II. Manaless Dredge

Manaless Dredge, Fairly Stock List by Peyton

A TON of Creatures that Do Graveyard Stuff (41)
Balustrade Spy
Flayer of the Hatebound
Golgari Grave-Troll
Golgari Thug
Ichorid
Narcomoeba
Nether Shadow
Phantasmagorian
Shambling Shell
Stinkweed Imp
Street Wraith

Stuff that Works from the Graveyard (12)
Bridge from Below
Cabal Therapy
Dread Return

Some Enablers (7)
Gitaxian Probe
Mishra’s Bauble
Narrow Sideboard (15)
Leyline of Sanctity
Leyline of the Void
Mindbreak Trap
Sickening Shoal
Ashen Rider

Manaless Dredge is a newer deck that operates on discarding a dredger or the powerful Phantasmagorian turn one, and then discarding a bunch of dredgers or dredging the following turn to pile up a graveyard quickly. The deck can combo kill as early as turn two with a Balustrade Spy milling everything, then reanimating a Flayer of the Hatebound followed by a huge Grave Troll for the win. You can also lock out the opponent with Iona, Shield of Emeria if she is a more readily available win condition.

The deck is not overly expensive, but MUST play four white Leyline in the sideboard to shore up the Burn and Storm match-ups. Those are likely to be disastrous game one, as you cannot interact and must combo kill before they do. Mindbreak Trap is also important, as the Storm player can potentially remove a turn zero Leyline before combo. These cards are not cheap. Creature decks can also be pretty hard, so a couple of post-board options like Contagion or Sickening Shoal are needed to ensure victory. Otherwise, Iona isn’t cheap, and neither are typical dredge pieces.

Here is the cost of the entire deck, following the same criteria as before:

Dredge price

The deck only costs a bit more than Burn, and this is mostly because 4 Leyline of Sanctity is a $120 investment straight away. I am honestly not sure which is a “better” deck. Dredge can certainly be faster and more powerful in certain matchups and metagames, but some metas are just rife with graveyard hate. The same can be said for Burn, but Manaless Dredge can also just win before the opponent assembles some hate, which is less likely for the Burn deck.

The other nice thing about playing Manaless Dredge is that it opens the possibility for playing normal, mana-infused Dredge in the future, which I personally prefer. Normal Dredge has better answers to hate, and is potentially equally explosive if not more so a la Lion’s Eye Diamond. If you like cool combo for little monetary investment, this is the one for you.

III. Enchantress

Legit Enchantress by Peyton

Enchantments (30)
Elephant Grass
Exploration
Mirri’s Guile
Utopia Sprawl
Wild Growth
Rest in Peace
Enchantress’s Presence
Sterling Grove
Oblivion Ring
Solitary Confinement
Sigil of the Empty Throne

Enchanted Ladies (And Cthulhu) (5)
Argothian Enchantress
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

Enchanted Realms (20)
Serra’s Sanctum
Windswept Heath
Plains
11 Forest

Magical Enchanted Lady Finder (And sometimes some short guy) (4)
Green Sun’s Zenith

Lonely Metal Hat (1)
Helm of Obedience

Wicked Hateboard (15)
Stony Silence
Oblivion Ring
Curse of Exhaustion
Leyline of Sanctity
Carpet of Flowers
Choke
Gaddock Teeg

This one is a bit of a shocker to be on here, and is the most pricey of the three decks. Unlike the others, I would like to start with this deck’s price point:

burn

Enchantress Price

Clearly, that is a lot higher than Burn or Dredge, by a margin of $200. Then why in the heck is it in this article? Well, for a Legacy deck, $570 is a surprisingly low number. For those of you unfamiliar with Enchantress, it is basically a combo deck that chains together an insane number of enchantments while drawing cards with the Enchantresses and their Presences while maintaining a Solitary Confinement lock. The deck wins with Helm/RIP, a hard cast Flying Spaghetti Monster, or a ton of Sigil angels.

The deck is older and has barely seen any play at all in recent years. That being said, I think the deck could make a comeback. For a reasonable amount of money, this deck crushes aggro and most tempo decks, and has great post-board game against most combo and control decks. If you want to invest a bit more in the format, and get a “true” competitive (albeit declining) deck, I highly recommend Enchantress. This list would benefit from one maindeck Karakas, but this is not necessary for it to function.

That’s all for this week. I hope you have found the article helpful! If you have any questions or comments, post them below or email me at peyton@magicgatheringstrat.com.

Thanks for reading, and I will see you next week when I talk about how to pick, build, and play a deck with those staples you bought. Cheers!

/Peyton

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