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Feb 19 2010 2:55am
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Well it's that time again................

Time for me to break out into some terrible re-make rendition of Heart Breaker.  Oh wait, I did that last time.  How about another cheesy song reference to segue into my research.

Vanilla Ice singing Pox, Pox baby?

Pox

How about I skip the uncomfortable ice breakers and just get on with it already.

For those of you just joining me, I have been researching Legacy card lists to find out which cards are the most widely played.  My two previous articles can be see here puremtgo.com/articles/infinity-and-beyond and here puremtgo.com/articles/riddle-me.

So which Legacy cards do you think made up the Top Ten most played?

 

 

Card Name # of Decks Using # of Times Cards Used Card Price
Aether Vial 5 19  $       1.00
Brainstorm 22 87  $       0.35
Cabal Ritual 1 4  $       0.90
Cabal Therapy 4 14  $       0.90
Chain Lightning 3 12  $       0.40
Chalice of the Void 5 20  $       7.50
Counterbalance 8 27  $       2.50
Counterspell 5 12  $       0.50
Crucible of Worlds 4 7  $       6.00
Cunning Wish 3 8  $       1.50
Dark Ritual 4 16  $       1.50
Daze 14 53  $     10.50
Decree of Justice 2 3  $       2.50
Diabolic Edict 2 5  $       2.75
Duress 3 8  $       0.08
Engineered Explosives 13 28  $     28.00
Enlightened Tutor 4 5  $     10.50
Entomb 2 6  $     11.00
Fireblast 3 11  $       2.50
Force of Will 24 96  $     64.00
Grindstone 2 8  $     16.50
Humility 2 3  $       4.50
Hymn to Tourach 3 12  $       3.50
Infernal Tutor 1 4  $       1.30
Intuition 3 11  $       7.50
Life from the Loam 5 15  $       3.25
Lightning Bolt 5 18  $       0.20
Lim-Dul's Vault 2 7  $       0.20
Maelstrom Pulse 3 6  $     17.50
Magma Jet 3 10  $       2.75
Mystical Tutor 2 7  $       4.50
Natural Order 1 4  $     17.00
Oblivion Ring 3 6  $       0.08
Pernicious Deed 5 13  $     21.78
Pithing Needle 2 2  $       0.60
Ponder 11 36  $       0.05
Pox 1 3  $       2.00
Price of Progress 3 10  $       3.50
Putrefy 1 1  $       0.15
Pyroblast 1 3  $       0.70
Rift Bolt 3 10  $       0.12
Seething Song 2 8  $       0.08
Sensei's Divining Top 17 42  $       0.75
Show and Tell 2 5  Non-Mtgo 
Sinkhole 3 12  Non-Mtgo 
Smallpox 2 8  $       0.12
Snuff Out 2 5  $       7.00
Spell Pierce 3 8  $       0.03
Spell Snare 8 28  $       1.25
Standstill 4 16  $       2.75
Stifle 9 33  $       5.00
Survival of the Fittest 2 7  $     42.00
Swords to Plowshares 15 57  $       0.75
Tendrils of Agony 1 1  $       0.35
Thoughtseize 9 34  $     10.00
Trinisphere 3 11  $       1.15
Umezawa's Jitte 7 15  $     12.00
Vedalken Shackles 3 6  $       8.50
Vindicate 3 11  $     22.77
       

 For those scoring at home your Top Ten looks like this:

 

# of Times Used # of Decks Using
1.   Force of Will - 96 1.   Force of Will - 24
2.   Brainstorm - 87 2.   Brainstorm - 22
3.   Swords to Plowshares - 57 3.   Sensei's Divining Top - 17
4.   Daze - 53 4.   Swords to Plowshares - 15
5.   Sensei's Divining Top - 42 5.   Daze - 14
6.   Ponder - 36 6.   Engineered Explosives - 13
7.   Thoughtseize - 34 7.   Ponder - 11
8.   Stifle - 33 8.   Stifle - 9
9.   Engineered Explosives - 28 9.   Thoughtseize - 9
10. Spell Snare - 28 10. Counterbalance / Spell Snare - 8

 

 

 

Top Ten Price List Average # Times Used per Deck Price # to Purchase Total
1.   Force of Will 4  $       64.00  4  $      256.00 
2.   Brainstorm 3.95  $         0.35  4  $         1.40 
3.   Swords to Plowshares 3.8  $         0.75  4  $         3.00 
4.   Daze 3.79  $       10.50  4  $       42.00 
5.   Sensei's Divining Top 2.47  $         0.75  4  $         3.00 
6.   Ponder 3.27  $         0.05  4  $         0.20 
7.   Thoughtseize 3.78  $       10.00  4  $       40.00 
8.   Stifle 3.67  $         5.00  4  $       20.00 
9.   Engineered Explosives 2.15  $       28.00  3  $       84.00 
10. Spell Snare 3.5  $         1.25  4  $         5.00 
     $     120.65  39  $     454.60 

 Again, another hefty investment.  Eh, no one ever said this game (Thank you pauper) format was inexpensive.  As far as prices go, right now Engineered Explosives and Thoughtseize are running high.  Not to long ago you could purchase Engineered Explosives around 12 and Seize around 4, so I'd expect their prices to go back down eventually.  Brainstorm, Ponder, Sensei's, Swords and Snare are all very cheap.  Force of Will being the granddaddy of them all isn't surprising, but don't look for this price to decline anytime soon, if ever.  Daze is sitting at a nice clip as well.  Stifle resting at $5 now is a steal in my opinion and a nice option to ward off those pesky Wastelands that seem popular.

So by purchasing the above cards here is where we are left to finish out each deck:

 

 

 

Deck Name Needed Cards Add Cost
The Fear 2 Counterspell, 4 Intuition, 1 Life from the Loam, 1 Maelstrom Pulse, 4 Counterbalance, 2 Pernicious Deed  $   105.31
Pox 2 Entomb, 3 Duress, 4 Hymn to Tourach, 2 Life from the Loam, 3 Pox, 4 Smallpox, 4 Pernicious Deed  $   138.14
Dream Halls 4 Lim-Dul's Vault, 4 Conflux, 3 Cruel Ultimatum, 4 Show and Tell, 4 Dream Halls  $     44.80
Dark Depths 4 Counterbalance  $     10.00
Green Stax 4 Natural Order, 4 Chalice of the Void, 4 Trinisphere, 3 Umezawa's Jitte  $   138.60
4C Thresh 4 Counterbalance, 2 Vedalken Shackles  $     27.00
Elves 3 Chord of Calling, 1 Crop Rotation (Non-Mtgo), 3 Summoner's Pact, 4 Glimpse of Nature  $     57.00
UGB Thresh 4 Diabolic Edict, 1 Putrefy  $     11.15
UGR Thresh 4 Fire/Ice, 4 Lightning Bolt  $       5.64
UGW Thresh 2 Spell Pierce  $       0.06
Oath 1 Research/Development, 1 Balance, 1 Vampiric Tutor, 4 Spell Pierce, 2 Enlightened Tutor, 1 Imperial Seal, 1 Repeal, 1 Demonic Tutor  
  1 Gaea's Blessing, 4 Oath of Druids, 1 Echoing Truth  $     305.15
Merfolk 4 Standstill, 4 Aether Vial, 2 Umezawa's Jitte  $       39.00
Ad Nauseam 1 Ad Nauseam, 4 Cabal Ritual, 4 Dark Ritual, 4 Mystical Tutor, 2 Spell Pierce, 1 Wipe Away, 4 Duress, 1 Ill-Gotten Gains (Non-Mtgo)  
  4 Infernal Tutor, 1 Tendrils of Agony  $       33.68
Aluren 3 Chain of Vapor, 3 Intuition, 3 Cabal Therapy, 4 Aluren  $       45.80
Survival Bant 3 Survival of the Fittest  $     126.00
Belcher 4 Dark Ritual, 4 Desperate Ritual, 3 Manamorphose, 4 Seething Song, 4 Burning Wish, 3 Empty the Warrens, 4 Land Grant (Non-Mtgo)  
  4 Rite of Flame, 4 Goblin Charbelcher  $       33.47
Countersliver 2 Counterbalance, 4 Aether Vial  $       14.00
Deadguy Ale 4 Dark Ritual, 1 Smother, 4 Hymn to Tourach, 4 Vindicate, 1 Pernicious Deed  $     132.98
Dreadfish 3 Counterbalance  $         7.50
Dreadstill 2 Trickbind, 3 Counterbalance, 4 Standstill  $       19.00
EvaGreen 4 Dark Ritual, 1 Diabolic Edict, 2 Snuff Out, 1 Duress, 4 Hymn To Tourach, 4 Sinkhole (Non-Mtgo), 1 Umezawa's Jitte  $       48.83
43 Land 4 Intuition, 4 Life from the Loam, 4 Exploration (Non-Mtgo), 4 Manabond  $       85.00
Stax 4 Armageddon, 4 Ghostly Prison, 3 Oblivion Ring, 4 Chalice of the Void, 4 Crucible of Worlds, 4 Smokestack (Non-Mtgo)  
  3 Trinisphere  $       78.81
Team America 3 Snuff Out, 4 Sinkhole (Non-Mtgo)  $       21.00
Aggro Loam 1 Terminate, 4 Life from the Loam, 2 Maelstrom Pulse, 3 Seismic Assault, 4 Chalice of the Void  $       81.05
Baseruption 1 Krosan Grip, 4 Counterbalance, 2 Vedalken Shackles  $       27.75
Death and Taxes 2 Oblivion Ring, 4 Aether Vial, 2 Umezawa's Jitte  $       28.24
Dragon Stompy 4 Seething Song, 3 Blood Moon, 4 Chalice of the Void, 4 Trinisphere, 2 Umezawa's Jitte  $       81.50
Enchantress 1 Enlightened Tutor, 2 Replenish (Non-Mtgo), 2 City of Solitude, 4 Elephant Grass, 4 Enchantress's Presence, 1 Moat, 1 Oblivion Ring  
  2 Runed Halo, 2 Sigil of the Empty Throne, 2 Solitary Confinement, 4 Sterling Grove  $       53.40
Faerie Stompy 4 Chalice of the Void, 1 Pithing Needle, 4 Sword of Fire and Ice, 3 Sword of Light and Shadow  $       71.10
Goblins 4 Aether Vial  $         4.00
Imperial Painter 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Magma Jet, 3 Pyroblast, 3 Red Elemental Blast (Non-Mtgo), 4 Grindstone  $       74.40
4C Landstill 2 Counterspell, 3 Cunning Wish, 1 Enlightened Tutor, 1 Decree of Justice, 2 Humility, 1 Luminarch Ascension, 2 Pernicious Deed  
  4 Standstill, 1 Crucible of Worlds  $       89.71
UWB Landstill 3 Counterspell, 2 Cunning Wish, 1 Enlightened Tutor, 2 Decree of Justice, 2 Wrath of God, 1 Humility, 4 Standstill, 1 Crucible of Worlds  $       50.50
Loam Control 4 Innocent Blood, 4 Life from the Loam, 2 Raven's Crime, 4 Sinkhole (Non-mtgo), 4 Smallpox, 4 Vindicate, 1 Worm Harvest  $     111.60
Naya Zoo 3 Fireblast, 4 Lightning Bolt, 1 Lightning Helix, 4 Magma Jet, 4 Price of Progress, 4 Chain Lightning, 3 Rift Bolt  $       34.91
Reanimator 4 Entomb, 3 Mystical Tutor, 4 Careful Study, 4 Exhume (Non-Mtgo), 4 Reanimate, 1 Show and Tell (Non-Mtgo)  $       69.10
Sligh 4 Fireblast, 4 Lightning Bolt, 4 Magma Jet, 4 Price of Progress, 4 Chain Lightning, 3 Rift Bolt  $       36.76
Solidarity 1 Brain Freeze, 2 Cryptic Command, 3 Cunning Wish, 2 Flash of Insight, 4 High Tide, 4 Impulse, 3 Meditate, 3 Opt, 3 Remand  
  2 Peer Through Depths, 4 Reset, 3 Turnabout (Non-Mtgo)  $       36.74
Survival Rock 3 Cabal Therapy, 4 Survival of the Fittest  $     170.70
Rock 4 Cabal Therapy, 3 Maelstrom Pulse, 4 Pernicious Deed, 2 Umezawa's Jitte  $     167.22
Trinket Painter 1 Echoing Truth, 3 Lim-Dul's Vault, 3 Counterbalance, 4 Grindstone  $       74.35
White Weenie 4 Raise the Alarm, 4 Shared Triumph, 3 Aether Vial  $         5.52
Dredge 4 Breakthrough, 4 Cabal Therapy, 3 Careful Study, 3 Dread Return, 4 Bridge from Below,  $       43.68
RDW 4 Chain Lightning, 4 Fireblast, 4 Flames of the Blood Hand, 4 Incinerate, 4 Lava Spike, 4 Lightning Bolt, 2 Relic of Progenitus,  
  4 Rift Bolt, 2 Volcanic Fallout, 2 Price of Progress  $       26.08
Rogue Wizard 2 Counterspell, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Misdirection (Non-Mtgo), 1 Aether Spellbomb, 1 Paradise Mantle, 1 Pithing Needle, 1 Relic of Progenitus  
  1 Sword of Fire and Ice, 3 Umezawa's Jitte, 2 Vedalken Shackles  $       60.95
Rogue Walker 3 Counterspell, 3 Extirpate, 3 Fact or Fiction, 3 Vindicate, 1 Wrath of God, 1 Crucible of Worlds  $     116.31
     

 

As I would expect the costs here are going to be higher just naturally because the bulk of your deck revolves around this general category.

One nice thing is that 25 out of the 47 decks cost less than $50.00 to complete.  That cost will be even less when you consider several decks run some of those same cards.  The highest deck (Oath) can be disregarded as it isn't a Legacy deck.  The other decks that seem higher in cost are due to these two cards:

Vindicate Pernicious Deed

Maelstrom Pulse is a decent replacement for Deed, but is only about 4-5 dollars cheaper.

Now, let's take a look at where we stand in cards purchased:

4x Polluted Delta, 4x Flooded Strand, 4x Wasteland, 3x Tundra, 3x Tropical Island, 3x Underground Sea = $303

4x Tarmogoyf, 4x Dark Confidant, 4x Trinket Mage, 4x Tombstalker, 4x Nimble Mongoose, 4x Simian Spirit Guide = $291

4x Force of Will, 4x Brainstorm, 4x Swords to Plowshares, 4x Daze, 4x Sensei's Divining Top, 4x Ponder, 4x Thoughtseize, 4x Stifle, 3x Engineered Explosives, 4x Spell snare = $455

Total Cards bought: 84         Total cost: $1049  - That's a drop in the bucket for most of you right? 

Heck, I bet you have that in loose change under the couch cushions!

After purchasing all these cards, let's take a look at where we stand to complete each deck:

 

 

 

Deck Name Needed Cards Add Cost
The Fear 2 Counterspell, 4 Intuition, 1 Life from the Loam, 1 Maelstrom Pulse, 4 Counterbalance, 2 Pernicious Deed, Academy Ruins, Scrubland  
  Volrath's Stronghold, Windswept Heath, Etched Oracle, Eternal Witness  $       134.26
Pox 2 Entomb, 3 Duress, 4 Hymn to Tourach, 2 Life from the Loam, 3 Pox, 4 Smallpox, 4 Pernicious Deed, 4 Bayou, 4 Bloodstained Mire,  
  2 Nether Spirit   $       223.14
Dream Halls

 4 Conflux, 3 Cruel Ultimatum, 4 Show and Tell, 4 Dream Halls, 3 Ancient Tomb, 3 Lotus Petal, 2 Scalding Tarn, 4 Progenitus, Bogardan Hellkite, 4 Lim-Duls Vault

 
     $        107.80
Dark Depths 4 Counterbalance, 2 Misty Rainforest, 2 Scalding Tarn, 4 Dark Depths, 4 Vampire Hexmage, 2 Vendilion Clique  $       212.30
Green Stax 4 Natural Order, 4 Chalice of the Void, 4 Trinisphere, 3 Umezawa's Jitte, 4 Ancient Tomb, Misty Rainforest, Pendelhaven, Windswept Heath  
  Wooded Foothills, 3 Cold-eye Selkie, Dryad Arbor, 4 Elvish Spirit Guide, Progenitus, 4 River Boa, 2 Wickerbough Elder, 3 Garruk Wildspeaker  $       207.78
4C Thresh 4 Counterbalance, 2 Vedalken Shackles, 2 Lorescale Coatl, 2 Sower of Temptation  $         29.72
Elves  3 Chord of Calling, 1 Crop Rotation, 3 Summoner's Pact, 4 Glimpse of Nature, 2 Misty Rainforest, Pendelhaven, Windswept Heath, Wooded Foothills, 3 Cold-eye Selkie, Dryad Arbor, 4 Elvish Spirit Guide, Progenitus, 4 River Boa, 2 Wickerbough Elder, 3 Garruk Wildspeaker, 2 Verdant Catacombs  
     $       122.93
UGB Thresh 4 Diabolic Edict, 1 Putrefy, 2 Misty Rainforest, 2 Trygon Predator  $          18.95
UGR Thresh 4 Fire/Ice, 4 Lightning Bolt, 4 Scalding Tarn, 3 Volcanic Island, 2 Sower of Temptation  $         70.24
UGW Thresh 2 Spell Pierce, 4 Misty Rainforest, 2 Trygon Predator  $          15.36
Oath 1 Research/Development, 1 Balance, 1 Vampiric Tutor, 4 Spell Pierce, 2 Enlightened Tutor, 1 Imperial Seal, 1 Repeal, 1 Demonic Tutor  
  1 Gaea's Blessing, 4 Oath of Druids, 1 Echoing Truth, 4 Lotus Petal, 4 Misty Rainforest, 4 Forbidden Orchard, Iona, Shield of Emeria, Progenitus  $      362.40
Merfolk 4 Standstill, 4 Aether Vial, 2 Umezawa's Jitte, 4 Mutavault, Merfolk Creature Shell  $         89.00
Ad Nauseam Ad Nauseam, 4 Cabal Ritual, 4 Dark Ritual, 4 Mystical Tutor, 2 Spell Pierce, Wipe Away, 4 Duress, Ill-Gotten Gains, Tendrils of Agony, 4 Chrome Mox, 4 Lion's Eye Diamond, Marsh Flats, Scalding Tarn, 4 Infernal Tutor  
     $       261.68
Aluren 3 Chain of Vapor, 3 Intuition, 3 Cabal Therapy, 4 Aluren, 3 Bayou, 3 Wooded Foothills, Auriok Champion, 2 Cavern Harpy, Eternal Witness,  
  2 Man-O-War, 4 Raven Familiar, 4 Wall of Blossums  $         121.53
Survival Bant 3 Survival of the Fittest, 4 Misty Rainforest, 2 Savannah, 4 Windswept Heath, Iona, Shield of Emeria, Loyal Retainers, 4 Noble Hierarch,  
  2 Qasali Pridemage, Rafiq of the Many, 2 Rhox War Monk, 3 Spellstutter Sprite, Squee, Goblin Nabob, Trygon Predator, Wonder  $      238.39
Belcher 4 Dark Ritual, 4 Desperate Ritual, 3 Manamorphose, 4 Seething Song, 4 Burning Wish, 3 Empty the Warrens, 4 Land Grant (Non-Mtgo)  
  4 Rite of Flame, 4 Goblin Charbelcher, Bayou, 4 Chrome Mox, 4 Lion's Eye Diamond, 4 Lotus Petal, Taiga, 4 Elvish Spirit Guide, 4 Tinder Wall  $        295.57
Countersliver 2 Counterbalance, 4 Aether Vial, Savannah, 2 Windswept Heath, Sliver creature shell  $         53.86
Deadguy Ale  Smother, 4 Hymn to Tourach, 4 Vindicate, Pernicious Deed, 4 Dark Ritual,  4 Bayou, 2 Bloodstained Mire, 4 Marsh Flats, 4 Scrubland, 2 Hypnotic Specter  
     $      228.98
Dreadfish 3 Counterbalance, 4 Misty Rainforest, 2 Phyrexian Dreadnought, 3 Rhox War Monk  $          78.95
Dreadstill 2 Trickbind, 3 Counterbalance, 4 Standstill, 4 Mishra's Factory, 4 Scalding Tarn, 2 Volcanic Island, 4 Phyrexian Dreadnought  $       186.00
EvaGreen 4 Dark Ritual, 1 Diabolic Edict, 2 Snuff Out, 1 Duress, 4 Hymn To Tourach, 4 Sinkhole (Non-Mtgo), 1 Umezawa's Jitte, 4 Bayou, 3 Bloodstained Mire,  
  3 Marsh Flats, 2 Verdant Catacombs, 4 Hypnotic Specter, 4 Nantuko Shade  $        161.83
43 Land  4 Life from the Loam, 4 Exploration, 4 Manabond, Academy Ruins, 4 Mishra's Factory, 4 Mox Diamond, 2 Taiga, Volrath's Stronghold, 4 Wooded Foothills, 4 Intuition  
     $      283.30
Stax 4 Armageddon, 4 Ghostly Prison, 3 Oblivion Ring, 4 Chalice of the Void, 4 Crucible of Worlds, 4 Smokestack (Non-Mtgo)  
  3 Trinisphere, 4 Ancient Tomb, 3 City of Traitors, 2 Mishra's Factory, 4 Mox Diamond, Savannah, 2 Baneslayer Angel, 3 Magus of the Tabernacle  $        373.61
Team America  4 Sinkhole, Bayou, Bloodstained Mire, 3 Snuff Out  $         40.50
Aggro Loam  4 Life from the Loam, 2 Maelstrom Pulse, 3 Seismic Assault, 4 Chalice of the Void, Badlands, 3 Bloodstained Mire, 4 Mox Diamond, 2 Taiga, Volrath's Stronghold, 4 Wooded Foothills, 4 Countryside Crusher, Terravore, Terminate   
     $       348.55
Baseruption 1 Krosan Grip, 4 Counterbalance, 2 Vedalken Shackles, 3 Misty Rainforest, 2 Scalding Tarn, 2 Vendilion Clique  $         73.00
Death and Taxes  4 Aether Vial, 2 Umezawa's Jitte, 4 Savannah, 4 Windswept Heath, 4 Flickerwisp, 2 Gaddock Teeg, 3 Kitchen Finks, 3 Mangara of Corondor, 4 Mother of Runes, 3 Qasali Pridemage, 3 Serra Avenger, 2 Oblivion Ring  
     $         119.58
Dragon Stompy 4 Seething Song, 3 Blood Moon, 4 Chalice of the Void, 4 Trinisphere, 2 Umezawa's Jitte, 4 Ancient Tomb, 4 Chrome Mox, 4 City of Traitors  
  Akroma, Angel of Fury, Arc Slogger, Deus of Calamity, 4 Gathan Raiders, 4 Magus of the Moon, 4 Rakdos Pit Dragon, 2 Taurean Mauler  $       273.27
Enchantress 1 Enlightened Tutor, 2 Replenish (Non-Mtgo), 2 City of Solitude, 4 Elephant Grass, 4 Enchantress's Presence, 1 Moat, 1 Oblivion Ring  
  2 Runed Halo, 2 Sigil of the Empty Throne, 2 Solitary Confinement, 4 Sterling Grove, 3 Chrome Mox, 2 Savannah, 4 Argothian Enchantress  $       132.90
Faerie Stompy 4 Chalice of the Void, 1 Pithing Needle, 4 Sword of Fire and Ice, 3 Sword of Light and Shadow, 4 Ancient Tomb, 4 Chrome Mox, 4 City of Traitors  
  4 Mulldrifter, 3 Pestermite, 4 Sea Drake, 4 Serendib Efreet, 3 Sower of Temptation  $       229.75
Goblins 4 Aether Vial, Goblin Creature Shell  $         84.90
Imperial Painter 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Magma Jet, 3 Pyroblast, 3 Red Elemental Blast (Non-Mtgo), 4 Grindstone, 4 Ancient Tomb, 3 Chrome Mox, 3 City of Traitors,  
  Wooded Foothills, 3 Figure of Destiny, 4 Imperial Recruiter, 2 Jaya Ballard, Task Mage, 4 Magus of the Moon, 4 Painter's Servant, Vexing Shusher  $       274.60
4C Landstill 2 Counterspell, 3 Cunning Wish, 1 Enlightened Tutor, 1 Decree of Justice, 2 Humility, 1 Luminarch Ascension, 2 Pernicious Deed  
  4 Standstill, 1 Crucible of Worlds, Academy Ruins, 4 Mishra's Factory, Elspeth, Knight-Errant  $         122.51
UWB Landstill  2 Cunning Wish, Enlightened Tutor, 2 Decree of Justice, 2 Wrath of God, Humility, 4 Standstill, Crucible of Worlds, Academy Ruins, 4 Mishra's Factory, Scrubland, 3 Counterspell, 2 Elspeth, Knight-Errant  
     $       120.30
Loam Control 4 Innocent Blood, 4 Life from the Loam, 2 Raven's Crime, 4 Sinkhole (Non-mtgo), 4 Smallpox, 4 Vindicate, 1 Worm Harvest, 3 Bayou  
  Bloodstained Mire, 4 Mox Diamond, 2 Scrubland, 4 Verdant Catacombs, Gigapede  $      330.20
Naya Zoo  4 Lightning Bolt, Lightning Helix, 4 Magma Jet, 4 Price of Progress, 4 Chain Lightning, 3 Rift Bolt, 3 Fireblast, 3 Arid Mesa, Bloodstained Mire, 2 Plateau, 3 Scalding Tarn, 3 Taiga, 4 Wooded Foothills, 3 Grim Lavamancer, 4 Kird Ape, 4 Wild Nacatl  
     $        178.44
Reanimator 4 Entomb, 3 Mystical Tutor, 4 Careful Study, 4 Exhume, 4 Reanimate, 1 Show and Tell, 2 Bayou, 2 Bloodstained Mire, 4 Lotus Petal, 2 Marsh Flats,  
  Akroma, Angel of Wrath, Angel of Despair, Empyrial Archangel, Inkwell Leviathan, Iona, Shield of Emeria, 2 Putrid Imp, Sphinx of the Steel Wind  $         155.45
Sligh  4 Lightning Bolt, 4 Magma Jet, 4 Price of Progress, 4 Chain Lightning, 3 Rift Bolt, 4 Fireblast, 4 Ball Lightning, 4 Figure of Destiny, 3 Grim Lavamancer, 4 Hellspark Elemental, 3 Keldon Marauders, Magus of the Scroll  
     $         93.02
Solidarity 1 Brain Freeze, 2 Cryptic Command, 3 Cunning Wish, 2 Flash of Insight, 4 High Tide, 4 Impulse, 3 Meditate, 3 Opt, 3 Remand  
  2 Peer Through Depths, 4 Reset, 3 Turnabout (Non-Mtgo), 2 Misty Rainforest, 3 Savannah, Scalding Tarn  $         94.24
Survival Rock  4 Survival of the Fittest, 4 Bayou, 2 Savannah, 2 Scrubland, 4 Verdant Catacombs, 4 Windswept Heath, 3 Cabal Therapy, 4 Birds of Paradise, 2 Eternal Witness, Faerie Macabre, Gaddock Teeg, Genesis, Iona, Shield of Emeria, 2 Kitchen Finks, Loyal Retainers, 2 Qasali Pridemage, Shriekmaw, Squee, Goblin Nabob  
     $       352.09
Rock 4 Cabal Therapy, 3 Maelstrom Pulse, 4 Pernicious Deed, 2 Umezawa's Jitte, 4 Bayou, 4 Verdant Catacombs, Volrath's Stronghold,  
  2 Eternal Witness, 4 Kitchen Finks, 4 Llanowar Elves  $      263.34
Trinket Painter 1 Echoing Truth, 3 Lim-Dul's Vault, 3 Counterbalance, 4 Grindstone, Academy Ruins, 4 Painter's Servant  $           85.15
White Weenie 4 Raise the Alarm, 4 Shared Triumph, 3 Aether Vial, 3 Mutavault, White Weenie Creature Shell  $         42.98
Dredge 4 Breakthrough, 4 Cabal Therapy, 3 Careful Study, 3 Dread Return, 4 Bridge from Below, 4 Lion's Eye Diamond, 4 Bloodghast, Flame-kin Zealot,  
  4 Golgari Grave-Troll, Golgari Thug, 3 Ichorid, 4 Narcomoeba, 4 Putrid Imp, Sphinx of Lost Truths, 4 Stinkweed Imp  $      228.68
RDW 4 Chain Lightning, 4 Fireblast, 4 Flames of the Blood Hand, 4 Incinerate, 4 Lava Spike, 4 Lightning Bolt, 2 Relic of Progenitus,  
  4 Rift Bolt, 2 Volcanic Fallout, 4 Keldon Marauders  $         26.56
Rogue Wizard  2 Counterspell, Echoing Truth, 2 Misdirection, Aether Spellbomb, Paradise Mantle, Pithing Needle, Relic of Progenitus, 3 Umezawa's Jitte, 2 Vedalken Shackles, 2 Misty Rainforest, 2 Scalding Tarn, Sword of Fire and Ice, Judge of Currents, 3 Patron Wizard, 3 Puresight Merrow, 3 Sage of Epityr, Sower of Temptation, 2 Vendilion Clique, 2 Voidmage Prodigy  
     
     $        119.23
Rogue Walker 3 Counterspell, 3 Extirpate, 3 Fact or Fiction, 3 Vindicate, 1 Wrath of God, 1 Crucible of Worlds, Academy Ruins, 4 Mishra's Factory, 2 Scrubland  
  Volcanic Island, Ajani Vengeant, Elspeth, Knight-Errant, Sorin Markov  $        210.61
     

 

 

Quite a bit of information to let soak in here.  15 out of the 47 decklists are under $100 to complete. 

One thing I've found out from my research is that card costs can result in a car dealership sticker shock type of feeling.  It is a bit overwhelming looking at all these costs if you are just entering or thinking of entering the format.  If you fall into that boat, let me give you some good news.  The investment into eternal formats is worth it!  It's worth every penny spent.  If you don't believe me, I encourage you to go watch a few classic matches online.  Or better yet, some people are already testing for Legacy only decks, go watch one of those matches.

Another thing I found from my research is that Blue is everywhere.  Six out of the Top Ten Legacy spells were blue.  I know many people are turned off by the color. This may be part of the reason they dislike eternal formats, or better yet, why they concede from my casual games (Who knew running Force of Will in casual would become an issue, jk).  It is because of this that I have decided to write two more articles.  One article will focus around Legacy decks not running blue and how you could maximize your collection and still remain competitive.  The other article will focus on something I believe I have overlooked, sideboards.  I think I am missing some key needed cards by not including sideboards in my research.  Cards such as Leyline of the Void are absolutely critical in a format such as this.

So join me next time as my research continues into the area that shores (Not Jersey) up matchups. 

Which sideboard cards are crucial?  Which ones have I neglected?

Thanks for reading......

-Graig W.-

ImpinAintEasy

on Mtgo

7 Comments

I have to say I'm a little by JustSin at Fri, 02/19/2010 - 10:13
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I have to say I'm a little shocked by the numbers... not seeing the blues I know every deck running blue has a 98% chance of starting with 4x Daze, 4x FoW, 4x Brainstorm, but some of the others because I kno in paper just about every deck using green has Krosan Grip in main or side not to mention any red results in Lightning Bolt

Keep in mind by Raddman at Fri, 02/19/2010 - 11:14
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Keep in mind, none of the above data covers sideboards (That is the next article). Krosan grip is all over the sideboard data. Bolt made showings in 5 different decks, so it's not as if it didn't show up. Maybe I am miss reading what you wrote. You said, "not seeing the blues I know every deck running blue has a 98% chance of starting with 4x Daze, 4x FoW, 4x Brainstorm," The blues were in there, those cards made the top 10.

typo should have been im not by JustSin at Fri, 02/19/2010 - 12:17
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typo should have been im not "saying" the blues lol like i thought thered acctually be no blue outside those 3

your adnaus deck is missing by Richie (not verified) at Fri, 02/19/2010 - 13:46
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your adnaus deck is missing LED which is 4x's in legacy card

LED's were included in my by Raddman at Fri, 02/19/2010 - 16:23
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LED's were included in my previous article where I covered Land and Land related cards such as LEDS and lotus petal. If you look at my last decklist, LED's are included in there as well.

Oath? by Anonymous (not verified) at Thu, 03/11/2010 - 08:52
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Why mention Oath if this is Legacy? Just curious.

At the time Oath was a huge by Raddman at Tue, 03/16/2010 - 13:47
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At the time Oath was a huge deck in Classic and Legacy had not yet been announced. I really just researched Oath for my own personal reasons.

First, I wanted to compare Oath lists to Legacy lists to see what cards were played in both areas. I wanted to see if it would be worth the investment in Oath lists (Cards outside of Oath which is obv banned in Legacy) going forward for Legacy.

Once I realized that Oath wasn't the deck for classic I wished to play, I pretty much abandoned my research for those purposes and really just focused on finishing the research related to the article.

After many hours researching, I finally figured out Legacy was the direction I wanted to take my collection long term as opposed to vintage.......Luckily I invested a significant amount of money right before the announcement. For instance, I got 4x Plateau at 10,10,11,11 ......now they sell for 16 and rising.