EMA and Legacy decks

Today we will continue to look at the effect of Eternal Masters on various Legacy decks.

Today we will continue to look at the effect of Eternal Masters on various Legacy decks. We will be working our way down the tiers according to their most recent success rate.

These were the archetypes that made top8 at the two GPs last weekend:

GP Columbus



4 Miracles

Grixis Delver


GP Prague


Sneak and Show

Death and Taxes

Shardless Sultai


2 Grixis Delver

Temur Delver

Combined these lists give us a good overview of the best and most played decks, although there are also some important decks notably missing. We looked at the winning decks yesterday, now it is time to look at the decks that were putting up the largest numbers and have been defining the format for a while – Delver and Miracles.

Delver example list (Alexander Hayne)

Main deck reprints:

4 Deathrite Shaman

4 Young Pyromancer

2 Cabal Therapy

4 Daze

4 Force of Will

4 Brainstorm

4 Wasteland

Sideboard reprints:

2 Winter Orb

1 Pyroblast

2 Baleful Strix

1 Cabal Therapy

As you can see, Eternal Masters helps a lot to acquire the important cards for Delver strategies. The prices of both Force of Will and Wasteland have been trending downwards, allowing new Legacy players to get these very essential cards, without even having to open all of their copies themselves.

Main deck rest:

4 Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration

2 Gurmag Angler

4 Gitaxian Probe

4 Ponder

4 Lightning Bolt

1 Dismember

1 Spell Pierce

3 Volcanic Island

1 Tropical Island

2 Underground Sea

4 Polluted Delta

4 Misty Rainforest

Sideboard rest:

1 Darkblast

1 Ancient Grudge

2 Painful Truths

1 Pithing Needle

2 Surgical Extraction

2 Flusterstorm

The rest of the main deck spells are very cheap, but the mana base is once again the main obstacle here. You should own the fetchlands for Modern already anyway, and any blue fetchland will work the same, in case you have access to Flooded Strands but not to Misty Rainforests. There is no great way to avoid buying the blue duals, but you might get along with only one original dual for each colour combination and some shocklands for a transition period. The big advantage of buying exactly these duals is that Delver decks are running nearly the same configuration as the one the Storm decks are using.

Miracles example list (Nicolas Tholance)

Main deck reprints:

2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

4 Swords to Plowshares

3 Counterspell

4 Force of Will

4 Brainstorm

4 Sensei's Divining Top

Sideboard reprints:

2 Pyroblast

Miracles is yet another blue deck, but it is using the blue cards in a real control deck shell, not just to force through (pun intended) a combo or to protect an aggressive game plan, like Delver or Infect. Jace, the Mind Sculptor hasn't seen that much play anymore recently, with Dack Fayden, and flip Jace replacing him in Vintage, and players experimenting with Nahirikul in Legacy – but his price had remained stable nonetheless. Now the Eternal Masters reprint has finally caused “old” Jace to drop approximately 20€. Keep an eye on that price and get your copies in the upcoming weeks when they stop falling – in case you are interested in Jace. You could also try Nahiri, the Harbinger (and Emrakul) in that slot if you own those cards already.

Main deck rest:

3 Snapcaster Mage

2 Monastery Mentor

4 Terminus

4 Ponder

1 Entreat the Angels

2 Predict

3 Counterbalance

4 Flooded Strand

3 Scalding Tarn

2 Arid Mesa

3 Tundra

2 Volcanic Island

4 Island

2 Plains

Sideboard rest:

1 Snapcaster Mage

3 Flusterstorm

2 Red Elemental Blast

2 Wear // Tear

1 Engineered Explosives

2 Surgical Extraction

1 Containment Priest

1 Mountain

The most important card from Miracles that wasn't reprinted was Counterbalance. The card has already gained 50% of its former value and is bound to keep rising in the near future while new Legacy players and investors keep picking them up. As you may have realized, every deck we looked at so far was using Flusterstorm in the sideboard to fight against Storm (and other decks based on instants / sorceries). It is the most important and expensive sideboard card for all blue decks. You can wait and hope for a Conspiracy: Take the Crown reprint, but if it doesn't show up there, you should bite the bullet and get two copies, if you ever want to play any blue Legacy deck.

For a slower transition into Legacy (which would only be fitting for Miracles), you could cut the red cards from the sideboard at first to save the money for Volcanic Islands or use the cheaper Plateaus instead.

Besides the above tips there is not much you can do regarding the original dual lands. I would try to use some of your Modern cards to trade up into them, or sell other cards you aren't actively using at the moment to slowly acquire them. Given that dual lands are extremely unlikely to ever lose value, “parking” a larger amount of your Magic investment in your Legacy mana base is not the worst plan – especially as it will offer a lot of fun as well.


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