MtG: Legacy Tournament – Last Minute Change of Plans!

Dear readers and fellow Magic fans!

Yesterday I posted about the upcoming FNM Legacy Tournament and shared with you, along with another deck, my “Rainbow Landstill” which I intended to field in said event. Well as it every so often happens with me, I changed plans – last minute more or less – and decided to run an entirely different deck, which is even more original and unconventional as the one I showcased yesterday!

The deck is based on a Modern Format deck I conceived and designed while ago, which I did not see anywhere else or straight out net-decked from anywhere in the dephts of the www, and which I called just “The Survivor”. And no, it does not involve Survival of the Fittest or anything like that. Instead, it is a control style deck featuring lots of mass creature destruction such as Day of Judgment, paired with efficient and hard to kill, mostly regenerating Creatures such as Troll Ascetic or its superior version Thrun, the Last Troll. The basic strategy of this deck would be to use your boardsweepers to kill off any and all opponent Creatures whilst your “Survivor(s)” still stand(s). Add in countermagic and some awesome Planeswalkers like Elspeth, Knight Errant that give your survivor(s) a hefty stats boost and you are good to go. So I took this Modern Format Deck of mine and remodelled it to fit the Legacy format, adding in lots of old-school goodies such as Dual Lands and Forces (of Will) and turned it into something that may just be good enough for a proper, real Legacy Format tournament. And whilst I think running something less unconventional such as White Weenie or Landstill as I had planned on doing initially would put me a bit more on the safe side here, but I just LOVE playing unconventional decks, hoping to catch some opponents off guard with those!

So anyways here is my decklist for

Legacy Survivor 1.0


4 x Troll Ascetic 1GG

2 x Thrun, the Last Troll 2GG


4 x Stifle U

4 x Daze 1U

4 x Counterspell UU

4 x Force of Will 3UU


1 x Regrowth 1G

4 x Day of Judgment 2WW

3 x Supreme Verdict 1WWU


2 x Elspeth, Knight Errant 2WW

2 x Ajani, Mentor of Heroes 3GW


2 x Forest

2 x Plains

4 x Flooded Strand

2 x Verdant Catacombs

2 x Polluted Delta

3 x Tundra

2 x Tropical Island

4 x Treetop Village

4 x Mishra’s Factory

Additional Thoughts on the Deck:

Well basically the easiest way to win with this deck is to get Elspeth (or Ajani) out unleash mass creature removal constantly and then pump one of your Manlands with Elspeth (or Ajani) for some massive damage. A lowly Treetop Village would be a 6/6 Trampling Flying menace when combined with Elspeth. Of course you can use your Planeswalker’s amazing abilities with any of your Creatures as well. Ajani especially is kickass in giving 3 counters to your Troll Ascetic or Thrun every turn! Regarding the Creatures, those are highest quality as well, both regenerating at 1G and having Hexproof. And Thrun cannot be countered on top of all that! These Spell trouble for your opponent, even more so when you have Elspeth out to give them +3/+3 and Flying each turn or Ajani who’d give them three +1/+1 counters each and every turn. Hell you can even use Ajani on one of your animated Manlands. The counters will be lost at end of turn but a temporary +3/+3 boost is nothing to sneeze at either. The deck is rounded out by a huge assortment of quality countermagic. From lowly Stifle, which, as I stated in my previous post is supreme land destruction if your opponent is using Fetchlands, over the classic 2 blue mana Counterspell up to mighty, free to cast Force of Will. Together with Daze, the deck features no less than 8 free counterspells. I WANTED to splash in some black to run 2 copies of Pernicious Deed but ended swapping the 2 Deeds and 2 Underground Seas out in favor of a playset of Troll Ascetics, as I thought the deck needed some more beaters besides Thrun and the Manlands!

Well, this surely isn’t your ordinary, run-of-the-mill Legacy Format Deck and I cannot possibly tell how it will fare – however I prefer to try all kinds of new and crazy shit so I am looking forward to see whether my Survivor deck is any good in the context of a Legacy Tournament!

Tournament report coming up, needless to say!

Have fun and game on!




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