Howdy folks, it’s time again for another edition of Hunka Hunka Burning Love! Or rather, a little Legacy!
This week we’re continuing to look at decks that don’t cost all that much in Legacy. This is another entry into the Budget world, and the deck that most often piloted by Legacy players new to the format: Legacy Burn!
This version of Burn goes deep on the extreme budget friendly option, eschewing fetchlands for a very simple 19 Mountain manabase. Let’s take a look at the decklist, shall we?
The Core of the Deck
At a cool $200 even (most of that price being Eidolon of the Great Revel and Goblin Guide) the simple goal of this deck is pretty easy to understand: Get your opponent’s life total from 20 to 0 as fast as humanly possible. The deck does this by sheer velocity of Lightning Bolt-like effects in addition to the powerhouse that is Price of Progress.
For the most part, as stated before, this list is pretty simple in its manabase construction. However, should you desire (or already own the cards for it) you can play red fetchlands in the manabase. The major reason to do so is to be able to play cards like Searing Blaze and Grim Lavamancer. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that the reason to run fetchlands is because of deck thinning, because that is actually untrue. Burn traditionally runs them to be able to trigger Searing Blaze on your opponent’s turn with landfall, and also helps fill the graveyard for Lavamancer.
In lieu of these other spells, this version of the deck instead opts to play more burn like Searing Blood and Flame Rift. In addition, the sideboard is pretty cheap as well, and can be improved upon over time with cards such as Leyline of the Void for graveyard decks and Ashen Rider / Ensnaring Bridge for Show and Tell matchups.
For our matches this week, I did a 5-match Competitive Legacy League on Magic Online, where I managed to pull through a 3-2 finish. Let’s take a look at our matches.
Round 1 vs Czech Pile (1-2 LOSS)
Round 2 vs RUG Delver (2-1 WIN)
Round 3 vs Dragon Stompy (0-2 LOSS)
Round 4 vs TES (2-0 WIN)
Round 5 vs Grixis Delver (2-1 WIN)
This is definitely a deck that even with budgetary concessions can actually keep up with the rest of the format. Too many don’t give Burn enough credit, and too often people get salty about losing to it because it’s just so classically redundant. Those are some things to consider when thinking about buying into this deck. It’s definitely a solid entry into the format, and will give you a great head-start learning what other decks in the format do, while still actually being reasonably competitive.
Longer term, the pieces of this deck can actually be upgraded into traditional Burn and then from there into U/R Delver, which makes for a solid upgrade path while getting to play Legacy.
That’s all the time we have this week folks! I am always on the lookout for cool new decks to play. If there’s something you’d like to see, hit me up with it on Discord or Twitter!
Until next time, see you again on My Burning Desire!
Joseph is an avid player of eternal Magic formats, including Vintage and Legacy. As a Nic Fit player who will tell anyone who will listen about his deck, Joe spends his time analyzing and playing on Magic Online and various online platforms, while prepping for competitive events. To follow more Joe, check out his Twitter!