A look at Legacy with Andrea Mengucci

Legacy might not be Magic: The Gathering's most played format, but it is well loved amongst those who do play it.

One such person is Andrea Mengucci, a professional Magic player and Legacy enthusiast, who things that Legacy is in a very good place at the moment.

"I love Legacy right now," he tells Magic Untapped.

Just this past June he competed in the Four Seasons Legacy event in Europe where he placed 25th after going 6-2-1 with BUG Scam.

It's a deck he's very high on.

"Let me tell you, when you go Grief [to] Reanimate, you feel great," he says.


That said, Mengucci sees the current landscape of Legacy as one in which fair decks are the top of the heap.  It's something that, to him, is one of the best things about Legacy.

"After all these years of broken combo cards, Force of Will, Daze, and Wasteland are the king, and that's just great to me," he comments.  "It doesn't matter how much Wizards [of the Coast] pushes the combo cards, the answers are still the best."

For Magic players who are interested in getting into Legacy, but can't quite get there for one reason or another, Mengucci has some advice.  It's advice he fully stands by as it's how he was able to get into playing the format.

Simply put, borrow the cards you need from a friend.

"I had my Modern deck, which, at the time in 2013 was Jund and I had a friend who was playing blue decks, so he could the Badlands and the Bayou, so I started playing Jund," he recalls. 

That said, there are decks that don't even need original dual lands, such as Burn or Pox, and many others that only really need one at most.

"For example," he says, "Death Shadow only plays one Underground Sea (and you can even go without it.  Or Eight-Cast, which doesn't play any Reserved List cards."

If you're new to Legacy or are considering getting into it and want to learn more, Wizards of the Coast has a basic primer about the format on their website.  Another great resource is the website MTGTop8, which provides decklists and statistics from Legacy events from around the world.  And, of course, you can also watch seasoned Legacy players and pros such as Andrea Mengucci play, talk strategy, and try out decks on YouTube.

Barry White

Barry White is a longtime Magic: The Gathering player, having started in 1994 shortly before the release of 'Fallen Empires.' After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, he went on to a 15-year journalism career as a writer, reporter, and videographer for three different ABC affiliate newsrooms.