In Search of a Legacy: The Initial Investment

Written by Corey Worden on . Posted in Competitive Magic, Legacy

In Search of a Legacy:  The Initial Investment

Corey Worden

I started playing Magic in 1998 in high school. I took a large break from about 2000 until 2013 and I am now a PPTQ and GP grinder. I live in Wyoming and rely on MTGO as my main means of practice and I travel to Utah and Colorado for many premier level events. I am a college instructor and a lab associate for our local hospital. I am married with 2 children who I hope will one day be better at Magic than I am. Follow me on Twitter @coreyworden and https://www.twitch.tv/starrbuk​

Hello again, I am here with the next installment of my budget minded Legacy journey. The idea was to take six months of bulk and Standard rares I was not playing with, sell them, and invest into the Legacy format. I have started the first leg of my journey and I would like to share this progress with you.

I sold the cards I set aside for this project to my local store Desert Keep Games. A couple days later I had my initial investment amount of 300$. “Wow!” I thought. These rares really add up in your collection and trade binder when you are a Magic player. I rarely buy booster packs, so I can imagine someone who does could get an initial investment of even more if they were following along with this article. It also helps having a great local store to buy and sell cards to.

So, let’s get down to the fun part of this series, buying some cards! As we decided last week, I am going to be buying into a U/B Reanimator deck that will cost roughly 1700$.

So an initial investment of 300$ originally seemed like it may only get me a small portion of the deck. I am pleased to share with you that this is not the case.

The land package is a very expensive part of most Legacy decks and this deck is no different. Luckily, the deck only plays three dual lands. A Tropical Island, an Underground Sea, and a Bayou. A deck like this will function almost the same way with the Return to Ravnica “Shock” lands. So the first things I bought were a Watery Grave, Breeding Pool, and an Overgrown Tomb. The next issue to tackle are the “fetch” lands. Polluted Delta has had a reprint during the Khans block, and as such these are much cheaper than they were before, so I picked up 4 of them. Verdant Catacombs on the other hand are an entirely different hill to climb financially and I will be using Evolving Wilds until we make this purchase. In some of the more exciting news of this last week we have found out that Modern Masters 2017 will be reprinting the Zendikar fetch lands. Verdant Catacombs was about 65$ a piece before this reprint, so my decision to wait on these ended up being a smart on as I anticipate these reaching 25-30$ a piece in time.

Crack the fetchland for the complete Modern Masters 2017 image gallery!

So our full land package moving forward looks like this:

This came to a total cost of 95.00$

I tackled the creature base next, this is a Reanimator deck and we need some targets to reanimate! 3 Griselbrand was first on my list to purchase, who doesn’t love drawing cards at the expense of life totals?! I could have saved on this card had I waited for the Modern Masters announcement, but I did not. Griselbrand was certainly the most expensive part of the creature list, after this I picked up:

4 Chancellor of the Annex
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
1 Tidespout Tyrant

I decided to wait on the Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, as this card is a 20$ investment and in waiting on this card I am able to stretch my budget even further. This came to a grand total of 70.00$.

The spell package and sideboard suite were last to tackle. I prioritized cheaper cards over the more expensive cards for the remainder of our budget. Cards like Force of Will, and Reanimate were skipped for now. These cards are huge additions to the deck, but with a budget consideration we need to cut these starting out. Rather than buy additional cards to serve as “budget” versions of our more expensive cards, I am just going to use my sideboard and slowly migrate it over to the board as I make my larger purchases.

Here is the remainder of my purchases for the deck:

I spend a grand total of 280.00$ of my 300$ budget, this leaves me 20$ to buy some sleeves and a deck box capable of protect my investment.

This gives me a functioning 60 card deck and a 3 card sideboard. I should receive the cards and make my first bi-weekly 30$ purchase for the deck in time for next weeks’ installment. I look forward to playing some games with the deck so I can report back on my learning to play the deck as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the deck. Until next time, may your opponent never have a blood moon in his opening 7.

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