Many of us Magic players are Legacy enthusiasts. We love the format – we’re heavily invested into it, we love playing with some of the most powerful cards ever printed, and we have been doing so for years. More recently, Wizards has seen fit to promote the Modern format heavily – it will be the Standard of eternal formats. The reasons for doing so are sound – the biggest being that the reserved list exists. That all being said, I believe that it is in Wizard’s best interest to continue to promote Legacy as well as Modern through some direct injections of key card reprints as well as maybe some alternatives for reserved list items. Here are a few ideas I’ve thought of.
Obviously, the biggest restriction to Legacy growth is the supply of dual lands. There, Wizards could easily come up with some plausible alternatives. Snow duals have often been floated – it’s not a bad idea, but it’s a bit of a cop-out. Snow duals would be almost exact functional reprints of regular duals, and they would have to be introduced into Standard. That could be a nightmare for many a reason. Another idea would be some type of hexproof dual with a penalty, such as enters tapped or requires loss of life to be played. A hexproof dual would also ease the need to own Wastelands in the format as well, which would be a good thing. While we’re at it, Wasteland and Rishadan Port are certainly nearing time for a reprint.
Another idea is to print Force of Will – in Standard. Having Force of Will in Standard would be a blast – Legacy players would make Standard decks just to play Force. In all likelihood, it would not be stellar in Standard because it’s a combo-killer and there isn’t much combo happening in Standard. Where there’s been a history of broken combo, though, is Modern. Adding Force of Will would certainly be a big change for Modern, but who’s to say that’s a bad thing? Having Force of Will in Modern possibly would have precluded a need to ban a bunch of the more powerful combo decks, too. Nothing would please me more than to see an easing of the Modern banned list, like there has been with Legacy over the years.
Yet another idea would be to make some very powerful tribal lands. There are certain tribes that border on Legacy playability – such as vampires, zombies, and wizards. If there were some lands that added a powerful effect for those tribes (and maybe some spicy meatballs for goblins and merfolk too), it could boost them to Legacy playability – Modern, too. Those decks already have access to Mutavault and Aether Vial through some recent reprints. Adding them to Legacy could create an awesome new era, and it could be done deliberately.
There are certainly more things that could be done. I don’t think it would be too much to ask for Wizards to do something big to inject new life into Legacy. It’s a great format, and there are many players that are dedicated to it. Vintage is a broken beast, but Legacy is a well oiled format – there is so rarely a dominant archetype that it is no stretch to say Legacy has the best stability among all formats, Standard included. That alone is reason enough to keep it around – until Modern proves itself as the worthy successor, it would be a shame to destroy the most beautiful thing you’ve ever created.