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For other uses, see Legacy (disambiguation).

Legacy, formerly known as Type 1.5, is an eternal format with a more limited card pool than Vintage.[1]


Whereas Vintage mostly only bans "dexterity cards", cards related to ante, Conspiracy-type, culturally offensive cards, or subgame cards, Legacy has a considerable number of cards banned solely due to their power. Fast mana is more difficult to generate thereby causing slightly slower games.


Legacy was created in July 1997 from the little-used format known as Classic-Restricted, which was simply a format where all the cards restricted in Vintage format were banned instead.[2] In the fall of 2004, the decision was made that the format should have a Banned List separate from Vintage. An online poll to name the revamped format was held on Aaron Forsythe's Latest Developments column, with Legacy winning the 25.5% of the vote.[3]

Around 2006, the DCI began organizing larger tournaments in the format, which caused a noticeable increase in the number of players trying Legacy. In North America, the Star City Games Open Series dramatically increased the amount of Legacy players residing there. However, in November 2015 SCG cut their Legacy support, which caused an outrage among North American Legacy players.[4]

In 2020, SCG moved away from Legacy as an SCG Tour format totally, replacing it with Pioneer.[5]

Deck construction[]

Constructed decks must contain a minimum of sixty cards. There is no maximum deck size; however, you must be able to shuffle your deck with no assistance. If a player wishes to use a sideboard, it must contain no more than fifteen cards.

With the exception of basic land cards, a player's combined deck and sideboard may not contain more than four of any individual card, counted by its English card title equivalent.

With the exception of card carrying silver border and/or having a non-Standard Magic back (other than double-faced card/meld card), all cards released in Magic: The Gathering are legal in this format as long as the card itself is not banned.

Legacy banned list[]

In addition to Vintage's banned cards (the ante cards, culturally offensive cards, cards with Conspiracy card type, Shahrazad, Chaos Orb, and Falling Star), the following cards are banned in Legacy tournaments.

Formerly banned cards[]

The following is a list of cards that are currently not banned in the format but have been banned at one point previously. This list only concerns unbans after September 2004 when the format became independent of the Vintage restricted list. For changes before this date please consult the list of Restricted cards.

Major archetypes in Legacy[]

The current "Tier 1" archetypes in Legacy are Show and Tell variants, Ad Nauseam Tendrils variants, Eldrazi Stompy, Delver and Stoneblade variants.

Other major archetypes include:


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