Last weekend was Grand Prix Indianapolis, a Legacy event. Tom Martell grabbed the victory with a Esper Stone Blade build, beating Kenny Castor in the finals. There are plenty of articles that go into the details of the final rounds of the event; so we will take a look at the top 4 decks and their costs.
Notice: The card values listed in this article are from major online retailers. Cards can be found cheaper on online sites like eBay. Sideboards and basic lands have also been removed from the deck lists.
There has been a long back and forth argument over Legacy and how expensive the format is. While it is true that one can build a relatively cheap Legacy deck that can compete well; it is still an expensive format. While smaller event and side events can be won by cheaper decks, major events still require a good investment.
Below is the cost breakdown of the top 4 decks of the Legacy Grand Prix.
So a quick look shows us that the average price of these decks is roughly $1500. That is, if you buy from a retailer and not on eBay. For this article we are going to use these numbers. So where is your money going?
The biggest investment would be lands. Dual lands (Underground Sea, Tundra, etc) are the most expensive and every deck except for one uses them. Dual lands may be the best investment in the game at the moment, so their high cost shouldn’t be a surprise. The next offenders are a mix. While Colin Chilbert’s deck does not play duals, the Candelabra of Tawnos more than makes up for those. Force of Will and Tarmogoyf also make up a bulk of high costs.
Now seeing this can be intimidating, and of course there is more to the game than just having the most expensive deck. But if decks like these are always in the top running, then it definitely helps having the expensive cards (they wouldn’t be so expensive if there were heavily used). Also, one must look at the return for winning or even getting Top 8 at a Grand Prix, which will get you at least $1,000. Essentially, the investment can be worth it. Legacy staples will keep value and the format doesn’t have any rotation so once you build, you are set.
This article is just to give you a brief insight to the Legacy format and it’s costs. Yes, the format is expensive and there is no denying that. If seen as an investment though, then the high costs are worth it. Also, it’s still a fun format.