Shared Discovery – Stoneforge + Jace is good by Rob Wagner

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Shared Discovery – Downtime: The Alternative NQ Huddersfield Report by Rob Wagner

 

You’re welcome, thanks for reading.

Seriously though, I’ve just got back from a Legacy tournament where a fellow Team Leeds member and I split the finals so we could get back home earlier than otherwise. I played a deck I brewed on the way over having spent a couple of days playing the Team America deck and then watching the Grand Prix Providence coverage on ggslive.com.

I really liked the idea of the deck but wasn’t a big fan or Tombstalker or Hymn to Tourach and found that Tarmogoyf wasn’t really the beating he used to be. Instead I was much more intersted in trying to splash for Stoneforge Mystic.

This picture is slightly out-of-date now since in Standard it is best to pair the Sword of Feast and Famine with Batterskull and Sword of War and Peace. Legacy calls for a slight upgrade in power with Sword of Fire and Ice and Umezawa’s Jitte providing some immense tools. There is even talk of using Manriki-Gusari to fight the mirror match in a way Hammer of Ruin only wishes it could.

So I set about adding white and cutting the underperforming cards, ending at the following:

4 Wasteland
3 Underground Sea
3 Tundra
2 Tropical Island
1 Island
1 Plains
1 Swamp
4 Polluted Delta
1 Marsh Flats
4 Flooded Strand

4 Dark Confidant
4 Stoneforge Mystic
2 Vendilion Clique
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Batterskull

4 Mental Misstep
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
1 Counterspell
2 Spell Snare
2 Pernicious Deed
1 Darkblast
1 Smother
1 Go for the Throat

Sideboard:

2 Sower of Temptation
2 Krosan Grip
1 Pernicious Deed
1 Misdirection
1 Batterskull
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Counterspell
1 Ghastly Demise
1 Diabolic Edict
1 Go for the Throat
2 Relic of Progenitus

For the actual event I noticed 4 of the 16 players were running Affinity so I swapped my main deck Go for the Throat for the sideboard Pernicious Deed since that card is awesome against them (hint: it kills all their lands too). I lost a match to affinity after taking control and revealing a Force of Will to Dark Confidant before finding a Jace, the Mind Sculptor or Stoneforge Mystic and then the next game Deeding him down to 1 card in hand with a Darksteel Citadel and Frogmite only for him to drop his land and play the Cranial Plating he drew then followed it up with another artifact land and another Plating before I could find any way to deal with a non-evasive 2-toughness creature.

Bad beats aside this deck felt like it was in control so so much and could handle onslaughts well. I’d make the Deed for GftT change permanent and swap my black removal spells for Swords to Plowshares if I had access to them but otherwise this deck is the nuts. It just plays all the best spells in the format in a cohesive fashion. It turns out that Stoneforge Mystic plus Jace, the Mind Sculptor really is that good a combination of cards.

The top 8 coverage has just started now and we get to watch Owen Turtenwald playing a straight UW deck with the combination. I prefer access to Deed as well so you’re not as cold to aggro and Merfolk decks, but we’ll see how the top 8 plays out. If they’re good enough for Legacy, you do wonder what’s going on in Standard – do you think it’s a problem?

*****

Bonus – Top 8: Gravesend PTQ Philadelphia 2011

Winner. Stephen Murray – UW Caw Blade

4 Celestial Colonnade
2 Inkmoth Nexus
3 Glacial Fortress
1 Scalding Tarn
4 Seachrome Coast
4 Tectonic Edge
4 Island
4 Plains
2 Mirran Crusader
3 Spellskite
4 Squadron Hawk
4 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Batterskull
1 Day of Judgement
2 Into the Roil
1 Jace Beleren
4 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
3 Mana Leak
1 Mortarpod
4 Preordain
2 Spell Pierce
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
1 Sword of War and Peace

Sideboard:

2 Divine Offering
2 Flashfreeze
2 Gideon Jura
1 Kor Firewalker
2 Leyline of Sanctity
1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
2 Oust
2 Sun Titan
1 Sword of Body and Mind

Ed Hughes – UW Caw Blade

4 Celestial Colonnade
4 Glacial Fortress
2 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Seachrome Coast
4 Tectonic Edge
4 Island
3 Plains
2 Spellskite
4 Squadron Hawk
4 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Batterskull
2 Dismember
1 Divine Offering
2 Into the Roil
2 Jace Beleren
4 Jace the Mindsculptor
4 Mana Leak
4 Preordain
3 Spell Pierce
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
1 Sword of War and Peace

Sideboard:

1 Batterskull
2 Celestial Purge
2 Day of Judgement
2 Divine Offering
3 Flashfreeze
2 Gideon Jura
2 Sun Titan
1 Volition Reins

Chris Cooper – Grixis Twin

4 Blackcleave Cliffs
4 Creeping Tar Pit
4 Darkslick Shores
2 Halimar Depths
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Island
4 Mountains
4 Deceiver Exarch
1 Grave Titan
3 Spellskite
2 Dismember
4 Duress
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Into the Roil
2 Go For the Throat
3 Jace the Mind Sculptor
4 Mana Leak
4 Preordain
4 Splinter Twin

Sideboard:

4 Calcite Snapper
2 Combust
1 Grave Titan
3 Pyroclasm
2 Shatter
1 Slagstorm
2 Twisted Image

Barry Horwood – Mono red

4 Arid Mesa
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
14 Mountain
4 Goblin Guide
4 Burst Lightning
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Reverberate
4 Runeflare Trap
4 Searing Blaze
2 Shrine of Burning Rage
4 Slagstorm
4 Temple Bell
2 Voltaic Key

Sideboard:

4 Ember Hauler
4 Kargan Dragonlord
4 Koth of the Hammer
3 Molten Tail Masticore

Ross Evans – UB

4 Creeping Tar Pit
2 Darkslick Shores
4 Drowned Catacombs
4 Tectonic Edge
6 Island
6 Swamp
2 Deceiver Exarch
1 Steel Hellkite
1 Treasure Mage
2 Wurmcoil Engine
2 Black Sun’s Zenith
2 Disfigure
2 Doom Blade
1 Duress
2 Go for the Throat
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Into the Roil
4 Jace the Mindsculptor
1 Liliana Vess
4 Mana Leak
4 Preordain
1 Stoic Rebuttal

Sideboard:

1 Contagion Engine
1 Disfigure
1 Duress
1 Doomblade
1 Flashfreeze
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Memoricide
1 Mindbreak Trap
2 Ratchet Bomb
1 Spell Pierce
2 Vampire Nighthawk
1 Wurmcoil Engine

Max Simpson – RW Caw Blade

4 Arid Mesa
4 Marsh Flats
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Teetering Peaks
2 Terramorphic Expanse
5 Mountain
5 Plains
4 Goblin Guide
3 Hero of Oxid Ridge
4 Plated Geopede
2 Spikeshot Elder
4 Squadron Hawk
4 Steppe Lynx
4 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Adventuring Gear
1 Basilisk Collar
1 Batterskull
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Sword of Body and Mind
1 Sword of War and Peace

Sideboard:

2 Celestial Purge
1 Hammer of Ruin
3 Mark of Mutiny
4 Norn’s Annex
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
4 Tumble Magnet

Matthew Moate – RW Caw Blade

4 Arid Mesa
4 Marsh Flats
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Teetering Peaks
2 Terramorphic Expanse
5 Mountain
5 Plains
3 Cunning Sparkmage
4 Goblin Guide
3 Hero of Oxid Ridge
4 Plated Geopede
4 Squadron Hawk
4 Steppe Lynx
4 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Adventuring Gear
1 Basilisk Collar
1 Batterskull
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Sword of War and Peace

Sideboard:

1 Celestial Purge
3 Crush
1 Cunning Sparkmage
1 Hero of Oxid Ridge
1 Kor Firewalker
3 Mark of Mutiny
3 Phyrexian Revoker
1 Sword of Body and Mind
1 Sword of Feast and Famine

Paul Nonis – UW Caw Blade

4 Celestial Colonnade
4 Glacial Fortress
2 Inkmoth Nexus
1 Misty Rainforest
4 Seachrome Coast
4 Tectonic Edge
4 Island
4 Plains
4 Squadron Hawk
4 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Batterskull
2 Gideon Jura
3 Into the Roil
2 Jace Beleren
4 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Mana Leak
4 Preordain
3 Spell Pierce
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
2 Sword of War and Peace

Sideboard:

1 Baneslayer Angel
1 Batterskull
2 Day of Judgement
2 Divine Offering
1 Mortarpod
3 Oust
1 Spell Pierce
2 Spellskite
2 Sun Titan

Thanks for reading,

Rob Wagner

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