February Legacy Challenge Top 8 Decklists & Video Matches at Manaleak.com Birmingham

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February Legacy Challenge Top 8 Decklists & Video Matches at Manaleak.com Birmingham

February Legacy Challenge Top 8 Decklists & Video Matches at Manaleak.com Birmingham

Legacy is the richest and most diverse format in Magic: the Gathering. This weekend was our first Challenge event of 2017 and with Aether Revolt adding a few new cards to the fray, it would be interesting to see just how much these cards would influence people’s deck choices. Our Top 8 featured a whole host of cards from the Kaladesh block, some less expected than others.

Let’s jump right into the mix:

Finals – Joe Alexander, MUD Metalworker

[d]Creatures
1 Blightsteel Colossus
1 Cogwork Assembler
4 Kuldotha Forgemaster
4 Lodestone Golem
4 Metalworker
1 Platinum Emperion
2 Thought-Knot Seer
2 Wurmcoil Engine

Planeswalkers
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Spells
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Grim Monolith
1 Lightning Greaves
1 Spine of Ish Sah
1 Staff of Domination
4 Trinisphere

Lands
4 Ancient Tomb
4 City of Traitors
4 Cloudpost
4 Glimmerpost
1 Inventors’ Fair
4 Vesuva
3 Wasteland

Sideboard
1 Duplicant
1 Emrakul, the Promised End
1 Karn Liberated
2 Mindbreak Trap
3 Phyrexian Revoker
1 Ratchet Bomb
1 Staff of Nin
1 Steel Hellkite
2 Tormod’s Crypt
2 Warping Wail[/d]

[c]Metalworker[/c] has to be one of the most powerful cards in the format and this deck is a perfect example of why. Being able to power out a [c]Blightsteel Colossus[/c] or something similarly huge as early as turn 2 gives this deck a huge advantage over decks that run very little in the way of disruption. Aether Revolt makes a small appearance here in the form of [c]Cogwork Assembler[/c]. A somewhat unassuming card, until you notice that when combined with [c]Metalworker[/c] you create a [c]Splinter Twin[/c]-esque infinite combo. This is definitely a perfect example of exactly what silly things you can do in Legacy and as a result, one of my favourite decks in the format!

You can see Joe’s MUD deck in action below.

Finals – Stuart Taylor, BUG Delver

[d]Creatures
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Tarmogoyf
1 Tombstalker

Planeswalkers
2 Liliana of the Veil

Spells
4 Abrupt Decay
4 Brainstorm
4 Daze
1 Dismember
4 Force of Will
4 Hymn to Tourach
4 Ponder

Lands
2 Bayou
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Polluted Delta
1 Tropical Island
4 Underground Sea
1 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wasteland

Sideboard
1 Disfigure
2 Flusterstorm
1 Golgari Charm
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Pithing Needle
2 Submerge
2 Thoughtseize
2 Toxic Deluge
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Winter Orb[/d]

[c]Delver of Secrets[/c] has been a mainstay of competitive Legacy for going on 5 years now and nothing seems likely to change that any time soon. With access to [c]Ponder[/c], [c]Brainstorm[/c] and cheap disruption, it’s all too easy to get going on turn 1 and then put a stop to whatever it is that your opponent might be doing. Stuart here is going for a more classic build of the deck with no new inclusions, but the deck is simple enough. It wants to make a threat, kill or counter your threats and attack you until you’re finished.

You can see Stuart’s BUD Delver deck in action below.

Top 4 – Manveer Samra, Eldrazi

[d]Creatures
4 Eldrazi Mimic
1 Endbringer
4 Endless One
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Reality Smasher
2 Simian Spirit Guide
4 Thought-Knot Seer

Spells
4 Chalice of the Void
2 Dismember
2 Thorn of Amethyst
2 Umezawa’s Jitte
2 Warping Wail

Lands
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Cavern of Souls
3 City of Traitors
4 Eldrazi Temple
3 Eye of Ugin
1 Mishra’s Factory
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
4 Wasteland

Sideboard
2 All is Dust
1 Dismember
1 Endbringer
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Pithing Needle
2 Ratchet Bomb
1 Thorn of Amethyst
2 Warping Wail[/d]

One of the newest additions to Legacy, Eldrazi became a deck last year thanks to Oath of the Gatewatch. If you follow the Pro Tour, you’ll know how ridiculous this deck was in its Modern iteration at the Oath of the Gatewatch Pro Tour. The main reason behind it was the ability to play 8 lands that contribute 2 mana towards each Eldrazi creature ([c]Eye of Ugin[/c] and [c]Eldrazi Temple[/c]). The reason this deck is so crazy in Legacy is for that very same reason, except when we throw in [c]Ancient Tomb[/c] and [c]City of Traitors[/c] we can have as many as 16 “sol lands” instead of Modern’s 8. This deck is capable of some really stupid things and is probably going to be a staple of the format for years to come.

You can see Manveer’s Elrazi deck in action below.

Top 4 – Gareth Thomas, Death & Taxes

[d]Creatures
4 Flickerwisp
1 Mirran Crusader
4 Mother of Runes
1 Palace Jailer
3 Phyrexian Revoker
2 Recruiter of the Guard
1 Sanctum Prelate
2 Serra Avenger
4 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Spells
4 Aether vial
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

Lands
2 Cavern of Souls
2 Karakas
11 Plains
4 Rishadan Port
4 Wasteland

Sideboard
1 Containment Priest
2 Council’s Judgment
2 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Faerie Macabre
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Kor Firewalker
1 Leonin Relic-Warder
1 Mirran Crusader
2 Path to Exile
1 Rest in Peace
1 Sword of War and Peace[/d]

By now, D&T has become a common sight in the Legacy format. It’s able to cut it with the blue decks of the format thanks to the versatility of each of the creatures you have on offer. Creatures like [c]Mother of Runes[/c], [c]Thalia, Guardian of Thraben[/c] and [c]Phryexian Revoker[/c] are all capable of making life an absolute misery for your opponent, leaving you free to bash in turn after turn.

You can see Gareth’s D&T deck in action below.

Top 8 – Alastair Kennedy, BUG Delver

[d]Creatures
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Delver of Secrets
1 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
4 Tarmogoyf
1 Tombstalker

Planeswalkers
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells
3 Abrupt Decay
4 Brainstorm
4 Daze
2 Fatal Push
4 Force of Will
4 Hymn to Tourach
4 Ponder
1 Sylvan Library

Lands
2 Bayou
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Polluted Delta
2 Tropical Island
4 Underground Sea
4 Wasteland

Sideboard
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Dread of Night
1 Engineered Explosives
2 Faerie Macabre
1 Fatal Push
1 Maelstrom Pulse
1 Pithing Needle
1 Surgical Extraction
2 Thoughtseize
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Winter Orb[/d]

Alastair’s list is fairly similar to Stuart’s, but with one major difference: the inclusion of [c]Fatal Push[/c]. [c]Fatal Push[/c] has been heralded as the new great removal spell for Eternal formats and it’s easy enough to see why. In a deck playing a bunch of fetch lands, the revolt clause on [c]Fatal Push[/c] can be active most of the time, allowing it to kill nearly every relevant creature in the format. The card’s existence is potentially why cards such as [c]Tombstalker[/c] have seen a rise in popularity. If your deck is resistant to [c]Fatal Push[/c] then that likely gives you a substantial edge.

You can see Alastair’s BUG Delver deck in action in the video above.

Top 8 – Simon Payne, Non-Red Aluren

[d]Creatures
1 Arctic Merfolk
3 Baleful Strix
1 Cavern Harpy
4 Deathrite Shaman
1 Eternal Witness
1 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
1 Parasitic Strix
1 Reclamation Sage
4 Recruiter of the Guard
2 Shardless Agent
2 Stoneforge Mystic

Spells
3 Abrupt Decay
4 Aluren
4 Brainstorm
4 Cabal Therapy
1 Sylvan Library
2 Thoughtseize
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

Lands
3 Flooded Strand
2 Forest
1 Island
1 Overgrown Tomb
4 Polluted Delta
1 Savannah
1 Swamp
1 Tropical Island
1 Tundra
1 Underground Sea
1 Volrath’s Stronghold
3 Windswept Heath

Sideboard
1 Batterskull
1 Bone Shredder
2 Carpet of Flowers
1 Containment Priest
2 Force of Will
1 Krosan Grip
1 Orzhov Pontiff
1 Phyrexian Revoker
1 Rest in Peace
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Stony Silence
2 Toxic Deluge[/d]

[c]Aluren[/c] was once a deck that you only ever heard rumours about. It was once one of the most expensive decks to buy in the whole of competitive Magic, meaning only serious collectors and enthusiasts were able to own it, thanks largely to the necessity of running 4 copies of [c]Imperial Recruiter[/c]. But now, things have changed. With the printing of [c]Recruiter of the Guard[/c], the deck is now very affordable. In fact, this might be one of the cheapest collection of creatures and spells that I’ve seen in Legacy for quite some time, with only the land base contributing to the deck’s cost. Anyway, the deck is a disruptive combo deck that uses the power of [c]Aluren[/c] to create an infinite combo between [c]Parasitic Strix[/c] and [c]Cavern Harpy[/c]. First, all of your creature spells are free, thanks to the namesake [c]Aluren[/c]. Then, you cast a [c]Recruiter of the Guard[/c], searching for [c]Arctic Merfolk[/c]. You then kick the Merfolk, returning your Recruiter to your hand, then replay it and search for [c]Cavern Harpy[/c]. Harpy then gets cast, returning the Merfolk, which in turn can be kicked to return the Recruiter to your hand once more. Finally, you cast Recruiter for a third time, searching up [c]Parasitic Strix[/c]. From here, you can cast Strix to have your opponent lose 2 life, then return [c]Cavern Harpy[/c] to your hand by paying 1 life, then replay Harpy to bounce your Strix, and just rinse and repeat until your opponent is dead. The combo is extremely powerful and the deck is perfectly capable of running disruption and can even play 1-of creatures that can be found with [c]Recruiter of the Guard[/c]. This deck is super sweet and definitely something to look out for.

You can see Simon’s Non-Red Aluren deck in action below.

Top 8 – David Wilcox, Death & Taxes

[d]Creatures
4 Flickerwisp
1 Mangara of Corondor
4 Mother of Runes
3 Phyrexian Revoker
2 Recruiter of the Guard
1 Sanctum Prelate
2 Serra Avenger
1 Spirit of the Labyrinth
4 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Spells
4 Aether vial
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

Lands
2 Cavern of Souls
1 Eiganjo Castle
3 Karakas
9 Plains
4 Rishadan Port
4 Wasteland

Sideboard
2 Containment Priest
1 Council’s Judgment
2 Disenchant
2 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Faerie Macabre
1 Grand Abolisher
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Manriki-Gusari
2 Rest in Peace[/d]

For a simple D&T analysis, look at Gareth Thomas’ version of the deck just above. David’s build differs in that his main deck is running some slightly more disruptive 1-of creatures ([c]Mangara of Corondor[/c] and [c]Spirit of the Labyrinth[/c]) instead of the more aggressive ones that Gareth was playing ([c]Mirran Crusader[/c] and [c]Palace Jailer[/c]). Otherwise, the deck remains largely the same and you should get used to seeing it at the top tables.

 

Top 8 – Matt Friar, Big Red

[d]Creatures
2 Combustible Gearhulk
2 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
3 Griselbrand
2 Inferno Titan
4 Simian Spirit Guide
2 Worldspine Wurm

Planeswalkers
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Spells
4 Blood Moon
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Lotus Petal
4 Seething Song
4 Sneak Attack
4 Through the Breach

Lands
4 Ancient Tomb
3 City of Traitors
2 Crystal Vein
9 Mountain
1 Sandstone Needle

Sideboard
2 Ingot Chewer
1 Kozilek’s Return
2 Magus of the Moon
2 Price of Glory
1 Pyromancy
2 Sudden Shock
2 Sulfur Elemental
3 Trinisphere[/d]

Perhaps I’m not as up to date with Legacy as I think I am, but it has been quite some time since I saw a mono-red [c]Sneak Attack[/c] deck in Legacy. “Big Red,” or “All-in Red” if you prefer, uses fast mana options to power out disruption such as [c]Blood Moon[/c] and [c]Chalice of the Void[/c] on turns 1 and 2, before smashing you with some kind of haymaker in the later turns. In this case, the haymaker would be a [c]Sneak Attack[/c] or a [c]Through the Breach[/c] to put into play something massive. Matt here even has a variety of different big things to throw onto the battlefield, including the spiciest new card of them all: [c]Combustible Gearhulk[/c]. This is a card that isn’t even good enough to see much play in Standard, let alone Legacy! Yet here it is, fighting the good fight. Given how many high-CMC cards this deck has access to, both choices that the opponent has access to seem good for you, which makes this card a reasonable card to have access to.

 

 

That’s it for our Top 8 on this occasion, but join us for our next big Legacy event on Monday 17th April (a bank holiday). This time, we’ll be running a GPT for the Legacy GP in Las Vegas, so we’ll be sure to make it a sweet one!

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February Legacy Challenge Top 8 Decklists & Video Matches at Manaleak.com Birmingham
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