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

Creatures (19)
Blightsteel Colossus
Cogwork Assembler
Kuldotha Forgemaster
Lodestone Golem
Metalworker
Platinum Emperion
Thought-Knot Seer
Wurmcoil Engine

Planeswalkers (2)
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Spells (15)
Chalice of the Void
Grim Monolith
Lightning Greaves
Spine of Ish Sah
Staff of Domination
Trinisphere
Lands (24)
Ancient Tomb
City of Traitors
Cloudpost
Glimmerpost
Inventors’ Fair
Vesuva
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Duplicant
Emrakul, the Promised End
Karn Liberated
Mindbreak Trap
Phyrexian Revoker
Ratchet Bomb
Staff of Nin
Steel Hellkite
Tormod’s Crypt
Warping Wail

Metalworker 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 Blightsteel Colossus 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 Cogwork Assembler. A somewhat unassuming card, until you notice that when combined with Metalworker you create a Splinter Twin-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

Creatures (13)
Deathrite Shaman
Delver of Secrets
Tarmogoyf
Tombstalker

Planeswalkers (2)
Liliana of the Veil

Spells (25)
Abrupt Decay
Brainstorm
Daze
Dismember
Force of Will
Hymn to Tourach
Ponder
Lands (20)
Bayou
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Verdant Catacombs
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Disfigure
Flusterstorm
Golgari Charm
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Pithing Needle
Submerge
Thoughtseize
Toxic Deluge
Vendilion Clique
Winter Orb

Delver of Secrets 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 Ponder, Brainstorm 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

Creatures (23)
Eldrazi Mimic
Endbringer
Endless One
Matter Reshaper
Reality Smasher
Simian Spirit Guide
Thought-Knot Seer

Spells (12)
Chalice of the Void
Dismember
Thorn of Amethyst
Umezawa’s Jitte
Warping Wail
Lands (25)
Ancient Tomb
Cavern of Souls
City of Traitors
Eldrazi Temple
Eye of Ugin
Mishra’s Factory
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
All is Dust
Dismember
Endbringer
Leyline of the Void
Pithing Needle
Ratchet Bomb
Thorn of Amethyst
Warping Wail

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 (Eye of Ugin and Eldrazi Temple). The reason this deck is so crazy in Legacy is for that very same reason, except when we throw in Ancient Tomb and City of Traitors 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

Creatures (26)
Flickerwisp
Mirran Crusader
Mother of Runes
Palace Jailer
Phyrexian Revoker
Recruiter of the Guard
Sanctum Prelate
Serra Avenger
Stoneforge Mystic
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Spells (11)
Aether vial
Batterskull
Sword of Fire and Ice
Swords to Plowshares
Umezawa’s Jitte
Lands (23)
Cavern of Souls
Karakas
11 Plains
Rishadan Port
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Containment Priest
Council’s Judgment
Ethersworn Canonist
Faerie Macabre
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Kor Firewalker
Leonin Relic-Warder
Mirran Crusader
Path to Exile
Rest in Peace
Sword of War and Peace

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 Mother of Runes, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Phryexian Revoker 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

Creatures (14)
Deathrite Shaman
Delver of Secrets
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
Tarmogoyf
Tombstalker

Planeswalkers (1)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells (26)
Abrupt Decay
Brainstorm
Daze
Fatal Push
Force of Will
Hymn to Tourach
Ponder
Sylvan Library
Lands (20)
Bayou
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Abrupt Decay
Dread of Night
Engineered Explosives
Faerie Macabre
Fatal Push
Maelstrom Pulse
Pithing Needle
Surgical Extraction
Thoughtseize
Toxic Deluge
Umezawa’s Jitte
Vendilion Clique
Winter Orb

Alastair’s list is fairly similar to Stuart’s, but with one major difference: the inclusion of Fatal Push. Fatal Push 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 Fatal Push 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 Tombstalker have seen a rise in popularity. If your deck is resistant to Fatal Push 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

Creatures (21)
Arctic Merfolk
Baleful Strix
Cavern Harpy
Deathrite Shaman
Eternal Witness
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
Parasitic Strix
Reclamation Sage
Recruiter of the Guard
Shardless Agent
Stoneforge Mystic

Spells (19)
Abrupt Decay
Aluren
Brainstorm
Cabal Therapy
Sylvan Library
Thoughtseize
Umezawa’s Jitte
Lands (20)
Flooded Strand
Forest
Island
Overgrown Tomb
Polluted Delta
Savannah
Swamp
Tropical Island
Tundra
Underground Sea
Volrath’s Stronghold
Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
Batterskull
Bone Shredder
Carpet of Flowers
Containment Priest
Force of Will
Krosan Grip
Orzhov Pontiff
Phyrexian Revoker
Rest in Peace
Scavenging Ooze
Stony Silence
Toxic Deluge

Aluren 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 Imperial Recruiter. But now, things have changed. With the printing of Recruiter of the Guard, 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 Aluren to create an infinite combo between Parasitic Strix and Cavern Harpy. First, all of your creature spells are free, thanks to the namesake Aluren. Then, you cast a Recruiter of the Guard, searching for Arctic Merfolk. You then kick the Merfolk, returning your Recruiter to your hand, then replay it and search for Cavern Harpy. 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 Parasitic Strix. From here, you can cast Strix to have your opponent lose 2 life, then return Cavern Harpy 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 Recruiter of the Guard. 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

Creatures (26)
Flickerwisp
Mangara of Corondor
Mother of Runes
Phyrexian Revoker
Recruiter of the Guard
Sanctum Prelate
Serra Avenger
Spirit of the Labyrinth
Stoneforge Mystic
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Spells (11)
Aether vial
Batterskull
Sword of Fire and Ice
Swords to Plowshares
Umezawa’s Jitte
Lands (23)
Cavern of Souls
Eiganjo Castle
Karakas
Plains
Rishadan Port
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Containment Priest
Council’s Judgment
Disenchant
Ethersworn Canonist
Faerie Macabre
Grand Abolisher
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Manriki-Gusari
Rest in Peace

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 (Mangara of Corondor and Spirit of the Labyrinth) instead of the more aggressive ones that Gareth was playing (Mirran Crusader and Palace Jailer). 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

Creatures (15)
Combustible Gearhulk
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Griselbrand
Inferno Titan
Simian Spirit Guide
Worldspine Wurm

Planeswalkers (2)
Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Spells (24)
Blood Moon
Chalice of the Void
Lotus Petal
Seething Song
Sneak Attack
Through the Breach
Lands (19)
Ancient Tomb
City of Traitors
Crystal Vein
Mountain
Sandstone Needle

Sideboard (15)
Ingot Chewer
Kozilek’s Return
Magus of the Moon
Price of Glory
Pyromancy
Sudden Shock
Sulfur Elemental
Trinisphere

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 Sneak Attack deck in Legacy. “Big Red,” or “All-in Red” if you prefer, uses fast mana options to power out disruption such as Blood Moon and Chalice of the Void 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 Sneak Attack or a Through the Breach 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: Combustible Gearhulk. 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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