MTG Legacy & Modern Challenge Weekender Top 8 Decklists, and Weekly Newsletter!

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LEGACY CHALLENGE TOP 8 DECKLISTS

Manaleak.com Birmingham MTG Legacy & Modern Challenge Weekender Top 8 Decklists, and Weekly Newsletter!

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This past weekend saw a total of 73 players battle it out in two Eternal-format Challenge events. Legacy recently got a massive shake up with the banning of [c]Sensei’s Divining Top[/c], completely neutering the format’s most popular deck and Modern is just 6 weeks away from being the format on show at Birmingham’s first Grand Prix in over 9 years!

 

Manaleak.com Birmingham MTG Legacy & Modern Challenge Weekender Top 8 Decklists

LEGACY CHALLENGE TOP 8 DECKLISTS

In Legacy, our event featured 8 different decks making the Top 8. Our eventual winner, Deren Ozturk, described himself as the hero in a Top 4 of villains, and with everyone else in the Top 4 playing a full set of [c]Brainstorm[/c]s, you can see why. Dead Guy Ale was his weapon of choice, a Black/White midrange deck that abuses the two best creatures that have ever been printed for those colours: [c]Stoneforge Mystic[/c] and [c]Dark Confidant[/c]. Combine them with cheap, efficient removal and powerful hand disruption, you have a nice little package that can rumble with the best decks in Legacy any day.

LEGACY CHALLENGE TOP 8 DECKLISTS
LEGACY CHALLENGE TOP 8 DECKLISTS

WINNER – Deren Ozturk, Dead Guy Ale

[d]Creatures:
4 Dark Confidant
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Stoneforge Mystic

Planeswalkers:
3 Liliana of the Veil

Spells:
1 Batterskull
3 Chrome Mox
2 Collective Brutality
1 Council’s Judgment
4 Hymn to Tourach
4 Lingering Souls
1 Mirri’s Guile
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Sylvan Library
4 Thoughtseize
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

Lands:
2 Bayou
4 Marsh Flats
2 Scrubland
3 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wasteland
1 Plains
2 Swamp

Sideboard:
1 Containment Priest
1 Duress
1 Engineered Plague
2 Enlightened Tutor
1 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Gaddock Teeg
1 Humility
1 Manriki-Gusari
1 Pithing Needle
1 Rest in Peace
1 Spirit of the Labyrinth
2 Surgical Extraction[/d]

RUNNER UP – Chu Chung Ming, 4-Colour Delver

[d]Creatures:
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Delver of Secrets
2 Gurmag Angler
3 Young Pyromancer

Spells:
4 Brainstorm
2 Cabal Therapy
4 Daze
1 Dismember
1 Fatal Push
4 Force of Will
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Ponder
1 Spell Pierce

Lands:
2 Flooded Strand
3 Misty Rainforest
2 Polluted Delta
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Tropical Island
2 Underground Sea
3 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland

Sideboard:
2 Ancient Grudge
1 Cabal Therapy
1 Darkblast
2 Fatal Push
1 Flusterstorm
1 Forked Bolt
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Pithing Needle
2 Pyroblast
1 Surgical Extraction
1 True-Name Nemesis[/d]

Top 4 – Jimmy Wild, “Canadian Thresh”

[d]Creatures:
4 Delver of Secrets
3 Hooting Mandrills
4 Tarmogoyf

Spells:
4 Brainstorm
4 Daze
1 Dismember
1 Fire // Ice
4 Force of Will
1 Forked Bolt
2 Gitaxian Probe
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Ponder
1 Spell Pierce
1 Spell Snare
4 Stifle

Lands:
1 Breeding Pool
4 Flooded Strand
4 Misty Rainforest
2 Tropical Island
3 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland

Sideboard:
2 Ancient Grudge
1 Destructive Revelry
1 Flusterstorm
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
3 Pyroblast
1 Rough // Tumble
1 Spell Pierce
2 Submerge
1 Sulfur Elemental
1 Surgical Extraction[/d]

Top 4 – Jon Potts, Dimir Landstill

[d]Creatures:
4 Snapcaster Mage

Planeswalkers:
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells:
4 Brainstorm
2 Counterspell
1 Crucible of Worlds
2 Diabolic Edict
1 Dismember
3 Fatal Push
4 Force of Will
1 Innocent Blood
3 Spell Pierce
1 Spell Snare
4 Standstill
3 Thoughtseize
1 Toxic Deluge

Lands:
2 Creeping Tar Pit
4 Flooded Strand
4 Mishra’s Factory
4 Polluted Delta
3 Underground Sea
3 Wasteland
3 Island
1 Swamp

Sideboard:
2 Duress
2 Flusterstorm
1 Invasive Surgery
2 Marsh Casualties
1 Notion Thief
1 Null Rod
1 Pithing Needle
1 Set Adrift
3 Surgical Extraction
1 Vendilion Clique[/d]

Top 8 – Charles di Castiglione, Grixis Control

[d]Creatures:
2 Baleful Strix
4 Snapcaster Mage
2 Tombstalker
2 True-Name Nemesis
1 Vendilion Clique

Planeswalkers:
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells:
4 Brainstorm
2 Counterspell
1 Diabolic Edict
2 Engineered Explosives
1 Fatal Push
4 Force of Will
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Kolaghan’s Command
3 Lightning Bolt
4 Ponder
2 Spell Pierce
2 Thoughtseize
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

Lands:
1 Creeping Tar Pit
4 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
3 Underground Sea
3 Volcanic Island
2 Island
1 Swamp

Sideboard:
1 Diabolic Edict
2 Flusterstorm
1 Marsh Casualties
2 Pithing Needle
3 Red Elemental Blast
1 Sudden Demise
1 Sulfur Elemental
3 Surgical Extraction
1 Vendilion Clique[/d]

Top 8 – Nathan Hills, Izzet Delver

[d]Creatures:
2 Bedlam Reveler
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Monastery Swiftspear
3 Stormchaser Mage

Spells:
4 Brainstorm
2 Chain Lightning
4 Daze
1 Fireblast
4 Force of Will
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Ponder
2 Price of Progress
1 Thunderous Wrath
1 Vapor Snag

Lands:
1 Arid Mesa
4 Flooded Strand
4 Scalding Tarn
3 Volcanic Island
2 Island
2 Mountain

Sideboard:
2 Blood Moon
1 Flusterstorm
1 Grim Lavamancer
1 Price of Progress
2 Pyroblast
1 Smash to Smithereens
1 Spell Pierce
2 Sulfuric Vortex
3 Surgical Extraction
1 Vendilion Clique[/d]

Top 8 – Sam Stinton, Elves

[d]Creatures:
1 Birchlore Rangers
2 Craterhoof Behemoth
4 Deathrite Shaman
1 Elvish Mystic
4 Elvish Visionary
4 Heritage Druid
4 Nettle Sentinel
4 Quirion Ranger
1 Reclamation Sage
4 Wirewood Symbiote

Spells:
4 Glimpse of Nature
4 Green Sun’s Zenith
3 Natural Order

Lands:
2 Bayou
1 Cavern of Souls
2 Dryad Arbor
4 Gaea’s Cradle
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills
2 Forest

Sideboard:
3 Abrupt Decay
3 Cabal Therapy
4 Faerie Macabre
1 Progenitus
2 Thoughtseize
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Wren’s Run Packmaster[/d]

Top 8 – Josh Corless, Ad Nauseam Tendrils (ANT)

[d]Spells:
1 Ad Nauseam
4 Brainstorm
4 Cabal Ritual
3 Cabal Therapy
1 Dark Petition
4 Dark Ritual
3 Duress
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Infernal Tutor
4 Lion’s Eye Diamond
4 Lotus Petal
1 Past in Flames
4 Ponder
3 Preordain
1 Rain of Filth
1 Tendrils of Agony

Lands:
1 Bloodstained Mire
2 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Tropical Island
2 Underground Sea
1 Volcanic Island
1 Island
1 Swamp

Sideboard:
2 Abrupt Decay
2 Chain of Vapor
1 Echoing Truth
1 Empty the Warrens
2 Fatal Push
1 Flusterstorm
2 Massacre
2 Tormod’s Crypt
2 Xantid Swarm[/d]

 

MODERN CHALLENGE TOP 8 DECKLISTS

In our Modern event, we had a nice spread of 5 decks in our Top 8, although no real surprises whatsoever. All 5 of these decks are prominent in the format and you should expect to see them in the top tables of most big Modern events. With not only GP Birmingham coming up but also a season full of Modern PPTQs to play in, familiarising yourself with these decks is strongly advised! You will play against them a lot!

The only real surprise however, is the lack of an Affinity deck. At GP Vegas a few weeks ago, Affinity proved its metal (see what I did there…?) against the format by keeping Grixis Shadow, the most popular deck in the format, completely out of the Top 8 and eventually winning the whole thing! But why was is absent from our event’s standings? We’ll have to wait and see as the format develops further!

MODERN CHALLENGE TOP 8 DECKLISTS
MODERN CHALLENGE TOP 8 DECKLISTS

WINNER – Ben Jones, Grixis Shadow

[d]Creatures:
4 Death’s Shadow
2 Gurmag Angler
4 Snapcaster Mage
4 Street Wraith
2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Spells:
4 Fatal Push
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Kolaghan’s Command
4 Serum Visions
3 Stubborn Denial
2 Terminate
4 Thought Scour
4 Thoughtseize

Lands:
2 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Steam Vents
2 Watery Grave
1 Island
1 Swamp

Sideboard:
3 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Dreadbore
2 Flaying Tendrils
1 Izzet Staticaster
3 Leyline of the Void
1 Liliana of the Veil
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Stubborn Denial[/d]

RUNNER UP – Freddie Barber, Burn

[d]Creatures:
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Goblin Guide
4 Monastery Swiftspear

Spells:
4 Boros Charm
4 Lava Spike
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
4 Rift Bolt
4 Searing Blaze
4 Skullcrack

Lands:
2 Arid Mesa
3 Bloodstained Mire
3 Inspiring Vantage
2 Sacred Foundry
2 Scalding Tarn
2 Stomping Ground
4 Wooded Foothills
2 Mountain

Sideboard:
3 Deflecting Palm
4 Destructive Revelry
2 Harsh Mentor
3 Path to Exile
3 Rest in Peace[/d]

Top 4 – Sam Neal, Knightfall

[d]Creatures:
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Devoted Druid
2 Duskwatch Recruiter
3 Eternal Witness
4 Knight of the Reliquary
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Reflector Mage
1 Selfless Spirit
4 Vizier of Remedies
1 Walking Ballista

Spells:
3 Chord of Calling
4 Collected Company
2 Retreat to Coralhelm

Lands:
1 Breeding Pool
1 Gavony Township
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Horizon Canopy
1 Kessig Wolf Run
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Stomping Ground
4 Windswept Heath
1 Wooded Foothills
1 Temple Garden
3 Forest
1 Plains

Sideboard:
1 Burrenton Forge-Tender
2 Izzet Staticaster
2 Mirran Crusader
2 Nissa, Steward of Elements
3 Path to Exile
1 Qasali Pridemage
2 Scavenging Ooze
2 Unified Will[/d]

Top 4 – Lee Macken, Burn

[d]Creatures:
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Goblin Guide
4 Monastery Swiftspear

Spells:
4 Boros Charm
1 Deflecting Palm
4 Lava Spike
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
4 Rift Bolt
3 Searing Blaze
4 Skullcrack

Lands:
4 Arid Mesa
3 Bloodstained Mire
4 Inspiring Vantage
2 Sacred Foundry
1 Stomping Ground
3 Wooded Foothills
3 Mountain

Sideboard:
2 Deflecting Palm
4 Destructive Revelry
3 Grafdigger’s Cage
3 Kor Firewalker
3 Path to Exile[/d]

Top 8 – Chris Palmer, Bant Company

[d]Creatures:
2 Birds of Paradise
4 Devoted Druid
3 Duskwatch Recruiter
3 Eternal Witness
3 Kitchen Finks
4 Noble Hierarch
1 Qasali Pridemage
3 Reflector Mage
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Selfless Spirit
4 Vizier of Remedies
1 Walking Ballista

Spells:
4 Chord of Calling
4 Collected Company

Lands:
1 Botanical Sanctum
1 Breeding Pool
2 Flooded Strand
2 Gavony Township
1 Hallowed Fountain
2 Horizon Canopy
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Razorverge Thicket
1 Stirring Wildwood
2 Temple Garden
4 Windswept Heath
2 Forest
1 Plains

Sideboard:
1 Courser of Kruphix
1 Meddling Mage
4 Path to Exile
1 Phyrexian Revoker
1 Scavenging Ooze
2 Spell Queller
2 Tireless Tracker
3 Unified Will[/d]

Top 8 – Ryan Carter, Dredge

[d]Creatures:
4 Bloodghast
2 Golgari Thug
1 Haunted Dead
4 Insolent Neonate
4 Narcomoeba
4 Prized Amalgam
1 Scourge Devil
4 Stinkweed Imp

Spells:
4 Cathartic Reunion
3 Conflagrate
1 Darkblast
4 Faithless Looting
4 Life from the Loam

Lands:
2 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Blood Crypt
2 Bloodstained Mire
3 Copperline Gorge
2 Dakmor Salvage
2 Gemstone Mine
2 Stomping Ground
4 Wooded Foothills
1 Forest
1 Mountain

Sideboard:
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Collective Brutality
1 Darkblast
2 Ghost Quarter
1 Gnaw to the Bone
2 Lightning Axe
2 Nature’s Claim
2 Thoughtseize[/d]

Top 8 – Edward Tainsh, Grixis Shadow

[d]Creatures:
4 Death’s Shadow
2 Gurmag Angler
4 Snapcaster Mage
3 Street Wraith
2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Spells:
3 Dismember
4 Fatal Push
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Kolaghan’s Command
4 Serum Visions
3 Stubborn Denial
4 Thought Scour
4 Thoughtseize

Lands:
1 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Steam Vents
3 Watery Grave
1 Island
1 Swamp

Sideboard:
1 Anger of the Gods
3 Ceremonious Rejection
1 Collective Brutality
2 Dispel
1 Dreadbore
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Izzet Staticaster
2 Liliana of the Veil
1 Surgical Extraction[/d]

Top 8 – Rory Norsworthy, Eldrazi Tron

[d]Creatures:
3 Endbringer
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Reality Smasher
4 Thought-Knot Seer
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
4 Walking Ballista

Planeswalkers:
2 Karn Liberated
1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Spells:
1 All is Dust
2 Basilisk Collar
1 Batterskull
3 Dismember
4 Expedition Map
2 Mind Stone
1 Relic of Progenitus

Lands:
1 Cavern of Souls
4 Eldrazi Temple
3 Ghost Quarter
1 Sea Gate Wreckage
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plane
4 Urza’s Tower
2 Wastes

Sideboard:
1 Defense Grid
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Pithing Needle
2 Ratchet Bomb
1 Relic of Progenitus
3 Spatial Contortion
1 Spellskite
1 Trinisphere
2 Warping Wail[/d]

 

MTG Legacy & Modern Challenge Weekender Top 8 Decklists, and Weekly Newsletter!
This past weekend saw a total of 73 players battle it out in two Eternal-format Challenge events. Legacy recently got a massive shake up with the banning of Sensei’s Divining Top, completely neutering the format’s most popular deck and Modern is just 6 weeks away from being the format on show at Birmingham’s first Grand Prix in over 9 years!

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