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 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!

 

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 Brainstorms, 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: Stoneforge Mystic and Dark Confidant. 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

Creatures: (12)
Dark Confidant
Deathrite Shaman
Stoneforge Mystic

Planeswalkers: (3)
Liliana of the Veil

Spells: (27)
Batterskull
Chrome Mox
Collective Brutality
Council’s Judgment
Hymn to Tourach
Lingering Souls
Mirri’s Guile
Sword of Fire and Ice
Swords to Plowshares
Sylvan Library
Thoughtseize
Umezawa’s Jitte
Lands: (18)
Bayou
Marsh Flats
Scrubland
Verdant Catacombs
Wasteland
Plains
Swamp

Sideboard: (15)
Containment Priest
Duress
Engineered Plague
Enlightened Tutor
Ensnaring Bridge
Ethersworn Canonist
Gaddock Teeg
Humility
Manriki-Gusari
Pithing Needle
Rest in Peace
Spirit of the Labyrinth
Surgical Extraction

RUNNER UP – Chu Chung Ming, 4-Colour Delver

Creatures: (13)
Deathrite Shaman
Delver of Secrets
Gurmag Angler
Young Pyromancer

Spells: (29)
Brainstorm
Cabal Therapy
Daze
Dismember
Fatal Push
Force of Will
Gitaxian Probe
Lightning Bolt
Ponder
Spell Pierce
Lands: (18)
Flooded Strand
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island
Wasteland

Sideboard: (15)
Ancient Grudge
Cabal Therapy
Darkblast
Fatal Push
Flusterstorm
Forked Bolt
Grafdigger’s Cage
Pithing Needle
Pyroblast
Surgical Extraction
True-Name Nemesis

Top 4 – Jimmy Wild, “Canadian Thresh”

Creatures: (11)
Delver of Secrets
Hooting Mandrills
Tarmogoyf

Spells: (31)
Brainstorm
Daze
Dismember
Fire // Ice
Force of Will
Forked Bolt
Gitaxian Probe
Lightning Bolt
Ponder
Spell Pierce
Spell Snare
Stifle
Lands: (18)
Breeding Pool
Flooded Strand
Misty Rainforest
Tropical Island
Volcanic Island
Wasteland

Sideboard: (15)
Ancient Grudge
Destructive Revelry
Flusterstorm
Grafdigger’s Cage
Pyroblast
Rough // Tumble
Spell Pierce
Submerge
Sulfur Elemental
Surgical Extraction

Top 4 – Jon Potts, Dimir Landstill

Creatures: (4)
Snapcaster Mage

Planeswalkers: (2)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells: (30)
Brainstorm
Counterspell
Crucible of Worlds
Diabolic Edict
Dismember
Fatal Push
Force of Will
Innocent Blood
Spell Pierce
Spell Snare
Standstill
Thoughtseize
Toxic Deluge
Lands: (24)
Creeping Tar Pit
Flooded Strand
Mishra’s Factory
Polluted Delta
Underground Sea
Wasteland
Island
Swamp

Sideboard: (15)
Duress
Flusterstorm
Invasive Surgery
Marsh Casualties
Notion Thief
Null Rod
Pithing Needle
Set Adrift
Surgical Extraction
Vendilion Clique

Top 8 – Charles di Castiglione, Grixis Control

Creatures: (11)
Baleful Strix
Snapcaster Mage
Tombstalker
True-Name Nemesis
Vendilion Clique

Planeswalkers: (2)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells: (29)
Brainstorm
Counterspell
Diabolic Edict
Engineered Explosives
Fatal Push
Force of Will
Inquisition of Kozilek
Kolaghan’s Command
Lightning Bolt
Ponder
Spell Pierce
Thoughtseize
Umezawa’s Jitte
Lands: (18)
Creeping Tar Pit
Flooded Strand
Polluted Delta
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island
Island
Swamp

Sideboard: (15)
Diabolic Edict
Flusterstorm
Marsh Casualties
Pithing Needle
Red Elemental Blast
Sudden Demise
Sulfur Elemental
Surgical Extraction
Vendilion Clique

Top 8 – Nathan Hills, Izzet Delver

Creatures: (13)
Bedlam Reveler
Delver of Secrets
Monastery Swiftspear
Stormchaser Mage

Spells: (31)
Brainstorm
Chain Lightning
Daze
Fireblast
Force of Will
Gitaxian Probe
Lightning Bolt
Ponder
Price of Progress
Thunderous Wrath
Vapor Snag
Lands: (16)
Arid Mesa
Flooded Strand
Scalding Tarn
Volcanic Island
Island
Mountain

Sideboard: (15)
Blood Moon
Flusterstorm
Grim Lavamancer
Price of Progress
Pyroblast
Smash to Smithereens
Spell Pierce
Sulfuric Vortex
Surgical Extraction
Vendilion Clique

Top 8 – Sam Stinton, Elves

Creatures: (29)
Birchlore Rangers
Craterhoof Behemoth
Deathrite Shaman
Elvish Mystic
Elvish Visionary
Heritage Druid
Nettle Sentinel
Quirion Ranger
Reclamation Sage
Wirewood Symbiote

Spells: (11)
Glimpse of Nature
Green Sun’s Zenith
Natural Order
Lands: (20)
Bayou
Cavern of Souls
Dryad Arbor
Gaea’s Cradle
Misty Rainforest
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills
Forest

Sideboard: (15)
Abrupt Decay
Cabal Therapy
Faerie Macabre
Progenitus
Thoughtseize
Umezawa’s Jitte
Wren’s Run Packmaster

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

Spells: (46)
Ad Nauseam
Brainstorm
Cabal Ritual
Cabal Therapy
Dark Petition
Dark Ritual
Duress
Gitaxian Probe
Infernal Tutor
Lion’s Eye Diamond
Lotus Petal
Past in Flames
Ponder
Preordain
Rain of Filth
Tendrils of Agony
Lands: (14)
Bloodstained Mire
Flooded Strand
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island
Island
Swamp

Sideboard: (15)
Abrupt Decay
Chain of Vapor
Echoing Truth
Empty the Warrens
Fatal Push
Flusterstorm
Massacre
Tormod’s Crypt
Xantid Swarm

 

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

Creatures: (16)
Death’s Shadow
Gurmag Angler
Snapcaster Mage
Street Wraith
Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Spells: (25)
Fatal Push
Inquisition of Kozilek
Kolaghan’s Command
Serum Visions
Stubborn Denial
Terminate
Thought Scour
Thoughtseize
Lands: (19)
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Steam Vents
Watery Grave
Island
Swamp

Sideboard: (15)
Ceremonious Rejection
Disdainful Stroke
Dreadbore
Flaying Tendrils
Izzet Staticaster
Leyline of the Void
Liliana of the Veil
Liliana, the Last Hope
Stubborn Denial

RUNNER UP – Freddie Barber, Burn

Creatures: (12)
Eidolon of the Great Revel
Goblin Guide
Monastery Swiftspear

Spells: (28)
Boros Charm
Lava Spike
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Helix
Rift Bolt
Searing Blaze
Skullcrack
Lands: (20)
Arid Mesa
Bloodstained Mire
Inspiring Vantage
Sacred Foundry
Scalding Tarn
Stomping Ground
Wooded Foothills
Mountain

Sideboard: (15)
Deflecting Palm
Destructive Revelry
Harsh Mentor
Path to Exile
Rest in Peace

Top 4 – Sam Neal, Knightfall

Creatures: (31)
Birds of Paradise
Devoted Druid
Duskwatch Recruiter
Eternal Witness
Knight of the Reliquary
Noble Hierarch
Reflector Mage
Selfless Spirit
Vizier of Remedies
Walking Ballista

Spells: (9)
Chord of Calling
Collected Company
Retreat to Coralhelm
Lands: (20)
Breeding Pool
Gavony Township
Hallowed Fountain
Horizon Canopy
Kessig Wolf Run
Misty Rainforest
Stomping Ground
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills
Temple Garden
Forest
Plains

Sideboard: (15)
Burrenton Forge-Tender
Izzet Staticaster
Mirran Crusader
Nissa, Steward of Elements
Path to Exile
Qasali Pridemage
Scavenging Ooze
Unified Will

Top 4 – Lee Macken, Burn

Creatures: (12)
Eidolon of the Great Revel
Goblin Guide
Monastery Swiftspear

Spells: (28)
Boros Charm
Deflecting Palm
Lava Spike
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Helix
Rift Bolt
Searing Blaze
Skullcrack
Lands: (20)
Arid Mesa
Bloodstained Mire
Inspiring Vantage
Sacred Foundry
Stomping Ground
Wooded Foothills
Mountain

Sideboard: (15)
Deflecting Palm
Destructive Revelry
Grafdigger’s Cage
Kor Firewalker
Path to Exile

Top 8 – Chris Palmer, Bant Company

Creatures: (30)
Birds of Paradise
Devoted Druid
Duskwatch Recruiter
Eternal Witness
Kitchen Finks
Noble Hierarch
Qasali Pridemage
Reflector Mage
Scavenging Ooze
Selfless Spirit
Vizier of Remedies
Walking Ballista

Spells: (8)
Chord of Calling
Collected Company
Lands: (22)
Botanical Sanctum
Breeding Pool
Flooded Strand
Gavony Township
Hallowed Fountain
Horizon Canopy
Misty Rainforest
Razorverge Thicket
Stirring Wildwood
Temple Garden
Windswept Heath
Forest
Plains

Sideboard: (15)
Courser of Kruphix
Meddling Mage
Path to Exile
Phyrexian Revoker
Scavenging Ooze
Spell Queller
Tireless Tracker
Unified Will

Top 8 – Ryan Carter, Dredge

Creatures: (24)
Bloodghast
Golgari Thug
Haunted Dead
Insolent Neonate
Narcomoeba
Prized Amalgam
Scourge Devil
Stinkweed Imp

Spells: (16)
Cathartic Reunion
Conflagrate
Darkblast
Faithless Looting
Life from the Loam
Lands: (20)
Blackcleave Cliffs
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Copperline Gorge
Dakmor Salvage
Gemstone Mine
Stomping Ground
Wooded Foothills
Forest
Mountain

Sideboard: (15)
Abrupt Decay
Ancient Grudge
Collective Brutality
Darkblast
Ghost Quarter
Gnaw to the Bone
Lightning Axe
Nature’s Claim
Thoughtseize

Top 8 – Edward Tainsh, Grixis Shadow

Creatures: (15)
Death’s Shadow
Gurmag Angler
Snapcaster Mage
Street Wraith
Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Spells: (26)
Dismember
Fatal Push
Inquisition of Kozilek
Kolaghan’s Command
Serum Visions
Stubborn Denial
Thought Scour
Thoughtseize
Lands: (19)
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Steam Vents
Watery Grave
Island
Swamp

Sideboard: (13)
Anger of the Gods
Ceremonious Rejection
Collective Brutality
Dispel
Dreadbore
Engineered Explosives
Izzet Staticaster
Liliana of the Veil
Surgical Extraction

Top 8 – Rory Norsworthy, Eldrazi Tron

Creatures: (20)
Endbringer
Matter Reshaper
Reality Smasher
Thought-Knot Seer
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Walking Ballista

Planeswalkers: (3)
Karn Liberated
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Spells: (14)
All is Dust
Basilisk Collar
Batterskull
Dismember
Expedition Map
Mind Stone
Relic of Progenitus
Lands: (23)
Cavern of Souls
Eldrazi Temple
Ghost Quarter
Sea Gate Wreckage
Urza’s Mine
Urza’s Power Plane
Urza’s Tower
Wastes

Sideboard: (15)
Defense Grid
Grafdigger’s Cage
Pithing Needle
Ratchet Bomb
Relic of Progenitus
Spatial Contortion
Spellskite
Trinisphere
Warping Wail

 

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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