At The Library we try our hardest to get our hands on all of the decklists for any UK Legacy event that has more than 50 players. Thanks to Callum for transporting, and Nick and Liz for sorting me out with the 138 lists from this event. Lets get stuck in!

On 30th April 2017 Axion hosted the largest UK Legacy event ever seen! The prizes were great as usual and First received a flight and Byes to Grand Prix Las Vegas! Eight rounds with a cut to Top8 were played and because of the record breaking number of players Francois and Liz, as usual, went above and beyond, with prizes for the winners of 9-16th and 17-24th! This event is not just important for the UK scene but because of the ban on Sensei’s Divining Top six days beforehand, the decklists and meta data from this large event should prove valuable for Eternal players around the world. Ill give you the Top16 decklists in full, a run down of the meta, up to decks that were played by three or more players, the list of every deck played and finally the percentage of players of every deck that had four or more players that made the Top16!

So first up the Top 16 lists in full, congratulations to everyone who did so well!

Top 8 Lists

1st Place – Paul Mcgleish – Eldrazi Aggro

Eldrazi Aggro

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

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

Sideboard (15)
Sphere of Resistance
Karakas
Thorn of Amethyst
Leyline of the Void
Pithing Needle
Ratchet Bomb
All is Dust
Endbringer

2nd Place – Dan Burnand – 4C Control

4C Control

Spells (24)
Ponder
Brainstorm
Force of Will
Abrupt Decay
Fatal Push
Lightning Bolt
Toxic Deluge
Counterspell
Thoughtseize
Spell Snare
Kolaghan's Command
Painful Truths

Artifacts (1)
Engineered Explosives

Creatures (13)
Deathrite Shaman
Snapcaster Mage
Baleful Strix
Leovold, Emissary of Trest

Planeswalkers (2)
Jace, the Mindsculptor
Lands (20)
Volcanic Island
Underground Sea
Tropical Island
Island
Swamp
Badlands
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Verdant Catacombs

Sideboard (15)
Pyroblast
Red Elemental Blast
Thoughtseize
Vendilion Clique
Invasive Surgery
Surgical Extraction
Flusterstorm
Pithing Needle
Golgari Charm
Counterspell
Toxic Deluge
Fire Covenant

3rd/4th – Francis Cowper – Grixis Delver

Grixis Delver

Spells (28)
Brainstorm
Ponder
Gitaxian Probe
Daze
Force of Will
Lightning Bolt
Forked Bolt
Spell Pierce
Cabal Therapy

Creatures (14)
Delver of Secrets
Deathrite Shaman
Young Pyromancer
True-Name Nemesis
Gurmag Angler
Lands (18)
Polluted Delta
Flooded Strand
Volcanic Island
Underground Sea
Tropical Island
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Flusterstorm
Cabal Therapy
Grafdigger's Cage
Forked Bolt
Sudden Demise
Surgical Extraction
Ancient Grudge
Sulfuric Vortex
Pyroblast

3rd/4th – Jordan Griffin – RUG Delver

RUG Delver

Spells (30)
Ponder
Brainstorm
Stifle
Spell Pierce
Daze
Force of WIll
Lightning Bolt
Dismember
Forked Bolt

Creatures (12)
Delver of Secrets
Nimble Mongoose
Tarmogoyf
Lands (18)
Volcanic Island
Tropical Island
Wasteland
Scalding Tarn
Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
Flusterstorm
Spell Snare
Submerge
Pyroblast
Ancient Grudge
Sulfur Elemental
Rough // Tumble
Destructive Revelry
Grafdigger's Cage
Pithing Needle

5th to 8th – Lewis Marshall – BR Reanimator

BR Reanimator

Artifacts (6)
Lotus Petal
Chrome Mox

Creatures (10)
Chancellor of the Annex
Griselbrand
Sire of Insanity
Tidespout Tyrant

Spells (28)
Faithless Looting
Dark Ritual
Unmask
Thoughtseize
Entomb
Reanimate
Exhume

Enchantments (4)
Animate Dead
Lands (12)
Swamp
Badlands
Scrubland
Verdant Catacombs
Marsh Flats
Bloodstained Mire

Sideboard (15)
Iona, Shield of Emeria
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Scarab Feast
Collective Brutality
Wear // Tear
Pithing Needle
Defense Grid

5th to 8th – Aston Ramsden – Death and Taxes

Death and Taxes

Artifacts (7)
Aether Vial
Sword of Fire and Ice
Batterskull
Umezawa's Jitte

Creatures (27)
Flickerwisp
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Stoneforge Mystic
Mother of Runes
Phyrexian Revoker
Sanctum Prelate
Recruiter of the Guard
Palace Jailer
Spirit of the Labyrinth
Mirran Crusader

Spells (4)
Swords to Plowshares
Lands (22)
Rishadan Port
Karakas
Cavern of Souls
10 Plains
Horizon Canopy
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Leonin Relic-Warder
Council's Judgement
Sword of Body and Mind
Rest in Peace
Path to Exile
Aven Mindcensor
Containment Priest
Ethersworn Canonist
Pithing Needle
Faerie Macabre
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

5th to 8th -Jay Richardson – BUG Delver

BUG Delver

Creatures (13)
Deathrite Shaman
Delver of Secrets
Tarmogoyf
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
Tombstalker

Planeswalkers (2)
Liliana of the Veil

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

Sideboard (15)
Fatal Push
Golgari Charm
Toxic Deluge
Dread of Night
Thoughtseize
Flusterstorm
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Surgical Extraction
Abrupt Decay
Pithing Needle
Vendilion Clique

5th to 8th -Duncan Tang – UWr StoneBlade

UWr StoneBlade

Creatures (11)
Stoneforge Mystic
Snapcaster Mage
Containment Priest
True-Name Nemesis
Vendilion Clique

Planeswalkers (2)
Jace the Mindsculptor

Spells (25)
Ponder
Brainstorm
Swords to Plowshares
Lightning Bolt
Supreme Verdict
Force of Will
Councils Judgement
Spell Snare
Spell Pierce
Counterspell

Artifacts (2)
Umezawa's Jitte
Batterskull
Lands (20)
Flooded Strand
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Arid Mesa
Tundra
Volcanic Island
Island
Plains
Karakas

Sideboard (15)
Nahiri the Lithomancer
Venser, Shaper Savant
Vendilion Clique
Containment Priest
Pyroblast
Bloodmoon
Flusterstorm
Rest in Peace
Surgical Extraction
Wear // Tear
Sword of Feast and Famine

 

Top 16 Lists

 

Paul Crosby – Sneak and Show

Sneak and Show

Creatures (6)
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Grislebrand

Enchantments (6)
Omniscience
Sneak Attack

Artifacts (3)
Lotus Petal

Spells (26)
Show and Tell
Ponder
Brainstorm
Preordain
Twincast
Force of WIll
Spell Pierce
Fluster Storm
Cunning Wish
Lands (19)
Flooded Strand
Scalding Tarn
Island
Mountain
Volcanic Island
City of Traitors
Ancient Tomb

Sideboard (14)
Bloodmoon
Worldly Tutor
Fireminds Foresight
Release the Ants
Through the Breach
Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Surgical Extraction
Flusterstorm
Echoing Truth
Red Elemental Blast
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

 

Tom Hayward – UR Landstill

UR Landstill

Enchantments (3)
Standstill

Creatures (6)
True-Name Nemesis
Snapcaster Mage
Vendilion Clique

Planeswalkers (2)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Artifacts (1)
Engineered Explosives

Spells (25)
Brainstorm
Lightning Bolt
Sudden Shock
Force of Will
Counterspell
Spell Snare
Spell Pierce
Stifle
Dismember
Lands (23)
Volcanic Island
Island
Mountain
Wasteland
Wandering Fumarole
Faerie Conclave
Flooded Strand
Scalding Tarn
Mishra’s Factory

Sideboard (15)
Izzet Staticaster
Engineered Explosives
Dismember
Surgical Extraction
Kozileks Returen
Flusterstorm
Bloodmoon
Pyroblast
Dack Faydan
Vendilion Clique

Lewis Mcleod – Sneak and Show

Sneak and Show

Creatures (6)
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Grislebrand

Enchantments (6)
Omniscience
Sneak Attack

Artifacts (3)
Lotus Petal

Spells (26)
Show and Tell
Ponder
Brainstorm
Preordain
Force of WIll
Spell Pierce
Intuition
Cunning Wish
Lands (19)
Flooded Strand
Scalding Tarn
Misty Rainforest
Island
Mountain
Volcanic Island
City of Traitors
Ancient Tomb

Sideboard (15)
Blood Moon
Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Echoing Truth
Flusterstorm
Intuition
Kozileks Return
Pyroblast
Pyroclasm
Release the Ants
Surgical Extraction
Through the Breach

Phil Mead – Infect

Infect

Creatures (13)
Glistener Elf
Noble Hierarch
Blighted Agent
Viridian Corrupter

Spells (27)
Brainstorm
Gitaxian Probe
Spell Pierce
Berserk
Vines of the Vastwood
Crop Rotation
Daze
Invigorate
Tezzeret’s Gambit
Force of Will
Become Immense
Lands (19)
Misty Rainforest
Verdant Catacombs
Windswept Heath
Tropical Island
Inkmoth Nexus
Pendelhaven
Dryad Arbor
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Leyline of Sanctity
Swords to Plowshares
Rest in Peace
Piracy Charm
Flusterstorm
Nature’s Claim
Krosan Grip
Submerge
Force of WIll
Bojuka Bog
Wasteland
Savanah
Karakas

Deren Ozturk – Junk

Junk

Creatures (14)
Deathrite Shaman
Dark Confidant
Tarmogoyf
Gaddock Teeg
Qusali Pridemage
Knight of the Reliquary
Tireless Tracker

Spells (18)
Swords to Plowshares
Thoughtseize
Inquisition of Kozilek
Green Sun’s Zenith
Abrupt Decay
Zealous Persecution

Artifacts (2)
Umezawa’s Jitte
Sword of Fire and Ice

Enchantments (1)
Sylvan Library

Planeswalkers (3)
Liliana of the Veil
Lands (23)
Dryad Arbor
Treetop Village
Verdant Catacombs
Windswept Heath
Bayou
Scrubland
Savannah
Forest
Swamp
Wasteland
Karakas

Sideboard (15)
Surgical Extraction
Ethersworn Canonist
Containment Priest
Rest in Peace
Spirit of the Labyrinth
Lost Legacy
Toxic Deluge
Reclamation Sage
Garruk Relentless

Heimir Palmason – Death and Taxes

Death and Taxes

Artifacts (7)
Aether Vial
Sword of Fire and Ice
Batterskull
Umezawa's Jitte

Creatures (27)
Flickerwisp
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Stoneforge Mystic
Mother of Runes
Phyrexian Revoker
Recruiter of the Guard
Thalia, Heretic Cathar
Palace Jailer
Spirit of the Labyrinth
Mirran Crusader
Serra Avenger
Sanctum Prelate

Spells (4)
Swords to Plowshares
Lands (23)
Rishadan Port
Karakas
11 Plains
Horizon Canopy
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Containment Priest
Path to Exile
Pithing Needle
Rest in Peace
Ethersworn Canonist
Council’s Judgement
Veteran Armourer
Cataclysm
Sword of War and Peace

Archibald Owen – Dark Bant

Dark Bant

Creatures (18)
Noble Hierarch
Deathrite Shaman
Stoneforge Mystic
True-Name Nemesis
Leovold, Emissary of Trest

Artifacts (2)
Batterskull
Sword of Fire and Ice

Umezawa’s Jitte (0)

Planeswalkers (2)
Jace, the Mindsculptor

Spells (17)
Force of Will
Daze
Swords to Plowshares
Brainstorm
Abrupt Decay
Lands (20)
Misty Rainforest
Flooded Strand
Polluted Delta
Wasteland
Scrubland
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Tundra

Sideboard (15)
Ethersword Canonist
Grafdigger’s Cage
Surgical Extraction
Flusterstrom
Containment Priest
Meddling Mage
Gideon Ally of Zendikar
Thoughtseize
Zealous Persecution

Chris Vincent – Dark Bant

Dark Bant

Creatures (18)
Noble Hierarch
Deathrite Shaman
Stoneforge Mystic
True-Name Nemesis
Leovold, Emissary of Trest

Artifacts (2)
Batterskull
Sword of Fire and Ice

Umezawa’s Jitte (0)

Planeswalkers (2)
Jace, the Mindsculptor

Spells (17)
Force of Will
Daze
Swords to Plowshares
Brainstorm
Abrupt Decay
Lands (20)
Misty Rainforest
Flooded Strand
Polluted Delta
Wasteland
Scrubland
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Tundra

Sideboard (15)
Ethersworn Canonist
Grafdigger’s Cage
Surgical Extraction
Flusterstrom
Containment Priest
Meddling Mage
Thoughtseize
Zealous Persecution

Congratulations to those who made the Top16.

Meta and Conversion Rates

Next up is a chart of the Meta. Anything in ‘Other’ had fewer than three players.

We can see that the two most played decks were both non-blue and cheap (ish) decks, which should not be too surprising given the size of the event when compared to previous UK ones and that there was a Modern GPT the next day. Death and Taxes has always been well represented in the UK. The cheap entry point into the format that Burn provides, combined with its ability to prey on what was quite a BUG heavy meta before the Top ban made it an obvious choice for many players. (As an aside this strong showing from non blue decks made the event evenly split down the Blue/ Non-blue lines with 69 players each.)

Infect has come out of the woodwork as have Sneak and Show and Eldrazi. I imagine these three decks being well represented is due to people choosing decks with both solid and powerful game-plans in an unknown meta. Infect and Sneak and Show can both win early on and when piloted by someone with experience are very resilient to disruption. Eldrazi is an aggressive choice and that is often the correct thing to do in a new meta. It is also one of the decks that is slightly easier to port over from Modern. I am slightly surprised at the numbers of people choosing to play it in the face of its poor BUG matchups however. This was born out by its relatively poor conversion rate to Top16.

Many people predicted a large upswing in Deathblade variants as former Miracles players easily transferred their deck over to a known performer from previous years. The data from this event does not quite show this with more people choosing the Dark Bant build from Eternal Weekend over the classic Esper Stoneblade. These decks looks similar but play out rather differently.

The major axes along which people played were Delver, midrange and a big variation of combo decks. Control was, as expected, underrepresented with only a couple of Shardless, and Landstill players. A single Stax, 4C control and Pox player rounded them out at only seven total players. It seems like Delver (21 Players) and very varied Stoneforge Mystic decks (21 Players) are the major fairer strategies that you need to have answers for. Deathrite was in 38 decks but they range widely in variety. It will be hard to attack the card directly as it fits into almost every fair deck at this point.

Combo is all over the place right now but with 18 of them having a slight weakness to Karakas, that could be a worthy consideration going forward. I would also keep in mind there are plenty of decks that can sideboard into a Blood Moon or three so have answers for those as well.

There isn’t really much more to say about the decks people chose to bring as the meta currently is an odd place. It is entirely open after Top’s banning, yet the cost of changing deck suddenly to take advantage of this is prohibitive for the majority of players. This will mean many decks from the last few years will bleed over for a while until things settle down.

Here is the break down of every deck played

DeckNo. of PlayersDeckNo. of PlayersDeckNo. of Players
Burn11Food Chain4DeathBlade1
Death and Taxes11Lands3Delverless BUG 1
Infect9Nic Fit3Enchantress1
Sneak and Show912 Post2High Tide1
Eldrazi8Aggro Loam2Junk1
BUG Delver7Belcher2Leylines1
Dark Bant6BG Turbo Depths2Maverick1
Storm6Dark Maverick2Mentor Midrange1
Reanimator5 (BR) 1 (UB)Shardless2Painter (Imperial)1
Grixis Delver5Sneak and Breach2Pox1
Elves5Stoneblade2RW Stax1
RUG Delver44C Control1UR Landstill1
UR Delver4Aluren1UW Landstill1
Jund4BUG Deaths Shadow1UW Delver1

 

Top 16 Conversion

 

This graph only counts the decks played by four or more players. Well done to the UR Standstill player but his 100% conversion rate isn’t going to be counted for obvious reasons.

Dark Bant is the obvious winner here with 2/6 players making the Top16. Its a powerful deck with game against everything and was picked up by some strong players.

The more interesting numbers are the poor showing for Elves and Storm. After the Top ban the general consensus was that these two decks benefited the most from the death of Miracles. But with none of their players making it into the Top16 it appears that the field was prepared for them both. There poor showing could also be because both of these decks are very complicated. They may both have suddenly got better in the metagame but just picking them up the week before an event is unlikely to get you into the Top16.

I find it slightly surprising that Death and Taxes, which many expected to suffer from the hate directed towards Elves managed to put two players in the Top 16, but then it was the joint best represented deck of the day. This brings us nicely to Burn which, as usual, did dismally. This is likely to be because the deck is picked up by and lent to people who are new to the format, combined with inherent weaknesses of the deck. Burn is a combo deck that is often a turn too slow and in a metagame with plenty of Thalia’s and Batterskulls it is going to find it even harder to get the last points of damage across. This is not to say however that people should never play the deck. It can and does Top8 (see EU Eternal Weekend) but you need to be very practiced against the entire Legacy field just like any other combo deck.

I hope that some of this meta data and Top16 lists will be useful to you as you look towards GP Las Vegas.

Until next time

Tom Kellock

 

Tom Kellock
Tom has played Magic since Alara block. He became quickly enamoured with Legacy after being strangled by a Pox and 43 Lands deck in 2011 while piloting Affinity. This experience also started a love of Prison strategies in a manner typical of Stockholm Syndrome sufferers. He now only really plays Legacy, with Top8’s in Europe at BoM and here in the UK.
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