This is the first of hopefully a continuing series of articles on the UK Legacy Meta. As this is the first full set of results and we are only a few months into a post Dig meta, talking about trends and movements within the UK will be almost impossible, but at least we have somewhere to start.

Here is the full breakdown of decks played at the tournament held at Axion Now in Amersham on the 13th of December.

Total Deck Registrations 69

Deckname No. Of Players %
Miracles 11 16 %
Bug Delver 4 5.7%
Grixis Delver 2 2.8%
Rug Delver 2
Burn 4 5.7%
Death and Taxes 4
Lands 4
Shardless 4
Dredge 3 4.3%
Infect 3
Merfolk 3
Reanimator UB 3
Burning Reanimator 1 1.4%
Elves 2 5.7%
Esper Stoneblade 2
ANT 2
Tin Fins 2
Punishing Jund 2
UG Titan Post 2
Aggro Loam 1 1.4%
Enchantress 1
Foodchain Bant Brew 1
Hangerback MUD 1
Imperial Painter 1
Necrotic Ooze Combo 1
Nic Fit 1
Sneak and Show 1
Spiral Tide 1

 

These three divisions show the percentage of Tier 1 and ‘Top 8’ Decks and the Brainstorm vs Non Brainstorm divide.

MTG The Source DTB The Rest
23 (33.3%) 46 (66.6%)
thegraymerchants.com Top8 The Rest
27 (39 %) 42 (61%)
Brainstorm Decks Non Brainstorm
41 (59%) 28 (41%)

 

MTG The Source DTB (Decks to Beat) on day of writing; Miracles, D and T, ANT, Grixis Delver and Shardless.

Expanding our bracket to the Top 8 performing decks in paper of November worldwide (taken from thegraymerchants.com) adds Aggro Loam, Elves and Sneak and Show.

 

From these numbers the meta at this tournament looks reasonably healthy, if a bit Miracles heavy. There is a good mix of non-blue and blue decks and a very varied spread of decks registering for the tournament. Miracles was the most represented deck here as you would predict. However our playgroups predictions didn’t account for the number of Burn and Dredge decks and we thought there would be more Delver and Shardless. Our inaccuracy is probably due to generally looking at Day 2 meta from around the world, and an unconscious bias towards the more powerful or consistent decks of the format.

In UK tournaments, where we have a relatively small pool of Legacy players, fringe decks like Burn, Dredge and Lands will make a much larger impact when factoring what to play, and play against, due to small tournament sizes. These decks may be chosen because of card availability rather than metagaming.

At 69 people, Axion was the second largest UK Legacy tournament in 2015 so looking forward I would not be surprised to see similar numbers of more fringe decks at UK legacy compared to the more established and larger meta of the US and continental Europe.

 

Top 8 Lists

1st/2nd Chris Vincent – Miracles

Main 3 Jace the Mind Sculptor
4 Scalding Tarn 4 Force of Will
4 Flooded Strand 4 Terminus
2 Arid Mesa 3 Snapcaster Mage
3 Tundra 2 Monastery Mentor
2 Volcanic Island
4 Island Side
2 Plains 1 Engingeered Explosives
4 Sensei’s Divining Top 2 Rest in Peace
4 Brainstrom 2 Blood Moon
4 Ponder 3 Pyroblast
4 Swords to Plowshares 2 Flusterstorm
1 Counterspell 2 Vendilion Clique
1 Councils Judgement 2 Wear // Tear
1 Entreat the Angels 1 Izzet Staticaster

 

1st/2nd Andrew Rouse – Burn

Main 4 Fireblast
2 Barbarian Ring 4 Chain Lightning
7 Mountain 4 Lightning Bolt
1 Bloodstained Mire 4 Price of Progress
3 Wooded Foothils 4 Rift Bolt
3 Scalding Tarn
4 Arid Mesa Side
4 Goblin Guide 3 Tormod’s Crypt
3 Grim Lavamancer 3 Ensnaring Bridge
4 Eidelon of the Great Revel 1 Smash to Smithereens
1 Sensei’s Divining Top 2 Searing Blaze
2 Sulfuric Vortex 3 Exquisite Firecraft
3 Pyroblast

 

3rd Thomas Kellock – Lands

Main 2 Tranquil Thicket
4 Mox Diamond 1 Verdant Catacombs
4 Crop Rotation 1 Windswept Heath
4 Gamble 1 Wooded Foothills
4 Life from the Loam 1 Riftstone Portal
4 Exploration 1 Ghostquarter
4 Punishing Fire 1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
1 Manabond 1 Glacial Chasam
4 Wastreland
4 Rishadan Port Side
4 Thespians Stage 2 Choke
4 Darkdepths 1 Molten Vortex
3 Maze of Ith 2 Chalice of the Void
4 Grove of the Burnwillows 4 Sphere of Resistance
2 Taiga 4 Krosan Grip
1 Forest 1 Bojuka Bog
1 Karakas

 

4th Nicholas Eaton – Dredge

Main 4 Golgari Gravetroll
4 Cephalid Coliseum 2 Dread Return
4 Mana Confluence 4 Stinkweed Imp
4 Gemstone Mine
4 Lion’s Eye Diamond Side
1 Flame Kin Zealot 1 Elesh Norn
4 Bridge from Below 1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
4 Cabal Therapy 1 Chain of Vapor
4 Narcomoeba 1 Tormod’s Crypt
3 Putrid Imp 3 Lotus Petal
4 Faithless looting 2 Firestorm
4 Careful Study 3 Natures Claim
3 Golgari Thug 1 Ichorid
4 Breakthrough 1 Griselbrand
3 Ichorid 1 Ashen Rider

 

5th-8th David Calf – Reanimator

Main 4 Brainstorm
4 Polluted Delta 4 Daze
2 Misty Rainforest 4 Force of Will
2 Verdant Catacombs 4 Reanimate
1 Tropical Island 4 Careful Study
1 Bayou 4 Exhume
2 Underground Sea 2 Thoughtseize
2 Island 4 Entomb
2 Swamp
1 Grave Titan Side
1 Elesh Norn 1 Inkwell Leviathan
1 Tidespout Tyrant 2 Echoing Truth
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria 1 Massacre
3 Griselbrand 1 Coffin Purge
1 Ashen Rider 3 Show and Tell
1 Animate Dead 2 Pithing Needle
1 Pithing Needle 3 Abrupt Decay
4 Lotus Petal 1 Golgari Charm

 

5th-8th Pierre Canali – Grixis Delver

Main 4 Polluted Delta
4 Delver of Secrets 4 Wasteland
4 Force of Will
4 Daze Side
4 Stifle 1 Mind Harness
4 Lightning Bolt 1 Pyroblast
2 Gurmag Angler 1 Teferi’s Response
4 Deathrite Shaman 1 Diabolic Edict
4 Young Pyromancer 1 Darkblast
4 Ponder 1 Engineered Plague
4 Brainstorm 1 Abrupt Decay
4 Gitaxian Probe 1 Ancient Grudge
2 Tropical Island 1 Pithing Needle
3 Volcanic Island 1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Underground Sea 1 Surgical Extraction
4 Scalding Tarn 1 Grafdiggers Cage
3 Cabal Therapy

 

5th – 8th Miguel Murillo – Shardless

Main 1 Bayou
4 Deathrite Shaman 2 Tropical Island
4 Tarmogoyf 3 Underground Sea
4 Shardless Agent 1 Misty Rainforest
2 Baleful Strix 4 Verdant Catacombs
2 Liliana of the Veil 1 Marsh flats
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor 4 Polluted Delta
1 Sylvan Library
4 Brainstorm Side
4 Abrupt Decay 1 Graffdigger’s Cage
4 Force of will 1 Nihil Spellbomb
3 Ancestral Visions 1 Golgari Charm
1 Maelstrom Pulse 1 Null Rod
2 Toxic Deluge 1 Pithing Needle
2 Hymn to Tourach 1 Surgical Extraction
1 Forest 1 Night of Soul’s Betrayal
1 Swamp 2 Disfigure
1 Bayou 2 Thoughtseize
1 Creeping Tarpit 3 Meddling Mage
3 Wasteland 1 Scrubland

 

5th-8th Andy Nelson – Miracles

Main 2 Snapcaster Mage
3 Polluted Delta 3 Monastery Mentor
4 Flooded Strand 1 Flusterstorm
2 Arid Mesa
3 Tundra Side
2 Volcanic Island 1 Venser Shaper Savant
4 Island 1 Pyroblast
2 Plains 1 Rest in Peace
1 Cavern of Souls 2 Blood Moon
4 Sensei’s Divining Top 1 Pyroblast
4 Brainstrom 1 Flusterstorm
4 Ponder 2 Vendilion Clique
4 Swords to Plowshares 1 Wear // Tear
1 Counterspell 1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Councils Judgement 1 Containment Priest
1 Misdirection 1 Ethersworn Cannonist
3 Jace the Mind Sculptor 1 Entreat the Angels
4 Force of Will 1 Karakas
3 Terminus

 

Once the Semi finals had been completed only Nicholas and I played our tie breaker as we both wanted the 3rd place prize. Everyone else is left at their respective finish.

Unfortunately there were only two more UK Legacy Events last year with more than 50 players. I have only been able to find the Top8 lists not the total number of decks played.

Top 8 2015 Legacy National Championship, Worchester 24th May, 80 Registered Players

http://www.manaleak.com/mtguk/2015/05/legacy-national-championships-top-8-deck-lists/

1st Nicolas Genieis Infect
2nd Chris Vincent BUG Delver
3rd/4th Lee Brook UG Titanpost
3rd/4th Rob Catton Miracles
5th-8th Stuart Taylor Infect
5th-8th Kayure Patel Shardless
5th-8th Lauri Achte Omni-Show
5th-8th Stuart Johnston Manaless Dredge

 

Top8 FanBoy Three Eternal Weekend, Manchester 25th October, 57 Registered Players

https://www.facebook.com/events/430796263775455/

1st-4th Lawrence Arnell RUG Delver
1st-4th Joao Choca Shardless
1st-4th Joseph Hargreaves Miracles
1st-4th Jon Potts Esper Stoneblade
5th-8th Chris Vincent Miracles
5th-8th Jonathon Rooney Sneak and Show
5th-8th Matthew Harper UG Titanpost
5th-8th David Ingliss Miracles

 

We don’t have many results but Miracles put six decks in Top 8s last year, giving it 25% and Shardless put in 3 decks at 12.5%.

Interestingly, the three other decks with more than one representative in Top8s last year were Dredge, UG Titanpost and Infect, all with 2. At this small a sample size however, it would be unwise to read too much into this as individual player skill and the change in meta after the Dig ban plays a huge part.

From all of this data we can make a few recommendations. First, and blindingly obvious, is to have a plan for Miracles. Even if it is not prevalent in your local meta it will be the number one deck at any large event. Second, is not to skimp on graveyard hate. There were 10 graveyard based decks and 5 Loam based decks at Axion, 22% of the meta. Dredge made two Top 8s last year.

Other than that the meta is wide open so be prepared to play almost any archetype, and when choosing be very careful of anti blue decks like Sylvan Plug. The UK has plenty of non blue mages.

My final piece of advice would be to not bet against Chris Vincent making the next Top8 😉

Thomas 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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