Welcome to August’s London Legacy Monthly report! We sold out again! Remember to get your tickets for next months event as soon as possible so we can sort out the prizepool. You can find them at LondonLegacyMonthly.com

August’s prizes were as follows:

London Legacy Monthly - August - Metagame

DeckNo. of PlayersDeckNo. of Players
Grixis Delver8Esper Deathblade1
Goblins5Infect1
Death and Taxes (Inc Red)3Manaless Dredge1
Lands3Miracles1
4C Control3Moon Stompy1
Elves2Mono R Storm1
Mono R Sneak2Rug Delver1
MUD2Punishing Maverick1
Alluren1Punishing Theives1
Aggro Loam1Sneak and Show1
Bant Deathblade1TES1
BG Pox1Turbo Depths1
DeadGuy Ale1UR Delver1
Deathblade1White Eldrazi1
Demonic Pact1

Grixis Delver is still the most played deck at London Legacy Monthly but the rest of the field has spread out as people look for decks to attack the metagame. This month there were 30 unique deck choices, 9 more than last month.

Death and Taxes has continued to lose players as has Lands. A number of people decided to continue the tribal theme from last month by bringing Goblins. Marcelo has always put up good results with the deck, even winning a previous LLM. However, I don’t think the deck is currently very good in this metagame. Perhaps they were hoping to face plenty of their good matchup? Czech Pile perhaps? What actually happened was Karl Naylor played against bunch of Goblins players and used his easy wins to make Top4!

For those of you looking for a tip for the upcoming massive Legacy Event at Nationals (24 tickets remain at time of writing) I would not take too much notice of the metagame at LLM. While our events are the largest regular ones in the country, the ease with which people can change decks means the minutia of the metagame can be volatile and somewhat un-reliable. That being said, the obvious conclusions people have about Legacy currently (Grixis Delver is the deck to beat) are born out at our events. One interesting thing to note is that we only had five true combo decks this month and only two the month before. It seems that London players don’t enjoy that side of the game at the moment. If you think the small number of combo decks is statistically significant then you have two options. Either prepare a midrange deck that will beat all the other ones you expect to face, or bring a fast combo deck yourself to prey on those same midrange decks. Either way, good luck to all of you who will be n Derby this weekend!

This month Diego crushed the swiss rounds going undefeated! Commiserations to our own Claude Schmit playing Mono Red Storm (see later) for coming ninth and missing out on tie breakers. You are going to have to do well next month to get back to the top of the Leaderboard!

After 7 rounds our Top8 looked like this

  1. Diego Massone
  2. Tom Brown
  3. Karl Naylor
  4. Joe Baddeley
  5. Ed Paszek
  6. Nic Genieis
  7. Hannah Lissaman
  8. Eugenio Gomez Martinez

Pics from the Top 8 Matches and the event

 

Well done to Tom Brown for winning London Legacy Monthly August! His second victory puts him top of the leaderboard!

 

Top 8 Lists

1st – Tom Brown

4C Control

Creatures (14)
Deathrite Shaman
Snapcaster Mage
Baleful Strix
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
True-name Nemesis

Planeswalkers (3)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Liliana the Last Hope

Spells (23)
Brainstorm
Ponder
Force of Will
Kolaghan’s Command
Fatal Push
Hymn to Tourach
Abrupt Decay
Lightning Bolt
Painful Truths
Diabolic Edict
Toxic Deluge
Lands (20)
Scalding Tarn
Polluted Delta
Misty Rainforest
Island
Swamp
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island
Tropical Island
Badlands

Sideboard (15)
Hymn to Tourach
Surgical Extraction
Flusterstorm
Pyroblast
Blue Elemental Blast
Toxic Deluge
Ancient Grudge
Nihil Spellbomb
Painful Truths
Kolaghan’s Command
Diabolic Edict

 

2nd – Diego Massone

Punishing Thieves

Creatures (12)
Deathrite Shaman
Snapcaster Mage
Baleful Strix
Notion Thief

Spells (21)
Fatal Push
Brainstorm
Force of Will
Punishing fire
Fire // Ice
Diabolic Edict
Counterspell
Kolaghan’s Command
Murderous Cut
Ponder
Toxic Deluge

Planeswalkers (6)
Dack Fayden
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Liliana of the Veil
Lands (22)
Island
Swamp
Badlands
Tropical Island
Volcanic Island
Underground Sea
Grove of the Burnwillows
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn

Sideboard (15)
Dread of Night
Toxic Deluge
Diabolic Edict
Engineered Explosives
Blue Elemental Blast
Pyroblast
Flusterstrom
Duress
Thoughtseizze
Surgical Extraction

 

3rd/4th – Karl Naylor

Dead Guy Ale

Creatures (15)
Deathrite Shaman
Dark Confidant
Stoneforge Mystic
Liliana of the Veil

Spells (19)
Lingering Souls
Thoughtseize
Hymn to Tourach
Swords to Plowshares
Collective Brutality
Councils Judgment

Artifacts (5)
Batterskull
Umezawas Jitte
Sword of Fire and Ice
Chrome Mox
Lands (21)
Wasteland
Scrubland
Bayou
Swamp
Plains
Marsh Flats
Polluted Delta
Windswept Heath

Sidebaord (15)
Humility
Surgical Extraction
Zealous Persecution
Toxic Deluge
Path to Exile
Containment Priest
Ethersworn Canonnist
Gaddock Teeg
Sanctum Prelate
Duress
Disenchant
Pithing Deedle

 

3rd/4th – Joe Baddeley

Grixis Delver

Creatures (14)
Delver of Secrets
Deathrite shaman
Young Pyromancer
Gurmag Angler
True-Name Nemesis
Snapcaster Mage

Spells (27)
Gitaxian Probe
Ponder
Brainstorm
Force of Will
Daze
Cabal Therapy
Lightning Bolt
Kolaghan’s Command
Lands (19)
Misty Rainforest
Flooded Strand
Scalding Tarn
Polluted Delta
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island
Tropical Island
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Surgical Extraction
Flusterstorm
Pyrobalst
DiabolicEdict
Abrade
Null Rod
Forked Bolt
Grim Lavamancer
Kolaghan’s command
True-Name Nemesis

 

5th – 8th – Nicolas Genieis

Goblins

Artifacts (7)
Aether Vial
Chrome Mox

Creatures (30)
Goblin Lackey
Mogg War Marshall
Warren Instigator
Gempalm Incinerator
Goblin Chieftain
Goblin Matron
Goblin Ringleader
Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin Sparksmith
Krenko Mob Boss
Siege-Gang Commander
Tuktuk Scrapper
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror breaker

Spells (4)
Tarfire
Lands (19)
Pendelhaven
Wasteland
Cavern of Souls
Mountain

Sideboard (15)
Leyline of the Void
Pithing Needle
Blood Moon
Pyrokinesis
Tuktuk Scrapper
Stingscourger

 

Hannah and Nic

5th – 8th – Hannah Lissaman

TES

Spells (36)
Burning Wish
Cabal Therapy
Duress
Empty the Warrens
Gitaxian Probe
Infernal Tutor
Ponder
Rite of Flame
Ad Nauseam
Brainstorm
Dark Ritual

Artifacts (11)
Chrome Mox
Lion’s Eye Diamond
Lotus Petal
Lands (13)
Badlands
Bloodstained Mire
Island
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Swamp
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
Empty the Warrens
consign // oblivion
Thoughtseize
Meltdown
Dark Petition
Defense Grid
Echoing Truth
Grapeshot
Past in Flames
Fatal Push
Telemin Performance
Tendrils of Agony

5th – 8th – Eugenio Gomez Martinez

Red and Taxes

Creatures (26)
Mother of runes
Thalia, guardian of Thraben
Stoneforge mystic
Phyrexian revoker
Flickerwisp
Recruiter of the guard
Mirran crusader
Magus of the moon
Palace Jailer
Pia and Kiran Nalaar

Spells (4)
Swords to Plowshares

Artifacts (7)
Aether vial
Umezawa's jitte
Sword of fire and ice
Batterskull
Lands (23)
Wasteland
Rishadan's port
Caverns of souls
Karakas
Flooded strand
Windswept Heath
Arid mesa
Marsh flats
Plateau
Plains

Sideboard (15)
Cunning Sparkmage
Goblin Sharpshooter
Manic Vandal
Ethersworn Canonist
Containment priest
Surgical Extraction
Faerie Macabre
Path to exile
Rest in peace
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Sword of light and shadow
Council's judgement

 

Ed

5th – 8th – Ed Paszek

Sneak and Breach

Creatures (17)
Worldspine Wurm
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Magus of the Moon
Wurmcoil Engine
Inferno Titan
Griselbrand
Simian Spirit Guide

Artifacts (8)
Chalice of the Void
Lotus Petal

Instant (8)
Seething Song
Through the Breach

Enchantment (8)
Blood Moon
Sneak Attack

Land (19)
City of Traitors
Ancient Tomb
Sandstone needle
10 Mountains
Sideboard (15)
Magus of the moon
Ignot Chewer
Trinisphere
Sudden Shock
Faerie Macabre
Chandra, Torch of Defiance

 

Spice Corner

Claude came ninth with this deck.

‘I thought it was a complete train wreck of a deck, but it was surprisingly consistent and powerful. Maybe not as bad as it looks at first sight.’

What other deck gets THREE different exile zones?

 

Mono Red Storm

Creatures (2)
Simian Spirit Guide

Spells (33)
Gamble
Gitaxian Probe
Rite of Flame
Burning Wish
Desperate Ritual
Manamorphose
Act on Impulse
Seething Song
Past in Flames
Reforge the Soul
Hazoret’s Undying Fury

Artifacts (10)
Lotus Petal
Helm of Awakening
Ruby Medallion
Lands (15)
Ancient Tomb
11 Mountain

Sideboard (15)
Tormod’s Crypt
By Force
Gamble
Abrade
Defense Grid
Grapeshot
Scab-Clan Berserke
Empty the Warrens
Past in Flames
Cave-In
Reforge the Soul

 

This deck has been doing the rounds a bit on MTGGoldfish and MTG The Source recently where you can find more information about the deck. It is a fun brew that eschews consistency for fun and budget considerations.

Thanks to everyone who came along and made August such a great event!

This months LLM, September, will be Tom Caddens last as he is moving back to Scotland. Tom has been our biggest and best supporter so it would be great if as many of you as possible can come and give him the great send off he deserves. You can find tickets for September and all other details on the groups website, LondonLegacyMonthly.com

Come and say Hi in September!

 

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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