Another 31 people arrived at the Clerkenwell Craft Beer Pub for the second London Legacy Monthly (affectionately dubbed GP Clerkenwell by our finalist Joe). Unfortunately we had a last minute drop out or two so we are still waiting for the magic 32 players and so 6 rounds, hopefully we will make it next time!

As we increased the entry fee a little we managed to put up some even better prizes! Tropical Island FWB for first, Badlands for second, Karakas and Beta Dark Ritual, Karakas and Show and tell stuff for third and fourth, and Wastelands for fifth to eighth.

Amazing cardboard prizes!

 

The metagame broke down like this

DeckNo. PlayersDeckNo. Players
Grixis Delver4Death and Taxes4
Miracles2BR Reanimator2
Dark Threshold2UR Delver2
BG Depths2Dredge1
Burn1Maverick1
Aggro Loam1Lands1
4 C Delver1Sneak and Show1
Punishing Maverick1Shardless1
Big Red Sneak1Eldrazi Post1
Storm - ANT1Bant Deathblade1

Death and Taxes continues to be the most played deck at our events but this month the various Delver strategies came out of the woodwork and made up nearly a third of the room! Classic powerhouse Grixis Delver was the most played but UR Delver and Dark Threshold both had two players. Dark Threshold is a deck that has recently appeared with the release of Fatal Push. This card has made classic Delver cards like Tarmogoyf a lot worse and so the deck takes a slightly different path by running its own Pushes and trying to control the game until Nimble Mongoose  or other un-pushable creatures can get there. The lists we saw in Clerkenwell only had Mongoose as the Push resistant cards but other players have been taking things a lot further with experiments involving Hooting Mandrills and True-Name Nemesis. For example this deck running four Mongoose and Mandrills.

Death and Taxes vs Grixis Delver, the two most played decks

Last months love of Leovold, Emissary of Trest seems to have burnt out as quickly as it flared up with only Shardless and Dark Bant on that kind of plan. They were however joined by old Midrange staples Aggro Loam and Maverick of two flavours, classic, and one splashing red for Punishing Fire, to further sew up the creature match-ups.

Combo wise we had the usual wide range of strategies with nine players trying to win fast. Again, a higher proportion of the meta than one might expect. BR Reanimator continues to filter through to the UK scene proper with one of the pilots making the Semi finals. Much to my happiness two people also opted for some Turbo Depths. This deck is still slightly under the radar for some players, even after winning last years US Eternal Weekend, and well worth investigating. Especially if you like a resilient combo deck that attacks along a different line to most others. It also has lots of interesting sideboard options and play. A quick mention should go to Michael Baalham who had Steely Resolve in the board. This card can play out a lot like Not of this World by countering everything that could possibly deal with Marit Lage. The rest of the combo decks were either making big guys early, Sneak and Show and Mono Red Sneak, casting lots of spells, Storm and Burn or doing Dredge stuff.

Miracles yet again didn’t live up to the hype surrounding it, although online expert FGC managed to make the Top8. Perhaps Londoners just don’t like spinning Sensei’s Divining Top? With Lands making it only three true control players this Month it’s no surprise the Top8 was mostly Delver variants.

Thinking about next month Elves looks like a good option. It has great match-up against Delver and can have some very very fast combo hands. If your board is tuned to beat Combo you should have some luck if you dodge the one or two Miracles players in the room.

London’s most eligible young men do battle

After five rounds (this time the beer of choice was Mary Jane, a nice light IPA, not too hoppy) we got a Top8. It was pretty clear cut until the last spot which had 10 people on 9 points vying for a chance at the Tropical Island. Roland Swingler was the lucky man with James Platten just missing out by a couple of % on the tie breakers. Congratulations also go to Chris Bull for making his first Top8!

Our Top8 was, in order of finish in the Swiss.

1st – Aston Ramsden Death and Taxes 8th – Roland Swingler Storm
2nd – Francis Cowper Miracles 7th – Tom Brown Dark Thresh
3rd – Jamie Hardie Death and Taxes 6th – Lauri Achte BR Reanimator
4th – Joe Baddeley Grixis Delver 5th – Chris Bull 4C Delver
The Top 8 L-R, Chris, Joe, Lauri, Francis, Tom, Aston, Roland and Jamie

Aston beat Roland, Francis fell to Tom’s Stifles in a reverse of the swiss round and both Lauri and Joe triumphed. In the Semifinals both the Delver decks won, with Joe’s Grixis build taking down last months Semifinalist Aston on Death and Taxes and Tom and his Nimble Mongoosees (that is the plural, I checked) took down last months finalist deck BR Reanimator, piloted by Lauri this time. The Finals were a drawn out affair as Delver mirrors often are, but after three close games the shroud creatures won and Tom Brown became our second champion, playing Dark Threshold!

Our finalists and their prizes

 Decklists!

Tom Brown – 1st

Dark Thresh

Creatures (10)
Nimble Mongoose
Delver of Secrets
Deathrite Shaman

Spells (32)
Brainstrom
Ponder
Force of Will
Daze
Stilfe
Spell Snare
Counterspell
Spell Pierce
Fatal Push
Abrupt Decay
Dismember
Painful Truths
Lands (18)
Wasteland
Polluted Delta
Misty Rainforest
Underground Sea
Tropical Island

Sideboard (15)
Flusterstorm
True-Name Nemesis
Spell Pierce
Submerge
Abrupt Decay
Surgical Extraction
Marsh Casualties
Dread of Night
Winter Orb
Null Rod

Joe Baddeley – 2nd

Grixis Delver

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

Spells (28)
Gitaxian Probe
Ponder
Brainstorm
Force of Will
Daze
Spell Pierce
Cabal Therapy
Lightning Bolt
Fatal Push
Lands (18)
Scalding Tarn
Polluted Delta
Volcanic Island
Underground Sea
Tropical Island
Badlands
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Ancient Grudge
Baleful Strix
Darkblast
Diabolic Edict
Fire Covenant
Flusterstorm
Pyroblast
Vendillion Clique
Pithing Needle
Engineered Explosives
Winter Orb
Umezawa’s Jitte
Surgical Extraction

Lauri Achte – 3rd/4th

BR Reanimator

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

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

Artifacts (6)
Lotus Petal
Chrome Mox

Enchantments (4)
Animate Dead
Lands (12)
Bloodstained Mire
Polluted Delta
Bayou
Badlands
Swamp

Sideboard (15)
Reverent Silence
Abrupt Decay
Grave Titan
Iona, Shield of Emeria
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Inkwell Leviathan
Collective Brutality

 

Aston Ramsden – 3rd/4th

Death and Taxes

Creatures (26)
Mother of Runes
Stoneforge Mystic
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Flickerwsp
Phyrexian Revoker
Recruiter of the Guard
Palace Jailer
Sanctum Prelate
Mirran Crusader

Spells (4)
Swords to Plowshares

Artifacts (6)
Aether Vial
Batterskull
Umezawa's Jitte
Lands (25)
10 Plains
Wasteland
Rishadan Port
Ghost Quarter
Horizon Canopy
Karakas
Cavern of Souls

Sideboard (15)
Rest in Peace
Aven Mindcensor
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Path to Exile
Spirit of the Labyrinth
Pithing Needle
Leonin Relic Warder
Containment Priest
Council's Judgement
Ethersworn Canonist
Sword of Body and Mind
The organisers having fun

Francis Cowper – 5th – 8th

Miracles

Creatures (7)
Monastery Mentor
Snapcaster Mage

Spells (25)
Brainstorm
Counterspell
Engineered Explosives
Force of Will
Ponder
Spell Snare
Swords to Plowshares
Terminus

Enchantments (4)
Counterbalance

Artifacts (4)
Sensei’s Divining Top
Lands (20)
Tundra
Volcanic Island
Arid Mesa
Flooded Strand
Island
Plains
Scalding Tarn

Sideboard (15)
Containment Priest
Entreat the Angels
Flusterstorm
Kozilek’s Return
Mountain
Pyroblast
Ruination
Surgical Extraction
Vendilion Clique
Wear // Tear

Jamie Hardie – 5th – 8th

Death and Taxes

Creatures (26)
Mother of Runes
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Stoneforge Mystic
Flickerwisp
Phyrexian Revoker
Sanctum Prelate
Recruiter of the Guard
Serra Avenger
Mirran Crusader

Spells (4)
Swords to Plowshares

Artifacts (7)
Aether Vial
Sword of Fire and Ice
Batterskull
Umezawa’s Jitte
Lands (23)
10 Plains
Wasteland
Rishadan Port
Karakas
Horizon Canopy
Cavern of Souls

Sideboard (15)
Council’s Judgment
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Ethersworn Canonist
Containment Priest
Faerie Macabre
Palace Jailer
Path to Exile
Pithing Needle
Rest in Peace
Grafdigger’s Cage

 

Chris Bull  – 5th – 8th

4C Delver

Creatures (18)
Tarmogoyf
Delver of Secrets
Young Pyromancer
Deathrite Shaman
Gurmag Angler

Spells (24)
Force of Will
Daze
Lightning Bolt
Gitaxian Probe
Brainstorm
Ponder
Spell Pierce
Lands (18)
Wasteland
Polluted Delta
Misty Rainforest
Flooded Strand
Volcanic Island
Tropical Island
Underground Sea

Sideboard (15)
Pyroblast
Flusterstorm
Pithing Needle
Leyline of the Void
Grafdigger’s Cage
Stifle
Engineered Explosives
True-Name Nemesis
Fatal Push
Cabal Therapy

Roland Swingler  – 5th – 8th

ANT

Spells (36)
Gitaxian Probe
Brainstorm
Ponder
Preordain
Dark Ritual
Cabal Ritual
Rain of Filth
Cabal Therapy
Duress
Infernal Tutor
Ad Nauseam
Past in Flames
Tendrils of Agony

Artifacts (9)
Sensei’s Divining Top
Lotus Petal
Lion’s Eye Diamond
Lands (15)
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Swamp
Island
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island
Tropical Island
Bayou

Sideboard (15)
Empty the Warrens
Abrupt Decay
Tendrils f Agony
City of Solitude
Carpet of Flowers
Flusterstorm
Echoing Truth
Disfigure

 

A Burn player having fun!

 

Some more happy players!

 

Thank you to everyone who made the February London Legacy Monthly such a great success. Callum Smith and Tom Brown who organised it with me, and Tom Cadden for providing a great venue. I look forward to seeing you all at the next one in March!

Thomas Kellock

 

P.S.

There is no bonus decklist this month because you all played boring decks. Please rectify this in March or I shall be forced to play Stax.

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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