30 players arrived for the first Monthly London Legacy with many looking forward to the opportunity to try out new strategies or build odd brews.

The tournament was five rounds with a cut to Top8 and we managed to provide a Tundra for first place, Scrubland for second and Plateaus for third and fourth. The rest of the Top8 got Legacy staples to hopefully encourage people to start investing in their deck of choice.

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Prizes!

The thirty decks played were as follows.

Death and Taxes – 4 4c Noble GSZ – 1 Esper Deathblade – 1 Miracles – 1
Grixis Delver – 3 TinFins – 2 Goblins – 1 4c Control – 1
4c Delver – 1 Storm – 1 Infect – 1 Landstill – 1
BR Reanimator – 2 Turbo Depths – 1 Jund – 1 Mono B Control – 1
UB Reanimator – 1 BUG Aluren – 1 Splinter Twin – 1 Mono U Control – 1
Noble BUG – 2 Shardless – 1


The metagame (if such a term can be applied to a 30 person event) was quite interesting. Eight combo decks, six stack based decks in Reanimator, Tinfins and Storm and two other decks that can play different roles, Infect and Turbo Depths. In previous UK events there hasn’t been this high a percentage of combo.

Death and Taxes was the most played deck and also put two players in the Top8. It was nice to see a Goblins deck doing the rounds as well to put the Cavern Vial decks at a 1/6th of the field.

The BG midrange decks were evenly spread across the archetypes, two Reid Duke style lists with Noble Hierarchs, one that used those and Greensuns’s Zenith to go a ‘little’ bigger, the classics of Shardless and Jund and the reasonably new version of Aluren that has been doing quite well online. This list uses the Shardless Agent and Baleful Strix combination to either grind out opponents or help dig towards the Aluren combo win with Cavern Harpy and Parastritc Strix. Esper Deathblade is not strictly BG but fits in this area of midrange.

The control decks were equally spread. We only had one Miracles pilot which was a surprise. Perhaps people felt in a more relaxed event they didn’t have to play ‘the best deck’ and could experiment a little. It should also be noted that London has never had the concentration of Miracles players that parts of the North of England have had at times. The other control decks were all decks hardly ever seen. Splinter Twin made the jump to Legacy and two Mono Coloured lists using Blue and Black showed up. We also had a classic control deck in Landstill but utilising the newest cards from the latest set. I played a UB Landstill build with four Fatal Push. Luckily I made the Top8 so you can see the list!

Finally we had four Delver players, a little over 13%, which is typically the percentage of the field you would expect for the deck.

After five hard fought rounds and some delicious craft beer (various IPAs and Porter seemed to be the tipple of choice) we had a tiebreaker for Top8. Unfortunately Francessco lost out and came ninth. However things were so close that both 8th and 9th had the same OMW% and we had to use GW% to split them. There was only one game in it!

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

1st – Jamie Hardie Death and Taxes 8th – Jay Richardson Shardless
2nd – Aston Ramsden Death and Taxes 7th – Peter White 4c Noble GSZ
3rd – Callum Smith TinFins 6th – James Mills BR Reanimator
4th – Tom Kellock Landstill 5th – Claude Schmit Noble BUG


The Top 8 progressed with Jamie, Aston, James and Claude winning their Quarter Finals. Claude then beat Jamie, and James squeaked past Aston in the Semifinals to knock out the two Death and Taxes players. The finals were Claude Schmit against James Mills, Noble BUG vs BR Reanimator, two new (in legacy terms) decks that have done very well in the last few months. The first in the hands of Reid Duke at GP Louisville and the other mainly with Michel Chevallier at BoM Paris and Eternal Weekend Europe last year. James’s deck was also a card for card copy of the other finalist at GP Louisville, Andrew Sullano. This would this be a re-run of the GP Lousiville finals!

After three intense games Claude became the inaugural London Legacy Monthly Champion!

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Claude on the left, James on the right

Decklists

1st – Claude Schmit – Noble BUG

Noble BUG

Creatures (15)
Deathrite Shaman
Noble Hierarch
True-Name Nemesis
Tarmogoyf
Leovold, Emissary of Trest

Spells (19)
Abrupt Decay
Brainstorm
Daze
Force of Will
Ponder
Murderous Cut
ThoughtSeize

Planeswalkers (3)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Garruk Relentless

Enchantments (1)
Sylvan Library

Artifacts (1)
Umezawa's Jitte
Lands (21)
Forest
Island
Bayou
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Verdant Catacombs
Wasteland

Sideboard (13)
Vendilion Clique
Thoughtseize
Submerge
Pithing Needle
Flusterstorm
Mindbreak Trap
Dread of Night
Painful Truths
Nihil Spellbomb


2nd – James Mills – BR Reanimator

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 (16)
Reverent Silence
Abrupt Decay
Grave Titan
Iona, Shield of Emeria
Elesh Norn
Inkwell Leviathan
Collective Brutality


3rd/4th – Jamie Hardie – Death and Taxes

Death and Taxes

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

Spells (4)
Swords to Plowshares

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

Sideboard (15)
Rest in Peace
Relic of Progentus
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Path to Exile
Manriki-gusari
Pithing Needle
Leonin Relic Warder
Containment Priest
Council's Judgement
Ethersworn Canonist


3rd/4th – Aston Ramsden – Death and Taxes

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)
Plains
Wasteland
Rishadan Port
Ghost Quarter
Karakas
Cavern of Souls

Sideboard (15)
Rest in Peace
Aven Mindcensor
Gideon, Champion of Justice
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 two Gideon, Champion of Justice in the sideboard are not an error on my part. It should be noted Aston registered, printed out proxies of, and played all the way to the Semi Finals with the wrong Gideon! (he did notice in round 5) Just for reference here is the useful one vs Aston’s choice. It only makes his result the more impressive!

5-8th – Callum Smith – TinFins

TinFins

Creatures (5)
Griselbrand
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
Children of Korlis

Spells (36)
Reanimate
Tendrils of Agony
Cabal Therapy
Thoughtseize
Ponder
Gitaxian Probe
Brainstorm
Dark Ritual
Entomb
Goryo's Vengeance
Shallow Grave

Artifacts (7)
Lotus Petal
Chrome Mox
Sensei's Divining Top
Lands (13)
Polluted Delta
Flooded Strand
Island
Swamp
Underground Sea
Tundra
Scrubland

Sideboard (15)
Monastery Mentor
Stoneforge Mystic
Batterskull
Umezawa's Jitte
Swords to Plowshares
Flusterstorm
Disenchant


5-8th – Thomas Kellock – Landstill

UB LandStill

Creatures (5)
Snapcaster Mage
True-Name Nemesis

Spells (26)
Brainstorm
Counterspell
Diabolic Edict
Fatal Push
Force of Will
Gitaxian Probe
Spell Pierce
Spell Snare

Planeswalkers (1)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Enchantments (3)
Standstill
Lands (25)
Mishra's Factory
Creeping Tar Pit
Dust Bowl
Flooded Strand
Marsh Flats
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Island
Swamp
Underground Sea
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Dread of Night
Damnation
Engineered Explosives
Engineered Plague
Flusterstorm
Pithing Needle
Relic of Progenitus
Surgical Extraction
Toxic Deluge
True-Name Nemesis

5-8th – Peter White – Six Lions

Six Lions

Creatures (18)
Dryad Arbor
Noble Hierarch
Deathrite Shaman
Baleful Strix
Scavenging Ooze
True-Name Nemesis
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
Edric, Spymaster of Trest
Vendilion Clique
Atraxa, Praetor's Voice

Spells (18)
Green Sun's Zenith
Brainstorm
Force of Will
Abrupt Decay
Fatal Push
Thoughtseize

Planeswalkers (2)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Enchantments (1)
Sylvan Library
Lands (21)
Polluted Delta
Misty Rainforest
Verdant Catacombs
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Bayou
Savannah
Scrubland
Forest
Island
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Flusterstorm
Meddling Mage
Surgical Extraction
Zealous Persecution
Diabolic Edict
Blue Elemental Blast
Pithing Needle
Reclamation Sage
Rest in Peace
Thoughtseize
Umezawa's Jitte

I suppose these cards count as going a little bigger and wider than typical BUG decks!

5-8th – Jay Richardson – Shardless

Shardless

Creatures (16)
Tarmogoyf
Baleful Strix
Deathrite Shaman
Shardless Agent
Leovold, Emissary of Trest

Planeswalkers (3)
Liliana of the Veil

Spells (19)
Abrupt Decay
Brainstorm
Force of Will
Toxic Deluge
Ancestral Vision
Hymn to Tourach
Thoughtseize
Lands (22)
Swamp
Scrubland
Verdant Catacombs
Polluted Delta
Misty Rainforest
Wasteland
Bayou
Tropical Island
Forest
Underground Sea

Sideboard (15)
Baleful Strix
Meddling Mage
Engineered Plague
Grafdigger's Cage
Nihil Spellbomb
Null Rod
Murderous Cut
Fatal Push
Force of Will
Toxic Deluge


One of our players, James Platten, wrote about his tournament experience and followed finalist James Mills through the Top8. You can read about it here.

Thank you to everyone who made the first 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 on February 26th!

Thomas Kellock

Bonus Decklist

This is the Mono Black control deck that Patrick S played. I especially like the use of Contamination and ways to keep it going with Bitter Blossom, Ophiomancer and Oath of Ghouls! Although I’m sure we can find some more space for Nether Voids….

Mono Black Control

Artifacts (3)
Helm of Obidence
Sword of Body and Mind

Enchantments (10)
Leyline of the Void
Oath of Ghouls
Contamination
The Abyss

Spells (12)
Diabolic Intent
Cabal Therapy
Collective Brutality
Toxic Deluge

Creatures (17)
Deathrite Shaman
Shriekmaw
Fleshbag Marauder
Ophiomancer
Bitterblossom
Abyssal Persecutor
Phyrexian Obliterator
Lands (19)
Swamp
Verdant Catacombs
Phyrexian Tower
Marsh Flats
Forest
Overgrown Tomb

Sideboard (16)
Thoughtseize
Pithing Needle
Abrupt Decay
Nether Void
Innocent Blood
Trinisphere
The Abyss

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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4 thoughts on “London Legacy Monthly – January

    1. Sorry Rob, the February one sold out within a day of announcement!
      Join Southern Legacy Players UK on Facebook, its where we will announce the March one or ask for replacements if anyone drops out for Feb.

      Tom

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