Welcome back for July’s London Legacy Monthly tournament report! This month, after a few shaky early weeks of signups we suddenly and out of the blue, hit capacity! 50 players signed up, 49 of whom made it to the pub to sling some cards. To add to the excitement we announced the new website, LondonLegacyMonthly.com (built by yours truly) where we will publicise all the future events, you can buy your tickets and you can see the leaderboard and some other useful resources.

Tom reading the pairings to all 50 players!

Intending to play but unfortunately missing the first 3 rounds due to his alarm clock our friend from Axion Now, Francois also popped by. He announced the Legacy and Vintage side events they will be running at English Nationals. With a playset of Underground Sea for first place this does not look like one you want to miss! You can find the event details here.

We buy prizes for the event the week beforehand so the extra 15 last minute signups were a bit of a worry. (Please sign up early!) Luckily we had started preparing for next month so the prize pool could swell accordingly on the day. Many thanks to Callum and Claude for doing much of the prize sourcing.

Great Prizes for Top 8!

Metagame

DeckNo. of PlayersDeckNo. of Players
Merfolk94C Control2
Grixis Delver6Aluren1
Death and Taxes5BG Pox1
Lands4Eldrazi1
Aggro Loam2Miracles1
Deadguy Ale2Mono R Stompy1
Elves2Stax1
Goblins2UWR Blade1
Infect2White Eldrazi1
Show and Tell24C Midrange1
UR Delver2

There isn’t too much I can say about the decks played this month. Eight players decided to bring Merfolk for hilarious reasons and so … yeah … that happened. Obviously next month if you want to win you need to play Sylvan Plug…

You can see from the lists that made the Top8 the effect of this is some really inbred decks, for example the high number of Llawan, Cephalid Empress and Merfolk Assasins in sideboards and even Carpet of Flowers main deck. Luckily the ninth Merfolk player, not in on the joke, didn’t have to play any mirror matches all day!

Silliness aside, things don’t seem to have changed much since last month. Death and Taxes, Lands and Delver (this month Grixis flavoured) are still the best represented decks and so you should plan accordingly. I think my advice from the London metagame article still stands. These still look like great tournaments to play Storm in.

One interesting development actually worth talking about is that certain players are showing that it is not so important which particular deck you are on each month. It is, however, your familiarity with the format at large that is the most important factor in success. I have been saying this for years but the developing leaderboard over at LLM is a good example of this in action. One of the current leaders has played Tin Fins, Dark Bant, Food Chain, Miracles, As Foretold and Merfolk at our events, missing Top 8 with the two ‘better’ decks, Miracles and Dark Bant. This should be great encouragement to those of you who like to brew or play more off the wall decks. As long as you are playing one of the myriad solid legacy decks, your experience will have the larger effect on your chances.

The flow-chart below should help you find an interesting deck if you are lacking some inspiration. Using the chart have a guess at what I played…

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It was Stax 😉

We decided to play 7 rounds this month to lower the number of intentional draws in the final rounds. The previous months the top three tables didn’t have to play or people could ID twice and this isn’t really in the spirit of our events. The added bonus is that we all get to play more Legacy! We are still deciding if this worked so please give us your feedback.

The Swiss rounds were dominated by Pro Tour competitor and LLM first timer Autumn Burchett. Her run to the Top8 was a glorious 7 – 0, defeating three Death and Taxes decks, two Merfolk, a Sneak and Show player and UWr Stoneblade.

Top 8

After the Swiss the Top 8 looked like this

  1. Autumn – Grixis Delver
  2. Niklas – Deadguy Ale
  3. Callum – Merfolk
  4. Jon – Grixis Delver
  5. Euginio – Death and Taxes
  6. Dominik – Show and Tell
  7. Jay – Merfolk
  8. Claude – Merfolk
The Top 6, some people had to run off early

Would Autumn continue her dominance by defeating her third Merfolk opponent that day? An opening hand of three Lightning Bolts game one should have put the game away but a massive swing for 15 from Claude turned the tables after the early pressure in the form of an Insectile Aberration melted away. Game two was a classic Grixis Delver affair and we were quickly at a game apiece. Game three started with a Lightning Bolt on Cursecatcher to keep the board clear for Diabolic Edict. Claude sacrificed his Merfolk in response to counter the bolt and Autumn couldn’t pay! As the game went long Grim Lavamancer kept the board clear as Autumn Wastelanded her own lands to give it fuel. A Deathrite Shaman helped put the match away and Autumn remained undefeated!

Callum managed to defeat Domink’s Show and Tell in two games. Game one a Sneak Attacked Emrakul swung in but not before Callum tapped an Aether Vial with two counters. Phantasmal Image copied the Emrakul, Callum sacrificed six permenants leaving only the image copy and then swung back next turn for the win! In Game two Chalice of the Void shut down Dominks early cantriping. After Callum got aggressive with his Fish Domink had to use Echoing Truth defensively but a Vialed in Lord put Dominik to one, shutting off his three fetchlands. Unable to cast a combo piece the game was over.

On the other side of the bracket Niklas defeated Jay’s Merfolk leaving Callum as the last fish representative. Jon defeated Eugenio’s Death and Taxes to set up a Grixis Delver vs Grixis Delver semi final.

Semifinals

 

Semifinals – Grixis Mirror

In the Semi Finals Grixis mirror Autumn remained undefeated after quickly dispatching Jon. Game one they both mulliganed to five cards but Jon never drew a black source. In game two a Gitaxian Probe from Autumn saw Jon’s hand of Deathrite Shaman x3, Daze x2, Delver of Secrets and a Volcanic Island. Pictured above. A Wasteland on that Volcanic and after Jon missed his land drop Cabal Therapy naming Deathrite closed it out.

In the other semi final lone Merfolk representative Callum had a close three game match against another LLM first timer and second seed, Niklas Ek playing Deadguy Ale. The deck is named after a beer brewed by Rouge Ales from Oregon. It was a rouge deck built by team Deadguy! It’s a solid Black and White midrange deck where everything accrues some value! Recently Jeff Hoogland has been playing it a bit on MTGO if you like his stuff, but the deck has been about for years.

In game one Umezawa’s Jitte and Liliana of the Veil dealt with the Merfolk before they could assemble enough pressure. Game two was decided by the sweet sideboard tech of Manriki-Gusari. Once Niklas’ equipment was dealt with his creatures were quickly outclassed by the fish. In game three Niklas managed to resolve an Engineered Plague naming Merfolk. However, this was’t enough thanks to Callums Merfolk Lords and Jitte easily racing Lingering Souls tokens.

Callum vs Niklas

Finals

In the finals our STILL undefeated player faced off against chief Merfolk metagame menace, Callum. Their previous meeting in the swiss had gone Autumn’s way, would the finals be a repeat?

I hope that named Lord of Atlantis…

In game one a double Young Pyromancer draw just about managed to race Callum’s increasing army of Islandwalkers. If Autumn had been on the draw then she would have lost, luckily we use the Swiss seeding to dictate play or draw! In game two Callum turned the tables and True-Name Nemesis went wild as Autumn couldn’t find an answer for it.

The final game started poorly for our undefeated hero as Autumn lacked early pressure. Callum developed his board while Autumn got two Delvers down that both flipped. The final game of the day was turning into a race! Autumn was ahead and looking likely to win but a sudden Chalice of the Void from Callum turned off the rest of her hand and the game had gone pearshaped. From then on it was simple for Callum to win!

Congratulations to our Winner and Finalist, Callum Smith and Autumn Burchett!

Winner – Callum Smith

Top 8 Lists

1st – Callum Smith

Merfolk

Creatures (24)
Cursecatcher
Silvergill Adept
Phantasmal Image
Master of the Pearl Trident
Lord of Atlantis
True-Name Nemesis

Spells (6)
Force of Will
Dismember

Artifacts (10)
Umezawa’s Jitte
Aether Vial
Chalice of the Void
Lands (20)
12 Island
Mutavault
Cavern of Souls

Sideboard (15)
Echoing Truth
Vendilion Clique
Smuggler’s Copter
Sower of Temptation
Back to Basics
Manriki-Gusari
Mindbreak Trap
Surgical Extraction
Llawan, Cephalid Empress
Autumn and her winnings!

2nd – Autumn Burchett

Grixis Delver

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

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

Sideboard (15)
Flusterstorm
True-Name Nemesis
Surgical Extraction
Diabolic Edict
Grim Lavamancer
Forked Bolt
Pyroblast
Ancient Grudge
Kolaghan’s Command
Null Rod

3rd – 4th – Jon Roads

Grixis Delver

Creatures (14)
Deathrite Shaman
Delver of Secrets
Snapcaster Mage
Young Pyromancer
Gurmag Angler

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

Sideboard (15)
Vendilion Clique
Cabal Therapy
Flusterstorm
Pyroblast
Red Elemental Blast
Surgical Extraction
Ancient Grudge
Diabolic Edict
Marsh Casualties
Null Rod
Umezawa’s Jitte
Kolaghan’s Command
Painful Truths

3rd – 4th – Nikalas Ek

Deadguy Ale

Creatures (12)
Deathrite Shaman
Dark Confidant
Stoneforge Mystic

Planeswalker (3)
Liliana of the Veil

Artifacts (5)
Chrome Mox
Umezawa’s Jitte
Sword of Fire and Ice
Batterskull

Spells (19)
Inquisition of Kozilek
Swords to Plowshares
Thoughtseize
Collective Brutality
Hymn to Tourach
Council’s Judgment
Lingering Souls
Lands (21)
Bayou
Marsh Flats
Plains
Polluted Delta
Scrubland
Swamp
Wasteland
Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
Containment Priest
Gaddock Teeg
Phyrexian Revoker
Enlightened Tutor
Surgical Extraction
Rest in Peace
Council’s Judgment
Engineered Plague
Ensnaring Bridge
Toxic Deluge
Humility
Kaya, Ghost Assassin

5th- 8th – Dominik Deradjat

Sneak and Show

Creatures (8)
Griselbrand
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

Spells (25)
Flusterstorm
Intuition
Gitaxian Probe
Show and Tell
Ponder
Spell Pierce
Force of Will
Brainstorm
Preordain

Artifacts (4)
Lotus Petal

Enchantments (4)
Sneak Attack
Lands (19)
Scalding Tarn
Ancient Tomb
City of Traitors
Volcanic Island
Island
Mountain
Polluted Delta

Sideboard (15)
Blood Moon
Pyroblast
Red Elemental Blast
Echoing Truth
Surgical Extraction
Omniscience
Defense Grid
Grim Lavamancer
Sudden Shock
Kozilek’s Return

5th – 8th – Claude Schmit

Merfolk

Creatures (30)
Cursecatcher
True-name nemesis
Master of the pearl Trident
Silvergill Adept
Harbinger of the tides
Phantasmal Images
Lord of Atlantis
Merrow Reejery
Sower of temptation

Artifacts (6)
Umezawa’s Jitte
Aether Vial

Spells (4)
Force of Will
Lands (20)
12 Island
Cavern of Souls
Mutavault

Sideboard (15)
Dismember
Phantasmal image
Merfolk assassin
Llawan, Cephalid Empress
Flusterstorm
Back to Basics
Surgical Extraction
Gilded Drake

 

Claude…

 

5th – 8th – Eugenio Gomez Martinez

Death and Taxes

Creatures (25)
Mother of Runes
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Stoneforge Mystic
Phyrexian Revoker
Orzhov Pontiff
Mirran Crusader
Magus of the Moon
Flickerwisp
Recruiter of the Guard
Pia and Kiran Nalaar
Palace Jailer

Spells (4)
Swords to Plowshares

Artifacts (7)
Aether Vial
Umezawa’s Jitte
Sword of Fire and Ice
Batterskull
Lands (24)
Arid Mesa
Windswept Heath
Marsh Flats
Flooded Strand
Plateau
Scrubland
Plains
Karakas
Cavern of Souls
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Cunning Sparkmage
Ethersworn Canonist
Faerie Macabre
Manic Vandal
Manriki-Gusari
Rest in Peace
Surgical Extraction
Council’s Judgment
Containment Priest
Phyrexian Revoker
Orzhov Pontiff

5th – 8th – Jay Richardson

Merfolk?

Creatures (24)
Silvergill Adept
Cursecatcher
Lord of Atlantis
True-Name Nemesis
Master of the Pearl Trident
Phantasmal Image

Enchantments (3)
Carpet of Flowers

Artifacts (4)
Chalice of the Void

Spells (9)
Force of Will
Collected Company
Seedtime
Lands (20)
Mutavault
Polluted Delta
Misty Rainforest
Tropical Island
Ancient Tomb
Flooded Strand
Island
Scalding Tarn

Sidebaord (15)
Tundra
Meddling Mage
Chill
Manriki-Gusari
Blue Elemental Blast
Hydroblast
Seedtime
Surgical Extraction

 

I don’t have a deck for the Spice Corner this week as I think Jay Richardson’s deck will do that well enough. What I do have for you are a few pics from our Vintage Cube we ran as a side event! After round four people could drop and join the cube. It went really well and we managed to cube twice on the day. We will definitely be bringing that back for future events. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did! First pick Ancestral Recall is always good!

Thanks to everyone who came to the July London Legacy Monthly! We look forward to hosting you all again on August 27th!

You can find tickets for the next event here.

All the best

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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