After a brief hiatus for the multiple Grand Prix Trials of last month, London Legacy Monthly was back with a bang on Sunday. The Clerkenwell Craft Beer Company where we hold our events is now shut on a Sunday so we have a free run of the whole pub! This means we can increase our capacity to 50 players comfortably and we had our highest attendance at 38 players! This is even though our friends at Axion held a great Legacy event the day before. I think this goes to show there is plenty of demand for regular Legacy events in London! Keep an eye out for the comparison between the meta at Axion and LLM I’ll put up later in the week.

The prizes obviously reflected the increased turnout and we managed to put on our best yet. First received an Underground Sea, Second a Tropical Island, Third and Fourth both got a Show and Tell and Force of Will each and 5th-8th got to choose from the reanimator packages in order of Swiss finish.

 

Metagame

This months meta was once again dominated by Delver and Death and Taxes but with a ‘slight’ adjustment of five Lands decks!

DeckNo. of PlayersDeckNo. of Players
Death and Taxes5Baubleman1
Lands5BUG Delver1
UR Delver4Cephalid Breakfast1
Grixis Delver3GB Pox1
Aggro Loam2Grixis Thieves1
Elves2Infect1
Sneak and Show2Miracles1
Affinity1Necrotic Ooze Combo1
As Foretold Stompy1StoneBlade1
BG Depths14C Delver1
BR Reanimator11

 

Five Death and Taxes. Five Lands. Four UR Delver (nine total Delver). It looks like we just played out GP Vegas at a pub in London!

DNT has always been well represented at our events, as has UR Delver. This is probably because they are both decks that attract people starting out in Legacy due to their cheaper price.  I suppose the chance to practice your Legacy deck trumps the chance to brew something insane. These two decks making up the finals of GP Vegas was probably just the extra encouragement people needed to bring them to our best prized event yet. Lands continues to inexorably grow in the UK scene. It has been my deck of choice for three years now and is a deck that many people want to try out because of its unique lines of play. It probably helps that you can proxy legacies most expensive card at our events. Lands also had a great showing at Vegas with Jody Keith making Top 8 and Legacy GP staple Jarvis Yu making 9th.

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Next month I would expect a few people to react against the perceived Lands menace and bring some proper hate like Blood Moon and Back to Basics. This means decks like DNT will still be well positioned as they have a good chance against not only most combo decks, especially the Reanimator and Sneak and Show style decks we saw this month, but their reliance on basics and Aether Vial ignores a lot of the non basic hate I expect to see. It also has a fine Delver matchup which is still the most played archetype/deck choice. Personally I would recommend a deck that can deal with this non basic hate and the prevalence of Death and Taxes. Either something that has answers for the little White men and women and some basics or a deck that has its own land hate, can race Delver and DNT and ignores all non basic hate.

It’s time to play Merfolk people!

Funnily enough our event wasn’t dominated by our top three decks, although a representative from each made the Top 8. The swiss rounds were controlled by Callum Smith on his new As Foretold stompy/prison deck he built with Truckis and Thomas Hooker playing NU Miracles. The As Foretold list is definitely one worth checking out. Using fast mana to ramp out either a Jace, the Mind Sculptor or Chandra, Torch of Defiance or one of the lock pieces of Blood Moon, Ensnaring Bridge and Chalice of the Void is powerful enough. But the added element of casting a free Balance or Ancestral Recall using As Foretold gives the deck some incredible power to wipe the board or draw into answers. This deck could well be one to keep an eye on for the future.

Pros of having a tournament in a pub – oh look Lands vs DNT …..

Top 8

After the Swiss rounds our Top 8 looked like this

  1. Callum – As Foretold Stompy
  2. Tom Hooker – Nu Miracles
  3. Daniele – Lands
  4. Diego – Aggro Loam
  5. Juan – Mono Red Sneak Attack
  6. Jay – BUG Delver
  7. Tom Eves – DNT
  8. Claude – UR Delver
The Top 8

Both our top seeds were quickly deposed as Tom H lost to Claude in two games and Callum fell to Tom E as the new prison deck got Taxed out in three games. I’ll let Callum take over as I was concentrating on my delicious beer (This is England by Roosters).
‘I got three Ensaring Bridges on the table quickly and emptied my hand fast, Jace got there easily. G2 Tom curved out while I wasn’t able to get much together. A timely Ethersworn Canonist from him stopped me casting any more spells after an Ancestral Vision came off and I died when it didn’t draw me into an Ensaring Bridge. G3 a Chalice of the Void on one shut off most of his hand, until a Flickerwisp on it setting it to 0 shut down most of my deck! I ended the game with Balance and Visions in hand, unable to cast them! Got rekt.’ 

Callum Vs Eves brothers

In the other Quarters Juan Carlos and his back up deck dispatched Deigo on Aggro Loam. Juan had played the day before at Axion and somehow left his deck there. Luckily Francois and Liz found it so we may see him on Grixis Delver next time. Jay finished off the last Lands player standing 2-0, as BUG delver turned the tables in a usually poor matchup and Daniele was defeated. Game one came down to the classic way to deal with Lands, Wasteland to prompt a Thespian’s Stage activation, backed up with a Liliana of the Veil. Game two was an example of the other method to defeat Lands. Deal with their coloured mana so they can’t play anything while they rely too heavily on The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale. A Surgical Extraction on Dark Depths took Daniele’s win condition and unfortunately he couldn’t survive long under a Glacial Chasm.

 

Playing the Top8

In the Semi-finals Tom Eves faced Jay while Claude stood up to the mono red menace. Jay took Game one with a Hymn to Tourach which took Tom’s third land. This left him with a hand of three drops as Delver got there over five turns. Game two was even more one sided. Jay takes over, ‘I played Hymn turn 2, Hymn turn 3, Hymn turn 4. Well played by me’. 

Juan defeated Claude in two equally one sided games. Turn one Chalice of the Void game one and turn two Trinisphere game two. UR Delver isn’t getting back from those kind of hands…

Finals

In the Finals Mono Red Sneak faced down BUG Delver, another poor matchup for Jay. I had already seen him concede to a turn one Magus of the Moon earlier in the day. Hopefully he would at least get to play a couple of turns against Juan!

Evil Genius Peter beats Jay on turn one!

Game one got off to a good start for Jay with a Delver and an Abrupt Decay on the first Blood Moon. His Hymn then hit a Sneak Attack and a Seething Song leaving Juan with only two cards in hand. Unfortunately for BUG Delver one of them was the second Blood Moon. Delver would have to get there alone! As is often the case Delver then decided to not flip for six turns giving Juan plenty of time to get back into the game. Finally, at three life, but a with a full grip of cards, Juan had to go for an end of turn Through the Breach which Jay had the Force of Will for. It wasn’t enough however as Juan drew and top decked another Breach, cheating in a Wurmcoil Engine, attacking for six lifelink and leaving behind two tokens. Delver can’t race that alone and we were onto game two.

Finally on the play for the first time in the Top8 BUG Delver ran smoothly as Jay resolved threats and Juan couldn’t get through the wall of counter magic as his mana base and hand was picked apart.

The Finals

Game three would be the decider and Juan was already on the back foot with a mulligan to six cards. Jay’s hand was however reasonably fair, relying on a Daze, some cantrips and a Delver and Deathrite Shaman. With Juan on the play Jay’s Daze did nothing to stop the turn one Chalice of the Void. The game was now firmly in Juan’s favour and Jay tried his best to slow down Juan’s plan with a few Dazes. Juan used a Simian Spirit Guide to pay for a Daze on Sneak Attack and after attacking with Griselbrand and drawing 14 cards the finals were over.

Congratulations to both our our Winner Juan Carlos Jara and Finalist Jay Richardson!

 

Top 8 Lists

1st – Juan Carlos Jara

Big Red

Artifacts (8)
Chalice of the Void
Lotus Petal

Enchantments (8)
Sneak Attack
Blood Moon

Spells (8)
Seething Song
Through the Breach

Creatures (16)
Simian Spirit Guide
Griselbrand
Inferno Titan
Emrakul, the Aeons Thorn
Worldspine Wurm
Wurmcoil Engine
Lands (20)
Ancient Tomb
City of Traitors
Sandstone Needle
10 Mountain

Sideboard (15)
Leyline of the Void
Trinisphere
Kozilek’s Return
Magus of the Moon
Sulfur Elemental
Red Elemental Blast

 

The finalists

2nd – Jay ‘The Legend’ Richardson

BUG Delver

Creatures (13)
Tarmogoyf
Tombstalker
Delver of Secrets
Deathrite Shaman
Leovold, Emissary of Trest

Planeswlaker (2)
Liliana of the Veil

Spells (25)
Daze
Fatal Push
Abrupt Decay
Brainstorm
Force of Will
Ponder
Hymn to Tourach
Lands (20)
Polluted Delta
Misty Rainforest
Wasteland
Bayou
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Verdant Catacombs

Sideboard (15)
Vendilion Clique
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Dread of Night
Pithing Needle
Flusterstorm
Golgari Charm
Fatal Push
Abrupt Decay
Surgical Extraction
Toxic Deluge
Thoughtseize

3rd /4th – Claude Schmit

UR Delver

Creatures (13)
Bedlam Reveler
Delver of Secrets
Monastery Swiftspear
Stormchaser Mage

Spells (31)
Chain Lightning
Gitaxian Probe
Ponder
Brainstorm
Daze
Fireblast
Force of Will
Lightning Bolt
Price of Progress
Thunderous Wrath
Vapor Snag
Lands (16)
Arid Mesa
Flooded Strand
Island
Mountain
Scalding Tarn
Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
Price of Progress
Blood Moon
Grim Lavamancer
Pyroblast
Smash to Smithereens
Spell Pierce
Submerge
Sulfuric Vortex
Surgical Extraction
Vendilion Clique
Rough//Tumble

 

Semi finalists

3rd/4th – Tom Eves

Death and Taxes

Creatures (26)
Flickerwisp
Mirran Crusader
Mother Of Runes
Phyrexian Revoker
Recruiter Of The Guard
Sanctum Prelate
Serra Avenger
Stoneforge Mystic
Thalia, Guardian Of Thraben
Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Spells (4)
Swords To Plowshares

Artifacts (7)
Æther Vial
Batterskull
Sword Of Fire And Ice
Umezawa’s Jitte
Lands (23)
Horizon Canopy
Karakas
12 Plains
Rishadan Port
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Containment Priest
Council’s Judgment
Etherswon Canonist
Faerie Macabre
Gideon, Ally Of Zendikar
Grafdigger’s Cage
Mirran Crusader
Path To Exile
Phyrexian Revoker
Pithing Needle
Rest In Peace

5th – 8th – Callum Smith

As Foretold Stompy

Planeswalkers (8)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Dack Fayden

Creatures (4)
Simian Spirit Guide

Artifacts (12)
Chalice of the Void
Ensnaring Bridge
Chrome Mox

Enchantments (8)
Blood Moon
As Foretold

Spells (8)
Ancestral Vision
Restore Balance
Lands (20)
Volcanic Island
Scalding Tarn
Ancient Tomb
Island
Mountain

Sideboard (15)
Leyline of the Void
Pyroclasm
Kozilek’s Return
Engineered Explosives
Force of Will
Mindbreak Trap

5th – 8th – Daniele Maccio

RG Lands

Lands (35)
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills
Misty Rainforest
Wasteland
Tranquil Ticket
Thespian Stage
Taiga
Sheltered Ticket
Maze of Ith
Karakas
Horizon Canopy
Grove of the Burnwillows
Glacial Chasm
Ghost Quarter
Forest
Dark Depths
Barbarian Ring
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Spells (15)
Punishing Fire
Gamble
Crop Rotation
Life from the Loam

Artifacts (4)
Mox Diamond

Enchantments (6)
Exploration
Manabond
Molten Vortex
Sideboard (15)
Ancient tomb
Bojuka bog
Krosan grip
Pithing needle
Sphere of resistance
Thorn of amethyst
Tireless tracker
Trinisphere
Drop of honey

5th – 8th – Thomas Hooker

Miracles

Planeswalker (3)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells (31)
Brainstorm
Ponder
Portent
Terminus
Swords to Plowshares
Force of Will
Predict
Flusterstorm
Unexpectedly Absent
Counterspell
Lands (20)
Tundra
Plains
Island
Karakas
Flooded Strand
Scaling Tarn
Arid Mesa

Sideboard (15)
Vendilion Clique
Leyline of Sanctity
Flusterstorm
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Surgical Extraction
Disenchant
Back to Basics
Rest in Peace

5th – 8th – Diego Massone

Aggro Loam

Creatures (12)
Dryad Arbor
Dark Confidant
Gaddock Teeg
Scavenging Ooze
Knight of the Reliquary
Quasali Pridemage

Planeswalkers (3)
Liliana of the Veil

Spells (10)
Green Sun’s Zenith
Abrupt Decay
Life from the Loam
Punishing Fire

Artifacts (8)
Chalice of the Void
Mox Diamond

Enchantments (1)
Sylvan Library
Lands (27)
Badlands
Barren Moor
Bayou
Cabal Pit
Forest
Grove of the Burnwillows
Karakas
Maze of Ith
Savannah
Scrubland
Taiga
Tranquil Thicket
Verdant Catacombs
Wasteland
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills
Thespian’s Stage
Dark Depths

Sideboard (15)
Swords to Plowshares
Thoughtseize
Thalia Guardian of Thraben
Garruk Relentless
Leyline of the Void
Containment Priest
Gaddock Teeg
Choke
Reclamation Sage

Spice Corner

I thought I would bring everyone’s attention to the other new deck that has been doing the rounds. Baubleman! The inspiration came from Japan where a UW list was doing well and Caleb Durward has been playing this deck on stream and in the Legacy Premier League (well worth a watch) on Twitch. You can also read about it in ‘This Week in Legacy‘ by Sean Brown. Peter’s deck has three main ways of winning. Either powering out an early Monastery Mentor and then making loads of tokens with the 0 mana artifacts that cantrip in odd ways or making infinite mana with Auriok Salvagers and Lion’s Eye Diamond and having either an infinitley large prowess creature or Walking Ballista. Infinte mana and Lodestone Bauble is also a kill by making the opponent draw their entire deck plus one extra card!

Peter’s innovation on these other lists has been adding Abbot of Keral Keep and going WR colours. This has allowed cutting the clunkier blue cards like Trinket Mage while still drawing cards you can cast. Abbot is likely to flip a 0 cost artifact after-all!

A quick extra from Peter ‘I think I’m going to cut the Mox Opals — the acceleration is good, but you don’t really want to dump your hand to get Metalcraft, because that makes a top-decked Mentor terrible. I want at least two Engineered Explosives in the deck somewhere and maybe another land/accelerant. Maybe -3 Opal, +2 EE, +1 Talisman of Indulgence.’

Peter White - Wr Baubleman

Artifacts (25)
Lotus Petal
Lion's Eye Diamond
Mox Opal
Urza's Bauble
Mishra's Bauble
Lodestone Bauble
Chalice of the Void

Creatures (17)
Abbot of Keral Keep
Monastery Mentor
Imperial Recruiter
Auriok Salvagers
Walking Ballista
Lands (18)
Ancient Tomb
City of Traitors
Cavern of Souls
Plateau
Plains
Marsh Flats

Sideboard (15)
Faerie Macabre
Ethersworn Canonist
Swords to Ploughshares
Magus of the Moon
Karakas
Peacekeeper
Devout Witness
Tormod's Crypt
Nahiri, the Harbinger
Seal of Cleansing
Containment Priest
Sanctum Prelate

Thanks to everyone who came to the June London Legacy Monthly! We look forward to hosting you all again on July 23rd!

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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