Welcome back to September’s London Legacy Monthy report! This was Tom Cadden’s last month with us and we sent him off in style! Tom Brown had organised a wonderful hand drawn play mat of his favourite card, Monastery Mentor, drawn by James Griffin. Much lovely beer was consumed and we managed to get great Vintage cube going, thanks to Mikko!

Ohh its lovely!

We had 42 players arrive for Legacy. A few people dropped out on the day and I think the pre-release and a hangover from Derby stopped us from selling out this time. Hopefully we will be back up to full capacity next time!

Prizes for this event were great as usual, and if you like our mat please keep an eye on the Facebook Group and we will sort out a big order of them!

 

London Legacy Monthly - September - Metagame

DecksNo. of PlayersDecksNo. of Players
Lands4Dredge1
Miracles4Eldrazi1
4C Pile4Elves1
Belcher2Enchantress1
BUG Delver2FaeStill1
Death and Taxes2Food Chain1
RUG Delver2Grixis Delver1
Punishing Maverick2Grixis Kess1
Aggro Loam1Infect1
BUG Control1Punishing Theives1
BUG Lands1Sneak and Show1
Burn1Storm1
Dark Bant1UB Delver1
Deadguy Ale1UR Delver1

 

The fall of Grixis Delver has been swift and brutal. Eight players last month down to a lonely one this month. Even with eight fewer players than last month we had 28 unique decks this time, only two fewer. Strictly speaking we had four different versions of Miracles played this month. Soothsaying, the standard control shell, Mentor based and a fourth spicy version that is great in the mirror! (Decklist below)

With such a large spread of decks it might be more useful to look at general trends rather than many specific decks.

Control decks were in the ascendancy at our event. 45% of the meta was control and the top three played decks were all control. Combo is still underplayed with only 19% of the meta, eight players, and nearly all of them running a different list. ‘Aggro’ decks always feels like a misnomer in Legacy but for our analysis this includes the seven Delver decks, Death and Taxes and Maverick variants and the more obvious Aggro decks like Eldrazi and Burn. These decks shared 36% of the meta.

Here we can see how this has progressed since June and the start of ’50’ person events. (Definitions taken from MTGTop8)

It seems that while Combo has remained a fairly small part of the metagame Control has established itself as the major force at our events for now. A 20% swing in its favour since last month! I would suggest that this is Grixis Delver players, or those who play the best deck, moving away from the deck and experimenting with versions of 4C Pile. This is a classic example of being able to play the best cards because Legacy can support complex manabases. Double Black for Hymn to Tourach and double Blue for Jace, the Mind Sculptor while still playing Abrupt Decay, Leovold, Emissary of Trest and Lightning Bolt? No problem for Deathrite Shaman, Brainstorm and fetchlands! Once restrictions on mana are alleviated in this way then ‘good stuff’ decks like this can easily flourish. They even play two basic lands! I think the relative ease with which this deck can be picked up combine with the intrinsic power of the cards means we will see more and more of 4C Pile at monthlies in the future.

Succesfully attacking this metagame is going to be hard as the variety of decks is so very wide. While this is a great example of our proxy policy being put to good use by encouraging people to experiment, it does make it harder for those looking for an advantage from metagaming.

When thinking about what to play to attack our meta, there is really only one ‘real’ deck option. Lands. I shudder to recommend my own pet deck not just because you will accuse me of bias but I also don’t want to face a room full of Tsabo’s Webs next month. That being said, Lands has a generally good matchup against the top decks as Punishing Fire gives most control decks problems. The low amount of combo and Blood Moon also helps me recommend the deck. The only truly bad matchups out of the decks played were Storm, Sneak and Show, and Belcher (which oddly enough is the best of these poor matchups). However, there are some caveats. While Lands is good against this wide, combo light field it is rather easy to hate out and so you take a real chance in bringing it. The mirror match can also be quite random as it is based largely around who draws Exploration and Life from the Loam first.

If you want a more off the wall suggestion then Dredge could also be well positioned. It has fits against Lands but people are over relying on Deathrite Shaman and Surgical Extraction as their graveyard hate (to beat Lands and BR Reanimator). Dredge can work around these cards reasonably well, as evidenced by this months top8. However, playing a combo deck comes with its own consistency issues as we shall see later!

Finally, I’m going to take this opportunity to start notating how much Brainstorm and Deathrite Shaman are played at our events. These two cards are the best spell and creature in the format so will obviously be highly played. Some of you may find this data useful. Here is the data from the online events to compare it with.

The six swiss rounds were controlled by myself and Callum as we both managed to go undefeated and double draw into the Top8. This left Diego and Karl to overtake us in the standings as they both had to play and win another match. The other four players, Lauri, Sami, Enrico and Patrick made it a clean cut to top8 with their 4-1-1 records!

Top8

After the Swiss rounds the Top8 looked like this!

  1. Diego Massone – Punishing Dack (Theives)
  2. Karl Naylor – DeadGuy Ale
  3. Thomas Kellock – Lands
  4. Callum Smith – Dredge
  5. Lauri Achte – Grixis Delver
  6. Sami Sekkoum – 4C Pile
  7. Enrico Selis – Miracles
  8. Patrick O’Neill – Aggro Loam

On the left hand side of the bracket Diego dispatched Patrick in the battle of Punishing Fire decks. Organiser faced organiser as Lauri, making it straight into top8 after his hiatus from us, sought to stop Callum climbing any further up the leaderboard. Game one was a blowout as Callum put two thirds of his deck into the graveyard and used his flashbacked Cabal Therapies to strip every non land card from Lauri’s hand! Game two was slower but after using a Lion’s Eye Diamond to pay for a life saving Flusterstorm that would give Lauris Deathrite time to take effect, the game was over. On the other side of the bracket Karl lost to Enrico’s resurgant Miracles list while I was defeated in two close games against Sami. Game two was heavily in Lands’ favour as a Molten Vortex and Life from the Loam were making short work of Sami’s life total. An early FOW on Choke had allowed a Tireless Tracker to arrive with a clue token, which, allowed Loam to be protected from the flashbacked Surgical Extraction. However a Lightning Bolt and Snapcaster off the top suddenly dealt enough lethal burn to finish it up.

In the Semi finals Enrico won the battle of the control decks by dispatching Sami. Callum and Diego, in a consecutive top8, had three great games. Diego, while being the higher seed gave Callum the play on the off chance that he was on manaless dredge. This was a horrible mistake as Callum’s turn 1 Therapy took two Deathrites from Diego’s hand. with around 40 power of zombies in play by turn two the game was over.

Blind Turn one. Ouch!

In game two Diego countered Callums early discard spells and managed to extract two dredgers, Golgari Grave Troll and Stinkweed Imp. After he shot his own Baleful Strix to trigger removing all of Callum’s Bridge from Belows game two was over. Double Leyline from the Void from Callum succesfully shut off Diego’s Punishing Fire recursion. It also dealt with Snapcaster Mage and ensure Bridge could not be removed from his graveyard. Some grindy turns later recursive Prized Amalgams, Ichorids and Zombies got Callum to the finals!

In game one of the finals Enrico’s Monastery Mentor quickly ended things when Callum’s luck started to run out. An opening LED, flashbacked Faithless Looting, with two dredges only putting a Golgari Thug in the graveyard. When this was dredged next upkeep and nothing relevant entered the yard game one was effectively over. Game two was a similar disappointment where Mentor punished the Dredge deck finally fizzling. Enrico managed to win without casting a single Swords to Plowshares, Terminus or Surgical Extraction.

Congratulations to Enrico for winning London Legacy Monthly September!

Top8 Decklists

1st – Enrico Sellis

Miracle

Creatures (6)
Snapcaster Mage
Monastery Mentor

Spells (34)
Force of Will
Counterspell
Spell Snare
Brainstorm
Ponder
Predict
Portent
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Terminus
Swords to Plowshares
Engineered Explosives
Lands (20)
Flooded Strand
Scalding Tarn
Arid Mesa
Volcanic Island
Tundra
Island
Plains

Sideboard (15)
Blood Moon
Pyroclasm
Canonist
Flusterstorm
Pyroblast
Wear // Tear
Surgical Extraction

2nd – Callum Smith

Dredge

Creatures (25)
Golgari Grave-Troll
Stinkweed Imp
Golgari Thug
Ichorid
Narcomoeba
Prized Amalgam
Griselbrand
Flame-Kin Zealot

Spells (23)
Breakthrough
Faithless Looting
Careful Study
Cabal Therapy
Bridge From Below
Lion’s Eye Diamond
Dread Return
Lands (12)
Gemstone Mine
Mana Confluence
Cephalid Coliseum

Sideboard (15)
Driven//Despair
Nature’s Claim
Firestorm
Leyline of the Void
Ashen Rider
Iona, Shield of Emeria
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

 

3rd – Diego Massone

Punishing Theives

Creatures (13)
Deathrite Shaman
Snapcaster Mage
Baleful Strix
Leovold, emissary of trest

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

Planeswalkers (5)
Dack Fayden
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Liliana of the Veil
Lands (21)
Island
Swamp
Badlands
Tropical Island
Volcanic Island
Underground Sea
Grove of the Burnwillows
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn

Sideboard (15)
Dread of Night
Diabolic Edict
Engineered Explosives
Blue Elemental Blast
Pyroblast
Flusterstorm
Hymn to tourach
Surgical Extraction

 

 

4th – Sami Sekkoum

4C Pile

Creatures (14)
Baleful Strix
Deathrite Shaman
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
Snapcaster Mage

Spells (23)
Brainstorm
Force of Will
Hymn to Tourach
Kolaghan’s Command
Lightning Bolt
Ponder
Fatal Push
Toxic Deluge
Diabolic Edict

Planeswalkers (3)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Liliana, the Last Hope
Lands (20)
Scalding Tarn
Bayou
Badlands
Bloodstained Mire
Island
Polluted Delta
Swamp
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Verdant Catacombs
Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
Diabolic Edict
Flusterstorm
Hymn to Tourach
Izzet Staticaster
Marsh Casualties
Pyroblast
Blue Elemental Blast
Surgical Extraction

 

 

5th – Karl Naylor

DeadGuy Ale

Creatures (12)
Deathrite Shaman
Dark Confidant
Stoneforge Mystic

Planeswalkers (3)
Liliana of the Veil

Spells (20)
Thoughtseize
Inquisition of Kozilek
Hymn to Tourach
Collective Brutality
Swords to Plowshares
Lingering Souls
Vindicate

Artifacts (3)
Umezawa’s Jitte
Batterskull
Sword of Fire and Ice
Lands (22)
Wasteland
Ghost Wuarter
Marsh Flats
Polluted Delta
Windswept Heath
Scrubland
Bayou
Swamp
Plains

Sideboard (15)
Gideon. Ally of Zendikar
Liliana, the Last Hope
Zealous Persecution
Pithing Needle
Rest in Peace
Enlightened Tutor
Humility
Ethersworn Canonist
Containment Priest
Surgical Extraction

 

 

6th – Thomas Kellock

Lands

Enchantments (5)
Exploration
Molten Vortex

Artifacts (4)
Mox Diamond

Spells (16)
Life from the Loam
Punishing Fire
Gamble
Crop Rotation
Lands (35)
Wasteland
Thespians Stage
Dark Depths
Rishadan Port
Ghost Quarter
Maze of Ith
Grove of the Burnwillows
Taiga
Forest
Tranquil Thicket
Sheltered Thicket
Horizon Canopy
Wooded Foothills
Windswept Heath
Misty Rainforest
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
Glacial Chasm
Barbarian Ring
Karakas

Sideboard (15)
Sphere of Resistance
Tireless Tracker
Krosan Grip
Bojuka Bog
Choke
Drop of Honey
Chalice of the Void

 

Beating Miracles on Table 1, with lovely playmats!

 

7th – Lauri Achte

Grixis Delver

Creatures (15)
Delver of Secrets
Deathrite Shaman
Young Pyromancer
Gurmag Angler
True-Name Nemesis

Spells (27)
Daze
Force of Will
Brainstorm
Ponder
Lightning Bolt
Gitaxian Probe
Stifle
Dismember
Lands (18)
Volcanic Island
Underground Sea
Tropical Island
Polluted Delta
Flooded Strand
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Pyroblast
Red Elemental Blast
Flusterstorm
Dread of Night
Electrickery
Forked Bolt
Surgical Extraction
Ancient Grudge
Cabal Therapy

 

 

8th – Patrick O’Neill

Aggro Loam

Creatures (11)
Dryad Arbor
Dark Confidant
Gaddock Teeg
Scavenging Ooze
Knight of the Reliquary

Spells (23)
Chalice of the Void
Mox Diamond
Green Sun’s Zenith
Abrupt Decay
Life from the Loam
Punishing Fire
Sylvan Library
Liliana of the Veil
Toxic Deluge
Lands (26)
Badlands
Barren Moor
Bayou
Dark Depths
Forest
Grove of the Burnwillows
Karakas
Maze of Ith
Savannah
Scrubland
Taiga
Thespian’s Stage
Tranquil Thicket
Verdant Catacombs
Wasteland
Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Reclamation Sage
Swords to Plowshares
Thoughtseize
Golgari Charm
Toxic Deluge
Arlinn Kord
Garruk Relentless
Leyline of the Void

 

 

Spice Corner

Jay took a new spin on Miracles for this tournament. While I will admit that 61 cards is interesting it isn’t quite ‘Spicy’. What makes his list unique is using Hedron Alignment as the win condition! Having one of these on the board, in hand, in the graveyard and in Exile will win the game on your next upkeep. Getting it onto the board isn’t too hard. You can just cast it. If it gets countered then you have one in the yard instead! Predict can mill it into the graveyard if needs be and Hedron Alignment can be exiled to Force of WIll, just think of the value! If worst comes to worst its pretty easy to use Intuition to get a Hedron in your hand and two in the graveyard. But now how do you get a copy to exile!? Scrabling Claws, Logic Knot and Set Adrift to the rescue!

The last lovely bit of synergy is between the scry ability of Hedron Alignment and Counterbalance. Now with enough mana you have your own Sensi’s Divining Top that also wins you the game!

Hedronicles

Enchantments (7)
Hedron Alignment
Counterbalance

Artifacts (2)
Scrabbling Claws

Creatures (2)
Snapcaster Mage

Planeswalkers (2)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells (28)
Intuition
Swords to Plowshares
Brainstorm
Logic Knot
Force of Will
Predict
Entreat the Angels
Terminus
Set Adrift
Ponder
Portent
Lands (20)
Flooded Strand
Plains
Volcanic Island
Gemstone Caverns
Tundra
Arid Mesa
Island
Polluted Delta

Sideboard (15)
Ethersworn Canonist
Containment Priest
Leyline of Sanctity
Blood Moon
Wear // Tear
Surgical Extraction
Pyroblast
Red Elemental Blast
Flusterstorm

I think the Miracles package is so strong that it makes it possible to play a crazy win con like Hedron Alignment but I don’t think it is in any way better than the current Miracles list. Some cards that unexpectedly over-performed for me were: Intuition: to instant speed Tutor for 3 hate cards especially with Snapcaster Mag in the deck was insane and challenging to play when resources/information was limited. Scrabbling Claws: could be Relic but Claws was nice to not nuke my whole graveyard. This card often enough felt like turn 1 Leyline of the Void against several decks, challenged or denied Deathrite Shaman for mana and damage, hated on graveyard targets and provided in instant speed draw for miracles. I think both these cards could be explored in a standard miracles list, although the 61 is already compact as it is.

Bonus Bonus List!

Because you all wanted to see what FaeStill meant 😉

FaeStill

Creatures (10)
Spellstutter Sprite
Vendilion Clique
Snapcaster Mage
Ninja of the Deep Hours

Enchantments (6)
Standstill
Bitterblossom

Planeswalkers (4)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Liliana, the Last Hope

Spells (18)
Fatal Push
Diabolic Edict
Brainstorm
Force of Will
Counterspell
Spell Pierce
Lands (22)
Polluted Delta
Flooded Strand
Underground Sea
Island
Swamp
Mishra’s Factory
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Thoughtseize
Flusterstorm
Surgical Extraction
Leyline of the Void
Engineered Explosives
Toxic Deluge
Engineered Plague
Hydroblast

Thank you all for coming to this month’s London Legacy Monthly! Keep an eye on the Facebook Group and the website for when we will announce our next event!

Tom

 

Bonus Bonus Bonus Pic

 

This pork pie I had was really really nice
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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3 thoughts on “London Legacy Monthly – September

  1. Great Article and read! Always like the content.. with regards to the design of the playmat though, it resembles something shockingly close to one I saw on Twitch for Bay Area Eternal. I am wondering if that was the inspiration?

  2. Great articleTom as usual. A must read to know the meta we have here and with a lot of variety on the top 8. Looking forwards for the next 1! Any idea where its goong to be and how much ppl gonna be able to go? Keep going with the great job!

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