Posts Tagged 'legacy'

Team Kate and Wills

Let's all play some Standard! Wait, no.

That’s what I  nearly registered my deck as on Sunday 1st May, as a sort of commemorative joke, because the deck that I had brought was in fact Team America. Given that we were at GP London on the weekend of the Royal wedding, however, it just felt kind of wrong. Not to mention that I’m sure many would question whether the list that I ran actually qualifies as a real Team America deck or not. Whatever, a blue/black/green shell that pretty much plays all the best cards that it possibly can (read: Force, Bob, Goyf, Brainstorm, Thoughtseize, Big Jace, Hymn, Wasteland etc.) is the exact kind of deck that I like to play – even if it is full of buzz words like ‘tempo’ that don’t really mean anything. Essentially the combination of cost-efficient card draw, discard, removal and beaters leads to a pretty good deck. Here’s the list:

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Sway of the Stars

Some people really like the UrzaTron. I really like playing with Loci. Following on from yesterday’s competitive Pauper 8-Post three colour control deck, today I give you my casual Legacy 12-Post mono blue combo deck! I decided that I couldn’t be bothered to draft anymore after selling a bunch of my cards online, so I built this for a laugh instead:

Mono Blue Sway Baby!

The list is really straightforward (and a little limited perhaps by my budget and the fact that I built a round a ten mana sorcery – which is even more than Warp World, previously the funniest thing to spend a ton of mana on):

(22) Lands: 4 Cloudpost, 4 Glimmerpost, 4 Vesuva, 10 Island
(12) Creatures: 4 Epochrasite, 4 Triskelion, 4 Aeon Chronicler
(14) Instants: 4 Mana Leak, 4 Condescend, 3 Negate, 3 Evacuation
(8) Sorceries: 4 Ancestral Vision, 4 Sway of the Stars
(4) Artifacts: 4 Prophetic Prism

Break me!

So, as previously mentioned, the deck could probably do with some better cards (which would cost more tix) and could probably also do with one or two more Islands. I also just kind of stuck with what I knew in terms of cards that work well with the ‘Posts e.g. Prophetic Prism. In case you don’t see the combo, the idea is to use your defensive cards and countermagic to live long enough to suspend an Aeon Chronicler (or two) and cast Sway of the Stars. Everything gets reset, and you should have enough cards in hand that Chronicler one-hit kills them the next turn. Of course, dropping Triskelion on turn 3 and protecting it with counters is also pretty strong as a plan b.

I also though I would try something new for this post – a video replay of a game I played with the deck online vs. Elves, but so far everything is cocking up! Depending on how this works out, I may be experimenting with video recording a little more in the future. I hope to get a video up real soon!

Brewing

Haven’t had a chance to actually play much Magic recently aside from the odd game of EDH and a funky Winston draft. This always results in some brewing on my part, dreaming up decks that no one else would ever dream of being seen dead playing. I played White Weenie Quest at the Games Day a little while back (to incredibly mediocre results) and despite my lack of success there, there is still a little part of me that played this game when I was 11 or 12 that would’ve had a fit over a card like Memnite. A 1/1 for 0 mana and no drawback? That’s insane!

Here’s my current brew for Legacy that utilises the little bot that could, along with a few other cards from Scars of Mirrodin that you may or may not be expecting to see. (Disclaimer: this list is entirely untested, I don’t even own half of the cards, and I’m just running on pure sketchy theory here).

(32) Creatures:
4 Arcbound Ravager
4 Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
4 Frogmite
4 Master of Etherium
4 Memnite
4 Myr Enforcer
4 Ornithopter
4 Vedalken Certarch

(4) Instants:
4 Force of Will

(4) Sorceries:
4 Thoughtcast

(4) Artifacts:
4 Mox Opal

(16) Lands:
2 Blinkmoth Nexus
2 Glimmervoid
Great Furnace
2 Island
4 Seat of the Synod
Vault of Whispers

(15) Sideboard:
3 Cranial Plating
4 Disciple of the Vault
4 Galvanic Blast
4 Tormod’s Crypt

So, this idea came about largely during the SoM spoiler season, when I was also looking for other relatively cheap uses for my Force of Wills (the threshold deck I built is fine, and there are now two different better versions of it, but I want value out of my cards). The Basic gist is to combo off with Erayo, locking a lot of opponents out of the game either completely or for easily long enough for you to spawn a bunch of dudes and beatdown. 20 blue cards total should be enough for Force of Will to be relevant, my only real concern is the mana with only 12 blue sources – but I don’t think I want to cut any more artifact lands. Quick sideboard guide for a couple of major matchups:

Vs. Aggro
-4 Force of Will
+4 Galvanic Blast

Vs. Dredge
-4 Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
+4 Tormod’s Crypt

Vs. Control
-4 Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
-4 Force of Will
-3 Vedalken Certarch
+3 Cranial Plating
+4 Disciple of the Vault
+4 Galvanic Blast

Eternal Questions, pt.2

I didn’t include my sideboard last time so that I would have more room to talk about it here. 

1 Extirpate
2 Firespout
1 Grim Lavamancer
2 Krosan Grip
1 Llawan, Cephalid Empress
3 Perish
1 Pithing Needle
2 Tormod’s Crypt
1 Trygon Predator
1 Wipe Away 

So, most of the choices are fairly straightforward with three pieces of dredge hate, five mini-wraths, three pieces of artifact/enchantment removal, Llawan for merfolk, then Needle, Lavamancer and bounce for value. I never sided Llawan in, but everything else came in at least once. I’m not completely sold on Wipe Away, but I guess as a catch-all it’s fine. The Predator should probably have just been in my maindeck all day, and Lavamancer was always excellent for me. 

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Eternal Questions, pt.1

The rumour broke over on mtgsalvation.com a while ago now: a new competitive format is coming, beginning with Mercadian Masques (most probably) and never rotating. A new eternal format, without the prohibitive costs of Type 1 / Vintage or the reprint policy issues and rapidly increasing prices of Type 1.5 / Legacy that have come with its recent surge in popularity (GP Madrid, for example, had… players in attendance). This new format, henceforth referred to as Type 1.M (though I have seen it referred to as OverExtended also) would certainly open up the possibility of new players getting into a relatively affordable eternal format and a place for all those Extended decks of old that perhaps weren’t good enough in a world of Lion’s Eye Diamondoriginal duals and Force of Will.

Some of the most important cards for the format will obviously include Rishadan Port, Mind’s Desire, the affinity mechanic as a whole, the ever present Tarmogoyf, and it will be very interesting to see if Gush is left unrestricted. May have to spend some time looking at this in more detail soon. However, as of PT Amsterdam last weekend, no such announcement has been made. Here we had the first foray into new Extended (or Double Standard, as some have dubbed it) which some saw as the first indication of the new format’s arrival – with so many cards and decks cut from the top tiers in one fell swoop, along with the changes to the reprint policy meaning that nothing on it will ever be reprinted in any circumstances re-igniting many players concerns about the accessibility of Legacy due to price. Given these circumstances, a new eternal format that was much cheaper and easier for players to get into, and one that might receive more official attention from Wizards, seems a very attractive and likely option. Just to reiterate, no such format has been announced – though I sincerely hope that it will be. Keep reading for the tournament report…

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