This Week in Legacy — Looking Ahead


Howdy folks, this is Joe here with our weekly dose of Legacy content! Last week was a little crazy for me, so there was no article from me. I'm hoping that I will have a sweet bit to share with you on my own playfront with MTGO Leagues soon (still shooting for that 5–0 so we can talk about it here), but alas I've had some stinkers lately.

Looking toward the end of the year, Card Titan has finally announced their pre-registration packages for US Eternal Weekend in October. Check out the Card Titan website for more information on this, but I gotta say that the Lotus Petal playmat is pretty sweet stuff.

I am hoping to be there myself playing in Legacy Champs on my standby Sneak Fit. If you're going to be there as well, let me know and we'll be sure to meet up!

Before we get into some tournament lists and whatnot, let's talk a bit about HOUR OF DEVASTATION.

Obviously, with every set that is released every card is scrutinized not just for Standard play but for Modern/Legacy as well. Not everything makes the cut though. I am going to talk about a few of the more interesting cards.

Jace's Defeat


This card is actually vaguely interesting. Being a color hoser versus one of the most played colors in the format is certainly a thing, and the fact that it's 1U isn't bad. It's not Pyroblast, but the added utility of being able to counter Jace, the Mind Sculptor (in a format where Jace is heavily played) and get an added bonus is pretty strong. This might be a card to keep an eye on.

Overwhelming Splendor


Holy cow I am absolutely enthralled by this card. Not just its overwhelming splendor, but just how strong this can be if this comes down against a lot of decks in the format. This is a fringe card in fringe strategies such as Enchantress (which can cast this off the amount of mana ramp the deck creates) and can also be easily abused with Academy Rector shenanigans, but this is also a pretty gross Show and Tell target since they can't respond to the enchant player piece with a Griselbrand activation.



This card is a little bonkers, and while I think this will show up more in Modern than I do in Legacy, it's still a super interesting card that presents some interesting interactions in Legacy, namely how it interacts with Dark Depths. That's right, this in play with a Depths gives you an instant 20/20.

In addition, many are speculating how this works with cards that have Cumulative Upkeep, making many things like Elephant Grass much better.

Ramunap Excavator


A Crucible of Worlds on a stick that can be fetched by Green Sun's Zenith?! Sign me up please. This card is pretty solid and I can definitely see Maverick decks picking this guy up. Being able to fetch this guy and then re-buy Wastelands versus a lot of decks makes this very versatile.

Nimble Obstructionist


This card is interesting, certainly. It's a little difficult to evaluate, as the alternate mode here is only achievable by cycling the card. I'm not certain if this has a real shell at the moment, but it could potentially find its way into Stoneblade decks in sideboards. A 3/1 flash flier that can pick up equipment is certainly good, but this is typically not going to be better than Vendilion Clique. The fact that this can Stifle and draw a card however is very interesting indeed. This sort of design space is very cool though.

Also, that bird is totally shooting a laser beam. Laser Birb.

Mirage Mirror


I first saw this card and wondered what the person who designed this was smoking at the time. This card is pretty gross, and I think it will certainly find a place somewhere in the format. Another colorless way of copying Dark Depths but also a way to copy just about everything else in the format is a little nuts. Don't have an opposing Omniscience for when your opponent Show and Tells? Now you do. Oh, you need a Griselbrand or an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn too? Now you have one too.

MTGO Leagues, Legacy Challenges

Moving on to actual events, the MTGO Legacy Challenge from 6/25 provided some very interesting results. Let's take a look at the Top 8 of the event.

This event was definitely super interesting. In the end, UWr Stoneblade ended up taking down the event, piloted by MZFROSTE. Let's take a look at his list.

UWr Stoneblade — MZFROSTE | 1st place MTGO Legacy Challenge 6/25/17

Creatures (11)
3 Snapcaster Mage
4 Stoneforge Mystic
3 True-Name Nemesis
1 Vendilion Clique

Instants/Sorceries (22)
4 Brainstorm
1 Council's Judgment
1 Counterspell
4 Force of Will
2 Lightning Bolt
3 Ponder
2 Spell Pierce
1 Supreme Verdict
4 Swords to Plowshares

Other Spells (6)
1 Batterskull
1 Engineered Explosives
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Umezawa's Jitte

Lands (21)
1 Arid Mesa
4 Flooded Strand
3 Island
1 Karakas
1 Mountain
2 Plains
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Tundra
3 Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
2 Containment Priest
1 Disenchant
1 Engineered Explosives
2 Flusterstorm
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Meddling Mage
3 Pyroblast
2 Rest in Peace
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Sword of Fire and Ice

Pretty solid list all around, and a solid performance. This is a textbook example of a solid pilot knowing their deck and the format.

Also showing up in the Top 8 of this event was an appearance by Mud Stax, piloted by Charlie-in-the-Mox. I actually got to play against this deck during one of my leagues; it was a pretty fun deck to play against actually.

Mud Stax — Charlie-in-the-Mox | 7th place MTGO Legacy Challenge 6/25/17

Creatures (4)
4 Lodestone Golem

Other Spells (30)
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Crucible of Worlds
3 Ensnaring Bridge
3 Mox Diamond
4 Ratchet Bomb
4 Smokestack
4 Sphere of Resistance
4 Tangle Wire

Lands (26)
4 Ancient Tomb
4 City of Traitors
2 Grasping Dunes
1 Inventors' Fair
4 Mishra's Factory
4 Mutavault
3 Rishadan Port
4 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
1 Ensnaring Bridge
3 Hangarback Walker
4 Phyrexian Revoker
1 Razormane Masticore
2 Spellskite
2 Thought-Knot Seer
2 Zuran Orb

This list is balls-to-the-wall unfun for everyone. Crucible + Wasteland, Sphere of Resistance, Tangle Wire, Smokestack—Charlie's goal is to make sure that his opponent just doesn't get to play Magic. EVER.

Outside of the Top 8, we have some pretty interesting lists. In 20th place, we see Merfolk! Piloted by the user Ehhh, they included some spicy tech in the form of two maindeck Smuggler's Copter.

Merfolk — Ehhh | 20th place MTGO Legacy Challenge 6/25/17

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

Instants/Sorceries (6)
1 Daze
1 Echoing Truth
4 Force of Will

Other Spells (10)
4 Aether Vial
4 Chalice of the Void
2 Smuggler's Copter

Lands (20)
4 Cavern of Souls
1 Gemstone Caverns
11 Island
4 Mutavault

Sideboard (15)
2 Back to Basics
1 Dismember
1 Echoing Truth
2 Flusterstorm
3 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Manriki-Gusari
1 Pithing Needle
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Umezawa's Jitte
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Venser, Shaper Savant

Another brilliant deck that appeared in the Top 32 is a deck colloquially known as "Tin Fins" (named after the Sealab episode of the same name). Tin Fins is a hybrid Storm/Reanimator deck that uses Griselbrand and Children of Korlis to animate a hasty Emrakul, the Aeons Torn.

Tin Fins — SB3K | 23rd place MTGO Legacy Challenge 6/25/17

Creatures (4)
1 Children of Korlis
1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
2 Griselbrand

Instants/Sorceries (35)
4 Brainstorm
4 Cabal Therapy
4 Dark Ritual
4 Entomb
4 Gitaxian Probe
3 Goryo's Vengeance
2 Reanimate
4 Shallow Grave
2 Thoughtseize

Other Spells (6)
2 Chrome Mox
4 Lotus Petal

Lands (15)
2 Flooded Strand
1 Island
2 Marsh Flats
4 Polluted Delta
2 Scrubland
1 Swamp
1 Tundra
2 Underground Sea

Sideboard (15)
1 Chain of Vapor
1 Duress
1 Flusterstorm
4 Monastery Mentor
2 Surgical Extraction
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Thoughtseize

Yes, that is a full playset of Monastery Mentor in the sideboard. When you can draw your entire deck and cast a billion noncreature spells, a hasty Mentor pretty much just ends the game.

The Spice Corner

Coming straight from reddit here, the spice this week is a GP Vegas Tournament report by Armithiren on Living EurekaTell, a Show and Tell–based list that also uses the card Eureka. You can check out his tournament report here, but let's look at his list as well.

Living EurekaTell — armithiren | GP Vegas 2017

Creatures (5)
2 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
3 Griselbrand

Instants/Sorceries (28)
4 Brainstorm
1 Daze
3 Eureka
1 Flusterstorm
4 Force of Will
1 Intuition
3 Living Wish
4 Ponder
2 Preordain
4 Show and Tell
1 Spell Pierce

Enchantments (3)
3 Omniscience

Other Spells (5)
3 Lotus Petal
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Lands (19)
3 Ancient Tomb
2 City of Traitors
1 Flooded Strand
1 Forest
3 Island
4 Misty Rainforest
2 Polluted Delta
3 Tropical Island

Sideboard (15)
1 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
2 Carpet of Flowers
1 Champion of Rhonas
2 Drop of Honey
1 Faerie Macabre
1 Flusterstorm
2 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Griselbrand
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Sparkcaster
1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
1 Xantid Swarm

Really this is just a super interesting deck, I have to admit. Very amusing, and very fun. Living Wish is an amusing card, and the sideboard spice of Champion of Rhonas is great.

Wrapping Up

That's all the time we have this week. Pretty soon here, the Hour of Devastation will be upon us, and we will all be found worthy in the God-Pharaoh's presence.

Until next time.

Joseph Dyer is an avid Legacy enthusiast. He's admin of the /r/NicFitMTG subreddit, as well as a regular participant on the Source and MTGLegacy subreddits. His knowledge of the Legacy format is deeply rooted in constant analysis, playtesting, and lots of discussion of the format. Joseph's primary accomplishments include a 10–5 finish at GP Columbus 2016 with Rhino Fit, and a 32nd place finish at a SCG Columbus Legacy Classic with Sneak Fit. 

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