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Preparing for Grand Prix Indianapolis December 13, 2011

Posted by Norm in Legacy.
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The 2012 Pro Tour/Grand Prix schedule has been posted and I’m getting ready for Grand Prix Indianapolis now. The format is Legacy and I’m with a group I’ve been playing with for about a year now. We’ve been to Columbus and Providence recently for Legacy Grand Prix and Indy will just be another notch in the belt.

In Columbus I played Bant/Counter Top and Saito won the event with Merfolk. James Rynkiewicz won Providence with Bant playing no Force of Will, I had zero wins with Merfolk. Clearly I’ve made poor deck choices. So I’m striking out in new direction in my first round of play testing, Maverick.

GW Maverick

Creatures [27]1 Dryad Arbor
1 Eternal Witness
1 Gaddock Teeg
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Scryb Ranger
1 Terravore
2 Aven Mindcensor
2 Mirran Crusader
2 Qasali Pridemage
3 Mother of Runes
4 Knight of the Reliquary
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Stoneforge Mystic

Instants [4]

4 Swords to Plowshares

Sorceries [4]

4 Green Sun’s Zenith

Enchantments [1]1 Sylvan Library

Artifacts [3]

1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

Lands [21]

1 Bojuka Bog
1 Gaea’s Cradle
1 Karakas
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Wooded Foothills
2 Forest
2 Horizon Canopy
2 Plains
3 Savannah
3 Wasteland
4 Windswept Heath

So far the deck is a lot of fun to play. It runs a lot of creatures that are personal favorites and I like how light the casting cost of the creatures and what they can grow into. You can get a turn two Knight of the Reliquary quite easily and the Stoneforge Mystic package is really an elegant toolkit (obviously). This deck isn’t ridiculously expensive either.


Reanimator was definatly a challenge. I lost most of the games and won two. This was my first matchup so I was learning about the deck and how to beat the legends. Karaks is the key in this matchup, so an early Knight is the path to victory.

Team America BUG seemed like a favorable matchup even though my playtesting battles were a little shaky. I really have a tough time against Tombstalker so getting Bojuka Bog out is important or drawing removal. I can see how the sideboard could make use of Life from the Loam and extra removal spells. Because I can just let my opponent play Brainstorm and Ponder all day while I keep removal open.

Bant Aggro was another great matchup for me. Mirran Crusaider is an all-star in this matchup. Too bad I can’t fetch with Green Sun’s Zenith. In this match I’m fighting against Stoneforge Mystic and company so it is a bit of a race to win board position.

Maverick with Blue was the last game I played. I lost a good battle when my opponent had answers to everything I played. Going first was a major advantage in this match-up.

In Retrospect

I felt that this is a solid deck choice and give most decks games. We’ll see as playtesting continues into the spring. Another deck list that looked interesting to me is this Faeries Esper list.


A bit of Legacy May 9, 2010

Posted by Norm in Constructed, Legacy.
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Today I had a chance to play Legacy at Carnegie Mellon University. Mind you I’m not a “Legacy Player” but I do enjoy all formats. The event organizer, Dave, contacted me on facebook early last week and asked if I’d be able to make the event. Normally I’m busy on Sundays but this week was an exceptions.

I haven’t seen Dave around my local store in a while, mainly because he was busy finishing up his undergrad. So congrats.

As I said before I’m not a legacy player and throwing together a competitive legacy deck isn’t so easy now-a-days. If I had unlimited resources I would have liked to play the Reanimator deck Louis Scott Vargas played in this MTGO Daily event.

As it stands I have next to zero legacy cards. So I decided to give Affinity a shot. I’ve been collecting the cards for Affinity and never really had a chance to play it competitively. I always thought the experience would be a lot more fun, but not so in the Legacy environment.

I didn’t win one game today and I blame a little of that on never playing the deck before. Deck experience is really important, especially when making mulligan decisions. I played against Standstill Control and Tooth and Nail.

Despite my epic failure on the day I did have fun, and I hope to play more legacy in the future. And before I go I’ll leave you with this. In one turn I was able to over-extend and drop three Myr Enforcers for free one turn. Smash.