Despite the weather, Star City New Jersey proceeded on schedule with only a few minor disruptions due to the event staff relying on dog sleds during the Standard Open. Twitter was abuzz with the fact that enchantments on creatures is apparently good — this time in the form of an “unplayable” draft card: Volcanic Strength. Despite his Strength, Dan Walton did not advance through the Top 8. The finals came down to Chris Marshall’s Esper Control facing down Jund as played by William “Billy P” Postlethwait. Despite apparently having his Stomping Grounds lost in the blizzard, William emerged victorious.
As for Legacy, the cards got older and the play got looser. Jund may have had a strong showing in the previous Legacy Open, but the meta righted itself by putting four combo decks into Top 8 with nary a Bloodbraid Elf in sight. Despite a meta theoretically full of maindeck graveyard hate, Dredge went looking for brains. Geist of Saint Traft won by virtue of being a spirit and not technically having brains. Geist then lost to the eventual winner, Zach Mullin, who proved once again that putting a giant monster into play relatively early in a game is a good way to be victorious. Who knew?
@chrischaos46 I think EV goes up at most events during a Blizzard ;- D -TK-— Thinking About Magic (@ThinKingofMagic) February 9, 2013
Remember folks, always exile Obzedat at the end of your turn, you dont wanna get Angel of Serenity'ed #SCGNJ— Kevin Ordoñez (@kevordonez25) February 9, 2013
There's a Volcanic Strength in the Top 4 of #SCGNJ. Somewhere, someone won an improbable bet today.— Danny West (@Tolaria_DWest) February 10, 2013
Lost in the finals for standard #SCGNJ here goes legacy!— Chris Marshall (@TopherMarsh) February 10, 2013
Grafdigger's cage - best T1 kill #SCGNJ— Alan (@Basaka) February 10, 2013
Did Amin just threaten Robin's parents? #scgNJ— Justin Treadway (@GriffnValentine) February 10, 2013
I stepped aside once Storm had locked up the match, came back, and somehow he lost . . . wha??? #scgnj— jeffderek (@jeffderek) February 10, 2013
Is AJ Sacher's hair a "blue permanent?" REB/Pyroblast seem pretty good vs him. #SCGNJ— Bryce Menard (@BryceMenard) February 10, 2013
#scgNJ Are they tearing the building down around the feature match in at SCGNJ?— Patrick Dorn (@Rahlar) February 11, 2013
Infinite turnsssssssssssss. Also you can't repeal Emrakul because pro from colours #scgnj— Alan (@Basaka) February 11, 2013
4 Jund in Top 8 last week. 0 Jund, 4 combo decks in this week's Top 8. #scgnj— Jason Abong (@MTGTwin1) February 11, 2013
#scgnj Gotta love Ravitz having 3 islands on the fireld and they're all $200 gurus.— Me (@_chaosdjinn_) February 11, 2013
Are we all just going to sit here and not talk about the fact that Amin looks like Prince? #SCGNJ— Alexander Ray (@ARay831) February 11, 2013
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