The Star City Games Open Series in St. Louis featured some hot new Standard and Legacy technology: format diversity. In post-M13 Standard, Delver failed to transform into a Top 8 appearance, while Caleb Durward’s Naya Pod birthed a win among a pack of green decks. In Legacy, Belcher made it to the finals in the hands of a new player–the deepest Belcher run in SCG Open Series history. The Legacy Top 8 was tribal-friendly with “budget” Merfolk and Elves going deep. Goblins with some M13 love made top 16, too. In the end, however, the stalwart Esper Stoneblade deck took it down in the hands of Matt Hoey.
Looking forward to #scgstl this weekend. Will be rolling out a crazy concoction for legacy. Tweet at me if you want a heads up.— Benjamin L. Ball (@End3r000) July 11, 2012
Playing a set of Rancors I've owned for over 13 years tomorrow. #SCGSTL— Justin Pearson (@jmp2071) July 14, 2012
As much as I love the new interface at #SCGSTL I still think the camera work by WotC is better. Just saying.— Alexander Ray (@ARay831) July 14, 2012
Predictions for #scgstl: battle of wits makes top 8. Zero delvers in top 8.— Jon Johnson (@jjflipped) July 14, 2012
Battle of Wits, on camera right now!!! #SCGSTL— Jon Hammack (@JonHammack) July 14, 2012
I see the judge is helping shuffle the Battle of Wits deck. Isn't that against the spirit of playing the deck? #SCGStl— Jason Nielsen (@jasonjnielsen) July 14, 2012
Ok SCG, you did a Battle of Wits feature to make the idiots happy and it was awful. Please don't do it again. I'd rather watch golf. #scgstl— Denny Dowty (@DennyDowty) July 14, 2012
@marshall_lr Jedi mind-trick!— Nathan Holt (@WalkThePlanes) July 14, 2012
watching standard finals green has been sick this entire time #SCGSTL— jeremyaaranson (@jaaranson) July 15, 2012
Hot technology from #scgstl: goblins is playing Krenko, Mob Boss!— Sam Davis (@samdavisboyhero) July 15, 2012
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