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In Search of a Legacy Part 4

Written by Corey Worden on . Posted in Competitive Magic, Legacy

In Search of a Legacy Part 4

Corey Worden

I started playing Magic in 1998 in high school. I took a large break from about 2000 until 2013 and I am now a PPTQ and GP grinder. I live in Wyoming and rely on MTGO as my main means of practice and I travel to Utah and Colorado for many premier level events. I am a college instructor and a lab associate for our local hospital. I am married with 2 children who I hope will one day be better at Magic than I am. Follow me on Twitter @coreyworden and https://www.twitch.tv/starrbuk​

Hello everyone! I am back with another installment of my Legacy journey. When we last left off (last link here) I was starting to get down to just the most expensive of the cards left for my deck. I did not spend my 30$ allotment 2 weeks ago as I had bought a pack of Modern Masters 2017 and pulled a Verdant Catacombs! So I considered that a lucky 10$ pack and put the rest of my allotment in savings. It was actually a very lucky week for me in Modern Masters packs, I also pulled a Tarmogoyf, Scalding Tarn and a Death’s Shadow! Not bad for 45$.

This week I have 50$ for investment into my deck and I decided to pick up 2 more cards. Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is a card that I really need in access to in my matchups, I have found. Being able to wipe your opponents Delver of Secrets, Young Pyromancers and their tokens are critically important in the games where you are slow to draw a reanimation spell, or if you are under a Wasteland lock. The other cards I bought were another Reanimate and my last Show and Tell. The deck plays out really well in games where I draw Reanimate but not having access to 4 of them really slows me down. I have 3 of them now and I am excited to see how my win percentage will change as the deck becomes more complete. The last Show and Tell was a SP quality that was a throw in with the other cards I bought and since I needed one more for my sideboard I was happy to get it. The guys at Desert Keep Games continue to have everything I need whenever I ask them and I am super happy I have a store like theirs so close.

I am down to needing the following cards now:

1 Reanimate
4 Force of Will
2 Verdant Catacombs
1 Bayou
1 Tropical Island
1 Underground Sea
1 Flusterstorm

Getting closer!!

I have played somewhere around 10 matches with the deck so far in paper, mostly non-tier decks and homebrews that local players have brought with them to FNM. But any chance to play Legacy is a great opportunity.

I got to play against a BUG good stuff deck last week that taught me a lot about how games play out in Legacy.

Game 1 was pretty uneventful, I won the dice roll and opted to go first, this deck aims to put stuff in your graveyard, but I still think it’s correct to be on the play in almost any scenario unless you are playing something like “oops all spells” or a similar deck. Turn 1 I played a Polluted Delta, grabbed a Watery Grave and cast Exhume targeting Griselbrand. This seems like the best turn 1 play you can have with the deck as I currently have it. My opponent cast a Thoughtseize and I cast a Daze returning my Watery Grave to my hand. Turn 2 I played my land and cast Reanimate and the game was over at this point. The deck can’t always play out this way, but a turn 2 Griselbrand made me feel great.

Game 2 my opponent cast a Thoughtseize and removed my Reanimate. I fought through multiple hand disruption spells for a few turns and eventually lost to a couple Tarmogoyfs. I needed 2 more turns to turn the game around and I really felt the sting of using shock lands during this game in place of dual lands. If I had 4-6 more life I may have pulled the game out.

Game 3 I reanimated a turn 3 Iona, Shield of Emeria naming black and proceeded to finish the game up quickly. I was worried my opponent was on Leovold, Emmisary of Trest. But after talking with him he had not added those to his list and was running an older version of the deck. We played a few more matches with Leovold proxies. That card is so good against this deck. I feel like I need to get to get game 1 over in the first 3 turns game 1 or my chances of winning plummet. Abrupt Decay is a must and I am happy I have access to them in the sideboard. In 4 matches with Leovold proxied I think we split even at 2 each. That card is a house in the format alongside Deathrite Shaman.

All things considered, I think I am starting to scratch the surface of the deck and I am really enjoying it. There is a Legacy GPT coming up in the next few weeks that I will take this to for some practice against a meta more representative of the actual Legacy meta-game. I look forward to bringing you a tournament report when I go. Until next time, may your Flusterstorm not get Flusterstormed.

Follow me on twitch, twitter, and my MTGO username is Starrbuk.

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