Legacy Championship Top 8 – Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on August 6, 2011

By Event Coverage Staff

Name:
David Gleicher

Age:
27

Hometown:
Chicago, Illinois

Occupation:
Cartographer

How many times have you played in the Legacy Championships? Best Finish?
One – This one.

What deck did you play and why?
Team America. It’s awesome and I’ve played it forever.

How and with whom did you prepare for this event?
Nothing special. Just played in a lot of Legacy Tournaments

What is your favorite part about the Legacy format?
Deck diversity and the level of interactivity.

What is your favorite card available in Legacy, but not Extended or Standard and why?
Tombstalker.

What is the best recent addition to Legacy?
Noble Hierarch.

What is the best costume you’ve seen during your time here at GenCon?
The Yip-Yip Monsters.
Name:
Reed Hartman

Age:
24

Hometown:
Dekalb, Illinois

Occupation:
Electrician

How many times have you played in the Legacy Championships? Best Finish?
0.

What deck did you play and why?
NO-RUG. Solid match-ups in the field and versatile sideboard options. Plus, Progenitus has Protection from Everything.

How and with whom did you prepare for this event?
With local Legacy players and at Hot Sauce Games.

What is your favorite part about the Legacy format?
Balance among all the top archetypes.

What is your favorite card available in Legacy, but not Extended or Standard and why?
Duals. FBBs are the nuts. And probably Daze.

What is the best recent addition to Legacy?
Scavenging Ooze!

What is the best costume you’ve seen during your time here at GenCon?
People dressed up at GenCon?
Name:
Jared Kohler

Age:
30

Hometown:
Monongahela, PA (south of Pittsburgh)

Occupation:
Consultant

How many times have you played in the Legacy Championships? Best Finish?
I’ve never played Legacy. [editor’s note – He’s quite serious.]

What deck did you play and why?
Fish – it’s the most forgiving to mistakes and I had the cards.

How and with whom did you prepare for this event?
Play-tested yesterday drinking beer with Brian Wegso. Thankfully, he played maindeck Tarmogoyf as maindeck Sower of Temptation came up big.

What is your favorite part about the Legacy format?
I just made the Top 8.

What is your favorite card available in Legacy, but not Extended or Standard and why?
Force of Will.

What is the best recent addition to Legacy?
Mental Misstep

What is the best costume you’ve seen during your time here at GenCon?
Classic Star Wars – Leia as the slave girl.
Name:
Eric Markowicz

Age:
21

Hometown:
Philadelphia, PA

Occupation:
Photo Manager at Walgreens
How many times have you played in the Legacy Championships? Best Finish?
0.

What deck did you play and why?
Reanimator. Was playing MUD for a while and wanted to play Brainstorms again, plus I love Combo, so this decked seemed fun. So I said, “Why not?”

How and with whom did you prepare for this event?
Played some test games at my local store with people I came here with about three weeks leading up to this event.

What is your favorite part about the Legacy format?
It’s super-diverse. So that means there’s a myriad of decks to choose from.

What is your favorite card available in Legacy, but not Extended or Standard and why?
Brainstorm. It’s the best card in the format. I’ve won so many games top-decking it, putting lands back for spells, then shuffling the lands away with Fetches.

What is the best recent addition to Legacy?
Mental Misstep.

What is the best costume you’ve seen during your time here at GenCon?
10-ft Lincoln.
Name:
Mark Larson

Age:
23

Hometown:
Cincinnati, Ohio

Occupation:
Mechanical Engineer

How many times have you played in the Legacy Championships? Best Finish?
This is my 3rd – 11th place in 2009

What deck did you play and why?
Zoo, because I get to place with the most powerful spells ever printed in Magic, like Lightning Bolt and Steppe Lynx.
How and with whom did you prepare for this event?
Bernie Wen, Mark Sun and Korey Fay. We tested on our time offline and online.

What is your favorite part about the Legacy format?
Very many viable decks and viable strategies across every archetype.

What is your favorite card available in Legacy, but not Extended or Standard and why?
Wasteland. It’s the ultimate format-balancer.

What is the best recent addition to Legacy?
Not Mental Misstep.

What is the best costume you’ve seen during your time here at GenCon?
Some Asian guy pulled off Kung Lao from Mortal Kombat flawlessly.
Name:
Ian Rogerson

Age:
26

Hometown:
Dekalb, Illinois

Occupation:
Security Specialist

How many times have you played in the Legacy Championships? Best Finish?
First time (never been to GenCon).

What deck did you play and why?
Non-LED Ichorid – Even though I have been told it’s soft to Mental Misstep and Batterskull, I think it’s still strong and is the Boogeyman of Legacy. People take out their hate and hope not to see it and cringe when the see the Golgari Grave-Troll.

How and with whom did you prepare for this event?
I have played Ichorid since Future Sight. I have tried almost every version and this is the list I have come to use. I’ve been trying other combo lately (TES, Hive Mind, Four Horsemen) and decided for this tournament to go back to my standby. I.E. – I haven’t done any specific testing for this tournament.

What is your favorite part about the Legacy format?
The insane amount of diversity of viable archetypes.

What is your favorite card available in Legacy, but not Extended or Standard and why?
Not in my deck – Brainstorm. This card is so powerful and versatile. In my deck – Cabal Therapy. Very skill-intensive, but there is no better feeling than peeling a blind card from my opponent to win the game.

What is the best recent addition to Legacy?
I hate to say it, but Stoneforge Mystic and Batterskull. They are new staples.

What is the best costume you’ve seen during your time here at GenCon?
Justice League grow.
Name:
Mark Sun

Age:
23

Hometown:
Columbus, Ohio

Occupation:
Recent Chemical Engineering Graduate – Hire Me!

How many times have you played in the Legacy Championships? Best Finish?
Once. This is my first.

What deck did you play and why?
NO-RUG. I like my Stoneblade matchup, and I have yet to lose to Hive Mind!

How and with whom did you prepare for this event?
Testing with Mark Larson and Bernie Wen. Grinding SCG Opens. There’s rarely a better place to practice and talk shop with other players. I’ve gotten help from reading Todd Anderson and Reid Duke, and advice from Mr. Alex Bertoncini.

What is your favorite part about the Legacy format?
How diverse and exciting it can be. I’ve seen about 30 different archetypes today.

What is your favorite card available in Legacy, but not Extended or Standard and why?
Natural Order! How many times can you cast a green Tinker? I like Sylvan Library too – card advantage!

What is the best recent addition to Legacy?
Mental Misstep. It’s drastically improved blue as (already) the most powerful color.

What is the best costume you’ve seen during your time here at GenCon?
Pyramid Heads from Silent Hill … creepy.
Name:
Bernie Wen

Age:
24

Hometown:
Cincinnati, Ohio

Occupation:
Process Engineer

How many times have you played in the Legacy Championships? Best Finish?
First-timer.

What deck did you play and why?
U/W Stoneforge. I played the deck I was most comfortable with.
How and with whom did you prepare for this event?
Mark Larson, Mark Sun, Korey Fay, Adam Tukel from Fine-Good, and Jack Grannen.

What is your favorite part about the Legacy format?
I like Legacy because you get to play with a large pool of cards that are all viable. Any deck can win.

What is your favorite card available in Legacy, but not Extended or Standard and why?
Force of Will because it keeps the “broken” decks honest.

What is the best recent addition to Legacy?
Probably Mental Misstep.

What is the best costume you’ve seen during your time here at GenCon?
Cloud from Final Fantasy 7. 

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