Posted in GRAND PRIX NEW JERSEY 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on November 15, 2014

By Adam Styborski

Stybs has played Magic the world over, writing and drafting as part of the event coverage team and slinging Commander everywhere his decks will fit.

With thousands of players readied to compete in Grand Prix New Jersey, the second largest Grand Prix of all time, it isn't hard to imagine hundreds trying their hand at winning a Grand Prix Trial and the two byes it provides.

That's exactly what happened here in Edison where twenty-seven players earned their smaller victory before the main event. The depth of decks found among these winners speaks to the variety Legacy brings:

Eight Delver of Secrets decks, split between Blue-Red and Sultai varieties

Four Maverick Decks, running a variety of twists with either Punishing Fire or Dark Depths options

Three Stoneforge Mystic – "Stoneblade"– decks of red or black persuasions

Almost a dozen other archetypes beyond these, including Lands, Death, and Taxes, Jeskai Miracles, Abzan (an update on the classic "Junk" deck), Dredge (with and without mana), Omni-Tell, Reanimator, Ad Nauseam Tendrils, and more.

Missing from these winners are some other classic decks of format, such as Merfolk, Goblins, and Burn. Don't take this list of winners as representative of the metagame here in New Jersey: Legacy is so much more than even this list of familiar faces and oddities.

Christopher Liewendahl – Deathblade

Christopher Scagnelli – Maverick

Louis Fata – Death and Taxes

Marcel Strautz – Blue-Red Delver

Benjamin Ball – Ad Nauseam Tendrils

Crispin Allen – Lands

Sideboard (15)
1 Dark Depths 1 Punishing Fire 4 Krosan Grip 4 Sphere of Resistance 2 Primeval Titan 1 Pithing Needle 2 Chalice of the Voice

Oren Ginsberg – Sultai Delver

Jonathan Spagnolo – Dark Depths

Travis Haley – Sultai Delver

Ryder Aguilera – Ad Nauseam Tendrils

Conor McCormack – Abzan

Russell Pierson – Deathblade