Quick Questions #1: What are you playing in the Legacy Championship, and why?

Posted in 2015 LEGACY CHAMPIONSHIP on August 22, 2015

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.

What are you playing in the Legacy Championship, and why?

Understanding "the Legacy metagame" is a feat that isn't always approachable. Every tournament sees a different spread of popular and unique decks, and with large tournaments spread throughout the year following what hot, and what's not, and feel futile.

After all, every player in Legacy seems to have their favorite cards to play.

With the Legacy Championship at stake for Eternal Weekend, players would bring what they believed to be their best shot at winner. Leading into the day we caught up with a few players to ask what seemed like a simple question: What are you playing in the Legacy Championship, and why?

The Wizard from Walking the Planes was a Philadelphia local with a love for Legacy.

Nate Holt: "Temur Delver. People tried to talk me out of it. It's not considered good in this meta. It's a blue deck that doesn't Dig Through Time, and if you're nit playing that what are you doing? You're playing Nimble Mongoose."

"Choose a column: Column A is Dig Through Time; Column B is Nimble Mongoose. Why? It's incredibly fun to play. I personally love the silly flavor of Mongoose and Tarmogoyf and 'The Fly' (Delver of Secrets) on a 'Superfriends' team. I'm just tickled by casting it. It's still a potent deck, especially on the play. If you win the die roll you have a great chance to win it doesn't matter who. You play your Mongoose or Tarmogoyf and have a bunch of counterspells to ensure you opponent just can't breathe after that. What I love about the deck the most is that it greatly test your play skill. It's like walking a tightrope: You can't make mistakes. You start pressuring early and you have to counter all the right things. You can't fall for their bait."

"The real game is a psychological one: What matters, and what doesn't. What are they trying to trick and bait you with and what are they trying to land on the battlefiend? Since you're only dealing 2 or 3 damage a turn that's a lot of turns for a Legacy deck to win. But in the right hands it can beat anybody."

"I also love Jacob Wilson's Temur Delver video series. As a coverage junky I wanted to test my inner Jacob to see if I could even hold a candle to his expertise. I've watched all of his videos, some of them multiple times."

Harry Corvese was one of several pro players working the Legacy field.

Harry Corvese: "Shardless Sultai. I've been playing this deck for a long time. A lot of the Legacy matchups are important when you have a diverse field of 744. I feel it's very well-rounded and can be powerful when left unchecked. It's got the tools to answer problems and can turn the corner and amass an insurmountable amount of card advantage. Sideboard cards are more powerful since you can diversify it more as you're drawing so many cards. It makes for a powerful, midrange strategy against the good control decks like White-Blue Miracles and Esper Stoneblade. It's reasonable against combo, and never a huge underdog – except against Lands."

"One card that Shaheen Soorani has broken out recently is Telemin Performance. That can win the game for five mana: it's better than playing just disruption. It has a lot of applications."

Kevin An was one of the many Eternal masters out to play Legacy and Vintage over the weekend.

Kevin An: "Temur Delver. I borrowed the deck from a friend two years ago and I loved the deck. I made Day 2. Last year Treasure Cruise happened, and then it unhappened, so I'm playing it again. It's the best tempo deck."

"Wasteland, Daze, Force of Will: the opponent has to keep everything in mind and tripping them up with what Temur Delver wants to do."

Josh Ravitz was using the Legacy Championship to both hone his skill with a favored deck and test the changes he wanted to make.

Josh Ravitz: Jeskai Miracles. I wanted to see if this version was better than the version I played at the StarCityGames Open DC a couple weeks ago. In that tournament I had a bad cold and just did ok but I wasn't really sure. I want to see if this deck is good enough for next weekend at the Invitational."

"If it's not good I can switch back. I want to see how long the rounds take. One of the advantages at DC was I had Monastery Mentor main deck which can give you faster wins. Today is 11 round so I should have played it main: At an 8 or 16 round tournament you want to maintain your mental energy. If you don't have to spend so much energy why make it harder for yourself?"

12 or 18 months ago Joe Lossett put Pyroblast in the main deck of White-Blue Miracles. The added Volcanic Islands don't hurt you that much and it helps you with OmniShow: having a hard counter to their combo in the main or sideboard. The cost is low and you can always just go Delver of Secrets."

Josh Ravitz – Jeskai Miracles

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Kevin An – Temur Delver

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Harry Corvese – Shardless Sultai

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