In the Scene: Grixis Gets Gold

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Saturday March 3, 2018: Wizards Keep Games in Renton has a Legacy Event starting at 12pm.

Sunday March 4, 2018: GeekFortress Games has their Weekly Legacy at 1pm.

Monday March 5, 2018: Mox Seattle has their Weekly Legacy at 6:30pm. Mill Geek Comics in Bothell has their Weekly Legacy at 7:30pm.

Wednesday March 7, 2018: Shane’s Cards in Renton has their weekly(!?) Legacy at 6:30pm.

Thursday March 8, 2018: Mox Bellevue has their Weekly Legacy at 7pm.

Sunday March 11, 2018: GeekFortress Games has their March Legacy 1K at 11am.

Saturday March 31, 2018: Mox Seattle has their March Legacy Preservation Series 1K.  Doors open at 10am, play starts at noon.

Wednesday April 4, 2018: Mox Bellevue has a Legacy 5K, the Duel for Duals.  Doors will open at 10am, play starts at 11am.

What’s Going On Here?

Shane’s Cards moves to Weekly Legacy!?

If you’ve ever been jealous of the Seattle Legacy scene, it’s fine to become envious. Shane’s Cards in Renton is moving to Weekly Legacy. If you participate in the Seattle Scene, there are more weeklies to grind for GP Seattle training. All we’re missing is Tuesday for all my after-work plans to involve Legacy.

I only recently discovered Luke’s Gaming Shop in Evertt has bi-weekly Legacy on Fridays at 6:30pm.  We’ll be sure to keep them in the Upcoming Events from now on.  If you notice we’re missing other Seattle-ish stores, drop me a line at 16km@isuckatmagic.com.

Mox Bellevue’s Legacy Preservation Series

Mox Bellevue’s stream was having technical difficulties. The top 8 (and meta in general) seemed pretty normal. OmniTell, multiple Grixis Delver’s, Czech Pile, Jeskai Stoneblade, and BUG Delver made the top 8.

The finals was a Grixis Delver vs Czech Pile.  Grixis Delver won!  There wasn’t a stream, so I’m not sure how epic the plays were.  Leovold seems good against Blue decks, and Delver still came through.

Online, the last Legacy Challenge, and this week’s 5-0 lists were pretty standard. The only thing that stuck out to me online was this weird UR Control deck.

Heggie023’s UR Control

MAINDECK (60)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Snapcaster Mage
True-Name Nemesis
Fiery Confluence
Brainstorm
Burst Lightning
Counterspell
Dead // Gone
Electrolyze
Fire // Ice
Flusterstorm
Force of Will
Lightning Bolt
Pyroblast
Spell Snare
Teferi’s Response
Flooded Strand
Island
Mishra’s Factory
Polluted Delta
Steam Vents
Sulfur Falls
Volcanic Island

SIDEBOARD (15)
Blue Elemental Blast
Dominate
Price of Progress
Relic of Progenitus
Smash to Smithereens
Sower of Temptation
Sulfur Elemental

There’s no Pyroclasm, Rough // Tumble, or other board wipes.  There’s also no Delver of Secrets, Young Pyromancer, or Monastery SwiftspearMishra’s Factory without Standstill also seems odd in the deck.  Maindeck Teferi’s Response seems interesting as well; it does offer protection for Mishra’s Factory while getting around a Chalice of the Void on 1.

Fiery Confluence seems like the only board wipe.  This deck seems like one of those times choosing yourself for True-Name Nemesis could be ideal.  There’s a lot of value cards, like Spell Snare and Snapcaster Mage.  With Czech Pile and Miracles being some of the top decks, this control deck seems geared to take them down.

The sideboard targets Death & Taxes along with Sneak n Show (other popular decks on MTGO).  Sower of Temptation is a great answer to an Emrakul off Show and TellSulfur Elemental can get rid of Thalia and problematic white creatures.

The massive amount of Counterspells, Spell Snares, Force of Will, Flusterstorm, and Pyroblast are great for problematic combo matchups.

I really want to see this list in action.

Spoilers from Masters 25

Scryfall has the latest spoiled cards in a convenient view. Feelings seem mixed so far, but I’m loving what I’m seeing.

Channel Fireball spoiled Imperial Recruiter. This card goes in Painter, Aluren, and some RW Taxes lists. Previously only available in Three Kingdom’s or Judge Promo form, this reprint will allow me (and other players) to build some classic decks. As of writing, pre-sales are at about $60, where the previous versions were $200 or more.  I love the new art.  The Recruiter is sending a message of “I’m back, and I brought a friend.”

Blood Moon and Dark Ritual do not need another reprint, but Wizards is showing us the reprints we didn’t know we wanted. Center font templating and the original set watermark will look beautiful in foil.

Many pricey cards, like Chalice of the Void and Rishadan Port, are getting the reprints they needed.

Pauper players will also be getting some new toys.  Balduvian Horde will be getting upgraded to common.  Gurmag Angler is the ideal Pauper 5/5 of choice, but now red decks will have a creature to compete.  Trading a Balduvian Horde and a Mountain for an Angler seems better than 2 Bolts.  5/5’s are also hard to deal with in Pauper.  I hope to see many people casting and discarding.

Less Exciting News

The barrier to entry for the Legacy is now cheaper and comes in multiple options.  Burn, Death and Taxes, and Goblins got some reprints that’ll make the decks cheaper and more affordable.  Red Recruiter Aluren is now feasible for many.

I played Goblins at a weekly Legacy.  The deck was a classic Aether Vial and Goblin Lackey list.  I lost all my matches, but it’s a super fun deck to play.  With port reprints, I’m hoping more people pick up the deck and join the crowd brewing how to make Goblins Tier 1 again.

Card Kingdom announced Magic for Her.  It’s a fundraiser for the Cybersmile Foundation.  I really want the Dog Pack.  The organization focuses on cyberbullying and being inclusive (from my understanding).  Hopefully some new players join the Magic community from this.

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