Sunday July 8, 2018: Geek Fortress Games has their Weekly Legacy at 1pm.
Wednesday July 11, 2018: Shane’s Cards has their Weekly Legacy at 6:30pm.
Thursday July 12, 2018: Mox Bellevue has their Weekly Legacy at 7pm.
Saturday July 21, 2018: Mox Bellevue has their Legacy Preservation Series Last Chance Qualifier.
Sunday July 22, 2018: CardKingdom Streams the LPS Invitational.
What’s Going On Here?
Sorry for the silence. It’s hard to write week after week when the same thing keeps happening. Grixis this, Czech that, “Deathrite Shaman: the 1-mana Combo.”
But this week, there’s been a new development! Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe are banned! Everyone is clamoring, “What’s the new best deck!?”
Who will be king? I don’t know. If you look at the 2012 meta, RUG is on top, but there are a lot more decks being played.
The LPS Invitational
Last Chance 1K is on July 21, 2018 @ Mox Bellevue.
Discussions of bannings have me amped. Here in Seattle, everyone’s gearing up for Mox Boarding House’s LPS Invitational. There are 2 massive changes happening right now, the Deathrite and Gitaxian Probe banned along with Core 2019 releasing.
People here are scrambling to find decks to play. Of those in contention for the invitational so far, roughly 11 out of the 32 players played non-Deathrite Shaman or non-Gitaxian Probe based decks. Grixis Delver and Czech Pile were the heavy hitters throughout the year, and now those players will have to find a new bat to swing.
I was playing Elves, but now my world is filled with possibilities.
The first list of 5-0 MTGO Decks is up. Here’s what I hope to see at the invitational.
RUG Delver will be the tempo deck of choice. Tried and True, RUG Delver has a decent Storm and OmniTell matchup.
Seattle Players love their blue decks, and Grixis and Czech Players in the area are switching to RUG, Stoneblade, or Miracles. MTG Goldfish has a great rundown of different lists. I think the tempo heavier lists will be favored in this brave new world.
Got Badlands? RB Reanimator is a fast paced deck that has a low learning curve.
With Deathrite gone, the graveyard is wide open for attack game 1, and will have minimal protection game 2. Bizarro Storm, UB Reanimator, and Tin-Fins are other options players could switch to as well. The decks move so fast, they can go off before opponents have any interaction.
Decks with a high level of mastery are not decks people want to learn in the 2 weeks remaining after Core 2019. With Deathrite gone, the difficulty of mulligans and decisions in the game are lowered.
With people moving to Stoneblade decks, Goblin Trashmaster is already on people’s minds and plaguing dreams.
Deathrite missing makes Lackey more of a threat. Goblin Trashmaster is a new Goblin Lord for the deck, along with a repeatable shatter ability. Lists already ran 2 Tuktuk Scrappers, and Trashmaster offers to replace both of them. The +1/+1 ability allows for the possibility of removing Goblin Chieftain.
Death and Taxes also gets a boost from the bannings. Conspiracy and Battle Bond were good to Mom & Friends, but Goblins is more fun to watch…
Enchantress performs well against blue control decks. In the Deathrite Meta, the big issue was Deathrite Shaman gets around most of the lock pieces. His life drain ability doesn’t target, and most blue decks with Deathrite had enough instants or sorceries to keep feeding him.
Without Deathrite, Enchantress can comfortably go down in life while attempting to setup its prison. It’s also a deck that can be built primarily with basics, allowing for an easier cost of entry. However, the deck does not build into any other deck.
I’ve been practicing online with this list:
The list has a lot of hate for blue decks packed in it. On the play against tempo decks, a resolved Carpet of Flowers can easily seal the deal.
For aggro decks, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite keeps the board clear while the Enchantress player can setup the lock (or with with 2/3 Argothian Enchantress beats). Elesh Norn also deals with those pesky Elves, if you live long enough to cast her.
Against Combo Decks, the battle plan is slowing down the opponent. Leyline of the Void stops graveyard strategies until they can find an answer. Gaddock Teeg stops Tendrils, Adnauseum, Sneak Attack, and so much more from resolving. Aura of Silence makes Lotus Petal and Lion’s Eye Diamond unplayable, and it also helps in the mirror. While opponents search for answers, the Enchantress player can establish a stronger prison.
Less Exciting News…
Goblin Chainwhirler lives on to wreck lives in Standard.
In Modern, people are fighting it out for the Modern Qualifier Tournament of Champions at Geek Fortress. I’m really hoping for a store to start the “Pauper Invitational Super Series” or the “Budget Invitational Tournament Extravaganza”.
While not everyone is happy about the bannings, Wizards has been doing a great job at keeping things interesting. I’m looking at the cards spoiled for new sets, Modern looking interesting to play, and Legacy just became a world of opportunity.