The Legacy Invitational Survival Guide

Written by Steveman on December 26, 2012

So the Legacy Invitational is in a few days, and seeing how we’ve all probably been busy with school / the holidays, I bet nobody on Magic-League has been doing any real testing or paying any attention to current trends.  Fortunately, Steveman’s got your back and is here to tell you everything you need to know.

“I’m not much of a Legacy player but I’m qualified for the invitational.   Is there an easy deck for me to play that will give me a decent shot at winning?”

I always recommend Merfolk to players who are new to Legacy because it’s a straight-forward aggro deck with Force of Will as a safety net.  It’s very hard to make mistakes with Merfolk because all you do is play dudes + all your counterspells are free.  If you want to learn Legacy and not have a difficult time, Merfolk is the perfect deck for you.

Merfolk - Domine
Main Deck Sideboard
4 Mutavault
4 Wasteland
12 Island
2 Coralhelm Commander
4 Cursecatcher
4 Lord of Atlantis
4 Master of the Pearl Trident
4 Merrow Reejerey
4 Silvergill Adept
3 Phantasmal Image
3 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
4 AEther Vial
4 Force of Will
4 Daze
1 Relic of Progenitus
2 Tormod's Crypt
4 Submerge
2 Umezawa's Jitte
2 Hydroblast
2 Spell Pierce
2 Echoing Truth

Deathrite Shaman is the real deal
Move over RUG Delver because there’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Deathrite Shaman.  Deathrite Shaman + Abrupt Decay breathes new life into Hymn to Tourach based decks with Tarmogoyf / Tombstalker or Junk decks with Dark Confidant / Lingering souls / Stoneforge Mystic.  Be prepared to deal with Deathrite Shaman because you’ll probably be seeing it every other round.

Jund is now a thing in Legacy
Another deck riding on the Deathrite Shaman, Jund is now a viable deck for Legacy.  While not exactly tier 1 status, Jund is an attractive deck to those familiar with playing it in Modern because it’s the exact same deck but with better lands. 

Modern Jund - mishimakaz
Main Deck Sideboard
1 Forest
3 Verdant Catacombs
3 Wooded Foothills
3 Badlands
3 Bayou
1 Taiga
4 Bloodstained Mire
3 Treetop Village
1 Mountain
1 Swamp
4 Bloodbraid Elf
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Dark Confidant
2 Scavenging Ooze
4 Tarmogoyf
1 Maelstrom Pulse
3 Abrupt Decay
2 Umezawa's Jitte
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
3 Thoughtseize
2 Liliana of the Veil
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Sylvan Library
1 Sylvan Library
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Dread of Night
2 Red Elemental Blast
3 Hymn to Tourach
2 Duress
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Pernicious Deed

RUG Delver is on the decline
Everybody’s favorite deck has been on the decline in the Magic-League meta lately and it’s due to the shift to Deathrite Shaman.  While RUG Delver is still tier 1 status, Nimble Mongoose is extremely weak to Deathrite Shaman and Tarmogoyf / Delver of Secrets are defenseless against Abrupt Decay.  I’d only play RUG Delver if it’s your bread and butter and you’ve done extensive testing against Deathrite Shaman based decks. 

Decks that play cards with the word “Goblin” on it are really good right now
If I haven’t told you by now, Deathrite Shaman is really good right now.  What beats Deathrite Shaman?  Answer: Goblins AND Belcher.  BUG Delver / Control decks fall prey to Goblins mana disruption and don’t doesn’t play mass removal in the maindeck, making it really easy to outrace BUG. Goblin players should take note of Belcher’s recent success and go Mono Red (most consistent manabase against everyother deck playing Wasteland) and board plenty of Mindbreak Traps for the Belcher matchup and Red Elemental Blasts / Angel of Despairs for the Show and Tell matchup. 

Belcher decks have made a big splash in Magic-League’s metagame lately.  BUG based decks play less blue disruption cards than RUG / Esper decks, giving Belcher an edge against most decks.  Contrary to common belief, Belcher does not scoop to a single Force of Will and is extremely consistent (I am speaking from personal experience because half of the Belcher Top 4 placings in the past month are mine). 

Belcher - SteveMan
Main Deck Sideboard
1 Taiga
4 Elvish Spirit Guide
4 Simian Spirit Guide
4 Tinder Wall
3 Empty the Warrens
4 Lion's Eye Diamond
4 Lotus Petal
4 Chrome Mox
4 Goblin Charbelcher
4 Land Grant
4 Rite of Flame
4 Desperate Ritual
4 Pyretic Ritual
4 Seething Song
4 Burning Wish
4 Gitaxian Probe
1 Empty the Warrens
4 Xantid Swarm
4 Pyroblast
1 Goblin War Strike
1 Shattering Spree
1 Infernal Tutor
1 Pyroclasm
1 Reverent Silence
1 Diminishing Returns

Well that’s all for now.  If you haven’t qualified for the invitational yet, keep grinding!  For those of you who are qualified, I hope to see as many of you there as possible.
+j Steveman

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by checoso on 2012-12-26 02:20 CET

Nice article :)

Hope to cya at Invi, but w/o Stax, please. Stax makes baby jesus cry.

by Steveman on 2012-12-26 03:00 CET

Stax is bad against Deathrite Shaman :(

by Steveman on 2012-12-26 03:03 CET

Also, there's a 50/50 chance my parents might drive up to NYC and visit me that weekend. If that happens, I won't be able to play

by Memmy on 2012-12-26 06:23 CET

I play Belcher. :)

by Mitchmachine on 2012-12-27 00:24 CET

This is a short article about you bragging of your belcher records on ml?

by Steveman on 2012-12-27 01:11 CET

The article is basically explaining the current metagame shift post RTR.

by pg8 on 2012-12-27 03:21 CET

-j Steveman

by fierybolt on 2012-12-27 22:39 CET

i am not going to play belcher you only depend on opp's fow, if you wanna play combo, play spiral tide, now it can be the surprising option and very consistent

by drake89 on 2012-12-28 13:08 CET

Good article dude;) GL for the inv!

by Ryk on 2012-12-28 19:51 CET

Steveman sux !

by BIRDYYY on 2012-12-30 07:54 CET

Burn spells and Surfuric Vortex wrecks this format

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