More of the Legacy Invitational Survival Guide

Written by Steveman on December 30, 2012

With the invitational being one day away, I decided to write a supplement to the Legacy Invitational Survival Guide (which you can totally read here) full of last minute deck choices / sideboarding tips that will help you maximize your chances of winning the tournament.

Secret Deck-Tech: A well-prepared Dragon Stompy list has serious potential.

Decks are being really greedy with their manabases right now meaning the format is ripe for Blood Moon to run over everything.  Dragon Stompy players should max out on Moon effects and maindeck Phyrexian Revoker / Sword of Feast and Famine. 

Phyrexian Revoker really helps in the mana denial department, shutting off cards like Deathrite Shaman / Noble Hierarch / Lion's Eye Diamond and other cards like Sensei's Divining Top / Jace, the Mind Sculptor / Goblin Charbelcher. 

Here's an example of a Dragon Stompy list that can work. 

Dragon Stompy
Main Deck Sideboard
4 City of Traitors

4 Ancient Tomb

2 Cavern of Souls

10 Mountain

4 Thundermaw Hellkite

4 Simian Spirit Guide

4 Magus of the Moon

4 Phyrexian Revoker

1 Moltensteel Dragon

3 Flametongue Kavu

4 Chalice of the Void

4 Blood Moon

3 Seething Song

3 Chrome Mox

2 Umezawa's Jitte

3 Koth of the Hammer

1 Sword of Feast and Famine

1 Sword of Body and Mind

2 Sword of Fire and Ice

3 Pyrokinesis

2 Lightning Bolt

2 Pyroclasm

4 Leyline of Sanctity

1 Flametongue Kavu

Sword of Feast and Famine is pretty amazing right now

Giving your creatures protection from Green and Black right now is a priority compared to the other combinations the other swords provide.  Any deck running Stoneforge Mystic should have one of these handy just in case. 

Misdirection finally found its niche in Legacy

Misdirection has long been a staple in Vintage primarily due to its ability to protect / redirect Ancestral Recall but never really had a place in Legacy .  While Abrupt Decay may be uncounterable, you can still Misdirection it to your opponent's Deathrite Shaman / Tarmogoyf / Dark Confidant.  Misdirection also helps in a counter war by Misdirecting your opponent's counterspell to Misdirection itself (which makes the opposing counterspell fizzle).  Other juicy targets for Misdirection are Thoughtseize and Hymn to Tourach. 

Graveyard based strategies are at an all-time low

Decks that relied on the graveyard such as Dredge and Reanimator took a huge hit by M13 due to the printing of Omniscience.  Adding insult to injury, many decks run maindeck graveyard hate such as Deathrite Shaman and Scavenging Ooze, depriving Dredge / Reanimator of their pre-board advantage they used to have against most decks.  Speaking of graveyards…

Leave your graveyard hate at home

Dredge / Reanimator are virtually nonexistent in the current ML metagame and popular combo decks such as Belcher / Imperial Painter do not rely on the graveyard.  Having things maindeck like Deathrite Shaman / Scavenging Ooze (which is also okay in the board) is fine but you won't need much outside of that. 

Dapug is back and is here to steal your lunch money

An old veteran/nemesis of mine recently came out of hiatus with a Goblin deck tuned to take this metagame down.  I mentioned Goblins in my last article as secret tech but didn't feature anybody's list because all the ones being played at the time were subpar.  Dapug's list is about as optimized as it gets.

Dapug Goblins
Main Deck Sideboard
4 AEther Vial

4 Gempalm Incinerator

3 Goblin Piledriver

3 Mogg War Marshal

1 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker

4 Goblin Lackey

4 Goblin Matron

4 Goblin Ringleader

4 Goblin Warchief

1 Goblin Sharpshooter

1 Goblin Chieftain

1 Stingscourger

1 Skirk Prospector

1 Siege-Gang Commander

1 Krenko, Mob Boss

1 Tuktuk Scrapper

10 Mountain

4 Rishadan Port

4 Wasteland

4 Cavern of Souls

3 Relic of Progenitus

2 Tormod's Crypt

4 Mindbreak Trap

3 Red Elemental Blast

1 Pithing Needle

1 Goblin Tinkerer

Sideboarding Do's and Don'ts (sorted by color)


DO - Submerge / Flusterstorm / Mindbreak Trap / Spell Pierce / Vendillion Clique / Misdirection

DON'T - Echoing Truth / Wipe Away / Gilded Drake / Energy Flux


DO - Thoughtseize / Duress / Engineered Plague  / Dismember /  Darkblast / Perish /

DON'T - Surgical Extraction / Snuff Out / Bojuka Bog / Faerie Macabre


DO - Red Elemental Blast  / Pyroblast / Volcanic Fallout  / Vexing Shusher / Sulfuric Vortex / Price of Progress

DON'T - Shattering Spree


DO - Leyline of Sanctity / Ethersworn Canonist / Thalia, Guardian of Thraben / Seal of Cleansing

DON'T - Kataki, War's Wage / Rest in Peace / Disenchant / (Seal of Cleansing is better vs Countertop)


DO - Krosan Grip / Scavenging Ooze / Choke

DON'T - Eh, not much to say here. 


Don't play decks reliant on the graveyard (now is not the time for Dredge to make a surprise top 8 appearance) and maximize your sideboard's effectiveness by cutting down on the graveyard hate and max out on creature / combo hate. 

+++++j Steveman

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by Mizukage on 2012-12-30 05:55 CET

so like, is this a step closer to being un-dejudged?

by _Godica on 2012-12-30 09:26 CET

Maybe I'm missing something...what does Omniscience have to do with dredge/reanimator?

by Steveman on 2012-12-30 10:27 CET

Omniscience Combo (or "Omnitell) was pretty much a better deck than Reanimator / Dredge and harder to hate.

by Akatsuki on 2012-12-30 16:13 CET

Guys, Steveman will be rocking a graveyard deck. Watch out

by Asukafan2288 on 2013-01-05 05:57 CET

dissagreed with this as maybes for sbs
Disenchant allways good kill off random enchaments or good vs a myr enforcer or randome artifcts or good for killing off a sword allwas some thing to pick off with them

Surgical Extraction good for geting counters out of decks or targeting a guy affter you wrath the bord or for takeing out plainswlakers affter you killed them allways some thing good for them

Echoing Truth is very good get rid of thos enoing spirt tokens or those awnoing goblin warcheffs
remover thos elfs trying to loop inffey mana allways some thing to use on creatures

besides that i think you got it right hope the enfent was fun wish i could been there stomping down some aggro/midrang at the event..bye

by Gracco on 2013-06-05 18:08 CET

dapug list would hav 14 card side if it had the side seperated

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