A Look at the Top 16 Legacy Decks from Cardmarket Series Prague
- Robert Swiecki
Wrenn and Six got hit by the ban hammer last week, which added extra spice to the Legacy portion of the last stop of the Cardmarket Series 2019. The 248 player strong event showed a pretty diverse and healthy metagame: 14 different archetypes ended up in the Top 16.
The king is dead, long live the king. Wrenn and Six got slain by Wizards—which made sense as the 2-mana walker proved totally overpowered—and many players had to change their decks or even switch to other strategies only a couple of days prior to the last stop of the 2019 Cardmarket Series. It was not a reset to a pre-Wrenn metagame because the most recent sets gave us plenty of powerful cards to tinker with.
The Top 8
After nine rounds of Legacy action eight different decks took the first eight spots. Gero Seipel's White Prison, Karel Gil's Death and Taxes, and to some extent Jesper Jensen's Eldrazi Stompy share many cards and their general game plan, and so do Andreas Krauß's Sneak and Show and Johannes Gutbrod's Bant Show and Tell. But they tackle matchups differently and use a wide range of tools to tax the opponent's mana base or to cheat Emrakul, the Aeons Torn into play.
- Death and Taxes
- Blue-Red Delver
- Bant Show and Tell
- Sneak and Show
- Turbo Depths
- Eldrazi Stompy
- Oko Mentor
- White Prison
You can find decklists, players' profiles, and the metagame breakdown on the event's coverage page.
Tomas Vlcek's Oko Mentor might redefine how a blue-based control deck has to look—especially with GP Bologna this weekend. It is basically a white-blue value machine with red and green splashes for additional flexibility. Three Arcum's Astrolabe fix Vlcek's mana base so that he is able to hide the lone Tropical Island in game one in case Oko, Thief of Crowns does not show up. Another trend seems to be the addition of Veil of Summer to control and combo decks alike with both Vlcek and Gutbrod running three copies in their sideboards.
The 9th–16th Place Finishers
The next eight players added another six archetypes to the mix, making for an interesting Top 16 that featured a solid variety of strategies ranging from classical tempo to Burn, from depths to zenith.
|Andre Hellum, 9th Place|
Maverick Featuring Depths
Even though Death and Taxes seems to be on the rise, Maverick put up some decent results at Cardmarket Series Prague too. Milan Neuwirth enlisted the help of the Dark Depths package making his deck a mix of Slow Depths and a creature-based control deck.
|Milan Neuwirth, 10th Place|
Mikael Linden's Delver includes three Thoughtseize in the sideboard. Otherwise it's a typical blue-red tempo list that profits from Dreadhorde Arcanist's punching power and utilizes it with the black splash in the sideboard to combat combo decks.
|Mikael Linden, 11th Place|
Not running Oko or Veil of Summer does not stop Grixis Control from entering the Top 16. Backed by Liliana, the Last Hope, good old Jace, the Mind Sculptor, and Narset, Parter of Veils, Martin Munkel's control deck has a plethora of answers at the ready, and Snapcaster Mage can flash back nearly all of them. Kolaghan's Command in particular is quite a powerful Magic card.
|Martin Munkel, 12th Place|
One of the oldest strategies in Magic: Mountains paired with spells that have the keyword "damage" somewhere in their text. It works in Standard, Modern, and it is still heavily underappreciated in Legacy. Most notable here is the lack of Light up the Stage and Skewer the Critics.
|Christoph Igelsböck, 13th Place|
It remains to be seen how good ANT or Storm in general is in a world after Wrenn and Six. RUG Delver was a good match up for ANT, but the potential rise of Oko Mentor, Grixis Delver with Dreadhorde Arcanist, and various Stompy decks might prove ANT to become an expert's choice again—as opposed to the best combo deck out there. Andreas Reling piloted a pretty stock list that had seen success in the hands of Cyrus Corman-Gill.
|Andreas Reling, 14th Place|
Infect is back. Deemed unplayable in the short Wrenn and Six era, the tempo-like combo deck might see a resurgence. Teferi, Time Raveler looks to be a strong pickup for Infect and can protect the game plan with his static ability. Of course, Veil of Summer is another insanely powerful card that blocks off discard and some removal spells and makes the pump spells uncounterable.
|Steffen Gursinsky, 15th Place|
Even more toughness 1 creatures have made in into Top 16. Marius Hausmann's Maverick list runs a wide variety of threats that get protected by Mother of Runes and Giver of Runes. His sideboard Deafening Silence, Tormod's Crypt, and Surgical Extraction let Maverick have strong turn-one plays against the format's most powerful combo decks.
|Marius Hausmann, 16th Place|
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