GP Columbus and Prague 2016
- Dr. Hans Joachim Höh
Let's look at the two GP winning decks, and see how much Eternal Masters will help you build these decks.
Rodrigo Togores did it again!
I know from personal experience how much commitment it takes to always keep improving and to get your game to the highest levels. Therefore, I enjoyed watching Rodrigo's journey up to this point (while doing event coverage). He was the most successful player at the MKM Series last year, finishing first on our Modern leader-board, second in Vintage, and second in Legacy as well! Not only was he performing well across all events and formats consistently, but he also won three of our main events in 2015!
I knew that it was only a matter of time, until he would plough through the even larger field of competitors at a Grand Prix as well. This should really motivate you to come out to play at our MKM Series events! They are the perfect stepping stone between local events and GPs, already providing you with a serious competition, without drowning you in thousands of competitors. We will be headed to Rodrigo's home-town Madrid next (on July, 8-10), so come and join us there!
Let's look at the two GP winning decks, and see how much Eternal Masters will help you build these decks. Rodrigo was playing Storm once again. Here is his list divided into reprints and non-reprints.
Main deck reprints:
As you can see Eternal Masters doesn't really help much to get you started into Legacy if you want to become a Storm player (which might not be the best start into the format anyway). Picking up the above cards during a draft is nice, but they wouldn't have been all that expensive to acquire before EMA either. Besides Lion's Eye Diamond and the dual lands the rest of the deck is comparably cheap, so it is still a viable choice for your first Legacy deck, especially if you have a friend who can borrow you the dual lands at first. The rituals won't be useful to build other decks in the future, but the blue cantrips and sideboard cards, like Krosan Grip, Flusterstorm, and Abrupt Decay will.
Flusterstorm is an essential card for both Vintage and Legacy and will keep gaining value again, now that it wasn't reprinted in Eternal Masters. New Legacy players and investors will pick these up (again) in the near future.
Main deck rest:
More Legacy was played at the same time on the other side of the pond at GP Columbus. Over there Clay Spicklemire was able to grab the trophy with his Infect deck. The infect mechanic is intrinsically broken, as it allows you to win by only attacking for ten instead of twenty. Therefore Infect decks have become reasonable decks in Modern and Legacy for a while now. Let's see how much Eternal Masters helps to get you started into Legacy - if you want to become an Infect player.
Main deck reprints:
This list looks much better, as it is not only longer, but also contains more format staples, which will be played in many other archetypes as well. When I returned to playing Magic after a long pause, I wanted to have a decent deck for various formats without buying an absurd amount of cards. I chose Infect as my starting point because the “engine” of the deck is identical in Modern and Legacy, thereby giving me easy access to two formats at the same time. For the exact same reasons players who already own the Modern Infect deck could make the transition to Legacy now. It may not be the best possible deck in both formats, but Spicklemire proved that it is definitely strong enough. Once you own those reprinted cards, the only remaining differences to Modern are two Berserk and four Tropical Island. As the deck doesn't really need a lot of land, you could probably get away with using only one or two Tropicals and replacing the rest with Breeding Pools. You will often be able to fetch for the real dual lands first, and later in the game fetching a tapped land at the end of your opponent's turn will be fine. Very rarely you will have to take the extra two damage from fetching an untapped Pool, but that is what you need to do if you want to prevent some damage to your wallet, while slowly getting into Legacy.
Main deck rest
I will look at EMA's effect on other Legacy decks soon. What was your first Legacy deck? Which decks due you plan to build now due to Eternal Masters? Comment below!