Take your Chance
- Dr. Hans Joachim Höh
Winning a large tournament always draws players' interest, but when the deck lists are well-known stock lists there isn't much financial impact.
Reanimator just won the Legacy Championship at the European Eternal Week-End.
This is a rather unexpected result, as Reanimator has only been making up 3% of the Top8 metagame in recent Legacy events. It was tied for 9th place in popularity, far less popular than Miracles, Eldrazi, Delver, Death & Taxes and many other archetypes.
Winning a large tournament always draws players' interest, but when the deck lists are well-known stock lists there isn't much financial impact. Yes, Miracles is still a good deck, but its contents won't suddenly spike just because it wins yet another event.
This reanimator list might make a difference though, as it was built differently than the archetype usually was in the past. The card with potential isn't completely new tech anymore, as it has already started making waves in recent weeks, but Legacy response times are very different from Standard response times. It takes multiple events for players to realize there is new tech out there, but a first place finish will definitely help.
Anyway, the “new” list skips Islands entirely, opting to maximize speed with Lotus Petal, Simian Spirit Guide, and Dark Ritual instead. This approach seems to work very well with the disruptive power of “Leyline of the Daze”:
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If you find one of these in your starting hand, you will not only be save from an opposing Force of Will, but they are also decent reanimation targets, as they are decent sized flyers that make resolving spells difficult for your opponent in the early game. You should think of them like flying Lodestone Golems that don't die to Lightning Bolt. Sounds good, right? I can see this variant becoming the new norm for Reanimator. Without blue duals and Forces this deck is ridiculously cheap for a Legacy deck, so lots of players may want to try it, causing the most unusual card to spike. Getting a playset rather sooner than later seems reasonable.