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  • Focus on Legacy – Constructing UBG Landstill

    Are you one of the types of people who likes to see your opponent squirm in their chair as you destroy everything they play, or counter anything else? Are you one of the types of people that seeks to demoralize an opponent and chuckle inside as you stare at their board state, barren of all relevant non-land permanents? If so, you may just be the type of person who likes playing a deck like Landstill.

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  • [Video]: MTG Barato (Legacy) CAB Jace VS GW Beats

    This is one of the videos I randomly recorded at the Legacy MTG BARATO tournament in Valencia (138 players). This time, the spanish player Jaime Cano using CAB JACE (Treasure Hunt/Jace/Lands control deck) will try to defeat a GW BEATS. Will he succeed?

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  • MTG BARATO Legacy Top8 decklists & pictures

    The top8 deck lists from the 1st MTG BARATO Legacy Open with 138 players for a total of 8 rounds of swiss + Top8.

    Top2 Split: Hugo López with BANT
    1 Plains
    2 Tundra
    2 Island
    3 Tropical Island
    4 Misty Rainforest
    2 Flooded Strand
    1 Dryad Arbor
    3 Windswept Heath
    1 Forest
    4 Rhox War Monk
    1 Trygon Predator
    1 Progenitus
    4 Tarmogoyf
    4 Noble Hierarch
    3 Natural Order
    4 Force of Will
    4 Sensei’s Divining Top
    4 Counterbalance
    4 Brainstorm
    4 Swords to Plowshares
    4 Daze

    Sideboard:
    3 Relic of Progenitus
    2 Krosan Grip
    1 Engineered Explosives
    3 Spell Pierce
    3 Stoneforge Mystic
    2 Umezawa’s Jitte
    1 Ravenous Trap

    Top2 Split: Antonio Escamilla with LANDSTILL
    3 Island
    2 Plains
    3 Flooded Strand
    2 Polluted Delta
    4 Tundra
    1 Underground Sea
    1 Scrubland
    4 Mishra’s Factory
    2 Wasteland
    1 Tolaria West
    1 Academy Ruins
    4 Force of Will
    4 Counterspell
    4 Standstill
    1 Forbid
    4 Brainstorm
    2 Cunning Wish
    1 Jace Berelen
    1 Elspeth, Knight Errant
    2 Decree of Justice
    1 Eternal Dragon
    1 Day of Judgement
    1 Wrath of God
    2 Humility
    4 Swords to Plowshares
    3 Engineered Explosives
    1 Crucible of Worlds

    Sideboard:
    1 Enlightened Tutor
    1 Pulse of the Fields
    1 Dismantling Blow
    1 Diabolic Edict
    2 Extirpate
    3 Engineered Plague
    3 Meddling Mage
    2 Relic of Progenitus
    1 Tormod’s Crypt

    Top4: Álex del Valle with REANIMATOR
    4 Force of Will
    3 Daze
    4 Personal Tutor
    4 Brainstorm
    2 Ponder
    4 Careful Study
    1 Show and Tell
    1 Turbulent Dreams
    3 Reanimate
    4 Exhume
    4 Entomb
    2 Thoughtseize
    1 It That Betrays
    1 Terastodon
    1 Blazing Archon
    1 Inkwell Leviathan
    1 Sphinx of the Steel Wind
    2 Iona, Shield of Emeria
    1 Bayou
    1 Tropical Island
    3 Underground Sea
    4 Verdant Catacombs
    4 Misty Rainforest
    2 Polluted Delta
    1 Swamp
    1 Island

    Sideboard:
    1 Animate Dead
    1 Show and Tell
    1 Dryad Arbor
    1 Perish
    1 Reverent Silence
    1 Gilded Drake
    1 Realm Razer
    2 Moment’s Peace
    2 Inquisition of Kozilek
    2 Null Rod
    2 Pithing Needle

    Top4: Antonio Romero with ZOO
    4 Lightning Bolt
    3 Chain Lightning
    2 Fireblast
    2 Sylvan Library
    4 Path to Exile
    4 Figure of Destiny
    4 Tarmogoyf
    4 Wild Nacatl
    4 Qasali Pridemage
    4 Grim Lavamancer
    2 Knight of the Reliquary
    3 Lightning Helix
    1 Plains
    1 Mountain
    1 Forest
    2 Horizon Canopy
    1 Savannah
    2 Plateau
    3 Taiga
    2 Windswept Heath
    4 Wooded Foothills
    4 Arid Mesa

    Sideboard:
    1 Red Elemental Blast
    1 Pyroblast
    3 Tormod’s Crypt
    2 Krosan Grip
    3 Choke
    3 Pithing Needle
    2 Wing Shards

    Top8: Francisco Segura with MERFOLKS
    4 Force of Will
    4 Daze
    4 Æther Vial
    1 Rushing River
    1 Echoing Truth
    4 Coralhelm Commander
    4 Cursecatcher
    2 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
    4 Lord of Atlantis
    4 Merfolk Sovereign
    4 Merrow Reejerey
    4 Silvergild Adept
    4 Wasteland
    3 Mutavault
    13 Island

    Sideboard:
    1 Submerge
    2 Umezawa’s Jitte
    3 Spell Pierce
    2 Threads of Disloyalty
    2 Relic of Progenitus
    2 Ravenous Trap
    1 Tormod’s Crypt
    2 Llawan, Cephalid Empress

    Top8: Guillem Ragull with RG GOBLINS
    4 Moof Fanatic
    4 Goblin Lackey
    2 Stingscourger
    4 Goblin Piledriver
    4 Goblin Warchief
    4 Goblin Matron
    1 Goblin Sharpshooter
    4 Gelmpalm Incinerator
    4 Goblin Ringleader
    2 Seige-Gang Commander
    4 Æther Vial
    4 Mountain
    3 Taiga
    4 Bloodstained Mire
    4 Wooded Foothills
    4 Rishadan Port
    4 Wasteland

    Sideboard:
    4 Tormod’s Crypt
    1 Red Elemental Blast
    2 Pyroblast
    4 Lightning Bolt
    3 Krosan Grip
    1 Tranquil Domain

    Top8: David Gómez with SURVIVAL
    4 Windswept Heath
    3 Savannah
    2 Taiga
    1 Plateau
    6 Forest
    1 Mountain
    2 Plains
    4 Veteran Explorer
    2 Birds of Paradise
    1 Scryb Ranger
    1 Stingscourger
    1 Sakura-Tribe Elder
    1 Vexing Shusher
    1 Lone Missionary
    1 Squee, Goblin Nabob
    1 Eternal Witness
    4 Mul Daya Channelers
    1 Mirror Entity
    1 Qasali Pridemage
    1 Anger
    2 Flametongue Kavu
    2 False Prophet
    1 Genesis
    1 Karmic Guide
    1 Reveillark
    3 Greater Gargadon
    1 Wall of Blossoms
    4 Survival of the Fittest
    4 Æther Vial
    3 Primal Command

    Sideboard:
    3 Null Rod
    3 Krosan Grip
    3 Gaddock Teeg
    3 Ethersworn Canonist
    1 Swords to Plowshares
    2 Ruination

    Top8: Josué López with DREDGE
    4 Gemstone Mine
    4 City of Brass
    4 Cephalid Coliseum
    2 Undiscovered Paradise
    4 Tireless Tribe
    4 Putrid Imp
    4 Narcomeba
    4 Ichorid
    4 Stinkweed Imp
    2 Golgari Thug
    4 Golgari Grave Troll
    2 Iona Shield of Emeria
    3 Dread Return
    3 Cabal Therapy
    4 Bridge from Below
    4 Careful Study
    4 Breakthrough

    Sideboard:
    1 Ancestor’s Chosen
    4 Leyline of the Void
    3 Firestorm
    3 Ancient Grudge
    3 Nature’s Claim
    1 Terastodon

    And some pictures from the day:

    The amazing building where the tournament was held.

  • MTG BARATO Legacy News and Results!

    First day of the 1st MTG Barato Open is officially finished.

    Hugo López and Antonio Escamilla decided to split the final prize of this awesome 138 players tournament!

    The 8 best players from the swiss were:

    1. Guillem Ragull 21 points (RG Goblins)
    2. Antonio Escamilla 20 points (Landstill)
    3. Alex del Valle 19 points (Reanimator)
    4. Francisco Segura 19 points
    5. Antonio Romero 19 points (Zoo)
    6. Josué López 19 points
    7. David Gómez 19 points (Survival)
    8. Hugo López 19 points

    TOP8:

    • Guillem Ragull (RG Goblins) VS Hugo López (BANT) 0-2
    • Antonio Romero (Zoo) VS Francisco Segura 2-0
    • Alex del Valle (Reanimator) VS Josué López 2-0
    • David Gómez (Survival) VS Antonio Escamilla (Landstill) 1-2

    TOP4:

    • Hugo López (BANT) VS Antonio Romero (Zoo) 2-1
    • Alex del Valle (Reanimator) VS Antonio Escamilla (Landstill) 1-2

    FINAL:

    Split between Hugo and Antonio.

    The videos will come as soon as possible. I also recorded some random games from important players during the event.

    The metagame was, as expected, REALLY aggro. Lots of Goblins, lots of Merfolks and insane amount of Zoo players. One player reached the semifinals with Reanimator, proving that, in the end, the deck might not really need Mystical Tutor that much.

    Right now I don’t have a lot of time, as we are heading for dinner soon. On my way back, I’ll try to update this post with some pictures and more detailed data of the event. I got all the lists and will post the Top8 decklists asap. The rest of the analysis will be made by César Fernández in a similar way than he did for the last BOM4.

    Remember that tomorrow we’ll have the Vintage Event!

  • Metagame Breakdown & Analysis – BOM4

    César Fernández, aka Chapuzas, has done an extremely amazing job analyzing absolutely all decks from both the Legacy and Vintage tournaments from the past Bazaar of Moxen 4 in Annecy.

    You can find the complete Metagame Breakdown and Analysis of the BOM4 at the spanish site Evolution Store. If you want to read the analysis in english, César did the amazing job of translating everything into it, so don’t miss the following 2 links!

    Thanks for the amazing job César!

    Source: Evolution Store & La Universidad de las Artes Lúdicas

  • Legacy Videos from LCL3 – June. By Enric

    The following videos were recorded and edited by Enric Luzán during the June LCL3 (3rd Catalan Legacy League) tournament:

    Top 8 LCL3 June – Adrià Romero vs. Enric Luzán G1

    Top 8 LCL3 June – Adrià Romero vs. Enric Luzán G2

    Top 4 LCL3 June – Aléxis Martínez vs. Marc Durán G1

    Top 4 LCL3 June – Aléxis Martínez vs. Marc Durán G2

    Top 4 LCL3 June – Aléxis Martínez vs. Marc Durán G3

    Final LCL3 June – Enric Luzán vs. Aléxis Martínez G1

    Final LCL3 June – Enric Luzán vs. Aléxis Martínez G2

    Final LCL3 Jun3 – Enric Luzán vs. Aléxis Martínez G3

    Decklists will come as soon as they are published.

  • 1st MTG Barato Open will be covered by EC

    Next weekend in Valencia EC will be attending to the first Spanish big eternal party of the year (not counting the GP of course): The 1st MTG Barato Open, and Eternal Central will be covering the event as its best.

    Remember the tournament structure and prizes:

    I still don’t know how much of a coverage I’ll be able to do. I believe it’s going to be hard to make a live coverage from it since my iPhone has broke down and lost, magically, his 3G connection (everything else works…). If I get my iPhone to work again you’ll be able to follow the event live from the Eternal Central’s twitter site.

    EC has the privilege of getting the best spot for video recording the Top8 games from both Legacy and Vintage tournaments. This means that you can expect the best videos from the event coming online here, only at EC.

    And it’ll be here too where you’ll read first about the top8 (maybe top16) decks from this huge eternal party.

    MTG Barato is going to be the first big tournament with the new Legacy bans and unrestrictions (Is that a word?). Will a deck featuring Grim Monolith make it all the way up to the top8? No matter what, this tournament will write the first chapter of the new Legacy history books. Everything we’ve known and played since now belongs to the past. We are about to write the new Legacy’s present!

    What are your predictions for both Legacy and Vintage events? Do you foresee a massive amount of MUD/Fish in Vintage? What about Legacy?

    We wish good luck to everyone attending to this huge event! Stay tunned!

  • Instant Analysis – SCG St. Louis Legacy $5K

    With temperatures in the 90’s and brutal humidity down near St. Louis this weekend, the weather was scorching but interest in Legacy was cool and somewhat reserved. While 192 people attended the StarCityGames Legacy $5K this Sunday, interest appeared slightly down, as this was essentially a lame-duck tournament, with the recent changes to the Banned-Restricted List that take effect next week. This weekend was the last chance for players to pilot Mystical Tutor-themed decks, so a lot more interest and buzz seemed to be in testing the format that the upcoming Grand Prix Columbus will be (no Mystical, but with Grim Monolith), as the rewards are much greater at a Grand Prix in terms of cash and Pro points.

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  • What the June 2010 BR List Update Means for Legacy

    It’s that time of the year again, when Magic players and pundits alike have been waiting by their computers for the clock to strike midnight, in eager anticipation of news on the Banned/Restricted List. Extended got a rude awakening when their format was turned upside down, shrinking the card pool from about seven years worth of sets down to four years, and then also banning Sword of the Meek and Hypergenesis for good measure.
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  • Top4 split at Legacy Black Lotus (22/05/10)

    The Legacy tournaments at the Black Lotus Store in Barcelona are probably the biggest weekly events in the world. With an average turn out that might hit the 35 players, Black Lotus has become an excellent place to practice Legacy at a real high level. You might find there players like Lluis Restoy (GP Madrid Top8), Ricard Tudurí (GP Winner) or Adrià Romero (who recently made top9 at the BOM4).

    In the past I used to go every Saturday to the Legacy tournaments, but now, due to my job I can’t hardly get any Saturdays off. And those that I can, I usually make them match with the Vintage tournaments from the LCV6.

    Anyways, so this past Saturday I managed to go and I won! Well, even though I really wanted to play because I felt I could defeat easily any of the top4 decks (Reanimator, Zoo and Survi-Auriok) I agreed on splitting the Top4 because the other 3 guys really wanted to, and I was a bit tired.

    I expected the following metagame: Zoo, Reanimator, ANT, Merfolks and Countertop (thopters, progenitus, etc). That’s what the usual players play around there. Then there’s always some people with random decks like Belcher, White Staxx, etc… My predictions were almost perfect since there were a lot of combo decks (ANT, Reanimator), some Zoo, and also some Thopter/CounterTop decks.

    The night before the tournament I prepared my ANT deck to fight that metagame. I can advance you that this is probably the best sideboard I’ve brought to a tournament. I’m really satisfied with the result and I felt I had answers for absolutely all the matchups that I could face. So this is the list:

    Main deck: 4cANT by Jordi Amat
    4 Dark Ritual
    4 Cabal Ritual
    4 Lotus Petal
    4 Lion’s Eye Diamond
    4 Brainstorm
    4 Mystical Tutor
    4 Infernal Tutor
    4 Polluted Delta
    3 Underground Sea
    3 Ponder
    3 Duress
    3 Orim’s Chant
    2 Flooded Strand
    2 City of Traitors
    2 Chrome Mox
    2 Sensei’s Divining Top
    1 Ad Nauseam
    1 Tendrils of Agony
    1 Ill-Gotten Gains
    1 Chain of Vapor
    1 Tundra
    1 Scrubland
    1 Tropical Island
    1 Island

    Sideboard:
    4 Carpet of Flowers
    3 Path to Exile
    2 Nature’s Claim
    1 Reverent Silence
    1 Krosan Grip
    1 Angel’s Grace
    1 Slaughter Pact
    1 Tendrils of Agony
    1 Tropical Island

    I’m not gonna talk about the main deck choices because the list is pretty standard (15 lands – including 2 City of Traitors, 6 protection spells – including Orim’s Chant, 1 Tendrils, 1 bouncer, etc…). But I do wanna talk about the sideboard.

    Path to Exile (3): This card proved to be the MVP of the tournament. And that’s the second time I performed excellent thanks to them. Let’s see it’s advantages:

    • It kills Gaddock Teeg, Ethersworn Canonist, Iona, Shielf of Emeria, as well as Tarmogoyf (BANPLZ!), Wild Nacatl, etc…
    • It’s white, so you’ll probably kill Ioona 100% of the times with it.
    • We run more than 1 copy, so we can use it more aggressively to kill an early menace that will save us some health points. Killing a turn 1 Wild Nacatl with a Path to Exile, if your game plan is slow, can turn into a huge advantage.
    • Nobody expects Path to Exile.

    Disadvantages:

    • It’s white, so you’ll need to fetch for white. That usually isn’t a problem, but it’s not the same as playing Slaughter Pact (which I also run).
    • It’s more sensible to Daze/Spell Pierce since it costs more than Slaughter Pact.

    Carpet of Flowers (4): In a metagame where blue is everywhere, this card seems the right call. Merfolks disruption is based on the “pay X more or counter this spell” (aka, Daze, Spell Pierce and Curse Catcher), and Carpet of Flowers brings lots of extra mana for free every turn. The only spell you should care about when playing against Merfolks is Force of Will.

    The other reason why I run Carpet of Flowers nowadays is because control players expect you to play Dark Confidant Side Board, and they won’t side out their removal. Like this we achieve:

    1. We accelerate for free everyturn
    2. Opponent is playing with dead cards

    Due to this version being 4 colors, Carpet of Flowers will fix our mana base pretty nicely. You’ll have the white, the green, blue or black whenever you’ll need it.

    Nature’s Claim (2) + Reverent Silence (1) + Krosan Grip (1): Our worst match up is obviously anything running CounterTop. We can’t have our silver bullets all with the same mana cost, and that’s why I opted to have Nature’s Claim, Krosan Grip and Reverent Silence.

    Chalice @1 hurts us a lot, but you should be able to Mystical Tutor for Krosan Grip in response to his Chalice, and get rid of it quite easily. Else, just try to combo out with the double LED + Infernal Tutor Kill.

    Angel’s Grace (1) + Tendrils of Agony (1): Since I expected some Zoo decks, Angel’s Grace was a must include! I can’t play combo decks without 2 Tendrils of Agony but it didn’t fit in the main deck, so I finally opted to add it to the SB.

    Against Zoo/Aggro decks, my usual sideboard plan is: +1 Angel’s Grace, +1 Tendrils of Agony, +3 Path to Exile, +1 Slaughter Pact (and if I expect Thorn of Amethyst like from Affinity, then I add the 2 Nature’s Claim + Krosan Grip), -2 Duress (I always leave 1 Duress, just in case you need to check for a trap :P), -3 Ponder, -1 Tropical Island (unless I have to add the green sideboard spells).

    So this was more or less my sideboard strategy. My main game strategy was always to go for the double LED + Infernal Tutor Kill passing through Ill-Gotten Gains. I believe I killed like that around 90% of the times. I’ve been playing Iggy Pop/ iPop Negation / ANT for such a long time, that when I need to combo, I have it so clear that I know exactly what is needed to execute a certain amount of storm at any given situation. The fact that I reduced the amount of Ad Nauseam to 1 makes this plan my primary choice of kill.

    I won’t explain my rounds with detail as I didn’t take accurate notes from the games. I’ll try to write about certain plays that were relevant during the tournament.

    Round 1: Gonzalo Balot with random deck. 2-0

    • Gonzalo was a new player in the scene and he actually didn’t know how to play at all. I helped him understand the game a bit better after I won him 2-0 in less than 10 minutes. I tried to make him understand the phases, construction of the decks, etc… He took notes and I think he’ll be better prepared next time.

    Round 2: Alex Mateu with Survi/Auriok. 2-1

    • Alex is actually one of the best players of the national Legacy scene. If you search him on deckcheck, you’ll discover a certain amount of good results.
    • Game one I cast a turn 2 Ad Nauseam for the win. Game 2 he casts 3 Meddling Mage in 5 turns without any deck manipulation… I killed his first one with Path to Exile, then the second one named Ad Nauseam and the 3rd named Path to Exile, so my only chance was to find Mystical Tutor, for Slaughter Pact and then combo (I had Nauseam and mana enough). I never found the Mystical nor the Pact. Game 3 I believe I combo him on first turn with a Infernal Tutor Kill.

    Round 3: Oscar Mesegué with Reanimator. 2-1

    • Yet another excellent player with a lot of wins at the LCL/Black Lotus Store tournaments.
    • He managed to get Ioona (naming black) into play game 1. I didn’t had many chances since she would kill me before I could actually bounce Ioona. But, I insisted and didn’t surrender, as I wanted to make him believe I could actually bounce Ioona. So I tried to Mystical Tutor at some point, which he obviously countered with FoW (+ Blue card when he only had 2 cards left) fearing a Wipe Away. I told him he did well countering my Mystical as I would have probably won 😛 So he actually believed me, and in second game, he put Ioona into play again naming blue! But I had Path to Exile to remove her 😛 I won the same turn I played the Path to Exile. Game 3, he had turn 1 Entomb, and he placed on his GY… Inkwell Leviathan, fearing my Path to Exile again. It was obviously a bad choice, as the squid never got to attack (I had a Path in my hand, anyways)

    Round 4: My friend, and ex-team mate, Oliver Satizabal aka Owli with Zoo. ID

    Round 5: Daniel Sanchez with Spring Tide. ID

    Top8: Pedro Grati with ANT. 2-1

    • I don’t know him that much. I know he’s performing well in pokemon formats, so I guess he’s a good player. BUT, I actually saw him play at round 5 (scouting FTW!), and I saw him play terribly bad. Misplays, wrong choices, etc… He told me after his last round, he’s not used to play combo. O RLY? 😀
    • Anyways, so Game one he casts DOUBLE duress on his first turn, and I win on my first turn! How? Check this out kids! My hand was: LED + Dark Ritual + Ancient Tomb + Lotus Petal + Cabal Ritual + Brainstorm + Sensei’s Divining Top. His double duress hits my Brainstorm and Sensei’s Divining Top. My topdeck was Infernal Tutor, and you know how the story ends 😛
    • On game 2, he had a strong play, but I slow him down with an Orim’s Chant in response to his Infernal Tutor. He searches Ad Nauseam (Mistake) which he can’t cast. I eot Mystical Tutor for Duress and take his Nauseam away. We both were at top deck but I had Sensei’s Divining Top. He drew a bomb before I found anything with the Top on 4 turns… He played Sadistic Sacrament so we moved onto game 3.
    • Last game was a normal game, I Duress him turn 1 and comb on turn 3 via Ritual + LED + Infernal Tutor -> Ill-Gotten Infernal Tutor for Infernal Tutor for Tendrils for a total Storm of 10.
    • As Pedro said “It happened what it should have happened”.

    In the end, I accepted splitting the Top4 prizes.

    The rest of the top8 went like this:

    Sergi Herrero (Reanimator) VS Oscar Mesegué (Reanimator)

    Àlex Mateu (Survi/Auriok) VS Daniel Sanchez (High Tide)

    Jordi Amat (ANT) VS Pedro Grati (ANT)

    Aldo Fernandez (Landstill) VS Oliver Satizabal (Zoo)

    I’ll post the Top8 decks as soon as possible. Meanwhile, this is how the metagame looked like:

    • 3 ANT (Top8 + Top4)
    • 1 Landstill (Top8)
    • 1 High Tide (Top8)
    • 2 Merfolks
    • 2 Dredge
    • 2 Dark Depths (1 Countertop, 1 BG Hate)
    • 3 Zoo (Top4)
    • 2 Reanimator (Top8 + Top4)
    • 2 Rogue deck
    • 1 Alluren
    • 1 Survival (Auriok Combo) (Top4)
    • 1 Thopter/CounterTop
    • 1 Fatestalker
    • 1 Belcher
    • 1 Canadian Threshold
    • And a couple of lost lists

    So, to conclude with something, let me just say…

    REAL MEN PLAY COMBO!

  • MTG Barato Eternal Weekend! (Valencia 3-4 July)

    Filippo Lietti, aka TroppoRicco, is one of those guys who deserves a special mention among the spanish MtG scene. Besides of being a top dealer, he loves to promote the game and travels anywhere in Spain/Europe to play and sell. Well, nowadays Filippo is going to open a new online store and to celebrate it, he’s organized this AMAZING tournament:

    Additional information:

    • Both tournaments are sanctioned and cost 30€ each.
    • Saturday = Legacy.
    • Sunday = Vintage.
    • For further information, pre-registering and questions, please send a mail to mtgbarato@gmail.com

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    I’ll keep updating with news, side events schedule, etc… etc…

    Are you going to miss this HUGE event?

  • Magic Online Legacy Weekly Metagame Report 05-03-2010

    With the rapid growth of Magic Online, Wizards of the Coast has been bringing more players into the digital world of card slinging by creating new formats and releasing all of the old sets online. Earlier this year Wizards of the Coast recently announced the creating of the Legacy Online format, which is a bit surprising. That in and of itself is not surprising, but not all of the older Legacy playable cards are yet in the Magic Online card pool so it is surprising that they would launch it before this. But with the release of the rest of Urza’s block and the Masters Edition IV (slated for release December 13 2010), most of the remaining cards will be released ‘into the wild’ if the speculation proves correct that Masters Edition IV will include the hits from Mercadian Masques block (Mercadian Masques/Nemesis/Prophecy). Wizards go eventually release the entire Mercadian block, but the consensus in the past seems to be that Mercadian was the worst block and would be a very poor seller online (hence the theory of just including releveant cards in Masters Edition IV).

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  • Focus On Legacy - ANT Doomsday Hybrid Focus on Legacy – Ad Nauseam Doomsday Hybrid

    In the world of Legacy Storm combo there are a handful of shells and options available to the Real Men Who Play Combo. There are speed versions of Ad Nauseam Tendrils (ANT), versions with the powerful Burning Wish as a tutor (which also give you the power of Empty the Warrens), and other unique creations such as Jordi Amat’s Ill-Gotten Gains Tendrils deck (IggyPop 2.0). The version that I think offers the best balance of power, stability, and flexibility right now is a hybrid of Ad Nauseam and Doomsday strategies, or as we’ll call it ANT-Doomsday Hybrid.

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  • Solutions to the High Price of Cardboard

    Following our discourse on the potential Breaking of the Reserved List, the community and Wizards of the Coast seemingly need to contemplate a solution to the spiraling cost of older cards if Wizards’ feels that these prices are too high and would prevent a legitimate barrier of entry for newer players. If Wizards’ is going to respect the spirit of the Reserved List and not undermine it dramatically using the foil/premium loophole, what can be done to increase supply and thus lower prices on key Legacy staples? I would suggest that the first thing to do is to look at what cards are priced high, and look at those that are not on the Reserved List that could safely be reprinted without breaking the Reserved List.

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  • Thoughts on Breaking the Reserved List


    Over the past couple of months there has been much consternation and discussion in online forums and articles discussing the rise of prices in older Magic cards. There has also been much discussion lately of the Reserved List on the Official Reprint Policy.

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  • Focus on Legacy – Alternative Sideboarding With Bant Survival

    Following up on our previous Focus on Legacy columns Constructing Bant Survival and Playing Bant Survival, we can now look at some alternative sideboarding strategies with the deck. This can provide opportunities to shore up weak matchups, throw an opponent off guard, and take the deck in a new direction with different and unexpected lines of play for your opponent to account for on the fly during a tournament match.

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  • Focus on Legacy – Playing Bant Survival


    In the previous Focus on Legacy column we analyzed the common choices for constructing Bant Survival. This companion article will hopefully shed some light on playing against some of the common matchups you might find to expect in your upcoming Legacy tournaments, whether it’s a smaller weekly tournament or a massive tournament like GP Madrid.

    Here’s the decklist I presented as a suggested starting point for your adventures with Bant Survival (after the jump).
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  • Focus on Legacy – Constructing Bant Survival

    Survival of the Fittest has long been one of the most powerful spells available in the Legacy format. Decks such as RecSur, Full English Breakfast, Angry Tradewind Survival, RGB Survival Advantage, Survival Elves, Welder Survival, and countless other variants have all utilized the powerful tutoring capability and overwhelming card advantage that Survival of the Fittest can provide. A relative newcomer to the scene, Bant Survival is the latest in a long tradition of decks that seek to abuse the powerful Green enchantment. Coupling the power of Survival with the strengths of the Bant archetype, this contender has been tearing up European tournaments for the past year and is starting to rear its head across the ocean in the United States now as well.

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