Tonight, I hosted my very own Legacy event at NYU. I have hosted tournaments here before and the turnout has always been small. Although tonight’s event had 6 players, I am confident that future events will continue to be more successful. In an unknown meta, I sleeved up the following Lands deck that I had been playing for the past couple weeks.
11/08/16 Legacy - Grub Lands
You can read a brief introduction to my particular build here. The card choices are a black splash for Abrupt Decay, 1 Molten Vortex over a 3rd Punishing Fire, 1 copy of Riftstone Portal in the main, and 4 Ghost Quarters/1 Crucible of Worlds package. Over the past few weeks I have been impressed with Ghost Quarter and its effectiveness. However, I had mixed results tonight.
Round 1 vs Tim (Doomsday)
Tim has been around for over a year at NYU and he is known to be a Doomsday player. I already know I’m not favored against the storm deck and plan my mulligans appropriately. I lose the dice roll. Game 1 I keep an questionable hand of 2 Mox Diamond, Crop Rotation, Ghost Quarter, Thespian’s Stage, Engineered Explosives, and Crucible of Worlds. Without green source, the deck is suspect but I keep it expecting to see Doomsday. My plan here is to land Crucible of Worlds and Ghost Quarter him out of the game. Tim leads with Island, Sensei’s Divining Top and I immediately put him on Doomsday. After playing out my opening hand and Ghost Quartering a pair of his basics, I’m dismayed to see him running even more basics. I go for a Marit Lage but he has Chain of Vapor and I die to a timely [c]Lion’s Eye Diamond for a basic Top and Ideas Unbound pile. While checking his deck I notice a resilient mana base of 2 Island and 2 Swamp and no Laboratory Maniac.
Game 2, I steam roll him with a turn 1 Chalice of the Void on 1 and Phyrexian Revoker on Lion’s Eye Diamond after seeing turn 1 Island into Ponder. A pair of Ghost Quarters lock up the game for me. I’m pretty disappointed at how not interesting my storm match up is but it can’t be helped.
Game 3, I keep a slow hand after a mulligan to 5 with no sideboard cards and lose to a cantrip heavy hand.
Playing against Doomsday, the slowest of storm decks, only extenuates my weak match up.
Round 2 vs Gabe (Aggro Loam)
Gabe is a newcomer to NYU magic. It’s his first year as a professor of philosophy and the last time I played him, he was on Grixis Delver. With that in mind, I kept Molten Vortex, Mox Diamond, Life from the Loam, Ghost Quarter, Grove of the Burnwillows, and Thespian’s Stage. I play out Molten Vortex turn 1 and pass. After thinking for awhile, Gabe leads with a Mox Diamond of his own and Bayou into Sylvan Library and I’m immediately on the back foot. I draw into Engineered Explosives and am forced to loam back my one land to continue to make land drops. Gabe follows up with an Abrupt Decay for my Molten Vortex and exiling my [c]Life from the Loam. I play Engineered Explosives for 2 which catches him off guard. It turns out he was ready to play Dark Confidant on his next turn. Instead he attacks for 2 and plays a Chalice of the Void on 1 and passes. I pop the explosives and am flooding out. He plays out Liliana of the Void and manages to ultimate it for minimal effect on my board of lands. I am dead to his Sylvan Library and he eventually plays a Knight of the Reliquary to seal the deal.
Game 2, I keep a reasonable hand of Life from the Loam, Punishing Fire, Molten Vortex, Mox Diamond, Tropical Island, Thespian’s Stage, Grove of the Burnwillows. Unfortunately, Gabe has turn 1 Knight of the Reliquary into hard cast Leyline of the Void. He also fetches for Wasteland off of his Knight and locks me out of the game. I die a few turns later to a 9/9 Knight
Round 3 vs Ryan (ANT)
Ryan is a first year in NYU’s medical program and this was my first time playing against him. At this point we’re both dead for prizes so we play for fun. On the play, I keep a hand with Mox Diamond, Sylvan Library, Crop Rotation, and lands. I play a turn 1 Sylvan Library and Ryan casts Cabal Therapy and I respond with a Crop Rotation for Wasteland. Ryan realizes that there really isn’t anything to name and I show him the two lands in my hand. I flip 2 Mox Diamond and Tolaria West off my Sylvan Library and realize that I’m not going to be able to race his deck. My beliefs are correct when he end of turn Brainstorms and kills me next turn with rituals into Ad Nauseam.
In the end, Ghost Quarters are significantly worse against slower Storm decks that play more basics. Ghost Quarter isn’t fast enough to lock them out and it even aids in achieving threshold for Cabal Ritual. Going forward, I plan to put back Rishadan Ports and maybe test a more even split. However, I have agreed to play with Max’s Aggro Loam and am excited to finally have all the cards for it.