In my eternal quest to be a bigger geek than anyone would voluntarily announce in public, I’m flirting with the idea of picking up Magic: the Gathering again. For a little bit of background, I used to be quite into this game… I played the Stardard format for a while and as I’ve kept all my cards, I have a fairly impressive collection of Legacy playables.
This past weekend, I decided to try one of them out in a Legacy tournament… and boy was I in for a wakeup call.
Here’s the deck I played:
4x Birds of Paradise
4x Utopia Sprawl
4x Grul Signet
4x Molten Rain
4x Stone Rain
4x Moldavi Acidmoss
4x Argothian Wurm
3x Avalanche Riders
It’s a fairly simple RG land destruction deck that I put together primarily so that I could play Argotian Wurm, who’s picture I really like. Going into the tournament I was pretty confident, I had beaten a Ravager deck 3-0 in practice the week before and didn’t think I’d face much that was faster than that.
So how did it turn out? Well….
I got destroyed 0-2 by a horrible black recursion deck. If you consistently drop a 7/7 turn two.. there’s really nothing I can do. I know I should have expected this and had a sideboard with a lot of graveyard hate.. but there aren’t really many options in RG and I don’t have those cards anyway.
I got the bye… yay >.<
Went down 1-2 against a Green Black LD deck… first game everything worked fine, second game I drew 3 land for every other card and the third game he managed to kill all my ramp and get ahead of the curve. Not a terrible performance, and with a little more luck I think I could have won this one.
Lost 1-2 against a horrible Dredge combo deck. This thing was crazy… it doesn’t actually need any land to function (just to speed it up), so that’s just a terrible rock/paper/scissors situation for my LD.
Taken down 1-2 by a very quick and consistent infinite creature combo. Again I had some bad draws, but I probably would have gone down without it as he had many artefacts that made land a pleasant assistant to his deck, rather than the necessity that it usually is.
So… 5 rounds and the only match win I registered was the bye. Ouch >.< I had no idea what the meta-game was going into this tournament, and if I had to do it again I would definitely play something different. Not really sure what, but LD just doesn’t seem to work in the format.
I still think I’m going to get back into Magic, but I’ll try pick up Standard. It’s much easier to prepare properly in a limited format than it is in Legacy, so hopefully next time I do a post like this I will be able report some victories.
“You can’t blame your opponents for apply a strategy that beats your brains out with regularity”