AZMagicPlayers Legacy States Side Event Wrap-Up

“Legacy is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump

Okay, so Tom Hanks may have never said that in the movie, but it certainly rang true this past weekend. At the State Championships this past weekend at Desert Sky Games, sixteen players (including yours truly) eschewed the State Championships in favor of the Legacy side event. Realistically though, many of the players probably 0-2 dropped the State Championships before signing up for the Legacy event, which began at 3pm. Hosted by this very website, first place would receive a shiny new Force of Will, and door prizes would be awarded to players based on attendance.

Of the sixteen players, sixteen different archetypes were represented in the event, though I guess you could say it was fifteen if you decided to lump Manaless Dredge and Dredge together as one archetype. Of course however, that’s like saying Kiki-Pod and Melira Pod are the same decks. It was a mix of the proven archetypes such as Shardless BUG and RUG Delver to the up-and-coming archetypes such as the Oozing (the Tin Fins-like combo deck that kills with Necrotic Ooze, Triskelion, and Phyrexian Devourer).

In the end, Leon Kornacki took home the Force of Will, defeating James Hansen in the finals. The very apt analogy of David vs. Goliath works pretty well here, as Leon’s Walking Dead had to overcome the Goliath that is James’s Emrakul and Griselbrand.

How did I do? Well, after prompting 0-2ing the States tournament with a Naya Aggro deck that could almost never cast its creatures due to the mana, I decided to play a Legacy deck that wins by doing exactly that: Monored Sneak Attack.

Creatures (14)
Worldspine Wurm
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Inferno Titan

Spells (28)
Sneak Attack
Through the Breach
Sensei’s Divining Top
Simian Spirit Guide
Seething Song
Koth of the Hammer
Magma Jet
Lotus Petal

Lands (18)
Sandstone Needle
Bloodstained Mire
City of Traitors
Sideboard (15)
Grafdigger’s Cage
Defense Grid
Blood Moon
Volcanic Fallout

Have you ever attacked with Worldspine Wurm? Actually, let me rephrase that.

Have you ever died with two Worldsphine Wurm, a Griselbrand, and Emrakul in your hand?

This deck is just a blast to play. Whether you manage to tear up the Aeons on turn two, draw a bazillion cards with Griselbrand and put every single creature from your deck into play in one turn, or just die with giant uncastables in your hand, you know you’re gonna have a good time.

Sometimes this deck leads to situations like this:

And this:


(That’s a Trinisphere in play if you can’t tell from the glare)

And occasionally, it runs good. I managed to go undefeated in the Swiss with the deck before scooping to eventual finalist James Hansen.

After the Swiss rounds ended, the Top 8 decks were

  • Walking Dead
  • Sneak and Show
  • Shardless BUG
  • MUD
  • CounterTop
  • Manaless Dredge
  • Monored Sneak Attack
  • OmniTell

Lastly, a couple of pictures from the event:


The Finals – The Battle of the Beards


The winners of the door prizes – Entomb and Baleful Strix!


To the winner go the spoils!

Be on the look out for more AZMagicPlayers events. Thanks to everyone who showed up and we’ll see you next time.

Jason Abong

@mtgtwin1 on Twitter