SWaWLQ II – Event Report

Introduction

Hello everyone and welcome to the second of what is forming into a regular series of reports for the South West and Wales Legacy Quarterly (SWaWLQ)!
As with last time I will quickly give a little background information: Inspired by a swiftly developing Legacy scene within the Bristol and Cardiff regions of the UK and the amazing reports from the lovely folks who attend the London Legacy Monthly (LLM) events, a small group of us were inspired to give organising a similar event a go. 
Fast forward a number of months with no small amount of helpful advice gleaned from the LLM organisers and us having found a wonderful venue that were willing to host us for free we were able to get the first and second of what we hope is a successful series underway.

SWaWLQ – II

November 9th 2019

Thirty two signed up (selling out a second time in a row!) with everyone managing to turn up despite some horrible weather! Doors opened at 12:00 with everything organised by 12:30. The player meeting went underway and then the event began!

It was five rounds of Swiss, PubREL with a cut to Top 8. Prizes went to the Top 8 with 1st getting a Volcanic Island, 2nd a Tropical Island, 3rd and 4th Fourth a Wrenn and Six(RiP) each and finally a Polluted Delta and Windswept Heath for fifth to eighth place. As before, playtest cards (proxies) were allowed but it was really nice seeing many people opt to not proxy showing solidarity for potential future, sanctioned events within the area. It was also really nice seeing a lot of people local to the wider South West and Wales area that do not normally get to play paper Legacy join us and even a few folks from London way.

The prizes on offer.

Metagame Breakdown

We collected full decklists from everybody so we have a complete map of what was played. Out of 32 participants we had 23 unique archetypes represented (up from 17) which is an amazing display of diversity. Of the decks played around 56% would be considered blue based cantrip decks and 44% non-blue based decks (no change from last time). Breaking down the meta into the three simplified primary archetypes of Aggro, Combo and Control (based off of MTGTOP8 listings) we can see that we had heavy Aggro dominance with 47% (Down from 48%) of the meta share whilst Combo and Control took 38% and 16% meta share respectively. Combo has had a large rise from 28% whilst control has had a big drop from 24%. This is likely due to the effect Wrenn and Oko both had on what was being played and the high preference of Delver as a primary threat shell.The full list of decks can be found below:

Archetype#Archetype#Archetype#Archetype#
4C Control2BUG Urza1Elves (Depths)1Meathooks1
4C Delver2Burn1Grixis Control1Moon Stompy1
ANT2DDEFT1Grixis Shadow1RUG Delver3
Bant Omnitell1Death and Taxes1Hoegaarden1UB Stax1
BG Depths3Dredge1Jeskai Stoneblade1UR Delver2
BR Reanimator1Eldrazi (Aggro)1Maverick2

The variety once again continues as we dig deeper into the lists. Only two decks hit 3 players each, RUG Delver and BG Depths and even then between the lists there was still some heavy variety. Between the two most popular decks both managed to get lists into the top eight with two Depths decks and one RUG deck making it in. I said last time that Depths was likely a good choice and turns out, I was correct! The ability to use Dark Depths and either Thespian’s Stage or Vampire Hexmage to make an instant speed 20/20 can help avoid the Oko elk treatment and provides both the potential for a fast clock and for a resilient game plan depending on how you need to pivot.

I’ve written this post-banning now, but Wrenn and Six definitely had an impact with 24 copies in the room (Oko, Thief of Crowns at a “measly” 13 copies. A number of UR Delver pilots had switched to RUG and some even went greedier taking 4 Colour piles into the mix. Interestingly the real break out creature was Tarmogoyf; with 37 copies in the room it was the most played creature, surpassing Delver of Secrets by a whole 5 copies. Interestingly 14 “Goyfs” were actually played from the sideboard. All the Depths pilots were running this tech alongside a few from some of ‘Team Maverick’.

Once again the graveyard hate was rampant, spurred on no doubt by the win from Dredge at the first event. Only 3 (3.5 if you count the spicy Urza deck) graveyard decks turned up including the reigning champion; Greg. Between them they faced (and I do love this listing):

Once again people were really respecting the graveyard! You can really get an idea of the meta just from looking at the graveyard hate involved. The number of Surgical Extraction has stayed the same however the amount of Bojuka Bogs and Leyline of the Voids in the room has shot right up. Likewise the “go to” UW choice of Containment Priest has dropped in number displaying the archetypes underrepresentation. Sidetracking aside, this time the dedicated graveyard decks could not convert into the top spots. It may well be worth re-considering taking anything purely grave based for now and wait until people get a bit more complacent again with their hate.

Storm finally made an appearance sending two pilots and storm’s way cooler cousin Doomsday came along for the ride too! Mixed results across the Tendrils of Agony combo decks however one did break into the top eight. Once again, a lot of varied hate pieces were being packed by decks and despite some excellent new toys in the form of Veil of Summer the variety of hate was a bit too much to face. Storm and ANT especially had a really good matchup in a heavy Wrenn world and so it will be interesting to see how it fairs going forwards. Being an avid Storm fan myself I think it will likely do fine as always but we shall see.

We had a small representation again from the “Hatebears” school of magic (they really hate bears!) with only a single Death and Taxes pilot and two Maverick pilots appearing. It seems in a Wrenn and Oko world having a load of X/1 creatures or X/2 creatures just doesn’t cut it. There is a lot of hope going forwards now that small derpy creatures should become a lot of effective and so it might be time to dust off the Noble Hierachs and maybe try playing some fair magic right now (Turn 2 Oko anyone?). 

Along with Storm finally making an appearance, so did the dreaded Chalice decks! Two Chalice decks turned up, one Aggro Eldrazi list and one Moon Stompy list. Mixed results again with the former narrowly missing top 8 and the latter unfortunately having a hard time in the swiss. The high number of basics and snow basics crossed with Arcum’s Astrolabe make Blood Moon as a threat a lot less effective. Meanwhile it seems punching folks in the face with undercosted and disruptive 4/4s is still pretty decent at “getting them deaded”. I think Eldrazi is a pretty good choice going forwards, no matter how much I dislike facing it. 

Along with the above we also got to see representation from Burn, Elves, Show and Tell, Shadow and Stoneblade along with spicier options including BUG Urza, Meathooks (Slivers), Hoegaarden (Hogaak, the Risen Necropolis x Hedron Crab and previous top 8 contender UB Stax. Despite the heavy Delver presence it still seemed like a really diverse room with everything having a chance to vie for the top spots!

Enough theorising now, let’s jump into the Top 8. 

Results

The top eight in Seed order were as follows, mixing some contenders from the last event with some fresh faces:

In seed order the Top 8 were as such:

  1. Adam Bowers on BG Depths
  2. Matt Hayden on RUG Delver
  3. Ishu Singh on 4 Colour Pile
  4. Mark Humphreys on Grixis Shadow
  5. Kit Valentine on BG Depths
  6. Alec Drinkwater on UR Delver
  7. Jacob Coram on GW Maverick
  8. Mark Aylett on BUG Urza(!)

Top row (Left to Right): Mark (A), Matt, Mark (H) and Adam

Bottom row (Left to Right): Alec, Jacob, Kit and Ishu.

Adam continued his swiss dominance and took down BUG Urza whilst Matt followed suit dispatching Jacob’s little GW creatures. Ishu lost out in the quarters for the second time, this time to UR Delver (Price of Progress and Wasteland turns out are really good against greedy manabases!). Finally the little Death’s Shadow that could, could not face down the bigger monster that is Marit Lage.

The Quarterly Quarter Finalists: Mark (A), Jacob, Mark (H) and Ishu displaying their real estate.

A Godzilla-esque showdown was avoided as Kit was taken down by Delver thus avoiding the BG Depths mirror whilst the inverse happened with Adam’s (obviously superior) Ice-encased monsters swatting Alec’s Insectile Aberrations like, well, insects I guess. 

Our valiant semi finalists looking stoic in the face of the, at the time, unknown and impending ban that occurred soon after the event.

With the dust settled it was down the two representatives of the most popular decks in the room. In Game 1 an early Dark Confidant is instructed to provide only good things and a lack of answers to it means it provides some solid card advantage. Thanks to the additional cards Depths is able to grind it out.

Game 2, Matt strikes back in classic display of Sith Lord cutting his son’s hand off, oh wait, sorry. In a classic display of Delver Tempo game Matt is able to just jam the early threat and disrupt his way to a fast win.

Down to the wire we enter game 3 where RUG, despite being a land light deck, gets flooded out and despite being able to leverage playing around it early, has to allow way for a Crop Rotation that ends the game and thus the match. Adam stands victorious with Matt just behind him!

Some well deserved smiles from our Winner and Second Place players!

Closing words

And with that we see a close to the second event. Congratulations to all Top 8 finalists who made it through and a big thank-you to all who attended to ensure we had an excellent post-inaugural event. The organising committee are once again taking on feedback so please, if you have anything to say, either positive or constructively critical, let us know on Facebook or via the Meetup site (links below). Once again a huge thankyou to the venue, the Rose of Denmark pub for hosting us. You can find more info for them HERE and their sister pub, the Hope and Anchor HERE. If you want to look out for information on future events or similar ones please head over to HERE for event sign ups and information, HERE for the South West and Wales Legacy Group or HERE for more information or on similar events in the UK. We would also like to thank Tom and the other organisers of the LLM for the advice they gave and their allowance of this website to post our reports on!

Until next time (February!). 

A sleepy player after a hard day’s Legacy.

Marit Lage Protocol pending…

An example of one of the lovely Pizzas on offer just for us by the Pub and cooked by our resident Eldrazi player. Tentacles not included. Vegan pizza options were available!

A wild Maverick player gets confused when faced by efficient, Green based creature beatdown.

Our Favourite “head judge” and SWaWLQ organising committee member: Winter!

Top 8 decklists may be found below:

Top 8 Lists

1st Place: Adam Bowers on BG Depths 

BG Depths

Creatures (11)
Dark Confidant
Elvish Reclaimer
Sylvan Safekeeper
Vampire Hexmage

Spells (22)
Abrupt Decay
Assassin’s Trophy
Crop Rotation
Inquisition of Kozilek
Life from the Loam
Sylvan Scrying
Thoughtseize
Mox Diamond
Sylvan Library
Lands (27)
Bayou
Bojuka Bog
Dark Depths
Forest
Karakas
Nurturing Peatland
Sejiri Steppe
Swamp
Thespian's Stage
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Verdant Catacombs
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Plague Engineer
Sylvan Safekeeper
Tarmogoyf
Assassin's Trophy
Force of Vigor
Surgical Extraction
Veil of Summer
Pithing Needle

2nd Place: Matt Hayden on RUG Delver

RUG Delver

Planeswalkers (4)
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Wrenn and Six

Creatures (12)
Delver of Secrets
Hexdrinker
Tarmogoyf
True-Name Nemesis

Spells (25)
Brainstorm
Daze
Force of Negation
Force of Will
Lightning Bolt
Spell Pierce
Spell Snare
Ponder
Lands (19)
Fiery Islet
Flooded Strand
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Tropical Island
Volcanic Island
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Abrade
Ancient Grudge
Crop Rotation
Flusterstorm
Force of Negation
Magmatic Sinkhole
Pyroblast
Submerge
Surgical Extraction
Cindervines
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Karakas

3rd/4th Place: Kit Valentine on BG Depths

BG Depths

Creatures (10)
Elvish Reclaimer
Elvish Spirit Guides
Vampire Hexmage

Spells (24)
Abrupt Decay
Crop Rotation
Once Upon a Time
Duress
Life From the Loam
Sylvan Scrying
Thoughtseize
Mox Diamond
Lands (25)
Bayou
Bojuka Bog
Dark Depths
Forest
Karakas
Sejiri Steppe
Thespian's Stage
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Verdant Catacombs
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Faerie Macabre
Plague Engineer
Sylvan Safekeeper
Tarmogoyf
Veil of Summer
Liliana of the Veil

3rd/4th Place: Alex Drinkwater on UR Delver

UR Delver

Creatures (14)
Delver of Secrets
Dreadhorde Arcanist
True-Name Nemesis
Young Pyromancer

Spells (28)
Brainstorm
Daze
Force of Will
Lightning Bolt
Spell Pierce
Spell Snare
Chain Lightning
Ponder
Preordain
Lands (18)
Flooded Strand
Island
Mountain
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Volcanic Island
Wasteland

Sideboard (16)
Abrade
Flusterstorm
Force of Negation
Hydroblast
Price of Progress
Pyroblast
Submerge
Surgical Extraction
Blazing Volley
Null Rod
Tormod's Crypt
Blood Moon

5th-8th Place: Ishu Singh on 4C Pile

4C Pile

Planeswalkers (7)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Wrenn and Six

Creatures (8)
Plague Engineer
Snapcaster Mage
Tarmogoyf

Spells (25)
Abrupt Decay
Brainstorm
Drown in the Loch
Fatal Push
Force of Will
Tyrant’s Scorn
Ponder
Thoughtseize
Arcum's Astrolabe
Lands (20)
Badlands
Bayou
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Snow-Covered Forest
Snow-Covered Island
Snow-Covered Swamp
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Verdant Catacombs
Volcanic Island
Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
Scavenging Ooze
Assassin's Trophy
Kolaghan's Command
Liliana's Triumph
Pyroblast
Surgical Extraction
Veil of Summer
Nihil Spellbomb
Pithing Needle
Carpet of Flowers
Sylvan Library

5th-8th Place: Mark Humphreys on Grixis Shadow

Grixis Shadow

Creatures (16)
Death's Shadow
Delver of Secrets
Gurmag Angler
Street Wraith

Spells (30)
Brainstorm
Daze
Force of Negation
Force of Will
Lightning Bolt
Thought Scour
Ponder
Thoughtseize
Lands (14)
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Polluted Delta
Steam Vents
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island
Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
Hydroblast
Pyroblast
Ravenous Trap
Submerge
Rough // Tumble
Shenanigans
Swamp

5th-8th Place: Jacob Coram on GW Maverick

GW Maverick

Creatures (27)
Gaddock Teeg
Giver of Runes
Hexdrinker
Knight of Autumn
Knight of the Reliquary
Noble Hierach
Qasali Pridemage
Questing Beast
Ramunap Excavator
Scavenging Ooze
Scryb Ranger
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Tireless Tracker

Spells (9)
Swords to Plowshares
Green Sun's Zenith
Sylvan Library
Lands (24)
Dryad Arbor
Forest
Gaea's Cradle
Horizon Canopy
Karakas
Maze of Ith
Plains
Savannah
Wasteland
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
Collector Ouphe
Blessed Alliance
Crop Rotation
Umezawa's Jitte
Choke
Deafening Silence
Oblivion Ring
Bojuka Bog

5th-8th Place: Mark Aylett on BUG Urza

BUG Urza

Planeswalkers (3)
Oko, Thief of Crowns

Creatures (9)
Baleful Strix
Emry, Lurker of the Loch
Sai, Master Thopterist
Urza, Lord High Artificer

Spells (29)
Assassin's Trophy
Brainstorm
Force of Negation
Force of Will
Aether Spellbomb
Arcum's Astrolabe
Engineered Explosives
Mox Opal
Nihil Spellbomb
Thopter Foundry
Sword of the Meek
Urza's Bauble
Lands (19)
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Seat of the Synod
Snow-Covered Forest
Snow-Covered Island
Snow-Covered Swamp
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Verdant Catacombs

Sideboard (15)
Plague Engineer
Walking Ballista
Abrupt Decay
Flusterstorm
Veil of Summer
Collective Brutality
Thoughtseize
Toxic Deluge
Pithing Needle
Tormod's Crypt
Narset, Parter of Veils

Spice Corner

Once again a couple of really fun options to pick from here. I would have loved to have picked Mark’s BUG Urza list with the cheeky Emry, Lurker of the Loch package alongside Thopter-Sword combo and the man himself, Urza, Lord High Artificer but once again, in the spirit of getting as many decks shown as possible we will jump to a deck that is very dear to my heart: 

DEFT or Doomsday Experimental Frenzy Tendrils is a Storm based combo deck centred around the Namesake card Doomsday. With an Experimental Frenzy in play you can use Dark Ritual or Lion’s Eye Diamond to cast Doomsday off the top of the deck. This lets you stack a “Pile” of 3 Lion’s Eye Diamonds, a Collective Brutality or Tendrils of Agony and another Doomsday to then go infinite making infinite storm or draining for infinite life with Brutality. The life gain from Tendrils/Brutality means you will never hit 0 with the “Lose half your life rounded up clause” that Doomsday reads. The other primary win is similar but uses the lesser known hotness from WAR; Jace, Wielder of Mysteries. Jace’s Laboratory Maniac style effect plus additional card draw make it a great way to win if your library has only five cards or less in.

In the sideboard we see some storm classics including Empty the Warrens as a plan C when the Doomsdaying doesn’t go so well and various other pieces of anti-hate.

Bringer of the Spice: James Whitehouse on Frenzy Doomsday

"Frenzy

Planeswalkers (0)

Jace, Wielder of Mysteries (0)

Spells (34)
Act on Impulse
Collective Brutality
Doomsday
Duress
Ponder
Preordain
Thoughtseize
Conjurer’s Bauble
Lion’s Eye Diamond
Lotus Petal
Experimental Frenzy
Lands (15)
Badlands
Bloodstained Mire
Island
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Swamp
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
Abrade
Echoing Truth
Fata Push
Flusterstorm
Hurkyl’s Recall
Surgical Extraction
Empty the Warrens
Massacre
Tendrils of Agony
Engineered Explosives
Tormod’s Crypt

See you Legacy Cowboy…….

The sun has set on the Bristol docks, the SS Great Britain (Pictured) and another Great SWLQ event!

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