It was Legacy weekend in the Grand Prix circuit in Columbus, Ohio and Prague, Czech Republic. Once again, a North American Grand Prix had no video coverage, despite the demand for it being clear and present, but that’s a topic for another article.
In Columbus, Clay Spicklemire came out on top, piloting Infect past Joe Lossett’s Miracles in the finals. The rest of the top 8 featured three more Miracles decks and a copy each of Grixis Delver, Reanimator, and Lands. The top 100 decks going in to day 2 of the tournament featured 14 copies of Shardless Sultai and 7 copies of Death & Taxes. However, neither of those archetypes saw a pilot reach top 8. Notable players to highlight from this top 8 are Joe Lossett, Noah Walker, Wilson Hunter, and Jarvis Yu. Lossett and Hunter are known for their Legacy prowess, with Lossett being confident enough in his ability to travel from the West coast to play in the Grand Prix. Hunter has made top 8 of a Star City Games Invitation with Storm in Legacy. Walker and Yu are notable grinders that are always seen in major tournaments in the Northeastern United States and beyond. Props to Joe Lossett and Noah Walker for being well-known players that stick to their archetype and succeed even though many of their opponents will know their name and know what they are playing.
In Prague, Rodrigo Togores took it all home with ANT Storm, taking down Nicolas Tholance and Miracles in the finals. The beauty of Legacy’s diversity was certainly seen in this top 8, with 7 unique archetypes making the cut. The other archetypes were Death & Taxes, Temur Delver, Shardless Sultai, Show & Tell, and Grixis Delver, the only deck archetype that put multiple copies in top 8. Pro Tour Top 8 competitors Alexander Hayne and Lukas Blohon headlined this top 8 along with well-known Death & Taxes expert Thomas Enevoldsen. As previously mentioned, Shardless Sultai and Death & Taxes made a big impact in the overall metagame of Grand Prix Columbus, but could not crack the top 8. This is not the case in Prague, where both of those decks had a pilot in top 8.
Legacy is a beautiful thing. It is diverse, it is resilient, and it is battle-tested. The 16 decks that were featured in both top 8’s had 10 unique archetypes. Even though Columbus’s top 8 contained 50% Miracles decks, the deck could not win a final in either Grand Prix, showing that Legacy can be bent, but it cannot be broken.
Next weekend is round 1 of the 2016 World Magic Cup Qualifiers. All across the world, players will be competing for a chance to represent their country on the world stage. The format is Standard, and there is much to look forward to as we watch Standard evolve and players compete for a chance to play in the World Magic Cup.
Until next time.