This weekend, Chiba was lucky enough to play host to one of the few Legacy Grand Prix of the year. Legacy may be slowly dying, but the Grand Prix was a massive success, with critical acclaim for Hareruya’s running of the event. Despite a higher than average registration fee, the perks that Hareruya gave to its players were impressive and created an experience in-line with the celebration of the format that Legacy Grand Prix always are.

After the dust settled, Kentaro Yamamoto emerged as the winner, as his Sneak & Show deck defeated Atsuki Kihara’s Miracles in the final. Yuuya Watanabe also participated in the elimination rounds with Miracles, but was eliminated by Kihara in the semifinals. In total, the top 8 featured 3 copies of Miracles, 2 Sneak & Show decks, 1 copy of ANT, and a singular copy each of Elves and Death & Taxes. Further down the standings, the diversity of Legacy was much better represented, with a slew of unique archetypes making their presence known, including multiple copies of Food Chain combo.

If you’re looking for the decklists from the tournament, they can be found here: top 8, 9-32, 33-64.

When looking at the results of an Asian Legacy Grand Prix, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Firstly, results of one tournament in Legacy have very little effect on the format metagame, unlike Standard where a breakout deck can shape the format for the following months. Additionally, the format metagames will vary greatly from continent to continent. In Europe, for example, the metagame has a slightly disproportionate number of Death & Taxes. In east Asia, Miracles and combo are usually represented more than in other regions of the world. Here are my takeaways from this weekend:

Is Miracles the best deck in the format? It’s possible, but the claim that it is has a few things going against it. Firstly, even though the control deck took up 3/8 of the top 8, it did not have that same ratio further down the standings, in the top 32 and top 64. Secondly, Yuuya Watanabe was one of the Miracles players in top 8, and we all know that Yuuya could play with draft chaff and top 8 a Grand Prix. The deck could certainly be the most popular deck in the format and put up tier 1 results, but it’s hard to claim that any deck in Legacy is “the best deck.”

Sneak & Show is back. Sneak & Show used to be a solidly tier 1 deck in Legacy, but has since fallen out of favor. Its resurgence this weekend could be a very good sign of things to come if you love big spaghetti monsters and large demons.

Legacy is becoming a celebration of Magic. Legacy is, in my mind, the only format that exists that has such a loyal fanbase, despite it being slowly killed off by all parties that have supported it in the past. Hareruya took note of that this weekend, by providing a premium experience to all of its registrants. In the future, expect Legacy Grand Prix to become less competitive. Players will show up with their pet decks rather than the best metagame pick, and will show up mostly to celebrate Legacy and Magic as a whole. It’s unfortunate, but that’s where the format has to go.

This weekend has Grand Prix Denver and Madrid, which both feature Standard, and the SCG Invitational in Atlanta, which will showcase Standard and Modern. I’ll see you all next week!

Are you a Standard player? Read Austin Mansell’s insights on a format staple, here.

Until next time.

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