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Survival of the Fittest is banned.
Time Spiral is unbanned.
Apparently they don’t check the MTGO metagame to base their bannings, and if I remember correctly they based the banning of Mystical Tutor from a few Tournament Practice games. Oddly enough they saw Tom Lapelle playing Survival in the TP room hmm… I don’t think Survival was powerful enough to be banned, but I think that most paper players decided to run Survival making it the largest percentage of the field. Either way it’s fun to see Time Spiral back, but I doubt that it will do much to warp the meta.
Here is the explanation for the new BnR list:
#4 Sneak and Show
Ajani’s ultimate has to target you. You had shroud via Solitary Confinement. Right?
I vote #5, Dark Horizon
@ Slawd: You are correct! I didn’t even notice that while I was playing the game, and in that case ignore my rambling about him not destroying my lands with his Ajani .
#3. New Horizon
Thnx for nice article.
I have played Enchantress and can argue about deck composition.
First of all i will begin with cards that are 1 of in main deck.
Card can be 1 copy in main deck if it is worth tutoring with sterling grove.
1) Leyline of Sanctity is good enought to be tutored only against one deck – Burn.
(it is usually too late to tutor for it and play on turn 3-4 against combo)
Burn is strongly favoured match up, because red has no answer to Confinement)
2) Lignify – i can imagine no real sittuations, when this card is better then Oblivion Ring.
The only advantage is mana cost. But if it was tutored with sterling grove you already have at least 3 mana.
3) Wheel of Sun and Moon. There is only one matchup, where this card is worth tutoring – ichorid.
But against ichorid you can go Elephant Grass / Solitary Confinement route and it will be as good as Wheel of Sun and Moon and usually better.
4) Karakas – good target for wasteland and for opposing Karakas
At second i will say, that 19 lands is too few and force too much mulligans. You need at least 3 mana sources and you need to drop land on each of your first 3 turns.
I play with 21 and still occasionaly get 0/1 land hands. I playtested a lot with 19 and 20 lands and it does not work well for me.
At third you need to reduce the amount of nonbasics to minimum. You do not want to lose game, because you kept nice hand with savannah, serras sanctum, utopia sprawl and Enchantress Presence and was wasted at the first turn.
1 Savannah, 1 Taiga, 2 Serras Sanctum are all nonbasics you really want to play.
As i think worst matchups are:
1) 4 x Force of Will, 4 x Daze/Spell Snare/Counterspell decks
2) Death and Taxes (3,4 maindeck Canonists)
3) Bridged Emrakul (and other combos, that are not stopped by confinement / leyline)
At last i want to say, that playing games in Tournament Practice can not show deck strengths / weaknesses. (2 of 4 games: against Mono B and Burried Alive i consider blanks, so you went 1-1)
#5. Dark Horizon
#3 New horizons please…
Anyways thanks for the vids i think i might try enchantress out it looks fun…
listening to you worry about ajani was making me ant to punch my monitor lol. Confinements gives you shroud so ajani is not blowing up your lands.
@ Etriol: Wow thanks for the comments. You have a lot of experience with the deck is sounds like, and I definitely agree with you on many points. As far as the Burried Alive deck goes it has been doing rather well considering it a hybrid of Ooze and Show and Tell, but I respect your opinion. I can honestly say that I did struggle with my mana quite a bit, but I couldn’t really find much to take out in order to balance out the mana. I would probably take out the Lignify if I did decide to add more lands to teh deck. Enchantress struggles greatly vs Counterdecks and Emrakul decks like you states, but I found that Death and Taxes usually wasn’t that bad of a match up. I apologize for not providing game play of an actual event, but like I said I didn’t have time to enter into one. Keep up the good comments mate I’m sure other readers find them as insightful and useful as me .
@ zac: Always a pleasure mate, and I give it a try. You might be surprised at how much fun you can have with the deck.
@ ACP: haha don’t break anything because of a silly error on my part. I even took something away from this article. I need to learn to reread cards I think I already know before I start fussing about them.
I thought the explanation for the Banned and Restricted list changes were pretty short. They really didn’t take the time to clarify their reasons. The last sentence of the ‘explanation’ really shows what I mean: “In balance, the DCI believes the benefits of unbanning Time Spiral outweigh the risks.”
Riiight. They could have just used two sentences, if that is the explanation they choose:
‘In balance, the DCI believes the benefits of banning Survival of the Fittest outweigh the downside. Also in balance, the DCI believes the benefits of unbanning Time Spiral outweigh the risks.”
Very disappointing to get a few paragraphs of nothing instead of using the BnR list update to make a good article.
Um, about the videos…I just watched two. I appreciate that you bring content even when pressed for time, but as Etriol says, Tournament Practice really isn’t actual tournament practice. I want to see you playing tournaments and kicking ass with 60 cards, any 10 of which equal the ticket cost of my entire online collection
No vote for decks, because I’m really not sure what most of them are.
#3. New Horizon + agree on the TP part, thats just to casual to say anything.
#5. Dark Horizon
Thanks for putting these up! They’re the only good legacy videos around, and have really made me love the format.
enjoyed watching, real games are better, but if you don’t have time practise games were still fun to watch. thanks for the vids
#3 new horizon please
#3 New Horizons
#5 Dark Horizon
You got me shouting at the monitor G4M2 with the Ajani ultimate. Every time you said “he’s gonna destroy my lands” I was like: “NO, HE WON’T! You’ve got shroud, goddamit!” or “It says TARGET player!” aloud. It’s kind of funny how infuriating that was.
Anyway, great vids. This was the first time I stumbled upon your colum and I’m definitely coming back for more.
Thanks a lot for the videos Owen. Keep the good work up. Legacy is really interesting to watch and thats the all most of us can afford anyway^^
Think it was not mentioned that you were pretty close to handle Emrakul match 1: you can actually kill with Aura of Silence as it is not a spell anymore once its in play. Emrakul has no protection from effects.
@hanseman: Emrakul is colorless, but it isn’t an artifact.
I’ll vote for new horizons.
great article as always. If you like we can set up a poll next time so it’s easier to track the votes. It’s pretty easy to do. Just let us know! I agree that it would be great to track some tournaments but I understand that it is very time consuming.
I vote for “New Horizon”
Oh yeah. My bad. Thought i was missing something Better have Oring ready next time.
I vote for more legacy videos as i dont know most of the decks suggested.
New horizons has a pretty tough times in the current meta full of goblins and merfolk. Even zoo is a tough mu. For this reason I vote for:
P.S. I wish you had suggested reanimator. I would’ve loved to see it on action
#5. Dark horizon
Just got to match 2 game 2, your only real out was to put in Sylvan Library off of the SnT to try and draw into Karakas. I guess technically you could also have seen Sanctum/Wild Growth/O-Ring off the Library as well, but that is waaaay less likely than hitting the Karakas.
Voting for Sneak/Show, because I wouldn’t wish playing New Horizons on anyone. The deck is BAD.
My vote goes to Dark Horizons, #5
First of all WOW I’d just like to say thank you all for the support you have given me it really means a lot. I have received so many positive comments not only on the posts here but online as well. I appreciate all the feedback I receive from my readers and am always looking for ways to improve these articles. I would also like to thank you all for understanding my situation in doing the TP games instead of a sanctioned tournament, but rest assured I will get more tournament articles up. I would also like to apologize about the Ajani mess up in my video. I am so used to playing against Armageddon that I forgot all about the wording and Ajani and figured it was just an ability that didn’t require targeting. Sometimes even the regulars need reminding of how cards function, or I could just take the time to reread the cards . I’ll continue to do my best for you guys.
@ Zage: A lot of players believe they didn’t go into great detail on the BnR so that WOTC could cover their tale if they needed to. I will be sure to bring more Legacy videos of actual Tournament play in the future, but thanks for understanding my situation this time around.
@ QuicksilverJohny: I am happy to hear that you enjoy the Legacy videos! I just hope that I can keep making them interesting enough for you to continue loving Legacy.
@ OmniSzron: I agree with you completely now that I know that the ability is target player I too am like stop saying that! If you would like to see some more of these articles I have done simply look under the article tab and go to the Legacy format. You should be able to find all of my previous Legacy articles there.
@ hanseman: Will do mate don’t you worry I’ll keep doing these videos for you guys! About the Emrakul situation with Aura of Silence looks like Chris cleared that up .
@ Plejade: A poll feature would be very nice to implement into future articles. With that I could require all votes to be from MTGO Academy, but this time around I will just have to do it the way I’ve been doing it. Thanks for all the support Marin I appreciate all that you have done for MTGO.
@ JPL: There are a few builds I have been testing that actually do fairly well vs those decks, but a lot of times it comes down to who goes first. As far as Reanimator goes I did an article on that earlier this year. In fact I believe it was my first set of MTGO Legacy videos. Check out the Articles/Constructed Formats/Legacy to find it as well as other Legacy decks you might find interesting.
@ Zeitgeist: I didn’t even think to try that in order to get Karakas. I will admit I got pretty discouraged once I saw Emrakul hit, and my mode totally went into concede mode. I should have thought about all the possibilities more. Thanks for pointing that out I appreciate any tips and feedback that I can get.
#5 Dark Horizons.
I still like the videos, but please don’t do them in TP. At least get your friends with tier 1 decks to do this with you.
Great article, I vote for new horizon.
Voting ends tonight so get those votes in. It’s a very close race hard to say which deck will win right now.
your photo kinda looks like Andy from the Office
great article again! my vote goes to Dark Horizon
awesome article!! i enjoy it a lot!!
for me next – 4 sneak and show
Isn’t Replenish strictly better than Open the Vaults for Enchantress? Two less mana, and it only affects your enchantments as opposed to everyone’s enchantments + artifacts.
@ ThrustVectoring: Correct Replenish is better than Open the Vaults, but Replenish isn’t available online yet. Once Urza’s Destiny is released Replenish will be an obvious choice for those looking to improve their Enchantress decks. Thanks for mentioning that I don’t usually list off cards that aren’t currently available online since these articles are focused on the online Legacy format rather than the paper format. If you look through my articles you will see quite a difference between online and paper Legacy.
Number 5 please!
New horizons Please
great enchantress video
I would like to see #3 new horizons
Sneak and Show
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