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Feb 16 2012

MTG Legacy defeat of Team Edward

Legacy Results – January 2012

Team Edward – Mono Black Aggro Vampires

Welcome to my first ever tournament report.  Today’s blog will focus on my January 2012 legacy showing at a local shop that involved 8 other fellow MTG players.  I am not a big fan of playing top tier decks, but rather using my own home brews or tweaking a tier 2 or tier 3 deck.
Wally D. the Drinker
The deck I constructed for this event is named “Team Edward”.  Team Edward is a mono-black aggro legacy deck and was designed for three purposes:

  1. Hand Disruptions with Discard Spells
  2. Graveyard Hate with cards like [card]Bojuka Bog[/card] and [card]Extirpate[/card]
  3. Having Fun with Vampire Themed creatures

Unfortunately, all opponents were armed with wooden stakes and holy water, as Team Edward floundered.  To this decks credit though, there was a lot of times we were either mana hosed or ran into a mana vein.  None-the-less, here is the decklist followed by my tournament report:

[deck title= Team Edward]
*2 Bloodghast
*4 Gatekeeper of Malakir
*4 Vampire Nighthawk
*2 Bloodline Keeper
*4 Phyrexian Obliterator
*4 Dark Ritual
*4 Sign in Blood
*4 Hymn to Tourach
*3 Duress
*3 Inquisition of Kozilek
*2 Extirpate
*4 Victim of Night
*14 Swamp
*4 Bojuka Bog
*2 Marsh Flats
*1 Extirpate
*2 Leyline of the Void
*2 Phyrexian Metamorph
*2 Perish
*2 Smother
*2 Pithing Needle
*3 Nevinyrral’s disk
*2 Ratchet Bomb

MATCH 1 vs Mono Black Aggro, Mirror Match

Game 1
Mono Black vs Mono Black. Turn 1 I throw down an [card]Inquisition of Kozilek[/card] to see that my opponent has a [card]Vampire Hexmage[/card] and a [card]Dark Depths[/card] in his opening hand. Ay Caramba, I send the Hexmage to his graveyard. However, turn 2, he top decks and puts a [card]Vampire Hexmage[/card] onto the battlefield. I have no answer for the Hexmage as he lays down a turn 3 [card]Dark Depths[/card] and I have no blockers. Ouch.

-2 [card]Bloodline Keeper[/card]
-4 [card]Victim of Night[/card]

+1 [card]Extirpate[/card]
+1 [card]Inquisition of Kozilek[/card]
+2 [card]Diabolic Edict[/card]
+2 [card]Consume Spirit[/card]

Game 2
Went more my way this time as I was able to Turn 2 [Dark Ritual] and cast a [card]Phyrexian Obliterator[/card]. I was also able to make him discard the Vampire Hexmage so that I could [card]Extirpate[/card] it. I used a [card]Consume Spirit[/card] to drain his defending [card]Vampire Nighthawk[/card] for 4 life and next turn casted a second Obliterator for the win.

No Sideboarding

Game 3
Battle of the Hymns. This game began with us blasting each others hands with Discard spells. We each used 3 [card]Hymn to Tourach[/card] by turn 6. However, his last Hymn removed both of my Phyrexian Obliterators in my hand. The rest of the game would be the luck of top-decking. Unfortunately, I lost out to a [card]Nantuko Shade[/card] and drawing Swamps for the next 5 turns.


MATCH 2 vs Natural Order Elves
Game 1
This game went quite well for me as I was able to force my opponent into discarding his mana producing Elves and then using [card]Extirpate[/card] to remove the other pieces of his opening hand.   Within the next few turns I was able to get out a [card]Vampire Nighthawk[/card] and [card]Phyrexian Obliterator[/card] and keep pounding away for the win.  Team Edward was even able to withstand a double dose of  [card]Natural Order[/card] that fetched my opponent a [card]Progenitus[/card] and later an [card]Empyrial Archangel[/card].

-2 [card]Bloodline Keeper[/card]
+2 [card]Ratchet Bomb[/card]

Game 2
The game started off great after forcing my opponent to discard [card]Natural Order[/card] and then using [card]Extirpate[/card] to remove them all from the game. Unfortunately I ended up losing game 2 to an overwhelming army of Elves led by [card]Elvish Archdruid[/card]. Making matters worse was [card]Wirewood Symbiote[/card] that helped the green menaces avoid my removal spells.

Game 3
Team Edward through up a dud in this game as I never seen more than 2 Swamps in 9 rounds of play.


MATCH 3 vs Ad Nauseum

Game 1
This was my first time playing an Ad Nauseum deck and to make matters worse, his entire deck was foreign cards. So my opening I used [card]Duress[/card] and had to ask him to translate each card. I really wasn’t sure what to take from his hand, so I decided on [card]Burning Wish[/card]. I was able to use [card]Dark Ritual[/card] to get out a [card]Phyrexian Obliterator[/card] and next turn [card]Vampire Nighthawk[/card]. He appeared to be getting frustrated with his draws and after a couple of 7 point beats, he conceded the 1st game.

Wasn’t too sure what to sideboard in or out so I guessed…
-4 [card]Victim of Night[/card]
+2 [card]Ratchet Bomb[/card]
+2 [card]Nevinyrral’s Disk[/card]

Game 2
Not sure what happened during this game. He layed a Gemstone Mine and on my turn he used [card]Orim’s Chant[/card] to prevent me from casting any spells. His turn 2 I watched a barrage of 0 casting cost spells being played, taking his hand size down to 1 card, casting [card]Infernal Tutor[/card] to go get and cast [card]Ad Nauseim[/card] flipping cards over and subtracting his life total all the way down to 2. I wasn’t sure what exactly was going on, but knew from his facial expression that his luck was worse than mine that day. On my turn 3 I casted a [card]Vampire Nighthawk[/card] and he conceded.


Overall, I feel that I simply had some bad luck this time around. I like the base of this deck with [card]Hymn to Tourach[/card], [card]Dark Ritual[/card] and [card]Phyrexian Obliterator[/card] but I think the vampire theme has got to go. A lot of similar decks that I have found and evaluated online consist of [card]Dark Confidant[/card]. The drawback is I would need to invest about $120.00 for a playset of four. Truthfully, I am really not that interested in dropping the money for him, so I think I will wait and see if Dark Ascension brings out a new tool that I can incorporate for next time.

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