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Feb 16 2012

Wally D.

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 Bojuka Bog and Extirpate
  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:

MATCH 1 vs Mono Black Aggro, Mirror Match

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

Sideboard
-2 Bloodline Keeper
-4 Victim of Night

+1 Extirpate
+1 Inquisition of Kozilek
+2 Diabolic Edict
+2 Consume Spirit

Game 2
Went more my way this time as I was able to Turn 2 [Dark Ritual] and cast a Phyrexian Obliterator. I was also able to make him discard the Vampire Hexmage so that I could Extirpate it. I used a Consume Spirit to drain his defending Vampire Nighthawk 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 Hymn to Tourach 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 Nantuko Shade and drawing Swamps for the next 5 turns.

LOSE MATCH 1-2

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 Extirpate to remove the other pieces of his opening hand.   Within the next few turns I was able to get out a Vampire Nighthawk and Phyrexian Obliterator and keep pounding away for the win.  Team Edward was even able to withstand a double dose of  Natural Order that fetched my opponent a Progenitus and later an Empyrial Archangel.

Sideboard
-2 Bloodline Keeper
+2 Ratchet Bomb

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

LOSE MATCH 1-2

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 Duress and had to ask him to translate each card. I really wasn’t sure what to take from his hand, so I decided on Burning Wish. I was able to use Dark Ritual to get out a Phyrexian Obliterator and next turn Vampire Nighthawk. He appeared to be getting frustrated with his draws and after a couple of 7 point beats, he conceded the 1st game.

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

Game 2
Not sure what happened during this game. He layed a Gemstone Mine and on my turn he used Orim’s Chant 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 Infernal Tutor to go get and cast Ad Nauseim 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 Vampire Nighthawk and he conceded.

WIN MATCH 2-0

CONCLUSION:
Overall, I feel that I simply had some bad luck this time around. I like the base of this deck with Hymn to Tourach, Dark Ritual and Phyrexian Obliterator but I think the vampire theme has got to go. A lot of similar decks that I have found and evaluated online consist of Dark Confidant. 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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Wally D.
Nick Wallace (Wally D.) writes for EDHREC in addition to being an author here on MTGCasualPlay.com. His favorite brews include cool Commander decks with a touch of jankiness and cold, frosty craft beers. In addition to writing articles, Wally D. can also be found playing Commander on the MTG Casual Play YouTube channel.

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