On Sunday, in Orlando, Florida, StarCityGames.com’s Legacy Open tournament wrapped up. As the first high profile Legacy tournament since the introduction of Mental Misstep, there are a few things worthy of note.
Full decklists can be found here, on SCG’s site. Results are as follows:
- 1st place: Team America by Chris VanMeter
- 2nd place: Mono-Blue Control by Gerry Thompson
- 3rd place: Mono-Blue Control by Drew Levin
- 4th place: Painted Stone by John Cuvelier
- 5th place: Team America by Josh Jacobson
- 6th place: Merfolk by Nicholas Spagnolo
- 7th place: Team America by Edgar Flores
- 8th place: Metalworker by Jason Raflowitz
- 9th place: Merfolk by Dakota Rogers
- 10th place: Mono-White Mystic by Daniel Payne
- 11th place: Painted Stone by Bronson Magnan
- 12th place: Merfolk by Chris Lewis
- 13th place: Merfolk by Vincent Lanceford
- 14th place: Metalworker by Ali Aintrazi
- 15th place: Merfolk by Tim Landale
- 16th place: Merfolk by Steven Goanos
In the Top 8:
- There were 27 Mental Missteps in the Top 8.
- All eight Top 8 decks played blue.
- Only one deck in Top 8 didn’t play Mental Misstep.
- Six decks playing Mental Misstep played a full set of 4, the other playing 3.
- Only three decks ran Tarmogoyf: Team America, Team America, and Team America.
- Team America displayed three creature choices: Tombstalker, Dark Confidant, and a dangerously aggressive inclusion of both Tombstalker and Dark Confidant.
- There were 12 [card Llawan, Cephalid Empress]Llawan, Cephalid Empresses[/card] in the sideboards of five Top 8 decks.
- There were five archetypes: Team America, Mono-Blue Control (with white for [card Swords to Plowshares]Swords[/card]), Painted Stone, Merfolk, and Metalworker.
- There were an additional 18 [card Mental Misstep]Mental Missteps[/card].
- Three decks didn’t play Mental Misstep: Mono-White Mystic, Merfolk, Metalworker.
- There were 9 [card Llawan, Cephalid Empress]Llawan, Cephalid Empresses[/card] in the sideboards of four decks.
- Only one deck didn’t play blue: Mono-White Mystic.
- Fifteen of the Top 16 played blue.
- Twelve of the Top 16 played Mental Misstep
- Three Team America decks made Top 8, one making finals and taking 1st as a result of Gerry Thompson scooping.
- Two Mono-Blue Control decks made Top 8, one making finals and taking 2nd.
- Two Painted Stone builds made Top 16, one making Top 8.
- Six Merfolk builds made Top 16, one making Top 8. Only one didn’t run Mental Misstep
- Twenty-one [card Llawan, Cephalid Empress]Llawan, Cephalid Empresses[/card] were found in the sideboards of 9 decks—over half of the Top 16.
- Two Metalworker builds made Top 16, one making Top 8.
- Three Karn Liberated made a showing in Metalworker. Two in one deck, one in the other.
Congratulations to everyone this weekend! The meta has definitely felt a shift and I am interested in how it will respond to the potential impact of Mental Misstep.
I think we’ll see a few more [card Llawan, Cephalid Empress]Llawan, Cephalid Empresses[/card] in sideboards, pushing a little more hate Merfolk’s way. It made an impressive showing in the Top 16, but fell out of favor the closer it got to finals.
Maybe then we’ll see Merfolk splashing green for Tarmogoyf in order to sidestep the [card Llawan, Cephalid Empress]Empress[/card]. Or—what’s more likely—not.
How does everyone feel about this week’s results? Where might the format head from here on out?