SCG Worcester Open

Blog post - April 12, 2017

Legacy is great. It is unfortunate that the reserve list keeps it from growing, but Team MGG had a chance to play one of the few big Legacy events of the year last weekend at SCGTour Worcester last weekend. Every member of the team but Brad Carpenter was in attendance, and it was guaranteed to be a highlight of the season one schedule.

Gaming Etc Gunslinging

Our Challenge a Guru gunslinging event at Gaming Etc in Acton, MA was great, and come Saturday morning we were all ready for some Legacy. Both Ben Friedman and Frank Skarren opted to play the format’s boogieman in Miracles, but both would have a rough day one and fall short of making day two. Dan Jessup was the third member of the team who was playing Miracles, and fared much better. A deep run into day two finished with a few late losses and a final placing of 27th place.

Jim Davis16th PlaceSCG Syracuse Open
B/G TronModern8/5/2017
Creatures (6)
1 Walking Ballista
3 Wurmcoil Engine
1 World Breaker
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Planeswalkers (6)
4 Karn Liberated
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Lands (19)
4 Urza's Tower
4 Urza's Mine
4 Urza's Power Plant
2 Blooming Marsh
2 Snow-Covered Forest
2 Llanowar Wastes
1 Sanctum of Ugin
Spells (29)
4 Chromatic Sphere
4 Chromatic Star
4 Expedition Map
3 Oblivion Stone
3 Relic of Progenitus
3 Fatal Push
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Sylvan Scrying
Sideboard (15)
2 Thragtusk
1 World Breaker
2 Seal of Primordium
1 Devour Flesh
2 Nature's Claim
4 Collective Brutality
1 Thoughtseize
1 Snow-Covered Swamp
1 Ghost Quarter

I took the experimental approach, with a pretty wild take on Sultai Control. There were some hits and misses in the deck, as the Green Sun’s Zenith package was fantastic but Chrome Mox underperformed, but overall I would take a late loss deep in day two to end up in 24th place.

Andrew Jessup5th PlaceSCG Worcester Open
Creatures (31)
1 Birchlore Rangers
2 Craterhoof Behemoth
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Elvish Visionary
4 Heritage Druid
1 Llanowar Elves
4 Nettle Sentinel
4 Quirion Ranger
1 Reclamation Sage
4 Wirewood Symbiote
2 Dryad Arbor

Lands (18)
2 Forest
2 Bayou
2 Cavern of Souls
4 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Gaea's Cradle
Spells (11)
4 Glimpse of Nature
4 Green Sun's Zenith
3 Natural Order
Sideboard (15)
2 Pithing Needle
1 Scavenging Ooze
4 Abrupt Decay
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Cabal Therapy
4 Thoughtseize

The most impressive finish of the event however belonged to Legacy Elves master Andrew Jessup. Andrew absolutely destroyed the event, going 9-0 on day one and remaining undefeated deep into day two. He was ultimately taken down in top 8 by eventual champion Eli Kassis playing Miracles, but was certainly the talk of the tournament. Andrew has been playing Elves in Legacy for years, and has to be considered the foremost authority on the subject at this point. If you’ve played or have ever considered playing the deck, coaching with him would do wonders for your game.

With SCG Tour Worcester behind us, we look forward to Amonkhet and the hopes of a new and exciting Standard format. The big events give way to the prerelease events over the next few weeks, but the SCG Tour resumes in Atlanta at the end of the month. Team MGG has some of it’s best successes in new Standard formats, and I can’t wait to see what we cook up for the event.

Hopefully Nicol Bolas and his Egyptian friends can save us from Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and Saheeli Rai!

Check out what the rest of TeamMGG played in this event: Team MGG Decklists