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MTGConflux Cast #72

Chris and Jon wind down the year by chatting a bit about the newest additions to the Pioneer banlist and projecting where the format will be when they return from break in January.

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Legacy Elves 4th Place PTQ Report

Hello Internet,
I’m back again with another tournament report for you all, this time detailing my Top 4 finish in the Sunday Legacy PTQ at Grand Prix Seattle. My weapon of choice this time: Elves. I’ll start my report by repeating something I’ve heard from many other Elves players, I’m not convinced that Elves is very well positioned in the current Legacy meta. With the banning of Sensei’s Divining Top I had many people tell me that Elves should be in a better position, but the unfortunate reality is that while Miracles as we knew it no longer exists in the Legacy metagame, the banning of Top allowed an increase in combo decks such as Black-Red Reanimator that are terrible matchups for Elves. On top of that Miracles is still a deck, and much to my dismay, people are still registering Terminus in their decks. Leovold, Emissary of Trest has also become a significant player in Legacy and is a rather large hinderance to elves since it shuts down card draw from both Glimpse of Nature and Elvish Visionary. Leovold being a 3/3 also makes the beatdown plan fairly difficult as well. This means that the best strategy against the Elf Advisor is jamming Natural Order, which is not always a reliable plan against an opponent playing Blue. The deck’s weaknesses were well illustrated by my 3-5 finish in Day 1 of the Grand Prix main event after being paired against multiple combo decks. That said, I think the deck is a ton of fun and really rewards tight play. I ran the same 76 in both the GP and the PTQ, and without further ado here’s the list:


Creatures (29)
Deathrite Shaman
Elvish Visionary
Heritage Druid
Nettle Sentinel
Quirion Ranger
Wirewood Symbiote
Reclamation Sage
Craterhoof Behemoth
Birchlore Rangers
Scavenging Ooze

Spells (12)
Glimpse of Nature
Green Sun’s Zenith
Natural Order
Lands (20)
Gaea’s Cradle
Misty Rainforest
Verdant Catacombs
Windswept Heath
Dryad Arbor
Wooded Foothills
Cavern of Souls

Sideboard (15)
Abrupt Decay
Cabal Therapy
Surgical Extraction
Ruric Thar, the Unbowed

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