I have no clue what I’m doing… but hopefully it’ll be fun.
When Josh challenged me to the showdown, he mentioned he was not going to borrow Brian Bennett’s Show and Tell deck. I thought that meant we would be playing some clean fun Magic, so I developed my game plan.
Thursday night, I’m told not to go into the back corner of Mox Boarding House because Josh would be borrowing cards from Tom, and I shouldn’t know what’s going on. Josh would not be borrowing cards from Brian Bennett… I still decided to stick to my game plan.
I decided to play decks that would be primarily fun. I wanted to draw a bunch of cards, cast a bunch of spells, and have a bunch of triggers. Decks that could kill quickly or grind out games were also preferred. I debated about metagaming, but the issue is, Josh know Legacy very well. He’s borrowed decks ranging from fair Death and Taxes to evil OmniTell. The community in Seattle is also friendly and would be willing to loan out a vast selection of decks.
For these reasons, I decided to stick to what I know, and not try anything too flashy. I will be playing Elves, Goblins, and Enchantress.
I know Josh has been building and piloting MythStill like a pro, so the only meta-gaming I’m doing is Picking Enchantress over something like Aggro-Loam or Storm.
So let’s talk lists and card choices.
I decided to lean towards the Chaos build.
Nissa, Vital Force, has been an all-star in a lot of Elves lists lately. Planeswalkers are hard to deal with, and her abilities allow me to race larger creatures Elves may traditionally struggle with. She can also bring cards back from the graveyard and can be additional card draw.
Shaman of the Pack allows for a kill on the same turn as a Glimpse Run with only Summoning Sick creatures in play. Shaman of the Pack also gets around Ensnaring Bridge, providing a win con that can be quick and not require combat.
Wren’s Run Packmaster isn’t so hot with Fatal Push on the rise. However, while she’s still in play, her Wolves have death-touch. With Heritage Druid in play, paying 3 mana to block and remove any creature isn’t too much of a cost. She’s great against Eldrazi, Death and Taxes, multiple Delver variants and more.
The problems with Conquest is you don’t know the order of decks your opponent will play, the deck you pack as an answer might be too late. I’m worried Goblins might be that deck for me.
Goblins tends to do very well against Standstill variants, multi-colored control decks, and Miracles.
I decided to keep to the traditional build. Two Winstagator lists made day 2 of the GP, and I considered trying them out. I did not want to play a list I was unfamiliar with though.
I grind Goblins on MTGO, and this list is pretty similar to what I run there. The difference is 2 Blood Moons in the sideboard as online, Blood Moon is expensive. Online I run 2 Faerie Macabre’s, which is great when Reanimator, Storm, and Dredge are on the rise.
Different from usual, I decided to run 2 Plateaus and some Disenchants. Goblins has no way to deal with Enchantments, and I know I’m playing against a deck or two with Enchantments that need answers. I also don’t have discard, so I need an answer for Humility if it’s in any of Josh’s 75.
I love Enchantress. The pillow fort/prison aspect works against a large number of decks. Enchantress is great against Blue control decks. However, it’s not too great against BUG decks or Czech Pile.
This list is pretty much my standard list. I was debating about switching it up, as the 2 Doomwake Giants are normally for Elves. However, Doomwake can win games on his own, and even with a Leovold in play, Doomwake can clear a board without targeting.
I wanted to sneak in a Sigil of the Empty Throne. Even 1 or 2 Angels getting past Leovold is great, but I wanted to leave in the Rest In Peace and Helm of Obedience combo as a quick way out of sticky situations.