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Eric Jeffrey Seltzer - January 14, 2014

Champion’s Deck – BUG Delver by Laurence Moo Young (1st Pl...

Hymn to Tourach
BUG Delver
Laurence Moo Young
1st Place at StarCityGames Legacy Open on 1/12/2014
Lands (20)
Creatures (14)
Planeswalker (2)

Spells (24)


In conclusion to an amazing Magic weekend that showcased a finals match covering Standard, Modern and Legacy we were rewarded from Laurence by a deck which is a bit of a blast from the past. The BUG list has been no stranger in Legacy being born from a deck that was most often referred to as Team America. The game plan of the deck is to lead with heavy land and resource disruption early to then drop a fatty and ride it to victory with counter backup.

The deck is capable of some strong starts off the back of Deathrite Shaman which works overtime into the long game by either healing you or bleeding your opponent. The Elf is complimented by our favorite insect, fitting for a BUG deck, by Delver of Secrets which synergizes with the decks draw power from Brainstorm and Ponder to be sure to flip into flying Lightning Bolts. That leads into solid hand disruption with Liliana of the Veil and Hymn to Tourach ripping their hand to shreds. For removal we have Liliana able to force sacrifice and Abrupt Decay to deal with the abundant amount of low cost permanents in the format. Once you have somewhat stabilized the board you have Tarmogoyf and Tombstalker ready to bring the beats and make quick work of what remain of your enemies life total. The glue that hold the deck together is a permission package comprised of free counters with full sets both of Force of Will and Daze. Add to that primo non-basic land destruction from Wasteland and you’ve got a tight shell that’s primed to take on the variety that Legacy is going to throw at it.
Eric J Seltzer
@ejseltzer on Twitter
Eric Jeffrey Seltzer - January 12, 2014

Champion’s Deck – Mono-Blue Devotion by Tyler Wilkerson (1...


Mono-Blue Devotion
Tyler Wilkerson
1st Place at Star City Games Orlando Standard Open on 01/11/2014

Lands (25)

Creatures (28)

Planeswalkers (2)

Spells (5)


And again we find that devotion is such a powerful strategy in the current Standard meta.  While we wait for some new power players to emerge with the release of Born of the Gods we still have three more weekends to go before they will be working to forge a new face of Standard.

This deck is aggro through and through but uses Thassa, her Bident and Jace to help the deck keep the pedal to the metal.  It all starts curving out smoothly through the one drops with Cloudfin Raptor and Judge’s Familiar.  Then we move through the two drops from Frostburn Weird and Tidebinder Mage into three drops Nightveil Specter and Thassa herself.  That all works to push out max devotion to drop Master of Waves.  There is just a tiny bid of support in one-ofs from Domestication, Cyclonic Rift and Rapid Hybridization.  All together the deck is able to pack a formidable punch that shows why it has been so dominant the last few months.

Eric J Seltzer
@ejseltzer on Twitter