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Welcome to beautiful Providence, Rhode Island. Situated on the beautiful Atlantic Seaboard, Providence is steeped in American history, making it an ideal location for a format featuring some of the oldest and most storied cards in Magic! 1182 players have descended on the Creative Capital to show their creative chops in one of the deepest formats Magic has to offer.

The Legacy format has gone through a bit of a revival over the past few years, rapidly becoming a player favorite. Part of its resurgence has been due to being a featured format for the Starcitygames.com Open Series. This intense crucible has been churning out incredibly adept players, much as Magic Online did after its release. Thanks to the constant repetition and familiarity with the format, many of these Legacy grinders have really started to carve a name out for themselves. Players like Ali Aintrazi, Edgar Flores, Caleb Durward, and Drew Levin have gone from relative unknowns to well-respected player thanks in large part to their success on the Legacy circuit.

Despite their success on the Open Series, almost all of the Legacy Grand Prix to this point have been won by an established professional player. Will Providence mark the first time that one of the grinders breaks through to win a Grand Prix in their format? Or will the top spot once again be snatched away by a regular Pro Tour competitor? Two days and eighteen rounds from now, we’ll know the answer.





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  • Saturday, 9 a.m.: More from the Roundtable
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • For my column this week I checked in with eight notable Legacy writers to get their take on the format. The response was so in-depth from everyone that we had to shave some answers out of the main column to make it more digestible. But never fear! Those answers live on in this "director's cut" of The Week That Was.

    • AJ Sacher is a 21-year-old Pro—who lists "The Road" as his hometown these days—with one Grand Prix Top 8 to his credit. He has been carving up both sides of the StarCityGames.com Open Series and writes a weekly premium column for SCG.
    • Adam Barnello is a 28-year-old engineer from Syracuse, New York who writes weekly about Legacy for ChannelFireball and is also an admin for the Legacy resource MTGThesource.com.
    • Caleb Durward is a 23-year-old writer from Chicago who writes a weekly column for ChannelFireball.com with a Legacy Grand Prix Top 8 on his resume. He is also credited with (or blamed for) getting Survival of the Fittest> banned in Legacy.
    • Ali Aintrazi is a 24-year-old student from Matthews, NC who has gained a reputation as a rogue deck designer while battling in the ranks of the Open Series with Top 8s in Standard and Legacy.
    • Sam Stoddard is a 30-year-old administrator from Columbus, Ohio who has cashed multiple Grand Prix, played in seven Pro Tours, and is a vocal advocate for Legacy in his column on StarCityGames.com.
    • Drew Levin is a 20-year-old statistical analyst from Arlington, VA who has leveraged his success in the StarCity Open series into a premium Legacy column on that site.
    • Matt Elias is a 31-year-old manager from Lansdale, PA who has written more than 100 articles on the free side of Star City and focuses largely on the older formats like Legacy and Vintage.
    • AJ Kerrigan is a 13-year-old student from Manville, New Jersey. His age belies his grasp of the complicated Legacy format—he's a weekly writer for Star City and made his tournament debut back in 2009.

    BDM: For people not familiar with Legacy give them a little sense of what the Tier 1 decks are. What do you think the top five decks in the format are right now and what makes them so potent?

    Durward: BUG: Featuring some of the most powerful cards and filtering, the BUG deck has been the choice of many great players lately. The deck to beat.

    Adam Turk -- Team America
    3rd Place, Starcitygames.com Legacy Open Louisville


    Merfolk: The other deck to beat. Now that Zoo and Goblins are seeing less popularity, Merfolk is the only play-dudes-and-attack-style deck left.

    Landstill: The best answer to a Hymn to Tourach deck is a Standstill deck. Good luck beating Merfolk consistently.

    Jitte/Stoneforge decks: The best answer to a Merfolk deck is a Stoneforge Mystic deck. Good luck beating BUG consistently.

    I wouldn't consider any other archetype to be "top five," but a combo deck with Brainstorms in it will always be a strong contender.

    Aintrazi: I believe there are really only two decks in this format. Ones that play unfair or ones that stop you from playing unfair. Unfair decks include combo, locking your opponent out of games, or cheating big things onto the table quickly. The other decks are controlling decks or ones that attempt to stop whatever is you are trying to do that is unfair. I would say top five best decks in no particular order are Painter Stone combo, Team America, Metalworker decks, blue-base control decks like Landstill or just mono-blue control splashing a color, and lastly the B/W/G junk decks.

    Barnello: In no order, Bant/RUG with Natural Order – The most flexible game plan in the format, along with active disruption, large, efficient threats, and a one-card combo.

    Team America – Best disruption in the format paired with the best color in the format. When things go right, this deck is the best in the format.

    Merfolk – The best blue aggro deck. That's really enough.

    Michael Tabler -- Merfolk
    8th Place - Starcitygames.com Legacy Open Louisville


    Junk – Better than most of the similar aggressive strategies because it gets to play real cards like Thoughtseize, Hymn, Vindicate, Goyf and Bob.

    Stoddard: UW Landstill–This deck was barely playable for years due to problems beating turn-one vials or Goblin Lackeys and now....well, now it has a better plan than just Force of Will. Misstep has turned this into the de facto pure control deck in a format that was lacking one for a while.

    Gerry Thompson -- UW Standstill
    2nd place, Starcitygames.com Legacy Open Orlando


    Merfolk–As of right now, this is the deck that gained the most from Misstep's format shake up. Not just because it can play it, but because many of its enemies are being pushed out of the format as a result.

    Team America/BUG–The requisite "Good Stuff" deck in the format right now. It's a bit more midrange-y than I usually like, but you get to play most of the best cards in the format. Dark Confidant, Force of Will, Goyf and Hymn? How can you go wrong with a lineup like that?

    Dredge–People seem to be forgetting about just how dangerous Dredge is, and their sideboards are too. The deck needs some adjustments in both mulligan decisions and construction to get around potential Mental Misstep blowouts (Counter my one discard outlet? This is going to be a long game...), but it's still a predator. If people think that it's safe to take the graveyard hate out of their boards now, they will regret it.

    Painted Stone (Grindstone/Painters Servant)–This deck can be a bit vulnerable to Misstep, but its access to main deck Red Elemental Blasts also give it a good leg up against the increasingly blue format. The weakening of the Natural Order decks also means that you won't have to dip into your semi-awful sideboard plan of Show and Telling Emrakul into play.

    Levin: This format is about either grinding out a material resource advantage or doing something completely unfair. This is the first time that there's been a Legacy Grand Prix where Counterbalance is legal while not being the best deck in the format. My article from Wednesday on StarCityGames.com discussed what I think the best decks are. To be brief:

    BUG: This plays the best cards in the format's best three colors. Presents an unending stream of two-for-ones that cripple fair and unfair decks alike. Weak to other decks that can outdraw it—see UW Standstll for a good example of a deck that does this.

    UW Standstill: Gerry Thompson's brainchild that he and I ambushed Orlando with to moderate success. An inheritor to the Mono-blue Control archetype, UW Standstill plays for a long game where it can build a massive resource advantage. It's weak to 50-minute round clocks and the occasional Lord of Atlantis.

    Merfolk: The best pure attack deck in the format. It's best against blue decks, but can hold its own in a ground-pounder war due to the dozen cards it plays that "lord" all of its Merfolk. Has both a blindingly quick early game and a very strong, synergistic late game. Because it doesn't play any deck manipulation aside from Silvergill Adept, it can have a questionable matchup against various combo decks. It is naturally weak to decks that apply a lot of pressure, although Mental Misstep's prevalence has weakened those types of aggressive decks, making Merfolk that much stronger as a deck choice.

    The format actually drops off a lot after those three decks. There are plenty of unfair decks to play–Painter's Servant + Grindstone, Show and Tell + Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, Dredge, Reanimator with Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Ad Nauseam Storm, and so on–but they're all about as good as one another. They have various strengths and weaknesses, but at the end of the day, they have to consider their matchups against The Big Three. It's certainly a little frustrating for Mountain-lovers out there to see red at such a nadir, but I'm confident that the metagame will shift and adapt. After all, this is Legacy. Here, Tier 1 has three decks and Tier 2 has thirty entirely viable and competitive options. While red may be relegated to Pyroblast + Red Elemental Blast duty for now, it's only a matter of time before it breaks out again.

    Elias: The top five decks are, honestly, changing at an impressive clip. Mental Misstep has really shaken things up. Headed into the Grand Prix, I'd probably say the top five (in no order) are: Landstill, Merfolk, Team America, B/W aka Deadguy Ale, and Dredge. Landstill is the most potent pure control deck. It makes the best use of Jace and Standstill, and really Mental Misstep is what allows it to put up a wall of counters to get one of those draw engines online. Team America is versatile, and disruptive; it is a powerful option when the format is wide open. Personally, I prefer the versions that play Dark Confidant over Tombstalker, sometimes known as BUG Tempo. Mental Misstep to protect Bob feeds that deck a steady supply of Stifles, Wastelands, and counters. Merfolk is Merfolk, haters gonna hate, but it is consistent and good against other blue decks. It's the last-standing Aether Vial deck, simply because it also plays Mental Misstep. Deadguy Ale is resurgent because its key spells cost two mana–Bob, Stoneforge Mystic, Hymn to Tourach, Bitterblossom, Jitte, and so on–so it can dodge Misstep. And, Dredge doesn't even need to pay mana for spells to win, so in its own way, it can dodge Misstep when it needs to. At the moment, it is the best "combo" deck around.

    Sacher: BUG–has power and versatility and plays a lot of the best cards in the format

    Merfolk–By far the best Aether Vial deck in the format, which automatically will make it a serious contender.

    Landstill–More of a deck for a well-defined metagame, preys on Hymn to Tourach decks and non-linear strategies.

    Team America–Important distinction from BUG is that Team America is far more tempo-oriented rather than controlling. Mental Misstep hurt this disruption package but it is still quite potent.

    Then there are general control decks such as Enlightened Tutor control and Painter Servant. There are also a bunch of Tier 2 linear strategies such as Goblins, Elves, Affinity, Enchantress, and so on. Aggressive strategies such as Zoo and Burn are lower-tier as well but will still show up in significant numbers. Counterbalance may not be a statistically significant portion of the metagame right now, but a surprising amount of them show up at every Legacy GP so be prepared for them.

    BDM: What is your favorite Legacy deck of all time?

    Elias: Tough to say... I'll always love Zoo, and I really enjoy Storm combo like TES, but right now, I'd have to say Elves. It is such a fun deck to play, and it draws a crowd. It's one of the decks I've "pimped" out to be all-foil, so that helps.

    Durward: I enjoy playing Magic, and am not wedded to specific decks. Painted Stone has produced the most memorable matches for me.

    Kerrigan: My favorite legacy deck of all time is The Epic Storm. This is mainly because it is the only deck I have had built. It is a good deck in a bunch of metagames and can do crazy things. It also takes a lot of mathematics to play correctly, and I LOVE math. Lately though, the deck has started to seem very linear to me and it is becoming slightly boring. I might be taking a break from it for a bit. I want to try and learn to play more reactive decks to make myself a better player.

    Aintrazi: Hmmm...of all time? Man I remember the first time somebody handed me a Reanimator deck. What's more fun than bringing back huge fatties with crazy abilities? I dunno, how about playing a deck with 43 lands that actually wins, or maybe you would like to play with a 240-card deck? Not your style how about winning on turn one with some stupid combo? So many fun decks in Legacy I can't just pick one. They are all so fun!

    Sacher: It's impossible not to be biased towards nostalgia, so I am going to shamelessly say pre-Flash Threshold and Goblins as they are the two decks that really started my Magic career.

    Stoddard: Wrapter's (Josh Utter-Leyton) Survival Elves from Worlds 2010. I have always liked the Elf combo, and it added in the Vengevine combo to make things even simpler. The deck could race combo, out card-advantage just about anything, and it was able to fight hate really effectively. It even boarded in Natural Order/Progenitus if needed. The deck just sang, and if it hadn't been banned when it was, this deck would have dominated the format.

    Levin: Steve Sadin's–or was it Billy Moreno's?–Counter-Top Hulk-Flash deck from the first Legacy Grand Prix Columbus is a work of art. It has so much depth to its design and strategic positioning that I've revisited it more than a dozen times while looking for inspiration in deckbuilding. The numbers, card choices, and sideboard speak volumes about how to properly build a blue deck in Legacy.

    BDM: There have been six Legacy Grand Prix with wins going to Jon Sonne, Helmut Summersberger, Steve Sadin, Andreas Muller, Gabriel Nassif, and Tomoharu Saito. All pros who have spent time on the Pro Tour gravy train and not players who have come through the Legacy ranks. With regular Legacy events taking place almost every week do you expect to see that result changed for this event?

    Levin: I would be surprised to see the StarCityGames Open Circuit ringers shut out of the Top 8. We play this format week in, week out, and I believe there's a real edge to be gained from all of that format-specific muscle memory.

    Nassif, triumphant in Chicago.

    Durward: Earlier I mentioned how Legacy has depth and rewards technical play. This means it's a low-variance format, and the best players will consistently do well. No one bats an eye when a no-name player wins a Limited GP, but as you mentioned, it has yet to happen in Legacy. The impact of regular Legacy events is that metagaming is more refined than in years past. Also, people that have been grinding the format do have an edge. I would give AJ Sacher higher odds of success at this event than Brian Kibler, for example. AJ has had multiple tournaments to immerse himself in modern legacy, fine tuning his list, while Kibler will be playing Elspeth.dec because that's what he always plays–though that seems to work out for him.

    Elias: Honestly, no. A lot of pros really like Legacy. When you combine format interest with superior play, the result is easy to predict. I suspect a mix of SCG grinders, true pros, and popular figures on The Source will all have success at this GP.

    Sacher: It's possible, but the format is so skill intensive that the most proficient players will always rise to the top. That impressive list of champions shows that people who are good at Magic are going to be good at Legacy.

    Stoddard: I think we will see a change. I wouldn't bet against a pro winning the event, but the Legacy grinders have been getting considerably better over the last year or so, competing in Starcity events week after week. I think they may finally be at the level where their expertise with their decks and with the format can put them over the edge and earn one of them the title.

    Kerrigan: I think having all these Legacy events gives stuff to both players who play Legacy very often and people who don't. On one hand, players who play Legacy very often now have more opportunities to play and learn how to play in a tournament setting. On the other hand, players who don't play legacy as often can get an idea of what people will be playing by watching the weekly legacy tournaments. In the end, weekly legacy tournaments give things to both ends of the spectrum.

    Aintrazi: Probably not right away but eventually my generation will start taking over. People like Gerry T, AJ Sacher, Drew Levin, Orrin Beasley, Alex Bertoncini and hopefully myself will be putting up big finishes in a couple of years.

    BDM: Who are some of the notable Legacy players the coverage team should be looking to for deck techs this weekend?

    Durward: While not specifically legacy players, Conley Woods and Patrick Chapin have been known to brew. Other possibilities include Ali Aintrazi, the Hatfield brothers, and David Gearhart. A non-Legacy type to look into might be Craig Wescoe.

    Stoddard: There are pros, SCG grinders, and Magic Online grinders. I think each will approach it in very different ways, and I'm interested to see how that goes. In terms of pros, it's always interesting to see how Patrick Chapin and Mike Flores are tackling the format. I heard Mike is playing High Tide, which seems like a bold move with all the Missteps, so I'm curious if he has made any radical changes.

    The main SCG grinders I would be interested in are Drew Levin (because of the 'story' around him trying to recapture the Top 8 he lost in Columbus), and the Hatfields. They are old-time Legacy players who are getting their first time to really shine on the pro stage. Jarvis Yu has come into his own in the last year qualifying for two Pro Tours, and has been playing a ton of Legacy on Magic Online, now that it is a supported format there. The current Team America decks with Confidant came out of a deck that he and Bing Luke played extensively on Magic Online recently.

    Elias: Mr. Nightmare (Adam Barnello) should be rocking CB/Top, he's one of the few holdouts. I have high hopes for him and believe he'll do well. Liam Kane is hopefully going to show that Storm isn't dead, assuming he attends (and I hope he does). I'm curious to see what the Hatfields play (Alex and Jesse) as well as Ari Lax. The hive mind of AJ and Drew Levin has to be a favorite to Top 8 this event.

    Levin: I expect AJ Sacher to play a very stock build of a blue control deck that lets him outplay his opponents, so his deck would be a good call for establishing a baseline of the format. I think I have a pretty sweet angle on the format, although I owe much of my insight and card choices to my good friend and mentor, Gerry Thompson. Finally, I think that it should be mandatory to cover whatever Caleb Durward plays. After all, didn't he premiere the deck that eventually grew to dominate Legacy for half a year and culminate with a banning? I have nothing but respect and admiration for Caleb as a brewer and a personality, so to let his invention slip through the cracks would be a real shame.


     

  • Saturday, 11:44 a.m. – Legacy of Legacy Grand Prix

    by Legacy of Legacy Grand Prix
  • There have been six previous Legacy Grand Prix in Pro Tour history.

    The Champions from each of them have been firmly supported the Pro Player side of the debate regarding Pros vs. Legacy grinders that has existed since the first Legacy GP was announced.


    Jon Sonne -- Grand Prix Philadelphia 2005, USA

    For the first event nobody was quite sure what to expect besides little red men and Goblins were played by 1 in 4 players of the just-under-500 players. It was soft-spoken Pro Jon Sonne who emerged on top of the pile carrying a big goblin. Patron of the Akki was the difference maker for him as he managed to overcome Chris Pikula's Engineered Plague -- his turn one Engineered Plague.

    Patron of the Akki never really caught on in the wake of that event but Chris Pikula's Deadguy Ale, a black-white home brew of discard and destruction, has become a metagame staple.


    Helmut Summersberger -- Grand Prix Lille 2005, France

    It was just a few weeks later that the Legacy format landed in Europe and no one knew what to expect in terms of attendance but there were close to 1000 players getting into the red zone with Goblins and Werebears. Old time Pro Helmut Summersberger surged back onto the scene with his four color Threshold deck that utilized white for Meddling Mage and red for Lightning Bolt and Fire//Ice.

    It was a big weekend for Threshold in Lille and two versions of the deck went 9-0 on Day One. Both of those players, Helmut and Nick LaBarre made Top 8 along with another copy of the deck. The third undefeated deck -- Red-White Lightning Rift played by Martin Brenner

    -- shows what a force weenie creature decks were at that time as it was ideally suited to hunting goblins.


    Steve Sadin - Grand Prix Columbus 2007, USA

    Limited Information columnist Steve Sadin is the only member of small club of Legacy Grand Prix winners in a position to double up on trophies this weekend with none of the five other winners in attendance. Steve's run in Columbus was the stuff of legend. He came back to the game and picked up the best deck in the room -- Billy Moreno's hybridization of Counterbalance/Top with the Hulk/Flash combo

    -- and had to learn how to play the deck as he made his way through the tournament.

    When he met up with Owen Turtenwald in the Swiss rounds, Owen did not simply concede in the face of Steve flashing out a Protean Hulk. Steve had not had to demonstrate the mechanics of the combo for an opponent to that point -- they had just conceded instead -- and he ended up losing when he got some wires crossed. The two players met again in the finals -- Owen was playing the ubiquitous Goblin deck -- but with two days of practice Steve was able to earn his way back onto the PT with a shiny new trophy for his efforts.

    This is the entirety of the action from game three of the finals:

    "Owen cracked first with AEther Vial prompting Steve to Brainstorm. He let the Vial stick and Owen passed the turn with red mana up. Steve Mystical Tutored at the end of the turn for Daze and was able to defend his Flash when Owen played Pyroblast. And as quickly as that Steve Sadin was the Grand Prix Columbus Champion."


    Gabriel Nassif - Grand Prix Chicago 2009, USA

    Hot on the heels of his unbelievable win at Pro Tour Kyoto, soon-to-be-Hall of Famer Gabriel Nassif just kept on winning. There were over 1200 players in attendance for the event and Counter-Top was the talk of the tournament. Nassif played a BUG version of the deck that looks somewhat similar to modern takes on that color combination.

    The finals was a Counterbalance mirror against Eternal format stalwart Andy "Brassman" Probasco. It would have been a heckavu feather in the collective cap for the Eternal format community to take down the 9-time Pro Tour Top 8 -- and two-time winner -- competitor but the Pro held his ground two games to none in the Finals.


    Andreas Muller - Grand Prix Madrid 2010, Spain

    Andreas is probably the least recognizable name of the six GP Champs

    -- and this is not the PT Valencia Top 8 competitor Andre Muller who you were likely thinking of as you read this -- but he was coming off a Top 16 at PT Berlin just a season previous and the best finsih of multiple Pro Tour Day Twos in his career.

    Andreas' weapon of choice for this event was Reanimator -- a deck he called the "really unfair" in his profile. Madrid was the largest Grand Prix of all time with over 2200 players so what better way to win than by putting giant monsters into play on the first couple of turns.


    Tomoharu Saito -- Grand Prix Columbus 2010, USA

    The first Legacy Grand Prix saw goblins reign over all but the last one was -- and the second in the city of Columbus -- was conquered by the Lord of Atlantis and his minions. Tomoharu Saito defeated Tom Martell in the finals of the event who was playing Counterbalance Top with a sideboard card that weas selling out from all the dealers this weekend in Rhode Island -- Llawan, Cephalid Empress.

    Legacy grinder Caleb Durward also got his first taste of the Sunday stage playing Blue-Green Madness with Survival of the Fittest and Vengevine -- an innovative new deck that played a large role in getting Survival banned in the interim from Columbus to Providence.




     

  • Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – A New Type of Grinder

    by Nate Price
  • Blog Entry – A New Type of Grinder

    Over the past couple of years, Legacy has undergone a sort of renaissance. In times past, the chairs at Legacy Grand Prix went unused. Once the cards rotated out of Standard and Extended, they sat untouched and ignored in dealers' displays. Legacy was the place that Magic cards went to die. It was Elephant Graveyard's elephant graveyard.

    Drew Levin

    Then, something magical happened. Cards that once sat collecting dust, or been relegated to binders hidden in a warehouse, started being sought out. People were starting to become actively interested in Legacy again, and it was due, in large part, to a little thing known as the Starcitygames.com Open Series. Thanks to the Open Series, there were now regularly held Legacy tournaments with excellent prize support. With the support in place, players started to flock to tournaments. Legacy was thriving. With the increase of players in the tournaments, the competition really started to pick up. Decks became tighter, players became better... it was a similar phenomenon to when Magic Online was released. Soon after it became available to players, a generation of Magic Online-bred superstars started to leave their mark on Magic. Even before they finally broke through on the paper Magic scene, they were well known and respected within the Magic Online sphere. The Legacy grinders that have been created thanks to the Open Series are about at that point right now.

    Ali Aintrazi

    With a venue to test their skills in an incredibly deep, and constantly-shifting format, the newest generation of superstars is being bred. Ali Aintrazi, who had been tearing up both the Legacy and Standard Open Series since its inception, recently finished 19th at Worlds. Edgar Flores exploded onto the scene with multiple Top 8 finishes in a row with tweaked versions of the same decks in both Standard and Legacy, eventually getting a feature by dailymtg.com weekly writer Brian David-Marshall. Caleb Durward made his debut at Grand Prix Columbus with a UG Madness deck, which many people feel is at least partially responsible for the banning of Survival of the Fittest thanks to its interaction with Vengevine. He went on to finish fourth at Grand Prix Columbus. Drew Levin is another player that has been putting up incredibly consistent performances in the Legacy Open Series. These are the next Brad Nelsons, the next players who cut their teeth in an incredibly competitive environment who are going to vault up to the next level. It isn't a question of if; it's a question of when.

    Edgar Flores

    The Open Series has done wonders for the level of play and understanding in Legacy. With frequent events, the format has been able to evolve at much the same rate as Standard, which adapts on nearly a daily format thanks to the pure amount of exposure that it gets. Legacy now has an established metagame. It has consistency. It has the depth allowed to encourage strong deckbuilding, and it has finally been around long enough in this well-supported state for that deckbuilding to have really suffused the format. There are simply so many decks available that deckbuilders first needed to find as many of them as they could before they could start fine-tuning them. Now, with that fine-tuning more or less completed, the weekly metagame tweaks are all that really have to be done. But that isn't to say that the format is stagnant. New decks are appearing at every event, and decks that at one point seemed impossible to win with eventually return to being en vogue. Having had the ability to focus on Legacy in a highly competitive environment, these grinders are at the forefront of the format, knowing the matchups and ins and outs of the format as well as any Standard superstar knows theirs.

    Caleb Durward

    As the weekend progresses, it will be interesting to see how this new brood performs. They've already proven themselves in an incredibly pressure-packed environment. The Grand Prix actually offers a little more room for error than most of the Open Series events do. They get byes that they don't normally get. In essence, it is a better set up for them to succeed. The one major disadvantage at the Grand Prix is its sheer size. Over a thousand players are here to battle. That means fifteen rounds and two grueling days of play. It is simply exhausting. Will they be able to hold up? These grinders have put themselves through a lot to get themselves to this point, now it's the time for them to chase down the title and prove that they're just as good as the pros that have traditionally taken home the Legacy trophy. This is their format, and this is their tournament to win.


     

  • Saturday, 1:35 p.m. – Trial Winners

    by Nate Price
  • The sheer variety of Legacy never fails to amaze me. The last Legacy Grand Prix I covered (Columbus) featured eight distinct deck types in the Top 8, which is an amazing feat. Here in Providence, things are equally as diverse, with fourteen Grand Prix Trial winners using fourteen different decks. From standards like Team America and UW Control to rogue decks like Infect and Rebirth Hulk, the Trials have provided a slice of the format that once again demonstrates the diversity and openness of the format. Here are the winning decklists:

    Grant Garvin - Grinder 3
    Grand Prix-Providence 2011 Legacy Grinder

    Anthony Collora - Grinder 4
    Grand Prix-Providence 2011 Legacy Grinder

    Matthew Casey - Grinder 5
    Grand Prix-Providence 2011 Legacy Grinder

    Dominik Chlorowski - Grinder 6
    Grand Prix-Providence 2011 Legacy Grinder

    Matthew Whilden - Grinder 8
    Grand Prix-Providence 2011 Legacy Grinder

    Kurtis Droge - Grinder 9
    Grand Prix-Providence 2011 Legacy Grinder

    Gregory Hatch - Grinder 10
    Grand Prix-Providence 2011 Legacy Grinder

    Samuel Tharmaratnam - Grinder 12
    Grand Prix-Providence 2011 Legacy Grinder

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