Tournament Report: 1st Place at SCG Cincinnati with 4 Color Loam

Unfortunately, CFB has still not provided the Top 32 Modern decklists of GP Calgary for analysis. There is still plenty to talk about though in the world of Legacy. Chris Minor is on a serious hot streak right now. Recently he made Top 16 of Grand Prix Tampa with an awesome Modern Devoted Evolution deck. Now he and his team took home the trophy at the SCG Cincinnati Open. Chris was in his team’s Legacy seat with his trusty 4 Color Loam deck and today he is sharing with us his list as well as a round-by-round breakdown of the winning run.

Decklist
Lands (26)
1 Forest
1 Badlands
1 Barren Moor
2 Bayou
1 Cabal Pit
1 Ghost Quarter
3 Grove of the Burnwillows
1 Maze of Ith
1 Savannah
1 Scrubland
1 Taiga
1 Tranquil Thicket
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wasteland
2 Windswept Heath
1 Karakas
Creatures (11)
4 Dark Confidant
4 Knight of the Reliquary
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Gaddock Teeg
1 Dryad Arbor
Planeswalkers (3)
3 Liliana of the Veil
Spells (20)
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Mox Diamond
2 Sylvan Library
2 Abrupt Decay
2 Assassin’s Trophy
3 Punishing Fire
1 Green Sun’s Zenith
2 Life from the Loam
Sideboard (15)
2 Cindervines
3 Leyline of the Void
2 Golgari Charm
2 Swords to Plowshares
1 Queen Marchesa
2 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
1 Ajani Vengeant
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

I piloted this list to a first place finish with a personal record of 10-4-4. The four draws were two unfinished matches because my teammates both either won or lost before I finished and two intentional draws to lock in Top 8. This was a long hard fought tournament with some excellent teammates from my area who I had great chemistry with. Our team was nicknamed Team Voltron because of our ability come together and help each other out to get the win.

The Rounds

Rd 1: 2-1 over Manaless Dredge (1-0)
My opponent wins the die roll and says I will be on the play so i know where this is headed. I quickly lose Game 1 to a million zombies. Games 2 and 3 I begin with a Leyline of the Void and quickly dispatch my opponent with some hatebears.

Rd 2: 1-2 loss to BUG midrange (1-1)
This matchup was very grindy. All three games were very close but my opponent was able to draw more gas than me and eventually beat me with a Jace ultimate in Game 3.

Rd 3: 1-1 unfinished with Mono Red Prison (1-1-1)
My opponent won the die roll and began with a Chalice on one not knowing that was also my plan. So I begin with a Mox and fetch basic forest into Bob. She follows up with Blood Moon then Chalice on 2 and Rabblemaster. Chalice on two hurts a lot because i am unable to find a Decay to kill it so I cannot to Punishing Fire the Rabblemaster. Eventually it and the tokens with a Chandra  kill me. Game 2 is much better as I end up with Lili and Ajani taking over the game alongside a Knight. I squeak out a win in Game 2 after almost dying to goblins but my teammates lost so we never got a Game 3.

Rd 4: 2-1 over Lands (2-1-1)
Game 1 I lead off with a Mox and land then play a little Loam control. I try to waste his Dark Depths to bait out a Crop Rotation which he has and I am ready for it; hitting the Stage with Trophy while the sac trigger was on the stack. Then deploy a Knight and quickly win the game. Game 2 I keep a mediocre hand because it has Leyline and get killed by a 20/20 quickly because he had it in hand. Game 3 I start with Leyline but with a much better hand. I deploy a Knight and he counters with Drop of Honey. I fetch for a Dryad Arbor to buy me another turn and then rip Cindervines off the top to kill the Drop and Knight gets me there.

Rd 5: 2-0 over Grixis Delver (3-1-1)
Game 1 I am on the draw and get my fetch Stifled but end up wasting my opponent out of lands and eventually a Lili and Knight seal the deal. Game 2 my opponent mulls to five and leads off with fetch. I deploy two Mox and a land. He then plays a Bob which I Decay and then waste him so he concedes to a lack of resources.

Rd 6: 0-2 loss to Grixis Phoenix (3-2-1)
Game 1 he quickly storms into three Phoenixes Turn 2 and quickly kills me. Game 2 I lead off with Chalice on one but do not draw well. He end steps Echoing Truth on my Chalice and then combos off into four Phoenixes to kill me quick.

Rd 7: 2-1 over Storm (4-2-1)
Game 1 is over quick as he kills me on Turn 2. Game 2 I lead off on Leyline and jam a Turn 1 Bob into Turn 2 Thalia. He attempts to Burning Wish for Grapeshot on Thalia and Bob but I Karakas my Thalia and he concedes. Game 3 i have Leyline again and deploy Bob into Teeg. He Grapeshots the Teeg but Bob finds me a Thalia and Chalice so I quickly end the game with beatdown.

Rd 8: 1-1 unfinished with Miracles (4-2-2)
Game 1 is grindy but eventually get locked under Back to Basics and Jace, unable to break free. Game 2 I deploy Turn 1 Bob into Turn 2 Bob with Cindervines and bury him under resources. Game 3 is inconclusive because my teammates already won but I would have probably lost the game.

Rd 9: 2-0 Izzet Delver (5-2-2)
Game 1 I start off on a Chalice on one and quickly win the game with a Bob and Knight. Game 2 is a little more grindy but I am able to find a Lili for his Nemesis and then drop a Knight to beat him quick. As a team we were at 8-1 so we were in good position going into Day 2.

Day 2
Rd 10: 0-2 loss to DnT (5-3-2)
Played against Andrew Tenjum on camera. I mull into an okay hand for Game 1 but cannot draw a second land and get buried under Palace Jailer. Game 2 is pretty much the same; I draw the wrong half of my deck and end up losing as a result.

Rd 11: 2-1 over Dredge (6-3-2)
Opponent leads off Mana Confluence into LED and I know this game will be over fast. Game 2 I start with Leyline and deploy Bob into Thalia and end up beating him down before he can find an answer to Leyline. Game 3 I start with Leyline into Bob and Teeg. He hard casts his guys. Bob finds me a Tabernacle which forces him to lose two life a turn to keep his Stinkweeds in play and I win the aggro race.

Rd 12: 2-0 over Izzet Delver (7-3-2)
Played some very excellent games versus Tannon Grace who is a great player and great friend. Game 1 I lead off on Turn 1 Chalice which gets Forced away. He deploys a Delver and I deploy my back up Chalice. His Delver ends up putting me down to seven life before I find a Lili to answer it. Eventually Lili takes over the game and he concedes. Game 2 we trade resources and he only fetches basics to play around Wasteland. He deploys a Blood Moon but I am ready for it and float mana to Golgari Charm it. I hold lands in my hand because I am afraid of a Price of Progress, but Knight fetchs a Ghost Quarter to blow up his only basic Mountain and then I am safe to swing with Knight for lethal.

Rd 13: 2-1 over Death & Taxes (8-3-2)
This was probably the craziest game of the weekend and we needed to win to draw into Top 8. I lose Game 1 to a an army of Flickerwisps blinking out my Maze over and over to while swinging in the air with Sword of Fire and Ice. Game 2 I deploy a Library. He plays Revoker naming Liliana, the Last Hope but then Flickerwisps it into Liliana of the Veil. I end step Punishing Fire the Revoker and deploy Lliliana of the Veil and edict him. Then I drop Liliana, the Last Hope and overwhelm him. Game 3 was crazy as he played two Palace Jailers exiling my two Knights and we end up going to turns. In turns he activates his Gideon and equips it with a Batterksull. Then he swings with it, Mom, and Palace Jailer with a Sword into me for lethal. My teammates think I am dead and have no chance but I think about my options and best lines of play. I end up using Karakas to bounce the Gideon back to his hand, using Cindervines on the Sword, and Cabal Pitting the Jailer to take just one from mom down to nine life. I end step fetch for a Dryad Arbor to swing for one and become the monarch to get both Knights back. His Turn 2 of turns is to Flickerwisp blink the Batterskull and Cataclysm keeping Mom, Plains, and Pithing Needle naming Knight. I float mana and keep Knight, Mox, and land. I use the mana to Golgari Charm the Mom. On my Turn 3 of turns I rip Plow off the top to answer the Skull and swing for fifteen putting him to nine life. His turn 4 is nothing and I win on Turn 5 of turns.

Rd 14: Intentional Draw (8-3-3)

Rd 15: Intentional Draw (8-3-4)

Quarterfinals: 2-1 over Miracles (9-3-4)
Rematch vs Minhajul. Once again played against a great opponent and we had a lot of fun. Game 1 he ends up locking me under Back to Basics and I scoop it up. Game 2, I deploy two Bobs to bury him in card advantage and am able to end the game quickly as he draws poorly. Game 3 was insane. We trade resources and he tries to Clique lock me with a Karakas but I stop it with a Decay. I end up deploying both Lilis, Ajani, and two Cindervines with a Marchesa to boot. This puts him between a rock and a hard place and the Cindervines are able to get him low enough  that I can burn him out.

Semifinals: 2-0 over Lands (10-3-4)
This matchup was very easy. Game 1 Chalice on one into Knight into Wasteland on his only land followed by Decay on his Mox slams the door shut. Game 2, I start with a Leyline and play really defensively; Trophying his Stage when he tried to combo. Then I deploy a Knight and Waste him a bunch of times. He bogs me but it is not enough and my Knights kill him in a couple turns.

Finals: 1-2 loss to Death & Taxes (10-4-4)
This matchup was really rough. Watching it on camera would be better than me explaining it. It is a team event so coverage jumps from match to match but you can see it here.

Wrap-Up
Overall the deck felt great and I really enjoy playing it because it has game versus every deck except for maybe sneak and show. But I will continue to try and do well with it in the future. So who is looking forward to playing Legacy at GP Atlanta and what will you be bringing? We would love to talk it over in our discussion group. Or if you would like to take a swing at writing content for the site you can contact us directly here. We will be back tomorrow to hopefully break down the results of GP Calgary; I am starting to worry that CFB will never share the results. Until then my friends.

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