Event Spotlight: Grand Prix Atlanta (9/19)

We do not have nearly enough opportunities to cover large Legacy tournaments as they are exceedingly rare. Furthermore, CFB has been quite tight-lipped with results until recently. It took a while and they did not format it correctly, but we have the decklists. Today we will parse through and analyze the Top 32 decklists of Grand Prix Atlanta. As always, all decklists are available here.

Top Decks
The toast of the tournament was URx Delver with a dozen pilots in the Top 32. The majority of these pilots opted for the Temur build, which has been the leading build since the printing of W6. Even the old staple Nimble Mongoose has been supplanted by Hexdrinker. That being said, two Delver players opted for Izzet builds with Dreadhorde Arcanist as their value two-drop of choice. There was even one player that went with the Czech build for Gurmag Angler; a noticeable rarity in a post-DRS Legacy format. Whichever colors you opt for, it is clear that Delver strategies are as absurd as ever.

The second best performing archetype was UWx Mentor with six players in the Top 32. The majority of them went with Jeskai builds; the only red card in the main being Magmatic Sinkhole. While it is a role-player, the real appeal to red is Pyroblast. In a format so absurdly blue-heavy it is hard to pass these up. There was one player that passed on red entirely though for a more Miracles-style build with Terminus and Counterbalance. This direction is a little old-fashioned for my taste but clearly either direction can find success.

Then with three players Mono-Red Prison came through to make people miserable. I was very interested to see where these decks would go once Karn the Great Creator was unleashed. However, the only pilot among them to make Top 16 passed on it entirely. The other players felt that it was a worthy inclusion but perhaps we were wrong. It is hard to come to a solid conclusion with so many other factors at play but it is some food for thought. The final two archetypes to put more than one player into Top 32 were Storm and Depths. Do not let these numbers lead you to underrate them though. One of those Storm pilots brought home the trophy once the dust settled. On top of that, both Depths players made it into the Top 8. In a format so diverse, representation is not everything.

Other Decks
The pie chart may be a little less diverse than we would like it to be, but plenty of other decks found success. Just in the Top 8 we saw both Burn and Hogvine tearing it up. Dredge only missed out on a Top 8 run on tiebreakers and Czech Pile was right behind it at 10th. The other rogue decks did not crack the Top 16 but Top 32 is still an admirable accomplishment. In this range we saw: All Spells, Lands, and Sneak-Show. Again, all of the decklists have been made available here.

It was fun to take another look at Legacy as it has been far too long. I know Legacy has a reputation of being prohibitively expensive but that is not always true. The Burn deck that made Top 8 can be had for just $200; significantly cheaper than the Modern version. Do you think the archetype has staying power in the format though? Are there any cheap Legacy decks that could succeed at the Grand Prix level? Please share your thoughts with us 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 with another article for you to enjoy. Until then my friends.

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