The Legacy Preservation Series Invitational

Nelly Steiner Blog, Magic: the Gathering

This past weekend we held the final invitational event in our Legacy Preservation Series! The Legacy Preservation Series is a year-long event culminating in a final invitation-only tournament. To qualify, local players participated in our weekly Legacy events and in our monthly Legacy 1k events. The 24 qualifying players faced off in the final tournament, and when the dust cleared the inaugural event was won by none other than MtG Hall of Fame player Randy Buehler! As the grand prize winner, Randy will receive hotel, airfare, and entry into Eternal Weekend. Here are the profiles of the local players that made our top 8, courtesy of Jake McCune – with pictures by Daniel Nguyen:

NAME: Shawn Yu
DECK AND WHY: Grixis Control – “I feel like it’s the best [deck] overall and I wasn’t comfortable going with a metagame’d choice. It’s reasonably well-suited for the field.”
HOW DID YOU QUALIFY?: LPS Tournament Points
BEST MAINDECK CARD TODAY: Brainstorm
BEST SIDEBOARD CARD TODAY: Surgical Extractions
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING LEGACY?: 8 years
TOUGHEST MATCH ON THE WAY TO TOP 8?: Greg Mitchell’s Tin Fins – “I got kind of lucky”
BEST MATCH UP FOR DECK TODAY?: “Maybe not the best, but [the deck] has one of the strongest Sneak and Show match ups.”
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER IN THE INVITATIONAL? (NOT YOURSELF): Joe Cool
OPTIONAL SHOUT OUTS: Card Kingdom/Mox Boarding House for putting on a great event – I hope it keeps growing!

 

 


NAME: Garth Brewe
DECK AND WHY: BURN – “I just love it.”
HOW DID YOU QUALIFY?: I won a 1k (01/28/17).
BEST MD CARD TODAY: Eidolon of the Great Revel
BEST SB CARD TODAY: Pyroblast
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING LEGACY?: About 2 years.
TOUGHEST MATCH ON THE WAY TO TOP 8?: “I beat Omnitell round 1.”
BEST MATCH UP FOR DECK TODAY?: Aluren.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER IN THE INVITATIONAL (NOT YOURSELF) ?: Brad Rutherford
OPTIONAL SHOUT OUTS: Team Gamma – They know who they are.

 

 

 

 

 


NAME: Elston Cloy
DECK AND WHY? : Eight Moon Rising – “I saw the meta and realized that Blood Moon would be very strong on turn one against over 85% of the field.”
HOW DID YOU QUALIFY?: At Card Kingdom, Second Place in Weekly Points
BEST MD CARD TODAY: Ensnaring Bridge
BEST SB CARD TODAY: Hellrider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING LEGACY?: 1 year and 5 months.
TOUGHEST MATCH ON THE WAY TO TOP 8?: Burn.
BEST MATCH UP FOR DECK TODAY?: Jordan’s Deck
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER IN THE INVITATIONAL (NOT YOURSELF) ?: Jeremy Edwards – His creativity is pretty awesome.
OPTIONAL SHOUT OUTS: Michael Tessier and Garth, even you (Jake McCune) – the people that don’t play Brainstorm.

 

 

 


NAME: James Johnson
DECK AND WHY?: RUG Delver – “It’s the deck I’m best with, I think it’s very well rounded.”
HOW DID YOU QUALIFY?: “An absurd amount of weeklies at Mox Boarding House – Bellevue”
BEST MD CARD TODAY: Nimble Mongoose – “It’s just great.”
BEST SB CARD TODAY: Invasive Surgery – “I tagged all the Loams in a Loam deck.”
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING LEGACY?: “4-5 years, somewhere around there”
TOUGHEST MATCH ON THE WAY TO TOP 8?: Grixis Delver against Shawn Tabrizi – “Delver mirrors are the most skill intensive”
BEST MATCH UP FOR DECK TODAY?: “Probably Reanimator”
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER IN THE INVITATIONAL (NOT YOURSELF) ?: Jordan Aisoka
OPTIONAL SHOUT OUTS: Jordan Aisoka

 

 

 


NAME: Adam Prusa
DECK AND WHY? : UWR Sanctuary – I enjoy the deck, have been working on it since Top was banned
HOW DID YOU QUALIFY?: “I got in on weekly points from MBH – Bellevue, but because Andy [Stowell] qualified in the last 1k.”
BEST MD CARD TODAY: Supreme Verdict
BEST SB CARD TODAY: Humility – “Hilarious against Sneak and Show”
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING LEGACY?: “I think like two years?”
TOUGHEST MATCH ON THE WAY TO TOP 8?: “Against Randy, who I then lost to in top 8”
BEST MATCH UP FOR DECK TODAY?: Lands
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER IN THE INVITATIONAL (NOT YOURSELF) ?: Sam Hriljac, He’s on the same deck.
OPTIONAL SHOUT OUTS: “Tim for helping me prep for the tournament. Sam, again, for working on the deck. Andy for winning the last 1k and getting me in.”

 

 


NAME: Randy Buehler
DECK AND WHY?: 4-Color Leovold – “I like all the cards in it and it’s what I’ve been playing lately.”
HOW DID YOU QUALIFY?: “A 1k Winner [Matt McCullough] gave me the spot as runner-up.”
BEST MD CARD TODAY: Kolaghan’s Command
BEST SB CARD TODAY: Sylvan Library
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING LEGACY?: “I mean, technically forever.”
TOUGHEST MATCH ON THE WAY TO TOP 8?: On camera against Delver.”
BEST MATCH UP FOR DECK TODAY?: “[UWR Helm] Control seemed super easy, I hope it still is because I’m paired against it [in top 8].”
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER IN THE INVITATIONAL (NOT YOURSELF) ?: “I really like Martin Goldman-Kirst, I keep meaning to try his Aluren list.”
OPTIONAL SHOUT OUTS: “I went literally 0-10 on MTGO with this deck coming into this event.”

 

 


NAME: Matt Staver
DECK AND WHY?: Lands – “It’s pretty well positioned, very powerful. It can combo quickly or grind out. The power is there, and it’s fun to kill people with lands”
HOW DID YOU QUALIFY?: I won a 1k (03/18/17) playing 4c Loam. Dropped R1 and then won 8 straight.
BEST MD CARD TODAY: “Besides Dark Depths? Exploration. It won most of my match ups.”
BEST SB CARD TODAY: “I barely side-boarded. I’ll say Drop of Honey even though it did nothing. I cast one SB card (Krosan Grip) the whole tournament, and I lost afterwards.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING LEGACY?: (asks brother and fellow invitee Alex Staver) 4 years ago.
TOUGHEST MATCH ON THE WAY TO TOP 8?: “UWR Sanctuary Control. Only match I lost.”
BEST MATCH UP FOR DECK TODAY?: “Elves.”
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER IN THE INVITATIONAL (NOT YOURSELF) ?: My brother, “Alex Staver.”
OPTIONAL SHOUT OUTS: “My brother Alex, we worked a lot on the sideboard and meta, and we were really close. We played the same 75.”


NAME: Sam Hriljac
DECK AND WHY? : UWR Sanctuary – “It’s probably an out-dated name at this point – don’t care. Rest in Peace + Helm is my favorite way to win a game of magic. Also I hate creatures.”
HOW DID YOU QUALIFY?: “I was a weekly points winner at MBH – Bellevue”
BEST MD CARD TODAY: Spellsnare
BEST SB CARD TODAY: Blood Moon – “Single handedly won me my camera match”
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING LEGACY?: “The most recent time that I started playing was about two years ago, I rode the Miracle train that entire time. 3-4 years before that I played High Tide.“
TOUGHEST MATCH ON THE WAY TO TOP 8?: “I played against Grixis Pyro, it just shreds your hand. It was [against] Shawn [Yu] on camera, actually.”
BEST MATCH UP FOR DECK TODAY?: “I played against Lands and Aggro Loam, both are Loam decks against maindeck Rest in Peace.”
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER IN THE INVITATIONAL (NOT YOURSELF) ?: “Probably Adam, we worked together to build this deck, and we’ve come to about a 72 that we’re happy with.”
OPTIONAL SHOUT OUTS: “James, Matt, Sam and Daniel Goh. I play modern with them. They convinced me not to play a janky Lantern Control build.”


If you want to qualify for next year’s invitational, you can get your start by playing in our next 1k event on August 26th!