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BUG Lands at the Denver Long Live Legacy Tournament – Top 4

Good morning folks, this is aslidsiksoraksi AKA ‘slid reporting in with some BUG Lands top 4 action from the Denver Long Live Legacy tournament. Wotc & StarCity hung legacy out to dry, but we brought it back in to get wet!

The list:

4 Exploration
4 Mox Diamond
4 Crop Rotation
4 Life from the Loam
play lands get lands

3 Oko, Thief of Crowns
3 Abrupt Decay
3 Sylvan Library
do stuff to the board. when will WotC finally print the planeswalker that is also a land?

4 Thespian’s Stage
3 Dark Depths
1 Field of the Dead
win cons

4 Rishadan Port
4 Wasteland
1 Ghost Quarter
mana denial

3 Wooded Foothills
1 Windswept Heath
1 Misty Rainforest
2 Tropical Island
1 Bayou
1 Nurturing Peatland
1 Waterlogged Grove
1 Forest
We do have to cast spells sometimes, unfortunately

2 Maze of Ith
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Karakas
1 Creeping Tar Pit
1 Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
1 Blast Zone
Lands with cool effects

2 Elvish Reclaimer
3 Sphere of Resistance
1 Chalice of the Void
2 Veil of Summer
2 Choke
1 Drop of Honey
1 Abrupt Decay
3 Force of Vigor
A bunch of stuff for fighting combo decks and some hedges against creatures

I played BUG Lands, and the list is largely a copy of lists by Shinji and others on the Lands discord. But according to my decklist sheet I played ‘the wonderful miracle of nature,’ created by God themself. Because if you think about it, land is a miracle of nature, and so is Lands.

Got to the venue early, kinda nervous because I have been bombing weeklies with the deck for the last month, which was also the entirety of the time I’ve been playing Lands. But I’m always happy to just jam some spells and maybe donate some wins to my buddies so… let’s do this.

rd 1 – Austin

While we shuffle, I see a cabal ritual on the bottom of his deck and I just mentally sigh and think to myself well I guess this is the kind of day I’m gonna have. Storm is not my best matchup.

Sure enough, g1 he sees mox diamond into stage and says ‘this is gonna be a fun matchup’ before paying life for cards off the top of his deck ad nauseum and storming me out.

I board in everything but drop of honey and abrupt decay and board out a bunch of creature-management lands, the loams, the libraries, and some other stuff.

g2 I keep tropical island, 2 veil, crop rotation, sylvan library, exploration, sphere of resistance. Trop, pass. He ponders. I cycle a veil, find a second land, then a third. Exploration, land, sphere. He’s looking sad. We durdle for a few more turns as he pays mana for his rocks, but I get there with a beautiful Dandan Artist Proof 20/20 token.

g3 I’ve got diamond, port, forest, fetch, crop rotation, and some other lands. He cantrips turn 1. I’m over here thinking well I can port him turn 1 that’s not so bad, but then my mind wanders to some bizarre idea that I should pitch the fetch to diamond or something… so naturally on my turn I play the fetch instead of the port and am instantly sad. Next turn port, port him. He cantrips. Turn 3 I play stage. I don’t port him. This is usually a tell that I have rotation and am going to kill you. But it could also be a tell that I have veil and am gonna blow you out. He sits there in the tank for a while. I pull my green land out to the side and sorta shake it there to remind him I could veil at any time. He passes the turn, I rotate end step and win. Turns out he had the kill but was spooked. Better lucky than good, I always say.

1-0, and, in the grand tradition of Angel Stompy reports, I am a Phantom Tiger

rd 2 – Dustin

Dustin is one of those badass pox players with their whole deck altered and signed and everything. Unfortunately pox is very bad against life from the loam and sylvan library. g1 I have t1 library and t2 oko. He does some stuff to stop me, and I’m at 3 life by the end (if you would taste the wisdom of the trees, be prepared to salt it with your blood), but I get there by elking my diamonds.

Bring in decay and some force of vigor. They have a lot of artifacts and enchantments. Cut some creature hate lands and shave a Loam since I want to be less graveyard-dependent.

g2 he’s got a thoughtseize for my library. I’ve still got exploration, crop rotation, and a few rishadan ports. So we go porting for a while and I do find a replacement Sylvan Library. I go very low on life against a pair of mishra’s factories, but eventually I find Loam, and then I find the combo. He’s got a bridge but Marit Lage has flying so why would this even stop her?? I dunno but Force of Vigor takes out the bridge and it’s smooth sailing.

2-0 I’m a phantom wurm. Hopefully stay a phantom all day.

rd 3 – Ivan

Ivan is a very nice person who is playing UR Delver. UR is kind of harder for Lands since they have basics. Abrupt Decay is in the deck in large part to deal with Arcanist, so you have to save it for that, and if they have a fast hand it can be difficult to get there.

g1 he has a fastish start, but I manage to stabilize around 10 life with my maze against his delver. He bolts me to 7 and I start to think is he really gonna bolt me all the way down? Kinda scary and I’m not playing chasm so… He bolts me again. 4 life. Then he plays bedlam reveler. At this point I’ve got 6 lands in play. I have a maze in play, a maze in the yard, a field of the dead in hand, and a life from the loam. I figure I can make the field for the zombie to block the reveler, but then I just lose to bolt or wasteland. Or I can loam for the maze and be safe against both creatures, and lose only to wasteland. I take the second line. He doesn’t have wasteland this turn, but he finds it the next. And wastes my Maze. I do get 1 zombie, but apparently stealing a zombie is just an act of petty theft? Seems like kind of a big theft to me since it stole the whole game… I die.

Bring in choke, decay, drop, and the reclaimers. Cut karakas, bog, field, and shave some rotations and loams.

g2 I have a diamond and a port and maybe a decay and a drop. I play a few lands and port him a bit, he cantrips for a delver. I drop the delver down, draw a choke. I sorta slow-roll it so that I can play around daze and land the choke against 1 untapped land. He doesn’t have his only real out of second land into brzen borrower, so I start porting his lands to keep him to 1 mana and he scoops shortly thereafter.

g3 was a nailbiter. I’m just playing some lands like a normal magic player, and mazing his little delver, when he has the audacity to drop a true-name nemesis. Now, I’m Persian and I can tell you that no two people say my name the same (and that’s not even mentioning my utter gibberish screenname). So I don’t even have a true name. But the universe rights itself as I draw the combo pieces and a wasteland to protect them against his wasteland. I even draw an exploration to do it a turn faster, and drop them all on the table. Make a 20/20 on his upkeep. He’s hitting me a bit but I’m at a higher life total than TNN can really race. He cantrips frantically. Passes. Our Snow Princess eats his delver. His turn. He ponders. I see it on his face – first card, no, second card, no, third card, shrug. Shrug is good for me. He draws that one, it’s a ponder, he ponders again. No luck. Handshake. We did it boys.

3-0 I’m a creature Magic has yet to print

rd 4 – Nathaniel

Nathaniel is a super nice guy who plays Death and Taxes. In the first game I have a turn 1 oko against his plains, go. I feel pretty good about this. He plays Thalia, I make an elk. He plays Flickerwisp and undoes two full turns of Oko-ing. I take back the part about him being nice. Oko starts taking some hits on his flawless abs and incredibly fat ass. I figure I can still get there, make another food, elk it. He flickers that one too! Oko dies. I die shortly thereafter.

I bring in decay, drop, force of vigors, and reclaimers. Shave on loams and cut bog and a few depths. The depths plan is bad here since they have karakas, swords, and vial’d flickerwisps to kill it, so you’re more on the grind plan.

g2 he gets out ahead kind of fast, with thalia against my oko again, with a vial also joining the party. I play drop of honey, he plays stoneforge. I start to eat his creatures as well as the elked vial, while oko starts taking some minor hits. I elk the sofi he found and there’s a bit of a snafu where drop should have been sacrificed the turn before and I get a warning but we restore the game to everyone’s satisfaction. At this point I’m at about 7 from library and random beats, and he’s got elked sofi and no cards in hand because he’s just dropping a bunch of dorks into play. I find a Loam and waste his Karakas but it’s not looking good until… I find crop rotation to go with my stage. He goes for a lethal attack, but here’s a surprise 20/20. Got there.

g3 sees me have double port and tabernacle against his revoker. Revoker beats me down a bit but I eventually draw crop rotation to pair with my stage. Again I do the cute thing where I don’t port them out completely, inviting them to please, sir, cast a spell. He obliges by tapping out for I think Thalia. I rotate in response and that’s all she wrote.

4-0 I’m an Everlasting Lich. Record so good they only printed it on a playtest card.

I ID into top 8. 4-0-2, second seed. Top 8 doesn’t want to split because top 4 makes so much more or something like that so we play it out.

Quarterfinals – Matt Nass

Kinda spooked to play against Matt Nass as I’ve heard tell he’s pretty good, to put it mildly. He’s on elves today, which I guess makes sense, but I’ve only played against elves once with Lands and I remember losing in no short order. Looks like only baby prizes for me 😦

g1 I mull to 5. He has t1 green sun’s for arbor. I have exploration into a non-wasteland. Turn 2 sees some more dweebs, including elvish visionary. I play a turn 2 oko and make a food. Turn 3, more dweebs and a symbiote to go with the visionary. This guy likes to draw cards. On my turn I’m feeling very lucky as I find the combo and play it out. Maybe we get there? Nope, he has natural order. Good game.

I board in Chalice, drop, reclaimers, and a couple spheres. Maybe should have brought the rest of the spheres in but I figure I have to go fast too so I shouldn’t hamper myself too much. I board out bog, karakas, maybe a loam… the usual suspects.

g2 I’m on the play. Trop, exploration, stage. He green sun’s again for the arbor. Turn 1 I could play two more lands and rotate for the combo, but I figure elves can also just kill you sometimes. In retrospect, maybe not on turn 2, but I have been turn 2’d by them before so… Instead, I play the lands, rotate for the depths, and play the chalice on 1. He squints into the green sun and sees a visionary, draws a card. I untap, he plays nothing really important, and I kill him. All tied up baby. Maybe we can actually do this.

g3 I have what I imagine to be the nut draw of exploration, stage, tabernacle, port, wasteland, life from the loam, and a fetch. So I play exploration stage again. He plays dryad arbor. I waste it, play the port. He plays cradle. I loam, waste it. He misses a land drop and I’m feeling pretty great. Next turn though he finds a forest and plays needle. I copy port, with stage, he names port. On my turn I have the decay for the needle and I port him out. But he has yet another land and plays Quirion Ranger. That guarantees him one green mana a turn. I’ve seen what elves can do with that mana. Not cool buddy. I play the tabernacle to try and choke him out a bit more, and start loaming for the combo. He plays a nettle sentinel. He’s got two creatures. I find the combo, play it out. We got lethal next turn, and I’m holding up a decay to go with it. No way we lose this. On his turn, he bounces his forest and plays heritage druid. Makes three green mana. Casts glimpse. Maybe we do lose? 2 green floating. He plays symbiote. 1 Green floating, and two tapped elves. He plays Nettle Sentinel. Nothing floating, 1 untapped elf in play, and 1 symbiote untap available. I figure this is the choke point and decay the Heritage druid.

Turns out that the line worked. He couldn’t make more mana and glimpse fizzled. Praise Lage.

Top 4 split. Since the first place seed lost to 8th, I technically got 1st place, which is the best kind of first place. Great tournament.

Deck felt good. A bit torn on Oko. He definitely won some games either directly by messing with the board or indirectly by just stalling things out. He fills the ‘repeated removal prison piece’ spot for the deck, which is nice. But I think I want to switch to more traditional lists, possible Jund. Decay was amazing all day, so I don’t think I want to give that one up just yet.

Props to Rob and Vilo for setting this up, Wizard’s Chest for hosting, the Black Gold crew for putting 3 in the top 4 and being generally awesome and supportive, Peter for lending me the Chalice that won me a game in the quarters, everyone in the area for coming out and making this a great event (biggest we’ve had in ages and first of many, I hope), and to Marit Lage for being the true queen of the night.


Oh and if you ever want to watch me fumble my way through leagues with Lands:

Marcel at the Legacy Open Series in Austria – 2nd place – 7/21/2019

So I pondered for a while what I should play in this open. I just recently moved across the country and am finally getting a shot at playing in the Legacy open Series and my goal was to qualify for the Invitational. You need 40 Points over the year to get invited. Participating in an Open nets you 5 Points. If you Top 8 you gain more.

Since this was my first open that I could play (Just moved here recently) I knew I had to get into the finals to to score the points needed to qualify right away. I thought long what deck I would be bringing. I tested the new 4C Control spice, I tested 4c Loam but at Saturday afternoon, I threw all my testing out the window and decided to sleeve up an old favourite and pet deck of mine: Legacy Lands.

The Metagame here in Vienna (and Austria in general) seems to be on the fairer side and with all of the 4c Decks running around, Lands seem to be a pretty solid pick. I changed my Main and Side to what I expected to face.

Build: The Deck with SB can be found here


-Lands- 36
4 Grove of the Burnwillows
4 Thespian Stage
4 Wasteland
4 Rishadan Port
2 Dark Depths
2 Maze of Ith
2 Taiga
2 Windswept Heath
1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Karakas
1 Ancient Tomb
1 Barbarian Ring
1 Blast Zone
1 Tranquil Thicket
1 Sheltered Thicket
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Forest
1 Glacial Chasm
1 Waterlogged Grove

-Spells- 24
4 Exploration
4 Life from the Loam
4 Crop Rotation
4 Mox Diamond
3 Punishing Fire
2 Wrenn and Six
2 Gamble
1 Sylvan Library


4 Sphere of Resistance
3 Krosan Grip
3 Leyline of the Void
2 Tireless Tracker
2 Choke
1 Blast Zone

Some notes to my build:

Only 2 Dark Depths:
Dark Depths is the worst land in the deck {MOST OF THE TIME}. It does not do anything outside the combo. I cut back to make room for some more toolbox lands. I wanted to run the full set of Port with a Ghost Quarter and Karakas, Bog, Blast Zone and Barbarian Ring in the Maindeck. The drawback of cutting down on Dark Depths is that we get worse against combo preboard. But as a Lands player I am prepared to lose game 1 to the likes of Storm, Show etc. anyway, so why not focus the deck more?

Leyline of the Void?!:
Leyline is not really seen (and thus expected) out of Lands normally. Why did I include it? It is good against fast graveyard decks that are usually a bad matchup for us and it shuts down Wrenn and Six engines.

Only 2 Gamble:
Most of the Time, gamble is Loam 5-8. But by adding Wrenn and Six we have more effects that can replace loam. Gamble is also used to find lockpieces postboard but since I added the Leylines, that Gambles can not find (well they can but… yeah) I decided to cut down on the Gamble count.

Tournament report:

Round 1: Death and Taxes (0-1-0)
I was not prepared to face Taxes with Wrenn running rampant in the format. It was never the best matchup for lands but I have tools to beat it.

I kept a hand with a good mana denial plan, a depths and a crop rotation. I regretted this when he opened with basic plains, vial go. My hand did nothing and I ended up getting beaten up by a thalia, a revoker, a mystic and a batterskull without being able to do much. My cards lined up poorly.

Sideboarding: +3 Krosan Grip / + 2 Tireless Tracker / + 1 Blast Zone // -2 Mox Diamond / – 1 Bojuka Bog / -1 Ghost Quarter / -1 Glacial chasm / -1 Ancient Tomb

I knew what i had to do. I kept a good hand with punishing fire + grove, krosan grip, exploration and some lands. He opened with a vial again and I decided against gripping it. Good call because he slams a RiP down on his t2. I Grip it end of turn and start Loaming. He then vials Tomik, Distinguished Advokist in. I still believe someone in R&D just hates us Lands Players with a passion and decided to design this. That thing stalled the game… a lot! I could control his board with Pfire + Grove while starting to tick up my blast zone planning on cracking it for 2. He sticks a Thalia and vials a Recruiter that finds a Sanctum Prelade. I drew a second Punishing Fire and knew what I had to do. I took another turn off to put my blast zone on 3 to kill his Sanctum Prelade and the Recruiter after he tried to wasteland my blast zone on 3, untapped, wastelanded his karakas and double Punishing Fired the Tomik. I then proceeded to throw a 20/20 into his face fort he next 3 turns until he ran out of Swords to Plowshares and died without a board.

We started G3 with 10 minutes on the clock. I had an amazing start. He could not stick a single creature after i killed his vial and had Pfire and Grove online. By the time i could start throwing 20/20s into his face every turn we were in the Extra Turns. I had 1,3,5 and attacked him every turn with a Token. His 5-Card hand consisted of 3 Swords to Plowshares and 2 Path to exile. Draws feel bad so early in the Tournament.

Round 2: 4C Delver (1-1-0)
It was a rather unspectacular Round.

I was on the Draw and started with Wasteland, Exploration, Fetch, Tabernacle and some other stuff. He started with Tropical Island into Delver of secrets. I fetched a Taiga and he Dazes my Exploration, leaving him with only Delver. He untaps and plays a wasteland to kill my Taiga. I drew a Mox for the turn and played it and played the Tabernacle. He goes on a mini rage consisting of “Natural Tabernacle wtf.” He tried to play some magic but I ended up wastelanding him off both of his lands.

Sideboard: +2 Choke / +3 Sphere of Resistance // – 2 Crop Rotation / -1 Karakas / -1 Bojuka Bog / -1 Tranquil Thicket

(I should probably have left the Bojuka Bog in the Deck tbh to get rid of Wrenn Fuel)

I kept a Hand consisting of a Mox, a Sphere, a Gamble and some Lands. He started with Ponder (Shuffle) go. I just slammed the Sphere and it stuck. He missed a landdrop and I got a Port online. I developed my board without him being able to do much fort he next 2 Turns. He finds his second land and plays a Brainstorm in his upkeep, locking him. He conceded relatively quickly afterwards.

Round 3: UR Delver (2-1-0)

This was a friend of mine that I drove to the event with so I knew what he was on. UR is a scary matchup. They have the burn to win after just getting in once or twice with a Delver and we can not do much against it.

I knew that I could race him because he has no Mainboard answers for a 20/20. So I kept a hand that could exactly do that and made a token before he could find his first Wasteland. I was lucky that he had a daze instead of a force in his hand or he would have been able to counter my Crop Rotation.

Sideboard: +2 Choke / + 3 Sphere of Resistance // – 1 Bojuka Bog / -1 Karakas / -3 Crop Rotation

My keep would make stompy players cry from joy. I had Mox, Tomb, 2 Sphere, Choke, Thespian Stage, Port. I just slammed a Sphere on Turn 1 with mana to Pay for Daze. He responded with a Surgical on my Stage. He played a Land and Passed. I played another Sphere and he was thinking long before letting it resolve. Port was doing some work while I waited to draw more Lands for the choke. He was on 5 Lands eventually and I tapped down one every upkeep with my port. He then pays 3 for a ponder leaving only his mountain untapped. I took the window to slam the Choke without him being able to FoW or anything through my 2 Spheres and he wanted to know how I would kill him now. I said that I would either Pfire him for 4 Mana every turn or just pay 30 Mana into a Dark Depths eventually and he conceded.

Round 4: Manaless Dredge (3-1-0)

He won the dice roll and let me go first so I instantly knew what was up. I was prepared and Mulled for a hand with Crop Rotation. I managed to get one backed up by Wasteland and Loam. I just Wastelanded my Bog and Loamed it back to Bog him every second turn. I eventually found a Exploration and after he saw that I could now do it every single Turn he conceded.

Sideboard: +3 Leyline of the Void / +4 Sphere of Resistance // Out I don’t remember but probably all Ports + 3 other Cards. I left in Wasteland for the interaction with Bojuka Bog and Loam.

I mulled for a leyline. He was surprised and did not think that Lands plays Leyline and conceded. He showed me the Force of Vigors still in his board.

Round 5: ID for Top 8 (3-2-0)

TOP 8:
I was close! I just needed to win 2 more matches to be qualified for the Invitational in December.

The Decks in the Top 8 worried me a little but I was prepared. The T8 consisted of:
BUG Snow Nic Fit (I know it is wonderful)
BR Reanimator
RUG Delver
4C Delver
4C Delver

Quarterfinals: RUG Delver (WIN)

Both games were over in 10 Minutes.

I played some lands and made a Token on Turn 3 after he tried to Wasteland me off Green mana. I crop Rotated for an Ancient Tomb in response and made a Token that killed him quickly after he attacked me with a 1/1 Mongoose for a couple turns.

He started with a Ponder, go. I opened on Mox Diamond and cast a Gamble to bait a Counter. He forced it pitching Delver of Secrets. I then slammed a Sphere of Resistance off my Ancient Tomb and started to Wasteland him in the upcoming turns. He conceded quickly.

Semifinals: ANT (WIN)
I already said good bye to my run after I realized I had to play against ANT next. It is one of Land’s worst matchups out there. But it was pure luck that let me win this game.

He got a Gameloss from the Judge because he had Sideboard cards in his Deck

Sideboard: + Everything except the Blast Zone // – 3 Punishing Fire / – 2 Maze of Ith / – 1 Karakas / -4 Life from the Loam / – 1 Tranquil Thicket / – 1 Glacial Chasm / -2 Wrenn and Six

I mulled to 4 without finding a Sphere or a Leyline and kept a hand that had 2 Crop Rotation and an Ancient Tomb. He Duressed one of the Crops so he knew about the second one. It was pure skill that let me rip my Sphere from the top of my Deck on Turn 1 (if you read this: I am still sorry lol). We proceeded to play some draw/go. I managed to ghost quarter him off his basic swamp. His mana was: 1 Underground Sea, 1 Bayou, 1 Volcanic Island, 1 Island. At the end of my turn, he bounced my Sphere. He untapped and drew for his turn. He then cast another Echoing Truths on my Mox diamond (only green Source). He tapped the Bayou and his Island (mistake). I floated green and picked it up. He was thinking and said “go to combat?” either forgetting I had a Port or not seeing that he tapped wrong. I then ported his Underground Sea and he realized that he could not go off this turn and just wasted 2 Bounce spells.
I slammed the Sphere again. Next turn he decided he has to go for it with the sphere in play. He had 3 Lands untapped because I Ported him in Upkeep this time.

He cast 3 Dark Ritual and 1 Cabal Ritual going up do 8 Mana available. He then Cast Ad Nauseam with 2 Mana floating. He had to exactly hit his 4th Dark Ritual because anything else was useless at that point. He did not and died to his own ad naus after getting near the bottom of his Deck.

With that Win I was qualified!

Finals: BUG Snow Nic Fit (LOSS)
The finals were… a slaughter. I did not stand a chance against this abomination.

He is on the play and cast a blind Therapy and hit my Gamble. My hand did not do much anymore because I kept the value plan and did not manage to find a recursion. He beat me down with an Ooze, a Tracker and an Ice Fang Coatl.

Side: + 2 Krosan Grip / + 2 Tireless Tracker / + 2 Choke // – 1 Bojuka Bog / -1 Karakas / – 1 Tabernacle / – 3 Crop Rotation

I mulled and kept a hand of Life from the Loam, Mox Diamond, Dark Depths, Forest, Punishing Fire. I cast Loam t1 and passed. He missed a Therapy on me. I proceeded to dredge: Wrenn and Six, Krosan Grip, Mox Diamond. I cast an empty Loam and passed. He made Nic Fit stuff and Ramped with Veteran Explorer. I dredged Wrenn and Six, Tracker and Choke. So I cast an empty Loam again. He makes an Ooze and could outgrow my Punishing Fire by eating the Tracker i dredged. He then slammed a Back 2 Basics and I extended my hand.

I was very happy with the build I ran. I feel Lands might be better positioned than it actually looks like. I will definitely tune the list more and can’t wait for next Friday. Our weekly FNM are full of good and dedicated Legacy players and an amazing place to test! I went home with a beautiful Foil Mirrodin Chalice of the Void! (First place was a Badlands).