Hey guys,

You may have guessed from the title that I am not writing about an awesome performance at GP Atlanta.  I did pretty terrible.  A string of bad matchups and some less than optimal play on my part had me out of the tournament very quickly.  I think U/R is getting a little worse than it used to be because of how common the deck has become.  You can no longer count on your RUG opponent to give you free extra damage with Price and that is a problem.  My Lava Spike over Submerge sideboard plan worked like I thought it would, but it still wasn’t enough.  I need to put some more effort into turning that matchup around.

I managed to salvage the weekend by top8ing the standard TCG player 1k the next day (we chopped prize, everyone wanted to go home).  I did this the week before as well.  After doing poorly in the PTQ 2 weeks ago, I decided that I was getting bored with Delver and wanted to try something different.  I picked up Shaheen Sorani’s Esper Walkers deck from the invitational.  It’s pretty sweet.  I’ve played it in 2 tournaments so far and top 8’d both.  The 75 I played: http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/deck.asp?deck_id=1022613 (the question mark is a Doom Blade).  I don’t consider myself anything close to a control player, but I’ve found this deck to be fairly easy to play and really powerful.  Once you get 2 Planeswalkers in play, you’re probably going to win.  It doesn’t matter which 2; they’re all good.

 

Back to the title of the article.

 

This isn’t a set review.  I find those to be super boring and I never really get anything out of them.  Instead, when Adam asked me to do something with M13 I decided to go through the spoiler and find cards that made me think or ones that I knew I’d be playing with at some point.  Hope its helpful/entertaining:

Hellion Crucible

This land is really good.  This is going to fill a very important role in red and red/x decks.  Having a way to spend mana to get value without spending a card in aggro decks is awesome.  I can definitely see this in slower control decks too. Having a land that can turn in to a win condition is the kind of versatility a control deck wants.  I just checked star city and saw that it is only $1.99.  Speculation is more Adam’s expertise but I’d be shocked if this thing wasn’t at least $4 or $5 after the set starts getting played with.

Thundermaw Hellkite

This card is sweet.  Lots of writers have talked about it already and I don’t have anything to add really.  I just know I’m going to want to play it and I’m sure the above land will be in my deck when I do.

 

Smelt

My legacy sideboard got an updgrade!  Sorry crush…

 

 

Magmaquake

I’m pretty sure this is just a worse Bonfire of the Damned, but given that I’ve been playing Planeswalker control lately, it peaked my interest.  It seems powerful, but I’m not sure when this is better than bonfire.

 

 

Ajani, Caller of the Pride

I don’t think this is a card I’ll be playing anytime soon but I can’t deny how good 5 loyalty is on turn 3.  How about turn 2?  Think about it.  Your opponent won the die roll. Turn 1 they play a forest and a birds of paradise.  You play a land.  Turn 2 they play a plains and an Ajani.  I can’t wait to play against that…

 

 

Planar Cleansing

Uh oh.  Hopefully Day of Judgment is in the next block because I’m not sure Terminus is enough.  This card is powerful but the slower decks that can cast it will probably have planeswalkers as well.  I don’t want to wrath my own walkers.

 

Master of the Pearl Trident

Fish is starting to make a comeback in Legacy.  It has a good combo matchup and which is starting to become a larger part of the meta.  They get to play eight Lord of Atlantis plus however many images.  Seems good.  Alex Bertoncini posted the fish list he would play after M13 if any of you are interested:

 

4 Cursecatcher
4 Master of the Pearl Trident
4 Lord of Atlantis
3 Phantasmal Image
4 Force of Will
3 Daze
4 Silvergill Adept
2 Spell Pierce
4 Aether Vial
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
4 Coralhelm Commander
1 Sower of Temptation
2 Kira, Great Glass Spinner
4 Wasteland
4 Mutavault
2 Cavern of Souls
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Sb:
1 Dismember
4 Submerge
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Manriki-Gusari
1 Spell Pierce
3 Red Elemental Blast
4 Tormod’s Crypt
 

 

Liliana of the Dark Realms

I like this card way more than everyone else.  Assuming the shock lands come back in the next block (I don’t know anyone who thinks otherwise), the ability to have a planeswalker fix your mana seems sweet.  She doesn’t protect herself when she comes in to play so she may be a bust.  Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

 

Vampire Nighthawk

Everyone seems excited for this reprint but a 3 mana vapor snagable answer to geist of saint traft probably isn’t good enough.  At least blade splicer gets restoration angel to reset it.  With that said, it is still a very good card and I’m sure it will see plenty of play.

 

Rancor

Obviously powerful.  It’s a recurring shock.  Strangleroot Geist wasn’t good enough already?

 

 

Thragtusk

So. Much. Value.  The obvious fits are Birthing Pod and Restoration Angel decks.  It’ll be very good in those and with the splashable mana cost of 4G I’m sure it will find plenty of other homes.

 

 

Yeva, Nature’s Herald

It’s a 4/4 flash for 2GG.  Wolfir Avenger is good at 3/3 flash for 3.  How good is giving the rest of your green cards flash?  You probably don’t have many cards left in hand after you play the 4 drop.  It does let you set up Huntmaster flips.  Maybe it’ll be a 2 of in the RG/Naya decks.
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Thanks for reading.  If you have any comments or questions you can put them below or message me on Twitter.

Andrew Schneider

@On__The__Grind (double underscore)