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Saturday during the day and into the evening, Bava and I were streaming to support Extra Life, a group that supports children’s hospitals through video gaming. Over the course of the almost-ten hours of total streaming, we raised an amazing…. $30.00! This is a little less than what we were hoping for, and I don’t think the word was out well enough. If you are interested in donating, check out our Extra Life page.

If you are so inclined, please donate to any one of the pages there. We really appreciate the support, and not even a cent goes to us. Here are some highlights of my part of the stream, in case you missed it and want to donate but still get some stream action:

1. I play some MtG – pretty standard stuff, nothing too crazy.

2. Tired of Magic, I decided to try some Half Life 1 multiplayer, which failed miserably with my awful DSL internet connection.

3. Still itchin’ for some gaming action, I loaded the old Fallout 3 GOTY disc to have a go at that. Sadly, it lagged massively with the stream running on my old Dell Latitude E6400.

4. Computer crash! Overheating killed the poor old laptop, so I placed a fan next to the heat vent, rebooted, and stopped trying to play Fallout.

5. I almost s*** my pants playing Vanish, a brutally scary indie horror game. Ugggggggg.

6. Back to Magic! There are no scary Ackbar-like creatures lurking to kill me in this game, right? …Right?

7. I awkwardly wrap things up with a couple of Legacy 60-card tribal wars decks.

So those are some of the highlights! If any of this interests you, feel free to check out the recorded stream on YouTube.

 

Here is Bava’s part of the stream:

 

Thanks so much for the support, guys. Let’s raise some money!

Now I wanted to share with you one of the craziest and most random decks out there in the Legacy format. It is probably one of the most notable first-turn kill (hereafter abbreviated FTK) decks in the format, and one of my favorites. While definitely not a competitive deck, this is a fun little build that will take some people by surprise when you kill them out of the blue. The deck is called Leyline FTK, and that’s because you win by attacking with a bunch of Leylines. Crazy, right? Check out this list:

Legacy Leyline FTK

Enchantments (36)
Leyline of Anticipation
Leyline of Lifeforce
Leyline of Lightning
Leyline of Punishment
Leyline of Sanctity
Leyline of the Meek
Leyline of the Void
Leyline of Vitality
Opalescence
Lands (16)
Gemstone Mine
City of Brass
Serra’s Sanctum
Mana Confluence

Instants (6)
Enlightened Tutor
Crop Rotation

Creatures (2)
Street Wraith

Here is an example hand:

5x any Leyline, Serra’s Sanctum, Opalescence

FTK! Assuming you are playing first, or drawing and the opponent does not play a blocker, you will win on your first turn. It works like this: You start the game with five Leylines in play; their type is largely irrelevant. Turn 1, play that Serra’s Sanctum and tap it for . Play Opalescence, making all of the Leylines into 4/4’s. Since the Leylines started the game in play, they are unaffected by summoning sickness. Ergo, attack for the even 20.

While that won’t happen most of the time, the rest of the deck is designed to make it so that an Opalescence can resolve with at least a few enchantments in play. Crop Rotation turns any land into Serra’s Sanctum, which will almost always produce more mana than the previous land did, with 32 Leylines in the deck with which to start the game. Enlightened Tutor can find Opalescence for only 1 mana. It’s possible to run Idyllic Tutor. However, I like that E-Tutor only costs 1 mana as opposed to 3, with only 16 lands in the deck. Running a couple of Street Wraith also makes it possible to draw the tutor target for 2 life if the tutor is cast at the end of the opponent’s turn. Wraith is also just good in general, just to get through the deck for relevant spells a little bit more quickly.

The deck is definitely not tiered. I have opted to not include a sideboard here, as there is almost no chance someone could place with this at a GP, or even an FNM event. If you wish to use a sideboard for more competitive, or just improved casual play, I would start with 4 Greater Auramancy. Not a bad tool to have in the face of potential game two hate; remember that Qasali Pridemage is a thing. The inclusion of 4 Serum Powder in the board is not a bad idea either. It improves the chances of finding a turn 1 or 2 kill in the face of a fast deck such as ANT. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to have Mindbreak Traps – four to be precise – to beat most Storm decks. Just mull down to either Leyline of Sanctity or the Trap and win from there. The last three spots I will dedicate to Squire. Really. I’m sure there is some good relevant spell that would fit nicely there, but it is not coming to me off the top of my head.

That’s the nice thing about running a deck with lots of Leylines – sometimes, you just insta-win. We already have 4 maindeck Leyline of the Void for Dredge and Reanimator, and 4 Leyline of Sanctity, which is amazing against Burn and Storm, and decent against Jund. That kind of built-in resiliency makes the deck that much more fun when sneaking in wins against tiered decks.

That’s all for this week. I hope you enjoyed the deck! Once again, if you feel so compelled, please donate to our Extra Life page here. Thanks again, and allow me to close with the quote of the week:

“Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down to shoot the survivors.” -Unknown

Peace.

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