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This week I wanted to discuss a rather tilt-inducing situation for me, as well as share a deck list.

So, this past weekend was the SCG Open in Syracuse, NY. Creepy fact: That’s an event that is relatively close to where I live. While the format of the open itself was Standard, there was a Legacy 5K Premier IQ yesterday on Sunday. As a Legacy player, I jumped at the chance to get to go and play in a more competitive field. Sadly, things fell apart.

It started with something quite simple: I did not have a deck to play. I do not really own a lot of complete Legacy decks in paper. The only one I had was Enchantress, but I lent that to my friend and he went on an extended vacation before I got a chance to ask to have it back. I thought I might play High Tide, but I lacked the necessary Force of Wills. I did have part of burn put together, and said to myself: “You know what? Just buy out the rest. It’s not that much.” No problem, right? I even paid a bit extra for some expedited UPS shipping. Well, there were floods in Kentucky, and as such my package was delayed. Hell, if you’re reading this on Monday, they probably are not even in my mail box yet. So that’s problem 1.

Problem 2 is that my other friend whom I was supposed to pick up so we could go together called me on Saturday night to tell me that he had made some Easter plans suddenly. I have no problem with religious observances and holidays, but when you make plans with your friends to burn some fossil fuels to play Magic, make sure that you keep those plans. Clearly the cards are more important than the environment, yes? Still, I was really looking forward to playing in this event with him.

The third problem is likely the most damning. I could play my bastardized Forceless High Tide if necessary, but when I woke up Sunday morning I felt terrible! Rather than going into detail, let’s just leave it that I would have been unable to make it to tournament, let alone my car. Yes, it was finally then that I threw in the towel and said “No more. I scoop to life;” that is also why this isn’t an epic tournament write-up and matchup analysis.

There is a lesson to be learned from all of this. I am out $150 in cards that I wanted to use for this tournament. In the grand scheme of things, that is no huge loss, but it is no chump change either. What is does, however, is give me an excuse to play with my friends more, since I am no longer tied to my lent Enchantress deck for Legacy. I think that alone is easily worth the money I spent. And hey, it also means that they have to get some Circle of Protection: Red as soon as they possibly can :)

Also, I honestly tilted a bit. Terrible illness, inability to go and play in a more competitive tournament, and not being able to see my good friend all ruined my mood. As Steve can attest, I did try to brighten things up a bit with some Kangaroo Court EDH, but I still felt pretty bad. Writing this, though, has made me realize that life happens. While Magic is a great game, sometimes life just needs to remind you that it comes first. Stay healthy, and do not tilt too much if things jump out of your control and you cannot make it to your IQ.

With that, check this out:

Pox by Reid Duke, circa December 2011

Creatures (2)
Nether Spirit

Planeswalkers (4)
Liliana of the Veil
Lands (25)
13 Swamp
Mishra’s Factory
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Wasteland

Artifacts (3)
Cursed Scroll

Instants (5)
Dark Ritual
Spinning Darkness

Sorceries (20)
Hymn to Tourach
Inquisition of Kozilek
Sinkhole
Smallpox
Innocent Blood
Pox

Enchantment (1)
Nether Void

Why would I show you such a deck? Well, this is a very quick continuation of my Getting Into Legacy series. If you bought Wasteland as a staple, and love systematically dismantling your opponents, then this is the deck for you. But the list is totally antiquated? Pox has not changed much over the course of time. You can find Mr. Duke’s excellent primer on the deck here.

The deck is mono-color, so no fancy fetches or duals, and is one of my favorites decks in Legacy. I may be a bit of a combo junkie, but Pox really suits me for some reason. Also, feel free to ignore Nether Void and The Abyss for the most part. I’ve never had them be totally amazing, and I like to play a Night of Soul’s Betrayal in the main instead. Looking for a more updated list? I would provide one, but all that I have found that have done well in relatively recent events have delved into other colors and are playing cards like The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale. Stick with mono color; it’s your best bet.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading, and I hope to see y’all soon!

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