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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My Life in the Zoo: Legacy Pt.7 Road to Richmond

With the Starcity Games Legacy 5K coming up in Richmond on February 28, 2010, I am nearly certain I will be able to attend. It's really a question of how many Worldwake launch related events I will attend. Honestly, I'm more then happy to sacrifice launch events for the wealth of experience I expect to gain from a Legacy 5K. The really good news is I've been able to make significant strides in my build through trade efforts, and have not needed to invest any new cash. I was able to trade in to 2 Grim Lavamancers, and a second Sacred Foundry (not foil, but what are you going to do?). I've also been able to borrow to additional Grim Lavamancers for the moment, but I am uncertain how long I'll be able to hold on to them. It would be nice if I could retain use of them through the 5K, but we will just have to see. Lastly, and most importantly, I've been able to tentatively borrow a set of Goyfs  from a team  mate who will not be attending the event. With this in mind, I expect to go in running the following main list. I've also noted the plan B if I am unable to secure a set of Goyfs.

Creatures:
Kavu Predator x4
Kird Ape x4
Tarmogoyf x4 (Woolly Thoctar x3, Terramorphic Expanse)
Qasali Pridemage x4
Wild Nacatl x4
Grim Lavamancer x4

Spells:
Invigorate x3
Lightning Bolt x4
Sylvan Library x2
Swords to Plowshares x3
Punishing Fire x3
Umezawa's Jitte

Land:
Arid Mesa x4
Grove of the Burnwillows x4
Plateau
Sacred Foundry x2
Savannah
Stomping Ground
Temple Garden
Tiaga
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills
Forest, Mountain, Plains 1 each.

I really think this list is pretty viable. This build pushes the domain factor of my mana base to the long awaited 80% (81% on the plan B). I'd really like to run the Revised style dual lands over the Ravnica block shock lands, but I think my testing has proven that this list can run the shock lands with minimal negative impact. Switching two Arid Mesa's for one each Wooded Foothills, and Windswept Heath, would certainly make the mana base less susceptible to Pithing Needle, but I figure any needle coming down would be more likely to name Pridemage, Punishing Fire, or Lavamancer.

It's also important to note that Worldwake will drop between now and this event. That many new cards could bring about changes, so we will just have to see. I have not seen anything yet that screams Zoo to me, but we have a long way to go in exploring cards, as 90% of the new set is still unknown. I may have to make some lateral plays on new cards, and will hold off on significant sideboard decisions, until we know what the new set holds, and how it may effect the field.

I have to admit, I really don't expect to win, or even finish in the money on the event, but I have surprised myself before. Regardless of how I do, I really think experience at this level is the next step for the list, and in the development of my play ability. Even if I find that I'm not ready, and have to drag my butt back to the kiddy pool, I think I will learn a lot that will help me in my local Legacy events. In any case, I'm never going to know if I can hang at this level, unless I give it a try.

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