I also had a productive week of trading when it comes to my Legacy project. I managed to pick up Grim Lavamancer number 3, and 4. I also picked up an unexpected FTV Kird Ape, replacing my less then stellar white boardered revised Kird Ape. The Lavamancers allow me to run my current list with out the hassle of trying to borrow them on the fly. The Kird Ape really doesn't functionally improve the list, since it's a card for card swap, but the Foil version is pretty pimp, and pimp'n ain't easy! So without further introduction, I ran the following maindeck on Sunday.
Kavu Predator x4
Kird Ape x4
Woolly Thoctar x3
Qasali Pridemage x4
Wild Nacatl x4
Grim Lavamancer x4
Lightning Bolt x4
Sylvan Library x2
Swords to Plowshares x3
Punishing Fire x3
Arid Mesa x4
Grove of the Burnwillows x4
Sacred Foundry x2
Forest, Mountain, Plains 1 each.
Now on to the issue of sideboard options. I know for a fact that our resident Elf player is expected to be out of the country, and Eddie is not making the trip. In addition, I expect to see the following decks in the field (I'm really interested to see how close I get this).
Based on this expected field, I've decided to go with the following board.
Pyroclasm x3 (Dredge)
Pithing Needle x4 (Wasteland, Top)
Red Elemental Blast x3 (Islands)
Relic of Progenitus x2 (Dredge)
Tormod's Crypt x2 (Dredge)
I feel like I pretty much nailed the meta. We had a few new people come out, and a couple of people I thought would be there, that stayed home for rain, but the mix was more or less what I expected.
With a last minute entry, we had 13 players, and were set for a four round stand off. Turns out I was more right then I expected when it came to Zoo. There were four Zoo builds in the field, making to just over 30% of the day's field, and it was going to be a big part of my day.
Round one I was paired against Mike, and his Dark Zoo build. Game was an absolute beating of back and forth removal. I was finally able to stich enough threats to make a stand, and Mike ended up scooping, hoping to have enough time for him to win 2 more games. Game 2 was over with the quickness, as the power of the Goyf beat my dome in so fast, I don't think we went 6 turns. Game 3 was another slug fest, with Mikes life total going into the thirties. I was able to stick a Kavu, and pump him into a threat just as the round ended and we went to turns. I was able to get there, but I was down to 2 life myself.
Round two, and whats this, another Zoo match up. Adam, jumped into Legacy with a Zoo list just this week, so he doesn't have much time in at all with the build. Game one, I was able to stick more threats. Game two, was all Adam, he was able to stick a couple of early threats, and was made of remocal, burning or pathing anything I dropped on the table. Game three I kept a Dual, a Fetch, Kitty, Kavu, and 3 Invigorates, and that was pretty much game.
Round three was a break, only in the sense that I wasn't facing another Zoo match up. I was paired against Crispy, who runs a very effective Fish build. Fish is supposed to be an easy match up for a Zoo deck, but I swear there is no such thing as an easy game with Crispy. He is such a solid player, and very difficult to read. Game one, I did what I do, and pushed some threats past the counterspells, and beat face to the end. We both boarded heavy, as this match up is prone to do. I brought in a full set of Needles, and 3 REBs. I pulled a hand of Needle, Grove, Kitty, Kavu, Fetch, something, something. (I really need to start writing these down). I dropped a turn one Needle of the Grove, nameing wasteland. I wasn't even sure Crispy was running them, but I figured it was a good bet. Turns out he does run them, because on turn 3 he bounced my Needle, and wasted my Grove. I have to admit, I really enjoy when players show a little respect to my goofy deck synergy. I was able to stick a Pridemage, and the Needle, and started swinging for the win. Crispy never saw any of his board tech, until it was nearly over.
Round four, I was paired against, you guess it, the other undefeated Zoo player. That's right, four matches, 3 opponents playing Zoo. As thrilled as I was with the prospect of another Zoo on Zoo slug fest, we opted to ID. My tie breakers improved based on the other results of round 4, and I slid into first.
I'm really please with the list I've developed, and found that the off color fetch did it's job well. My wish list is really down to Jitte, Goyfs, and Revised Duals, so I'll be on this list for a month or two at the least. Jitte has to be my next priority, since it is just so good in the mirror match. I intend to wait until I can pick up this years new Promo Jitte. It will just make such a cool addition to my collection.
My sanctioned game record now turns the corner to 25-21-1, and I've had 2 undefeated events. If Zoo gets any stronger in the local meta, I may have to consider getting some Forces, and building CounterTop!?!