Welcome duelists from all the multiverse, one more week and with it a new post at Duel’s In Time for Eternal Magic. This time we’ll see that it takes force of will to get into Legacy.
Apart from the pun, to be inside Legacy you have to have force of will, but not the actual card. Afora o trocadilho, para estar no legacy é preciso ter força de vontade, mas não a carta força de vontade. You need to be willing for a long journey in a universe of possibilities.
To begin, you’ll need to get to know your game and life style. It may not seem, but in some ways the player’s personality influences a lot on the strategy that he or she adopts. And inside the game we have three basic archetypes: Aggro, Control and Combo.
Aggressive: A.k.a aggro. It is a more direct and straightforward play style, where the goal is to win in the shortest time possible. During the matches he makes continuous pressure, forcing the opponent to deal with threats that they place on the battlefield. Burn, Goblins, Death Shadown and Eldrazi are some examples of aggressive decks (aggro). They often have difficulty against combination decks.
Control: It has a dominant game style, where the goal is to control and exhaust the resources of the opponent until he has no way to react. Normally the control decks use black and/or blue, but not necessarily. Pox, Miracles, Lands and Stoneblade are some examples of control decks. They usually have some hard times against aggressive decks.
Combo: It is a game style with little interaction with the opponent, where the player uses a winning combination that assures the victory. They often have difficulty against control decks. Combo decks have two categories: critical mass or direct combination.
In critical mass combo, the player try to get a certain number of plays, usually 10, that will guarantee his victory. ANT, TES and High Tide are some representatives of this category.
In direct combination the player takes advantage of the strong synergy between cards to establish greater pressure on the battlefield. BG Depths, Show and Tell and Food Chain are some representatives of this category.
There are also intermediate types, which seek to have an alternative or mixed strategy for a better positioning. The most popular, and known as the fourth type, is the midrange. The strategy of these decks is to act as a control to exhaust the resources and to put threats that injure the opponent, putting pressure on both sides. Aggro Loam is an excellent example of this category. These definitions are not a consensus, nor absolute, so I point out an approach of the same theme in the command beacon column, from “teacher” Matheus. It’s worth the reading, a lot.
The purpose of having talked about this is precisely to suit the strategy of actually acquiring the deck. Starting in Legacy with a competitive deck requires time and financial resources, where your personality will dictate the path of this journey. But this journey has some common steps:
- Game style: To understand your game style so you choose the deck that matches your personality the most. In this stage, it’s worth to watch some of your friend playing, or to check at gameplays on specialized channels. In portuguese I can point the channels from Luciano Guma and Diário Planinauta, who also deal with decktechs. If english is not a problem for you, channels like StarCityGames, ChannelFireball, mtggoldfish among others can be found on youtube or twitch;
- Rsources: Once the deck is chosen, it is important to know the available features. Sometimes we have a list with results, but that does not “swing” with us. This can be a matter of adapting to the environment that you’re at and knowing alternative cards that can assist in this. Either with a cheaper card or something different.
- Scenery: To observe the current one is, above all, the most important of all points. To know each one’s rank through websites like mtgtop8 and tcdecks give you a solid perspectivo on what you’re expecting to face.
- Update: Reading on discussion sites helps in crafting strategies against and in favor, so you can anticipate what you will find out there.
In addition to the game strategies, the financial strategies are also important. In that way, the most important thing to keep in mind is that sometimes it will take time to complete the purchase of the deck, but it will take longer to master this deck. The number of interactions between two decks is great, and in Legacy an exponential occurs because of the number of decks. So in order to actually be in the Legacy is not necessary only to have reserved list cards, but the main strategy is to have a great deal of force of will and patience.
Hugs and until next week.
Schedule for the upcoming events:
22th Alpha Legacy – 10/06/17
Place: Magic Store Brasil – Rua Conde de Bonfim, 485, slj 204 – Rio de Janeiro – RJ
Subscription: R$ 35,00
5th Stage of Circuito Legacy Catarinense – 18/06/2017
Place: Rua Papa João XXIII, 1105, Joinville – SC
Subscription: R$ 50,00
4th Stage of Liga Mineira – 25/06/17
Place: UG CardShop – Rua dos Pampas, 17 – Prado – Belo Horizonte – MG
Subscription: R$ 30,00
More info on the website of each association.