We just finished our first CBR MTG Highlander league in Canberra, we had a double swiss of 5 rounds with a cut to Top 4! 16 players joined the league with 21 Unique decks and we were able to gather some data on the decks played. Huge congratulations to our Top 4 for making it through!
1st Wes McTernan – Backyard Blitz
2nd Jacob Turner – Mardon’t
3/4th Morgan Sedaitis – Gardening Australia
3/4th Angus McKay – Oath Reanimator Continue reading
Top 16 Decklists are presented below, and feature match video coverage is here:
I’d like to take this opportunity to also say that I’m humbled by the number of players who were not afraid to sleeve up my unique brews, including one of my budget lists (woah!). I won’t take credit for Kess Pile which has experienced analogous evolution around Australia, but three of my brews Top 8-ed in the hands of some excellent players. Results include “Hootie & the BUG Fish” (3rd place this weekend, and a 2nd place finish last month), “ANNIHILATOR SIX” (5th place here, and 1st last month, plus a smattering of Top 16’s here too), and even my BUDGET list “Gruul Moon” (7th place this weekend in a field of decks many, many times the price!). I’d just like to say a very warm ‘thank you’ to all the players who have embraced my brews and piloted them to such great finishes, namely Luke Jefferey, Douglas Coff, Ryan Parry, JtMP, Soc (apologies to anyone I missed!). Some of you I hadn’t even met before and the moment I saw you rock up and jam one of my brews (and do the decks proud to such awesome finishes) made me feel very honoured. Thank you!
11 players today for our TGC Monthly Highlander congrats on Tim for taking out the gold!
1st Tim Evers – UG Taking Turns
2nd James Caesar – UB Delve-er
3rd/4th Phillip Nicholson – TM 55 (UR Prowess)
3rd/4th Vladimir Svoboda – Reanimator Oath
Anthony Mallamace – Bant Aggro
Angus McKay – Reanimator Oath
Lachlan Saunders – UW Control
Jake Sims – Grixis Control
Dan Schuler – Grixis Control
James O’Rourke – UW Control
Peter Irwin – Jeskai Mentor
This finals match was very much a clash of old and new. Anatoli Lightfoot has been a member of the magic community for approximately 1000 years and has a well-earned reputation as an excellent player. Conversely Dylan Brown is much newer to the game however he is still a formidable competitor. Anatoli was piloting a Jeskai deck featuring cheap creatures such as Young Pyromancer and Geist of Saint Traft backed up by efficient cheap spells such as Brainstorm, Lightning Bolt and counterspells. Dylan’s weapon of choice was a heavy-hitting four colour midrange deck filled with powerful multi-colour spells that aim to overpower its opponents with sheer value for mana. It features several creatures with cascade and even spends a full four points on Ancestral Recall.
Our beloved site has received a revamp! Whilst AusEternal is an outlet for Legacy and Vintage too, the primary reason players visit the site is in the search for information on Highlander (everyone’s favourite format). Until now it has been tricky for newer players to locate Highlander deck lists, and in addition, the valuable discussions that we have on FaceBook about archetypes end up getting pushed down the front page.
The new site structure is now designed to be more user-friendly specifically for deck and metagame discussion. There is a dedicated tab above for HIGHLANDER DECKS which takes you straight to the new forum, in which we have about three-dozen threads each dedicated to a specific Archetype. The Archetypes are loosely organised into three categories:
This is write up about moon effects, specifically Back to Basics, Blood Moon and Magus of the Moon. The argument for adding a point to Blood Moon and Back to Basics is one full of misunderstanding and confusion. Luke did a write up on his blog at highlander4eva.blogspot.com.au arguing why they shouldn’t be pointed, but even a quick read of his article hints at a strong justification for pointing moon effects. So I’m just going to take apart his argument one step at a time and use his own reasons to show why both Blood Moon and Back to Basics deserve a point.
A decklist creator has been added to the site. You’ll now be able to create and print off decklists on a nice looking registration form. The form also supports Australian Highlander lists and copypastas from most online sites and tools. Special thanks to Fry for his work in configuring the software for Highlander and to the creator April King.
Congrats to Jacob Dunn, Matthew Vaughan and Lachlan Wardsmith for taking down Vintage, Legacy and Highlander Masters. Condolences to Graham King, ever the bridesmaid, never the bride. If you have the Legacy lists from the event it’d be awesome if you could upload them here, they seem to have been lost in the Aether. Props to us for getting a version of Wardsmith’s winning deck up a year before the event!
A week ago, I was just a typical Planeswalker, doing my best to sneak in extra preparation for the Highlander National Championship, fully aware that I wouldn’t be able to borrow an Ancestral Recall for my control deck. So I put together a list that would use Sol Ring to power out quick four mana spells to fuel lots of cute graveyard interactions like Sedraxis Specter, Rise // Fall, Unburial Rites, Dig Through Time and Treasure Cruise. It seemed passable, but I felt it wasn’t amazing. It was too clunky to function without an early Sol Ring, and even when I had the turn 1 Sol Ring, I felt that it still couldn’t quite match the competition.
Vintage is one of the most unique and powerful formats you can experience. Vintage is turn one Jace, the Mind Sculptor. Vintage is turn one Trinisphere and a Lodestone Golem. Vintage is also taking 13 points of damage from a Gorilla Shaman. Vintage is also both players cast Force of Will, Mana Drain and Flusterstorm they both have no cards in hand until the board state is just land. I cannot recommend it enough. Whether you print off decks to play against your friends, or you’re lucky enough to be able to play in paper. Now with vintage becoming available online, the format is seeing a lot more widespread play and I am excited to see what the Internet can come up with.
“Josh, is Splinter Twin a deck in Highlander?”
“Can we make it one?”
Shane mentioned in one of his earlier articles that some Highlander decks are built on “niche (terrible) combos”. I’m here to show you the steps I took to construct a deck based around a specific, niche combo, One of the easiest mistakes to make when building decks for Highlander is to have too many ideas, including too many niche cards, and then finding that your deck is unfocused and doesn’t perform optimally in any role. These steps will help you to refine your deck construction.
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