The Salt Mine Episode 12: CanCon 2017 Legacy Round-Up feat. Winner Stephen Tang!

Welcome to another episode of The Salt Mine! After all our international guests we take it back to Australia and talk about the recent tournaments we’ve been to. With the large Guf Ballarat tournament in the rear view, we talk about our preparation for CanCon 2017’s Legacy event, how our tournaments went and other general banter about our experiences in the nation’s capital and where the metagame is going. Enjoy!

Guf Ballarat Metagame Breakdown:


Tang’s Report and list:

Brad Nelson’s DeathBlade article:–An-Esper-Deathblade-Primer.html

Philipp Schönegger’s Miracles primer:

Philipp Schönegger’s Flusterstorm article:

Where’s my report? It’s here! Sean’s Death & Taxes report:

Pro Tour Aether Revolt controversy:

Seinfeld “The Opera” snippet:

CBR MTG Legacy videos:

CanCon 2017 Legacy metagame breakdown:


NZ Eternal announcement in the “MTG NZ Eternal Magic” Facebook Group:

Prostate cancer charity event – “Duals to Protect the Jewels” – Facebook Event:

Jonathan Alexander’s Dark Thresh list:

Kai Sawatari’s 6-0 with Dark Thresh:

Sean’s Dark Thresh:

Graham King’s MonoBlue Painter:

Lands: (19)
10 Island
4 Flooded Strand
2 Polluted Delta
2 Ancient Tomb
1 Academy Ruins

Creatures: (8)
4 Painter’s Servant
3 Trinket Mage
1 Spellskite

Non-Creature Spells: (33)
4 Whir of Invention
4 Ponder
4 Brainstorm
4 Counterbalance
4 Sensei’s Divining Top
3 Grindstone
1 Pithing Needle
1 Ensnaring Bridge
4 Force of will
2 Blue Elemental Blast
2 Hydroblast

Julian’s Legacy Challenge Videos:

Songs, in order of appearance:
“Sponge State” by Sløtface
“Shooting Stars” by Bag Raiders

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A Love That Keeps on Giving – *Top 8* at CanCon 2017 Legacy with Death & Taxes

  Hallo. Sean Brown here, and yet again I have another tournament report for everyone to read. And once again, I lucksacked my way through to the Top 8 of a relatively large tournament with the usual love of my life, Death & Taxes. The deck served me incredibly well, per usual, drawing me out… Continue reading A Love That Keeps on Giving – *Top 8* at CanCon 2017 Legacy with Death & Taxes

I’d Love a Delver – Top 8 at CanCon 2017 Legucci

CanCon is a gaming convention that has been held in Canberra, Australia for thirty-nine years now. It’s a convention that specialises in board-games and wargaming, cosplay etc. etc. Nerd heaven! This is the sort of stuff I file under the “I’m aware you exist but I don’t care about you.” I went to Canberra and… Continue reading I’d Love a Delver – Top 8 at CanCon 2017 Legucci

The Salt Mine Episode 11: GP Louisville Round-Up feat. Julian Knab

A stray comment on Twitter about Show and Tell has lead to the eminent Julian Knab joining The Salt Mine for this very special episode! We concentrate on wrapping up the events, decks and lack of coverage at GP Louisville and where the metagame and coverage will be going in future. We also speak about a lot of other things – some Aether Revolt cards, Julian’s JKEternal event, our Guf Ballarat experience and the future of Magic Online.


Jacob Wilson playing UB Reanimator:

Yeah, about that guy who beat Shahar Shenhar in BoM 2013…

Helene Bergeot talking about GP Louisville:

What Is “Old Yeller”?

Magic on ESPN2!

Suzy Q’s Twitter where you can find some coverage of GP Louisville:

The movie (and book) about Hitler in 2016 – “Look Who’s Back”:

They’ve seen the outcry in “The January 9, 2017 Update”:

Matt mentions Fishpond, a notoriously poor online book seller in Australia:

The Elf with Reach and a cantrip – Silkweaver Elite!

“No Johns”!

MaRo on the Reserved List:

Steve’s 4c Delver:

Creatures: (14)
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Delver of Secrets
1 Gurmag Angler
2 Snapcaster Mage
1 Tombstalker
2 True-Name Nemesis

Non-Creature Spells: (27)
3 Abrupt Decay
4 Brainstorm
1 Counterspell
4 Daze
4 Force of Will
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Spell Pierce
1 Spell Snare
4 Ponder

Lands: (19)
4 Flooded Strand
1 Misty Rainforest
3 Polluted Delta
2 Tropical Island
3 Underground Sea
2 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland

Sideboard: (15)
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Diabolic Edict
1 Dismember
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Painful Truths
2 Red Elemental Blast
1 Sudden Demise
1 Sulfur Elemental
2 Surgical Extraction
3 Thoughtseize
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

The stack war versus Miracle of Science:

Sean’s Death & Taxes:

Lands: (23)
2 Cavern of Souls
1 Horizon Canopy
3 Karakas
9 Plains
4 Rishadan Port
4 Wasteland

Creatures: (26)
4 Flickerwisp
1 Mirran Crusader
4 Mother of Runes
3 Phyrexian Revoker
2 Recruiter of the Guard
2 Sanctum Prelate
2 Serra Avenger
4 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Non-Creature Spells: (11)
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Aether Vial
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

Sideboard: (15)
1 Containment Priest
2 Council’s Judgment
2 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Faerie Macabre
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Leonin Relic-Warder
1 Palace Jailer
2 Path to Exile
1 Pithing Needle
2 Rest in Peace

Bradon Owen’s UB DepthStill

Lands: (25)
1 Bayou
4 Dark Depths
1 Island
4 Polluted Delta
1 Swamp
4 Thespian’s Stage
1 Tolaria West
3 Underground Sea
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
4 Wasteland

Creatures: (4)
4 Vampire Hexmage

Non-Creature Spells: (31)
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
1 Intuition
3 Ponder
1 Preordain
2 Spell Pierce
3 Thoughtseize
2 Crucible of Worlds
3 Expedition Map
4 Mox Diamond
4 Standstill

Sideboard: (15)
3 Abrupt Decay
2 Dread of Night
2 Flusterstorm
4 Pithing Needle
3 Surgical Extraction
1 Toxic Deluge

Jonathan Alexander’s RUG Delver:

Creatures: (10)
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Nimble Mongoose
2 Tarmogoyf

Non-Creature Spells: (32)
4 Brainstorm
1 Counterspell
4 Daze
2 Dismember
4 Force of Will
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Spell Pierce
3 Spell Snare
4 Stifle
4 Ponder
1 Winter Orb

Lands: (18)
4 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
3 Tropical Island
3 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland

Sideboard: (15)
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Winter Orb
1 Tarmogoyf
2 True-Name Nemesis
1 Seal of Fire
2 Ancient Grudge
3 Pyroblast
1 Spell Pierce
2 Submerge

Julian’s Elves list:

Lands: (20)
4 Gaea’s Cradle
2 Dryad Arbor
4 Windswept Heath
3 Wooded Foothills
2 Bayou
1 Pendelhaven
2 Cavern of Souls
2 Forest

Creatures: (26)
2 Birchlore Rangers
4 Wirewood Symbiote
3 Heritage Druid
4 Elvish Visionary
3 Quirion Ranger
2 Craterhoof Behemoth
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Nettle Sentinel
1 Reclamation Sage

Non-Creature Spells: (14)
4 Green Sun’s Zenith
4 Glimpse of Nature
3 Natural Order
2 Abrupt Decay

Sideboard: (15)
2 Surgical Extraction
3 Cabal Therapy
3 Thoughtseize
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Gaddock Teeg
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Progenitus
1 Natural Order
1 Elderscale Wurm

Day[9]’s site with Hearthstone coverage:

The plan for Magic Digital Next from Hasbro’s slides:

Steve’s Twitch channel:

Julian’s Twitch channel:

Julian’s website, where all his content is hosted!

Songs, in order of appearance:

“Go Go Power Rangers” by Ron Wasserman
“Du hast” by Rammstein

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Guf Ballarat Legacy Ladder Final *Top 4* with Death & Taxes

As a bit of background to this, let’s explain what this event was all about. Melbourne Legacy has skyrocketed in popularity over 2016, though there has been a surprising lack of large payout events other than the annual “Eternal Masters” event (that pays out a piece of power to first place). The Legacy Ladder series… Continue reading Guf Ballarat Legacy Ladder Final *Top 4* with Death & Taxes