Reid Duke wins Grand Prix Louisville

Legacy in Louisville has a nice ring to it. The first Grand Prix of 2017, Louisville kicked the year off right. Legacy has a reputation for being a diverse format that is incredibly skill testing and the Top 8 proved this to be the case at least one more time.

The Top 8 featured current World Champion Brian Braun-Duin on Miracles, one of the best decks in the format. Perpetual champion of white creatures Craig Wescoe took Death and Taxes, to the elimination rounds. Reid Duke took a Chris Pikula approved Sultai True-Name Nemesis deck all the way to the final table. Michael Majors took Sultai Delver to the Top 8 while Charles Hinkle and Nate Barton plied their trade with Grixis Delver. Rounding out the Top 8 saw Cody Napier on Sneak and Show and Andrew Sullano on Red-Black Reanimator. It would be Sullano facing off against Duke in the finals and despite winning a lightning fast game two with a turn one Griselbrand, it was Reid Duke who added a trophy to his growing collection.

The story of Louisville cannot be told without the cards from Conspiracy: Take the Crown. Reid Duke ran two copies of Leovold, Emissary of Trest in his winning deck while Wescoe had the trifecta of Palace Jailer, Sanctum Prelate, and Recruiter of the Guard in his maindeck. Legacy might be an Eternal format but new cards still matter, and that's part of what makes Magic great.


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