Live Coverage of StarCityGames.com Open Series: Dallas / Fort Worth
StarCityGames.com Event Coverage
Perhaps in Magic history there has never been anything like it. Two tournaments, two 14 year olds in the Finals. After pushing through the Swiss in dominating fashion with his 43 Land deck, Jacob Palaima found himself all the way in the Finals. He was hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow freshman Eric Palmerduca who had taken down the Standard competition on Saturday. Luck seemed to be on his side as he got a free game win to decide his Quarterfinals match after Andres Suarez insufficiently randomized his deck. On top of that, his opponent was playing a favorable matchup: Zoo.
But his opponent was no slouch. The most accomplished player in the room, Tom Ross had multiple Top 8s already before reaching the single elimination rounds of the Legacy Open. He even managed to send the match to a third game. There, however, his run seemed to come to a close. Unable to get enough early pressure on James, Ross could only watch as Palaima's mana engine kicked into over drive. His only hope was that James picked up his third game rules violation, a situation that would upgrade to a game loss and hand Ross the win. Then, the unthinkable. Palaima began attacking with a Glacial Chasm on the table, something not allowed by the rules. It was the break Ross needed! Jacob had done himself in, a serious twist of fate, and Tom Ross emerged the Dallas Legacy Open champion!
Saturday night, 14-year-old Eric Palmerduca took down the entirety of the StarCityGames.com Standard Open in Dallas. Fast forward 24 hours, and 14-year-old James Palaima found himself with the chance to be in the exact same position.
The Quarterfinals of the StarCityGames.com Legacy Open in Dallas had been a bit of a cakewalk for Drew Feder. His Imperial Painter deck, featuring eight red blasts maindeck, had been given the gift of a pairing against Merfolk.
At the StarCityGames.com Legacy Open in St. Louis, Tom Ross refused to dip his toes into the format, claiming he was uncomfortable playing when he was unfamiliar with the environment. By the time the Legacy Open in Dallas had rolled around, he was singing a different tune.
When the Legacy format came into existence, Dream Halls was an early inclusion on the banned list. As the years have gone by and the format has matured, Dream Halls increasingly became discussed as a card that may no longer be too powerful for the land of Legacy.
At the StarCityGames.com Legacy Open in St. Louis, held in late December of 2009, Tom Ross opted not to play despite the fact he had Top 16ed the Standard event just one day prior. His reasoning, he explained, was that he didn't feel he understood the Legacy format well enough.
With the bloodsuckers coming out on top, what happened? Why did both of Barely Boros decks in the field finish in the top 16? How did the second most numerous deck in the field come up short? Get Too Much Information and find out!