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AuthorDoug Linn

Doug Linn is a member of Team Meandeck and has a DCI rating higher than the contents of his bank account (which isn't saying much). He is an avid fan of Vintage and Legacy and specializes in tuning decks. He also won the 1983 World Series of Poker, despite holding only a Joker, a Get out of Jail Free Monopoly card, a 2 of clubs, 7 of spades, and a green 4 from UNO.

Legacy’s Allure – Merfolk Ascendant!

Wednesday, September 22nd – This was the Best Week Ever for little blue fish in Baltimore, with the deck placing in five top spots at the StarCityGames.com Legacy Open tournament. But what other decks were there?

Legacy’s Allure – Mining the Minneapolis Top 16

Tuesday, August 31st – What up-and-coming deck put a whopping five copies in the Top 16? What combo did the winning deck pack? Check out some of the coolest winning decks in this week’s edition of Legacy’s Allure.

Legacy’s Allure – Deconstructing Denver

Tuesday, August 24th – Doug looks at the newest face of Counterbalance, dives into some economical Legacy decks that performed well, and highlights some of the fringe decks that made it to the end of the SCG Denver Legacy Open.

Legacy’s Allure – GenCon and Columbus Trends

Tuesday, August 17th – This week, Doug looks at some of the hit decks from GenCon and Grand Prix: Columbus to bring you the new lists and classics. Plus, Doug looks at Survival Madness with an eye on evolving the deck, along with a look at the storm combo deck!

Legacy’s Allure – Survival Madness at GenCon

The StarCityGames.com Open Series heads to Denver!
Monday, August 9th – This week, Doug reports on taking Legacy’s hottest new deck on a test-drive at GenCon. The deck uses Survival of the Fittest to power out free Vengevines on the back of Basking Rootwallas or sends flying Wild Mongrels over to smack around the opponent. Check out the changes he made to the GP: Columbus list and get a round-by-round report on how the event shook out for him. Get the inside scoop on the newest Legacy deck in this week’s Legacy’s Allure!

Legacy’s Allure – Playing Lands At Grand Prix: Columbus

The StarCityGames.com Open Series heads to Denver!
Tuesday, August 3rd – This week, Doug takes us through his day at Grand Prix: Columbus, piloting a teched-out Blue Lands deck. See how he fared during the day with round-by-round reporting and a look into some of the more intricate plays. How did The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale fare against Goblins? Why was Enchantress such a bad matchup? Find out his secret sweeper tech, and get a look at the newest version of Blue Lands in this week’s Legacy’s Allure!

Legacy’s Allure – Under the Mosswort Bridge

Grand Prix GP Columbus July 30-August 1, 2010
Tuesday, July 27th – Lurking under that Mosswort Bridge is the biggest troll you’ve ever seen, more like a giant cosmic squid! Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, gets summoned with regularity thanks to the Green land and this week, Doug explores the Aeon Bridge deck, crafted to exploit the Bridge. Find out the many combinations in the deck, get tips on playing Aeon Bridge, explore scenarios with the deck, and find out how to best fight it in this week’s Legacy’s Allure!

Legacy’s Allure – Evaluating Sideboarding Options

Grand Prix GP Columbus July 30-August 1, 2010
Tuesday, July 20th – This week, Doug looks at several of the most powerful strategies that you will encounter at the Grand Prix and GenCon, with an eye on how to bust through them. Get tips this week on making sure Life from the Loam stays down, preventing Thopter token armies, and not dying ingloriously to Merfolk when you thought you had the game locked up. Get the tip on what two-mana artifact everyone should be playing, and find some silly options along the way in this week’s Legacy’s Allure!

Legacy’s Allure – M11’s Eternal Hits

Grand Prix GP Columbus July 30-August 1, 2010
Monday, July 12th – Endlessly recurring skeletons, powerful Green enchantments on legs, and the best combo hoser we’ve seen yet? It’s all in M11, along with several other cool cards that could find a home in Legacy! This week, Doug looks over the full spoiler for the most likely Eternal candidates, pulling them out for in-depth analysis. Find out why Fauna Shaman resembles a certain Shards of Alara card more than Survival of the Fittest and much more, in this week’s Legacy’s Allure!

Legacy’s Allure – Mining Online Legacy For Tech

Grand Prix GP Columbus July 30-August 1, 2010
Tuesday, July 6th – Have you read every article on Legacy, checked and rechecked every forum you know for more tech, and are still left wanting more? Online Legacy is where to turn to, even if you don’t have a MTGO account! In this week’s article, find out where you can access deck information, understand how the online format differs from the one you are familiar with, and see how to use Online Legacy to improve your chances at Grand Prix: Columbus and other large Legacy events. Get a sense of where StarCityGames.com tournament winners get their newest Landstill and CounterTop Thopters lists, all in this week’s Legacy’s Allure!

Legacy’s Allure – Stomping Through St. Louis

Grand Prix GP Columbus July 30-August 1, 2010
Wednesday, June 30th – This week, Doug looks at the results of the StarCityGames.com Legacy Open Series on its stop in St. Louis, Missouri. Check out why Doug was wrong about Thopter Foundry Control, get a sense on why Aether Vial decks are performing well, and learn about how old hits like Aluren are still playable. As a bonus, see what M11 card has got Doug excited to use with Grim Monolith and get the newest sideboard tech card, all in this week’s Legacy’s Allure!

Legacy’s Allure – No More Mystical Tutor?

The StarCityGames.com Open Series comes to St. Louis!
Tuesday, June 22nd – Legacy and Extended saw a big shakeup with the lastest Banned List announcement, and already players are alternately decrying the death of two formats and innovating up new lists to succeed. In this week’s article, Doug lends a grounded perspective on what all this realistically means for Legacy players and analyzes each banning and unbanning in depth. See why the Extended change is good for Legacy players and understand what decks are winners and losers in the wake of Mystical Tutor’s banning. Find out what to substitute for your Mystical Tutors and how to get the most out of your Grim Monoliths in this week’s Legacy’s Allure!

Legacy’s Allure – Five Games, Five Plays

The StarCityGames.com Open Series comes to St. Louis!Thursday, June 17th – This week, Doug combs through his recent testing logs to bring you five games with six of the hottest decks in the format, distilling each game into one tactical play. Get a walkthrough on the decision-making process to decide when to use removal against Zoo, how to accurately name Pithing Needle targets with Reanimator and the skill in baiting an opponent to prematurely use their Tormod’s Crypts against Blue Lands. Get a sense of how to make tactical sacrifices and what to anticipate from the opponent in this week’s Legacy’s Allure!