Trade Only?: Yes. You go first.
I hit legend for the second time this month, the first and only other time I had only happened because I was out of work after I broke all of my ribs in a car crash and found myself with a lot more time on my hands. I typically only hop on to complete quests and usually land somewhere in the rank of 4 to 1. I hit it this month with the same approach with several weeks to spare. If I didn’t enjoy the game, I wouldn’t play it, and there have certainly been months where I’ve logged my five wins and that was it. Know your matchups, know your mulligan strategy, and keep a level head. You’ll get there, champ :^)
I cannot claim to have any insight as to how one is placed when achieving these ranks. I hit Legend with the list and captured the screen the moment it occurred, along with the chest they so generously granted me as a reward, which you’ll note has the same time stamp in the lower left. I have nothing more to offer you in my defense. Take care and stay safe, friend.
I hit Legend this morning playing exclusively this list :^) lost all of one match to a demon hunter and it was the rare OTK list. My worst matchup appeared to be Galakrond warlock, which seemed to always be able to remove my board. Speaking from experience, one can definitely achieve Legend with this deck and a very healthy win rate to boot.
and here I was hoping Vindicator Maraad would show up as the second paladin legendary, and with some sweet libram synergies to boot.