@ajfirecracker Hey. I just want to thank you for this and your videos as well. You've really helped me understand Dredge a lot more deeply than I otherwise would have. I bet I'm not the only one. For what can be (I think) the most counterintuitive archetype, you do a great job of just walking through the choices logically. Great work.
@Islandswamp will do :) I think @OriginalOestrus is generally on Legacy/Modern, but she did have a really good time playing Vintage so hopefully it will happen again :) We wanted to play the daily but it didn't fire :/
I am def gonna have to try the infinite Sunt Titans; for me its a between Pernicous deeds and Trinisphere vs Gush and Win on the spot in this version vs mine. My BURG Sun titan oath deck has very good game against any "Fair" decks like mentor or shops but struggles against storm. This seems better against storm but just weaker to any deck with 4 swords but I need to play wit hit before I know for sure.
@kistrand that is why there are those quote marks or how it is called. I couldn't come up with a word that would describe what I had in mind. It was just to say that in Vintage you have fast mana that accelerates you. In general playing mana rocks is considered as ramping. I know that what fast mana does here is not really what we as magic players would call ramping (when talking about Vintage). But after one reads my article he should understand what I meant with it. (or not and then he can wonder^_^)
Nice article, like the whole serie. Thanks for sharing.
IMHO, unrestrict strip mine would be an error. I was playing a land destruction deck back in those days, it was my first tournament deck and i won quite often then because of the sheer stupidity of the plays it could do. There are enough other land destruction cards to be able to deal with Library if needed. There are no fetches in the format so it is not the same as with wasteland nowdays, color stability is more difficult to obtain.
I would advocate for Mishra's factory restriction because with nowdays rules it can efficiently block many "small" creatures in the format. As a side effect, it would hinder The Deck but the point IMHO is that more agro strategies would work better.
I am playing in France where the rules are black vise restricted but Fallen Empire allowed. Playing 4 hymn to Tourach is not enough to win The Deck most of the time (even if coupled with hypnotic specter and disrupting scepter). The Deck is polyvalent, drawing and recursing his cards too much. Black vise could be an answer but energy flux and underworld dreams look like quite good at fighting it.
The first round of Top 8 is amazing. Cuts from Commentators to game to find Emrakul already in play. Needless to say comments that it's Vintage and the game is over before the coverage started are unfounded. I'll try to post link to the point in the stream archive.
I think the time is right for Dredge to sneak in a win. It's flying under the radar right now, which is always when it's at its most dangerous. There's not much combo (it seems like no one plays DPS offline), there's lots of Shops, and the format just feels slow in general. If a good Dredge pilot makes it through the early rounds unscathed by Belcher or one of these glass canon Paradoxical Outcome decks, I think they'll have a great shot. Sideboards at the top tables, based on EE5, will look like: