Hi all, decided I'd delurk to solicit some community advice! First a short digressive background bit.
I'm returning to the format after several years away and have found things much changed, like Rip van Winkel waking up to find his dear old friends long departed (alas Bob, we hardly knew ye, and Trygon Predator, flap on little buddy). One of the things I love about playing vintage is helping other players see how much fun a big broken format can be. We don't have a ton of vintage where I am and getting friends and fellow players into it is critical to keeping the format healthy. Several years back I really enjoyed Steel City Vault as a real showcase of vintage ridiculousness. As such, while SCV seems to be highly limiting in the current format, PO Storm does Many of the same things with equal amounts of flourish.
I really enjoy the deck because of multiple paths to victory (tendrils, tinker bot and potentially key/vault) and the fact that it bucks the aggro heavy trend you see now with MUD and Eldrazi. I know it sounds lame but somehow spell heavy combo just feels more "magic-y."
Like SCV and other storm decks it is ludicrously weak to null rod and things like turn 1 thorn. How are people effectively answering this? Is it still, in the haunting words of Brian DeMars, "hurkyls and a prayer"? Or are there lists out there siding in things fragmentize? Is there a transformative SB plan that hopes to win game one with shock and awe and then flip a la dredge? Maybe to something more solidly controlling. I love to see Mana Drain in a list now and then.
Am I the only person playing this list who doesnt love Chrome Mox (sometimes x2) and LED?? I absolutely understand why they appear in the deck, especially via good old belcher style lists but from a play perspective they just leave a distinctly marginal taste in my mouth. Which leads me to...
With defense grid to disrupt misstep, it seems like PO could be a great place to slip in some top deck tutors. Does subbing out LED and or Chrome for a Vamp or Mystical (seal feels very slow indeed), make sense to anyone else? I have been fiddling with it a little bit and it feels pretty great to set up a jar or wheel. With probe they feel a lot like demonic tutor while building even higher storm count. Just curious to know how others feel about this. Sheer foolishness?
Is storm Actually viable or are all sane blue people just playing boring old Mentor?
Thanks in advance for thoughts and feedback!