This past Saturday, 115 Vintage players from the Northeast US gathered for one of the marquee events of the year: the TMD Open 18 aka Waterbury. Ryan and I were unfortunately unable to make the trip, but Ray graciously scanned the decklists and sent them to us so we could give them the usual treatment. By all accounts, @iamfishman did it again, throwing an excellent tournament the exemplified what Vintage is in the Northeast. There was trivia, there were giveaways, there was bingo, and there was beer. After all was said and done, Jarad Demick on Ravager Shops took home first place (the top 4 split the money and played for the trophy, as I understand it).
On Deck Classification
We continued to use the Archetype/Subarchetype scheme along with the breakdown by Tags. Given the popularity of Paradoxical Outcome, we created an archetype which we broke down by win conditions and structure. PO Mentor describes builds that run multiple Mentors as the primary win condition, similar to Kevin Cron's and Stephen Menendian's list from Champs (there were none present at the event). PO Storm describes the broken lists running Draw 7's, Chrome Mox, and LEDs. These decks often used a mixture of win conditions along with either Tendrils or Brain Freeze. PO Tezz describes the classic Vault/Key and Tinker builds - less all in than Storm and with value creatures like Trinket Mage and Snapcaster Mage. Other PO was generally combination of other archetypes. This is a work in progress...
There were several hybrids. Brian Kelly's Emrakul/PO/Gush deck was classified under Paradoxical. PO Oath was classified under Oath. Salvagers Gush Oath under Oath. The Oathstill decks were also included under Oath. If this seems arbitrary, it is. We are open to suggestions on this front but that's the nature classifications. It's why we have the tag system, so that we can attach multiple descriptors. The lists we included in "Other" can be viewed here along with all our raw data and calculations.
Top 8 Decklists
- Jarad Demick - Ravager Shops
- Jonathan Geras - Ravager Shops
- Travis Compton - Unmask Dredge
- Craig Dupre - PO Storm
- Raf Forino - Blitzkrieg Shops
- Akash Naidu - Powered Colorless Eldrazi
- Andy Probasco - Jeskai Mentor
- Andrew Farias - Jeskai Mentor
Congrats to all members of the top 8 and thanks to Ray for running an excellent event and providing us with the raw data. As always, I am indebted to Ryan Eberhart for his considerable help with our analysis. Questions? Comments? Please don't hesitate.