The Clash at the Cradle Vintage Report



  • Our first Clash at the Cradle Vintage Event had 37 players paying out to the top 8. To be honest I was a bit nervous being my first big event outside Depot. I couldn't be happier with the event. Everything went on on time and very smoothly. The vintage judge staff was amazing with little or no problems. We are doing this again but on a Saturday next time. We are working on a date but I'm hopeful for November but its too early yet.

    The Comic Book Depot next 2 vintage events is FNM May 5th at 8pm and May 28th 1k NYSE qualifier.

    Here is the top 8 deck list.
    Clash at the Cradle Vintage top 8 and Decklists-

    1st- Chris Hanson

    Deck name- “Understanding merchant Scroll for Gush”

    Deck list-

    1x Black Lotus
    1x Sol Ring
    1x Mox Sapphire
    1x Mox ruby
    1x Mox Emerald
    1x Mox Pearl
    1x Mox Jet
    1x Mana Vault
    1x Mana Crypt
    1x Mox Opal
    1x Sensei’s Divining Top
    1x Time Vault
    1x Voltaic Key
    1x Engineered Explosives
    4x Flooded Strand
    1x Tolarian Academy
    1x Library of Alexandria
    3x Tundra
    2x Underground Sea
    1x Island
    2x Baleful Strix
    1x Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
    1x Snapcaster Mage
    1x Tezeret the Seeker
    1x Sphinx of the steel wind
    1x Jace, the Mind Sculpter
    1x Merchant Scroll
    1x Dig Through Time
    1x Gush
    1x Time Walk
    1x Brainstorm
    1x Ponder
    1x Tinker
    1x Ancestral Recall
    1x Gitaxian Probe
    4x Force of will
    1x Flusterstorm
    3x Mental Misstep
    4x Paradoxical Outcome
    1x Balance
    1x Moat
    1x Yawgmoth’s will
    1x Vapmiric Tutor
    1x Demonic Tutor
    1x Forsake the Worldly

    Sideboard-

    1x Plains
    1x Supreme verdict
    1x Disenchant
    1x Swords to plowshares
    1x Hurkyl’s recal
    1x Steel Sabotage
    1x Engineered Explosives
    1x Pithing Needle
    1x Tormod’s Crypt
    2x Containment Priest
    4x Leyline of the Void

    2nd Place- John Grudzina

    Deck list-

    4x Flooded Strand
    1x Island
    1x Library of Alexandria
    3x Mishra’s factory
    1x Plains
    2x Polluted Delta
    1x strip mine
    3x Tundra
    2x Volcanic island
    4x Wasteland
    1x Black Lotus
    1x Mox Sapphire
    1x Mox Pearl
    1x Emrakul, The Promised End
    2x Snapcaster Mage
    2x Jace, the mind Sculptor
    1x Ancestral Recall
    1x Time Walk
    1x Brainstorm
    1x Treasure Cruise
    1x Dig Through Time
    4x Standstill
    3x Mental Misstep
    2x Pyroblast
    3x Mana Drain
    4x Force of Will
    4x Swords to Plowshares
    1x Engineered Explosives
    1x Moat
    1x Supreme Verdict
    1x Stony Silence
    1x Crucible of Worlds

    Sideboard-

    1x Grafdigger’s Cage
    1x Pyroblast
    1x Enlightened Tutor
    1x Path to Exile
    2x Fragmentize
    1x Disenchant
    1x Stony Silence
    2x Rest in Peace
    2x Containment Priest
    1x Arcane Laboratory
    1x Mishra’s Factory
    1x Tormod’s Crypt

    3rd Place- Hank Zhong

    Decklist-

    4x Oath of Druids
    1x Griselbrand
    1x Emrakul, The Aeon Torn
    4x Preordain
    1x Ponder
    1x Gitaxian Probe
    1x Brainstorm
    1x Ancestral Recall
    1x Time Walk
    1x Dig Through Time
    1x Trasure Cruise
    1x Gush
    1x Demonic tutor
    1x Vampiric Tutor
    1x Engineered Explosives
    4x Deck Fayden
    2x Jace, the Mind Scultpor
    1x Sylvan Library
    1x Mox Sapphire
    1x Mox Emerald
    1x Mox Jet
    1x Mox Ruby
    1x Mox Pearl
    1x Black Lotus
    2x Tropical Island
    1x Library of Alexandria
    1x Strip Mine
    4x Force of will
    3x Mental Misstep
    1x Flusterstorm
    1x Pyroblast
    4x Forbidden Orchard
    1x Misty Rainforest
    1x Scalding Tarn
    1x Flooded Strand
    1x Polluted Delta
    1x Island
    2x Volcanic Island
    2x Underground Sea

    Sideboard-

    2x Tormod’s Crypt
    2x Pithing Needle
    1x Ravenous Trap
    1x Dread of Night
    2x Null Rod
    1x Pyroblast
    3x Abrupt Decay
    3x Anceint Grudge

    4th Place- Joe Brennan
    Deck Name- “Who needs gush?”

    Decklist-

    1x Mox Sapphire
    1x Mox Emerald
    1x Mox Jet
    1x Mox Ruby
    1x Mox Pearl
    1x Black Lotus
    1x Sol Ring
    1x Ancestral Recall
    1x Time Walk
    1x Gush
    3x Mental Misstep
    1x Ponder
    1x Brainstorm
    1x Mystical Tutor
    4x Force of will
    3x Mana Drain
    3x Monastery Mentor
    2x Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
    1x Vendilion Clique
    1x Consecrated Sphinx
    2x Dack Fayden
    2x Jace, the Mind Sculptor
    1x Chandra, Torch of Defiance
    1x Treasure Cruise
    1x Dig Through Time
    1x Balance
    3x Swords to Plowshares
    1x Engineered Explosives
    1x Narset Transcendent
    1x Library of Alexandria
    1x Karakas
    2x Island
    3x Volcanic Island
    3x Tundra
    1x strip Mine
    2x Polluted Delta
    2x Scalding Tarn
    1x Misty Rainforest
    1x Flooded Strand

    Sideboard-

    2x Rest in Peace
    2x Containment Priest
    3x Pyroblast
    1x Supreme Verdict
    2x Engineered Explosives
    2x Wear // Tear
    1x Swords to Plowshares
    2x Pithing Needle

    5th Place- David Ata

    Deck list-

    1x Dig through Time
    1x Treasure Cruise
    4x Force of will
    1x Gush
    1x Jace, The mind Sculptor
    2x Dack Fayden
    4x Monastery Mentor
    1x Time Walk
    1x Merchant Scroll
    1x Stoney Silence
    2x Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
    4x Preordain
    4x Mental Misstep
    1x Ponder
    1x Brainstorm
    1x Gitaxian Probe
    2x Pyroblast
    2x Flusterstorm
    1x Ancestral Recall
    3x Swords to Plowshares
    1x Mox Sapphire
    1x Mox Emerald
    1x Mox Jet
    1x Mox Ruby
    1x Mox Pearl
    1x Black Lotus
    4x Flooded Strand
    1x Polluted Delta
    1x Scalding Tarn
    1x Misty Rainforest
    1x Library of Alexandria
    1x Strip Mine
    2x Island
    2x Volcanic Island
    3x Tundra

    Sideboard-

    1x Plains
    3x Fragmentize
    1x Swords to Plowshares
    1x Stoney Silence
    1x Energy Flux
    1x balance
    1x Rest in Peace
    3x Grafdigger’s cage
    3x Containment Priest

    6th Place- Nick Detwiler

    Deck List-Blitzkrieg Shops

    1x Mox Sapphire
    1x Mox Emerald
    1x Mox Jet
    1x Mox Ruby
    1x Mox Pearl
    1x Black Lotus
    1x Chalice of the Void
    1x Mana Crypt
    4x Walking Balista
    4x Arcbound Ravager
    4x Phyrexian Revoker
    4x Sphere of Resistance
    4x Steel Overseer
    4x Thorn of Amethyst
    3x Chief of the Foudnry
    3x Foudnry Inspector
    1x Trinisphere
    1x Lodestone Golem
    2x Pithing Needle
    1x Strip Mine
    1x Tolarian Academy
    4x Ancient Tomb
    4x Mishra’s Factory
    4x Mishra’s Workshop
    4x Wasteland

    Sideboard-

    3x Dismember
    4x Graffdigger’s Cage
    4x Porcelain Legionaire
    1x Foundry Inspector
    1x Pithing Needle
    1x Tormod’s Crypt
    1x Ghost Quarter

    7th Place- Travis Compton
    Deck Name- “Irish Laundry”
    Alternate Deck Name- “Untap Upkeep Dredge”

    Deck List-

    4x Bazaar of Baghdad
    4x Mana Confluence
    4x Undiscovered Paradise
    3x Petrified Field
    2x Dakmor Salvage
    4x Serum Powder
    4x Bridge From Below
    4x Cabal Therapy
    4x Unmask
    2x Dread Return
    1x Ashen Rider
    1x Elesh norn, Gand Cenobite
    1x Iona, Shield of Emeria
    4x Golgari Grave-Troll
    4x Stinkweed Imp
    3x Golgari Thug
    4x Narcomebia
    4x Bloodghast
    3x Ichorid

    Sideboard-

    4x Ingot Chewer
    4x Serenity
    4x Abrupt Decay
    3x Wispmare

    8th Place- Adam Cohen

    Deck List-

    1x Library Of Alexandria
    4x Forbidden Orchard
    4x Polluted Delta
    1x Misty Rainforest
    1x Volcanic Island
    2x Underground Sea
    2x Tropical Island
    1x Island
    4x Oath of Druids
    1x Pyroblast
    2x Jace, the Mind Sculptor
    1x Dack Fayden
    3x Abrupt Decay
    1x Yawgmoth’s Will
    1x Ancestral Recall
    1x Ponder
    1x Brainstorm
    1x Dig Through Time
    1x Vampiric Tutor
    1x Treasure Cruise
    1x Time Walk
    1x Tinker
    1x Demonic Tutor
    1x Ancient Grudge
    3x Mental Misstep
    4x Force of Will
    2x Mana Drain
    1x Mox Sapphire
    1x Mox Emerald
    1x Mox Jet
    1x Mox Ruby
    1x Mox Pearl
    1x Black Lotus
    1x Mana Crypt
    1x Sol Ring
    1x Time Vault
    1x Voltaic Key
    1x Sphinx of the Steel Wind
    2x Griselbrand

    Sideboard-

    1x Blazing Archon
    1x Engineered Explosives
    2x Pithing Needle
    1x Tormod’s Crypt
    1x Toxic Deluge
    4x Leyline of the Void
    2x Flusterstorm
    1x Ancient Grudge
    2x Nature’s Claim
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  • Thank you for the tourney report. The venue was great and the tournament ran very smoothly. The judges were great. Overall, it was a great event. I look forward to being at the next one.



  • Thank you Jostin. Im glad you had a good time. I hope I see you next time at Depot.



  • This event was awesome, great prize payout and what a cool place to hold a tournament! I had the privilege of taking this one down (first tournament win ever BTW, though i have come close so many times) and I couldn't have had a better time with my vintage friends! My competition all day was fierce and every game seemed like an epic battle (the kinds of games you play vintage for.) I want to thank Alan and the depot team for organizing the event, and will I def be going to the next one they put together at the cradle!
    Cheers!
    Chris



  • Nice first place list! This type of Paradoxical Control deck seems pretty good (Brian Kelly has been playing something in the same vein although going with some other card choices). I really like the inclusion of Forsake the Worldly (I didn't know that card but it seems very good), but I would be a bit worried only playing 12 lands.



  • @Griselbrother thanks for commenting! Forsake the Worldy was pretty good, i didn't have time to test that card specifically before the event but i liked a lot of the elements of the card. On the day it did it's job, exiled an oath and cycled a few times (the fact that its never a dead draw and kills null rod/stony was the main reason i played it). I have been brewing brewing paradoxical lists since the card was spoiled (seeing the obvious raw potential of the card) and was happy to see Brian K was doing similar things. I will admit I did steel his moat tech, never really dawned on me to play it in this style of deck but it was absolutely killer all day. As far as the land count, it does seem a bit light at first glance but i have been on 12 + 1sb for a while and it honestly feels like its in a real good place. I think I only mulliganed once all day and my prior testing has yielded similar results.



  • @Chiaroscuro said in The Clash at the Cradle Vintage Report:

    @Griselbrother thanks for commenting! Forsake the Worldy was pretty good, i didn't have time to test that card specifically before the event but i liked a lot of the elements of the card. On the day it did it's job, exiled an oath and cycled a few times (the fact that its never a dead draw and kills null rod/stony was the main reason i played it). I have been brewing brewing paradoxical lists since the card was spoiled (seeing the obvious raw potential of the card) and was happy to see Brian K was doing similar things. I will admit I did steel his moat tech, never really dawned on me to play it in this style of deck but it was absolutely killer all day. As far as the land count, it does seem a bit light at first glance but i have been on 12 + 1sb for a while and it honestly feels like its in a real good place. I think I only mulliganed once all day and my prior testing has yielded similar results.

    I've been playing various Paradoxical builds lately and except for the most agressive of builds, I've always settled on 14 lands, but I might try going to 13 instead. Can you comment on the 2x Baleful Strix? I understand why they're there, but I'm just curious how they've been playing out as they strike me as the weakest card in the list.



  • @Griselbrother So baleful strix is def the worst card in the list, but i think its invaluable in what it does for the deck. It synergizes really well with outcome, turns on your opals (and thoughcast if you r playing it) and provides you much needed time to set up your kills. I kind of think of it as the bridge card that gets you from early to late game as fast as possible. its def worse now with the printing of ballista, but in awkward matchups its an easy card to cut. Its the kind of card im rarely sad to see. I also don't think it belongs in every paradoxical list (def not the more balls out combo lists). my list is trying to be the hard control deck that turns into combo kills on a dime (at least thats what im going for :)).



  • @Griselbrother Strix also flies over moat... if thats relevant lol :D



  • There is a lack of Eldrazi in the local LI scene that is any paradoxical decks tough matchup and Strix really shines there.



  • Amazed at how many ran Library! It's always been good but has it just been heating up again recently or is it just me not paying attention. Been itching to brush the dust off of mine...


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