• Since Mentor is now restricted and it is setting in that a single Mentor is difficult to build a deck around I looked back at decks that I played before Mentor was "the deck". I played StoneBlade for about a year and I did very well in local tournaments. The deck is very similar to Mentor is play style, the exceptions are a bit obvious, that Mentor only needs 4 creatures where StoneBlade usually needs 8 to 10. There are a few other very obvious issues with meta-game of today but overall the deck appears to be solid against most of the field. I see combo or dredge decks as the one arch-type(s) that this deck will need heavy support for outside of the main deck. The reason I say combo or dredge is that there are 2 ways to construct this deck. You can go heavy control similar to Mentor and sideboard heavy against the Dredge deck hoping to win games 2 and 3 or you can balance it out with main deck wastelands and Containment Priest making it weaker against Combo since you will need to cut some counterspells and/or artifact hate.

    Here is my first draft at a list:
    4 Stoneforge Mystic
    4 Swords to Plowshares
    4 Force of Will
    4 Mental Misstep
    4 Preordain
    2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
    2 Batterskull
    2 Snapcaster Mage
    3 (Pick a creature) - True Name Nemesis or Vendellion Clique or Nimble Obstructionist

    Restricted Stuff
    Monastery Mentor ?
    Ancestral Recall
    Time Walk
    Treasure Cruise
    Dig Through Time
    Moxes + Lotus

    8 Fetch lands
    4 Tundra
    3 Island
    2 Plains

    I have played around with some slots going from 8 counters to 10 to 12 adding Flusterstorm, Mana drain, or Mindbreak Trap. I have looked at cutting some fetch lands and adding Wastelands + Stripmine and looking at card like Council's Judgement and Back to Basics. I think this deck is worth discussing seeing that this deck never died in Legacy and is now looking very strong in this meta-game but it is hard to figure out what the meta-game version looks like now. Since, I do not play MTGO I usually proxy it up and shuffle different versions until I find one that feels right, then I play it locally until it either works or dies.

  • I have a fondness for SFM decks and would love to see one consistent enough in Vintage. There was a deck recently that performed well in an MTGO league:

    Creature (12)
    4 Snapcaster Mage
    4 Spell Queller
    4 Stoneforge Mystic
    Sorcery (3)
    1 Ponder
    1 Time Walk
    1 Treasure Cruise
    Instant (22)
    1 Ancestral Recall
    1 Brainstorm
    1 Dig Through Time
    4 Force of Will
    4 Mana Drain
    3 Mental Misstep
    3 Mindbreak Trap
    2 Spell Pierce
    3 Swords to Plowshares
    Artifact (8)
    1 Batterskull
    1 Black Lotus
    1 Mox Emerald
    1 Mox Jet
    1 Mox Pearl
    1 Mox Ruby
    1 Mox Sapphire
    1 Sword of Fire and Ice
    Land (15)
    4 Flooded Strand
    2 Island
    1 Library of Alexandria
    1 Plains
    2 Polluted Delta
    1 Strip Mine
    4 Tundra
    60 Cards
    Sideboard (15)
    1 Mindbreak Trap
    1 Swords to Plowshares
    2 Containment Priest
    1 Disenchant
    1 Flusterstorm
    2 Fragmentize
    2 Grafdigger's Cage
    2 Path to Exile
    1 Pithing Needle
    2 Rest in Peace

    I do believe that such a deck can't be wrong to include a single Mentor. It really is the "White-Tinker" now that it is restricted. If nothing else, it will eat removal that would be targeted for your other creatures. I also like TNN, since it is a card that no one can get rid of right now. There is no common removal being played that can deal with TNN.

    As for the equipment package, I think a Jitte/Batterskull mix is better as you can find the card you need for the specific flow of the game.

    To make the deck work, you really need to make the deck a hard control deck. Other decks will bury you in card advantage, speed, or power if you let them, and this deck is not able to really recover well from being behind. In a way, I think it needs to be like Standstill, but with creatures.

  • @enderfall
    This list kind of proves my point that you can either go heavy on counter or heavy on removal. I cannot decide if the meta-games is more anti-counter or if you just need counters to slow down decks that race you. I could easily tweak this list to add 4 wastelands or leave it as is and see how it does against an Eldrazi or Delver. I think you do OK against Team Leovold but I worry about a fast Shop deck taking over the game without wastelands or an Oath deck just racing you. Where I play, there are a lot of 2 Card Monte combo decks and Dredge is always played so I want the removal main deck over the counters usually.

  • If I am going to play stoneforge mystic I want to find skullclamp.

    I love skullclamp.

    Think of all the things you can feed to it.

    Think of all the cards you can draw.

    Is any equipment really even close to as good as skullclamp?

    I understand it does not fit this deck, but that does not mean there is not a deck for it.

  • @shaman-ben
    That is hilarious because I had the same thought. I was trying to convince Marcel to put Skullclamp in Eldrazi just so I can see the card played. I'll see you Sunday and I will not be playing this deck.

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    @moorebrother1 Or will you? bwhahahaha

  • @shaman-ben said in StoneBlade:

    If I am going to play stoneforge mystic I want to find skullclamp.

    I love skullclamp.

    Think of all the things you can feed to it.

    Think of all the cards you can draw.

    Is any equipment really even close to as good as skullclamp?

    I understand it does not fit this deck, but that does not mean there is not a deck for it.

    Plus you can get it onto the battlefield without getting it Derpstepped.

  • Skullclamp could be played in a more Humans/Hatebears Stoneblade list (with Hierarchs, etc). But here it just sucks. I have no idea if Jitte is better that Fire and Ice in this deck. Being able to protect your Quellers from Bolts and Jaces with SoFaI is so cool...

  • If you aren't generating X/1's from a recurring source (Bitterblossom for example) Clamp loses its luster.

  • @moorebrother1 I am probably just going to play 2 card monte on sunday, like always, but I have been proxying things up to loan out.

  • @nedleeds Skullclamp was fine with Genesis chamber, so I suppose it would be ok with young pyromancer. I enjoy that mentor is a terrible servant of skullclamp.

  • @neo_altoid said in StoneBlade:

    1 yarn

    Are you an itty bitty kitty?

  • @neo_altoid I got burned very badly by playing Spell Quellers at last years Vintage Champs. There were just too many Swords to Plowshare to make him worthwhile. I have been messing around with Nimble Obstructionist and it is a so-so card at best. I may just end up going back to the True-Name Nemesis because he deals with a lot of stuff and he can finish the game, especially when you put him on a Batterskull or Sword of Fire/Ice

  • 5-0'd another league. Cut Sudden Shock and a Disenchant for a Fragmentize and EE out of the board. I think EE should be a Pithing Needle instead, but I'm not 100%.

    @moorebrother1 Spell Queller is basically the worst card in the deck, but you have a hard time beating combo without it, and you do need a critical mass guys to wield weapons. If the default combo deck was Storm, I'd be all over V. Clique+Karakas, but the default is outcomes, and Clique doesn't really solve your problems. Nimble Obstructionist seems awful--we get no pressure if we cycle it, and no disruption if we cast it.

    Really, what you have to realize about Spell Queller is that you need to just ram it at the first thing you can as a default (it took me an embarassingly long time to realize this). It's not a disaster if your Queller with Preordain under it dies, but it can be a disaster if we're relying on Spell Queller living to stop a Jace/Tinker/Will. I routinely cut 1 Queller in fair matchups.

  • @neo_altoid Hey, would you mind sharing some general tips on how to play this deck best? Mulliganing strategies, general approach to various match-ups etc.. Just embarrassed the deck in a league on my first try so I obviously did something very wrong : )

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