Team Serious Invitational #TSISteveland - 14 players



  • Vintage landed hard on Cleveland, Ohio, last weekend. I'm sure some were dredging Christmas decorations up from the basement or doing their holiday shopping, while, paradoxically, some angry rogues were swearing mild oaths at the weather, recently turned cold and colorless. (Did that get everyone? Doesn't matter. I Mar-do what I want.)

    Anyway, 14 hale and hardy gamers braved the early winter rain to come to Cleveland on December 1 and throw down in an exclusive Team Serious invite-only event. We had several bow out due to illness, and two (Jake Hilty and Steve Sasala) had alternating schedules and so shared the same Mardu Hatebears list, for a total of 13 decks in the metagame. There were mana cookies and burrito delivery, and the Jaeger and (ugh) Malort flowed like wine.

    Commentary on the Twitch stream was provided by Andy "Brass Man" Probasco and Jimmy "The Allcat" McCarthy, an there was plenty of Middle School and Old School between rounds. We got the videos on YouTube so viewers can enjoy!

    After five rounds of Swiss, a tie-breaker round to finish the top four, and the two elimination rounds, one player stood above the rest: Frank Singel, playing Lands.

    Frank is now the second two-time winner of a Team Serious Invitational!

    1. Frank Singel - Lands
    2 Bayou
    4 Bazaar of Baghdad
    1 Bojuka Bog
    3 Dark Depths
    1 Forest
    1 Ghost Quarter
    1 Glacial Chasm
    1 Karakas
    1 Maze of Ith
    4 Riftstone Portal
    1 Savannah
    1 Strip Mine
    1 Taiga
    2 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
    4 Thespian's Stage
    1 Verdant Catacombs
    4 Wasteland
    2 Wooded Foothills
    3 Ancient Grudge
    1 Chalice of the Void
    2 Crop Rotation
    4 Exploration
    2 Manabond
    1 Fastbond
    4 Life from the Loam
    2 Mental Misstep
    1 Mox Diamond
    1 Mox Emerald
    1 Mox Jet
    3 Null Rod

    Sideboard
    1 Abrupt Decay
    2 Assassin's Trophy
    1 Chains of Mephistopheles
    1 Crop Rotation
    4 Dark Confidant
    2 Grafdigger's Cage
    2 Nature's Claim
    2 Stony Silence

    2. Steve McGrew - Paradoxical Outcome
    1 Blightsteel Colossus
    1 Monstary Mentor
    1 Snapcaster Mage
    4 Paradoxical Outcome
    2 Hurkyl's Recall
    2 Repeal
    4 Force of Will
    3 Preordain
    2 Night's Whisper
    1 Brainstorm
    1 Vampiric Tutor
    1 Brainstorm
    1 Ancestral Recall
    1 Time Walk
    1 Demonic Tutor
    1 Tinker
    1 Yawgmoth's Will
    1 Dig Through Time
    1 Treasure Cruise
    1 Mox Pearl
    1 Mox Sapphire
    1 Mox Jet
    1 Mox Ruby
    1 Mox Emerald
    1 Black Lotus
    1 Mana Crypt
    1 Sol Ring
    1 Mana Vault
    3 Mox Opal
    2 Voltaic Key
    1 Time Vault
    2 Sensei's Divining Top
    4 Flooded Strand
    1 Misty Rainforest
    1 Scalding Tarn
    2 Underground Sea
    1 Tundra
    2 Island
    1 Tolarian Academy
    1 Library of Alexandria

    Sideboard
    3 Tormod's Crypt
    1 Karakas
    2 Containment Priest
    2 Hurkyl's Recall
    1 Fragmentize
    2 Kambal, Consul of Allocation
    2 Flusterstorm
    2 Karn, Scion of Urza

    3. Adam Yurchick - Paradoxical Outcome
    4 Paradoxical Outcome
    1 Dig Through Time
    1 Yawgmoth's Will
    1 Mind's Desire
    1 Timetwister
    1 Tendrils of Agony
    1 Monastery Mentor
    1 Snapcaster Mage
    4 Force of Will
    1 Flusterstorm
    2 Repeal
    2 Hurkyl's Recall
    2 Sensei's Divining Top
    1 Gitaxian Probe
    1 Brainstorm
    1 Ancestral Recall
    3 Preordain
    1 Ponder
    1 Merchant Scroll
    1 Demonic Tutor
    2 Night's Whisper
    1 Time Walk
    1 Mox Jet
    1 Mox Emerald
    1 Mox Ruby
    1 Mox Pearl
    1 Mox Sapphire
    1 Black Lotus
    4 Mox Opal
    1 Lotus Petal
    1 Mana Crypt
    1 Sol Ring
    1 Mana Vault
    1 Library of Alexandria
    1 Tolarian Academy
    3 Underground Sea
    2 Island
    2 Scalding Tarn
    1 Polluted Delta
    1 Misty Rainforest
    1 Flooded Strand

    Sideboard
    2 Island
    1 Karakas
    2 Mystic Remora
    2 Flusterstorm
    2 Karn, Scion of Urza
    2 Hurkyl's Recall
    1 Defense Grid
    3 Tormod's Crypt

    4. Justin Waller - BUG
    3 Polluted Delta
    3 Scalding Tarn
    1 Strip Mine
    3 Tropical Island
    3 Underground Sea
    3 Wasteland
    1 Island
    3 Deathrite Shaman
    1 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
    2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
    2 Snapcaster Mage
    1 Tarmogoyf
    1 Ancestral Recall
    3 Assassin's Trophy
    1 Brainstorm
    1 Demonic Tutor
    1 Dig Through Time
    1 Flusterstorm
    4 Force of Will
    1 Gitaxian Probe
    1 Gush
    1 Mana Drain
    4 Mental Misstep
    1 Mindbreak Trap
    1 Night's Whisper
    1 Ponder
    3 Preordain
    1 Thoughtseize
    1 Time Walk
    1 Treasure Cruise
    1 Black Lotus
    2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
    1 Mox Emerald
    1 Mox Jet
    1 Mox Sapphire
    1 Null Rod

    Sideboard
    1 Abrupt Decay
    1 Assassin's Trophy
    2 Energy Flux
    1 Flusterstorm
    2 Grafdigger's Cage
    4 Leyline of the Void
    2 Nature's Claim
    1 Null Rod
    1 Wasteland

    13 players
    5 Blue
    1 BUG Control
    2 Paradoxical Outcome
    2 Oath (1 Archon, 1 Tyrant)
    2 Shops
    1 Ravager MUD
    1 Two-Card Monte
    2 Aggro
    1 Mardu Hatebears
    1 Colorless Eldrazi
    2 Dredge
    1 Creeping Chill and Lotleth Giant
    1 Dredge & Dragons
    1 Lands
    1 Ravnica Rogue Combo (Oops All Spells)

    Thanks to everyone who came out and participated! We'll have more Invitationals in the future, and look out for Team Serious Open announcements here on The Mana Drain starting in the new year!





  • Kevin Poenisch - Dredge & Dragons
    4 Mana Confluence
    4 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
    4 Horizon Canopy
    4 Bazaar of Baghdad
    1 Library of Alexandria
    1 Chromatic Lantern
    4 Bridge From Below
    4 Serum Powder
    1 Riftstone Portal
    1 Plains
    1 Karakas
    1 Dakmor Salvage
    1 Untaidake, the Cloud Keeper
    1 Westvale Abbey
    1 Scrubland
    1 Bayou
    4 Ichorid
    4 Phyrexian Obliterator
    1 Griselbrand
    4 Skitheryx, the Blight Dragon
    4 Bloodghast
    4 Stinkweed Imp
    4 Golgari Grave-Troll

    Sideboard
    3 Chromatic Lantern
    1 Immortal Sun
    4 Dragonlord Dromoka
    1 Gisela, the Broken Blade
    1 Bruna, the Fading Light
    1 Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund
    1 Necropotence
    1 Yawgmoth's Bargain
    1 Solitary Confinement
    1 Vona, Butcher of Magan

    @Oestrus



  • @grandpabelcher It's like a scene in a horror movie that I can't look away from.



  • @GrandpaBelcher What in the hecking heck is that? I am so confused and have so many questions.



  • Kevin ( @taef ) has been playing variations on this list for years. It's Dredge where the backup plan is ramp mana into the ridiculous. Previous version ran Moat and Dragons to fly over it. I think he couldn't borrow (and didn't proxy) Moats for this one. Probably should have had Lotus too.

    I was once playing a match next to Kevin, who was playing against Twaun P. Pwnertown. Twaun did some irrelevant Mud nonsense on his turn, and Kevin ramped into Consecrated Sphinx on turn one. Twaun just sighed and said, "Well, I guess I lose!"



  • @GrandpaBelcher I am still confused how could he ramp into T1 Consecrated Sphinx? With the list above the most mana he can make T1 is 1. Was he running a different list?



  • Much different, especially since there wasn't Consecrated Sphinx in this one.


 

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