Dark City Vault

  • I'm getting back into Vintage lately and really liking the look of building a Steel City Vault deck. However, I'm a bit bored of the usual Force of Will-based decks so I'm looking at making my list more B-based.

    Here's a first draft of my current list.

    Creatures (4):
    1 Inkwell Leviathan
    2 Goblin Welder
    1 Trinket Mage

    Nonmana Artifacts (6):
    1 Aether Spellbomb
    1 Mindslaver
    1 Nihil Spellbomb
    1 Sensei's Divining Top
    1 Time Vault
    1 Voltaic Key

    Instants (10):
    1 Ancestral Recall
    1 Brainstorm
    4 Dark Ritual
    1 Fire // Ice
    1 Mystical Tutor
    1 Thirst for Knowledge
    1 Vampiric Tutor

    Sorceries (13):
    1 Balance
    1 Demonic Tutor
    4 Duress
    1 Ponder
    1 Regrowth
    1 Tendrils of Agony
    1 Thoughtseize
    1 Time Walk
    1 Tinker
    1 Yawgmoth's Will

    Enchantments (2):
    1 Necropotence
    1 Yawgmoth's Bargain

    Planeswalkers (3):
    2 Dack Fayden
    1 Tezzeret the Seeker

    Mana Rocks (10):
    1 Black Lotus
    1 Lotus Petal
    1 Mana Crypt
    1 Mana Vault
    1 Mox Emerald
    1 Mox Jet
    1 Mox Ruby
    1 Mox Sapphire
    1 Mox Pearl
    1 Sol Ring

    Lands (12):
    4 Gemstone Mine
    1 Glimmervoid
    3 Mana Confluence
    1 Seat of the Synod
    1 Tolarian Academy
    2 Vault of Whispers

    The main aim of the deck is to win via Time Vault combo, but it does have several other win conditions too:

    Dark Ritual-based combo with Yawgmoth's Will
    Mindslaver lock
    Tinker -> Inkwell Leviathan

    This is only a first draft and I'm looking for suggestions, though I would like to retain a focus on B rather than going down the Force of Will route.

  • -1 Dack Fayden +1 Tendrils of Agony, and its a little better. I would also drop the Regrowth and 1 Dark Ritual for 2 Thoughtcast. Otherwise looks pretty nice IMO.



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